Golden Cacao Latte [vegan, gluten free] aka Turmeric Latte for People Who Hate Turmeric



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I might be the only one but I’m just going to say it. I hate the taste of turmeric. I really, truly, deeply hate it and I don’t understand how people consume it straight up (#healthgoals) but I don’t hate the health benefits. In fact, I love the health benefits and also used to love the way I felt back when I used to force myself to chug golden lattes, because I actually could feel the difference.

To summarize, turmeric’s main active ingredient, curcumin, has great anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an especially beneficial ingredient for individuals with autoimmune diseases, arthritis in particular and honestly, most people because inflammation is a major cause of a lot of discomfort and many diseases. It has also been linked to pain relief, improved digestion, healthy blood flow and more. With a little bit of research, you can find a lot of additional proven health benefits and the best part is that it’s a natural product versus a manufactured supplement or drug.

This Golden Cacao Latte recipe, or Turmeric Hot Chocolate, or Turmeric Latte for People Who Hate Turmeric recipe was a result of my trying to find a way to consume turmeric in a way that was actually enjoyable. So if you’re looking for a way to consume turmeric and reap health gains in a way that actually tastes good, or just love the combination of turmeric and chocolate, this one’s for you. I have never flown through my spice bottle of turmeric until I started making this latte every morning. I’m almost at the point where I need to pick up a new bottle, and I never thought this day would come. 10/10 recommend this recipe.

I’m providing my base recipe below, and want to call out a few things that you can play around with, and a few things I recommend against playing around with. First of all, I use ground turmeric powder in my recipe, but you can of course always opt for fresh turmeric root. If you’re in the I-don’t-like-how-turmeric-tastes boat with me though, I’d recommend sticking with powder because the root is a lot more intense in flavour as you can imagine.

As with most of my recipes, you can, and should adjust the flavour, especially because when you first start out drinking turmeric, you may have a lower tolerance for the flavour. As you continue to drink this latte and “graduate”, you might find that your tastebuds become a little more accustomed to the spice, and may then want to decrease the sweetness, cinnamon or cacao powder.

Since we’re talking cinnamon, I thought I’d also mention that I personally use Ceylon cinnamon in my sweet dishes. There are 2 main varieties, Ceylon and Cassia. The difference is slight, but Ceylon has a bit more of a sweet taste to it, so it works best in desserts, whereas Cassia is great for cooking savoury dishes with.

I also recommend not substituting the non-dairy milk for just water, because the creaminess really adds to the flavour of this latte AND it’s important to consume turmeric with some kind of healthy fat for best absorption as well. I personally use homemade cashew and almond milk made in my Almond Cow machine, but coconut milk works especially well too.

You’ll also notice black pepper in the recipe and while it might sound out of place, turmeric and black pepper are commonly consumed together because black pepper also helps to significantly enhance the absorption of curcumin from the turmeric. It’s beneficial to pair the two, and I promise that especially in this recipe, you won’t taste it at all. Look, if you’re going to consume turmeric and you aren’t a fan, all the more reason to try and benefit as much as you can when you do consume it, right?

I also just wanted to note that you can also cook savoury dishes with turmeric, and I actually don’t mind it at all in curries, stews, and with other spices. So if drinking turmeric STILL doesn’t appeal to you after you try this recipe, give a savoury dish a shot. Chances are you probably eat dishes already that contain turmeric that you just don’t notice!

Golden Cacao Latte [vegan, gluten free]

4.86 from 7 votes
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 6 minutes
A turmeric, cacao and cinnamon spiced caffeine free latte, perfect for those who don't love the taste of turmeric, but love the health benefits!


  • 3/4 cup nondairy milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medjool date pitted* OR tsp of maple syrup or other sweetener
  • teeny tiny pinch of ground black pepper


  • Bring water to a boil. You can also heat your non-dairy milk, but I prefer combining cold non-dairy milk plus hot boiling water to reach the perfect, instantly drinkable temperature right off the bat. Also, it's easier to clean the pot out when just boiling water.
  • In a high speed blender, combine all the ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth. You should end up with a really smooth beverage with a nice foam on top.
  • Give your latte a taste and add additional ingredients as needed. I recommend adding additional cacao, or sweetener if it still tastes strong and bitter to you.
  • P.S. You can top with additional cacao, cinnamon or turmeric, but I really only added the turmeric on top for garnish for the photo. If you don't like turmeric, I would not recommend sprinkling it on top.


If your medjool date isn't super soft, soak it in water the night before, or in hot water to make it easier to blend.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Remy

Hi there, I’m Remy! Welcome to Veggiekins Blog, home to nourishing vegan + gluten-free recipes and tips to live your best balanced and holistic life. I’m a human on a mission to empower you to be well and be kind to your mind, body and soul with the healing power of plants.

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  1. I’ve tried tumeric latte’s before and I really couldn’t get used to the taste, but this recipe is so easy to make, with subtle gentle flavours that are great if you need a soothing drink that’s not too overpowering unlike regular ‘golden milk’ which is too strong for me. I loved it ????

    5 stars

    1. I'm so happy you liked it Hannah! Thanks so much for leaving a review, and happy we can BOTH now enjoy some turmeric heh! <3
    2. Wow! This was so creamy and had a nice hit from the black pepper. Definitely a necessary drink in my books!

      5 stars

  2. the perfect recipe for everyone, who has troubles swallowing this healthy but unfortunately terrible tasting spice :D I never liked turmeric and I tried everything (in lentil curry, in my soy milk, in any sauce I made..) to kill the flavor of turmeric and never succeeded. And now: here it is!! Amazing recipe to finally enjoy you daily intake of turmeric ;)

    5 stars

  3. I have tried so many times before to use turmeric in smoothies, drinks, etc but I’ve given up because as much as I want to I simply don’t like the taste. Thank you Remy for giving me a delicious way to introduce turmeric into my diet! ???? It’s the perfect spicy hot chocolate ????
    1. Shelby, I'm SO glad you enjoyed this recipe! I feel the same way, I have been loving being able to incorporate it into my diet despite my dislike for the taste. Thank you for the review! x
  4. I'll maybe opt for slightly less turmeric next time, or add some cacao on top. Remy, have you tried making a larger amount and keeping in the fridge and just adding heated milk? Thinking of ways to save time in the morning as I know this is going to now be a daily occurrence.

    4 stars

    1. You can build your turmeric tolerance as you go--I definitely started with less turmeric and more cacao, then slowly was able to handle more turmeric. You can definitely make a large batch and store in the fridge.
  5. Thank you thank you thank you!! This recipe is amazing and reminds me of Christmas. It’s the perfect blend for a cool yoga morning.
  6. Super delicious. I’m also not a huge fan of turmeric in a drink, but know how wonderfully healthy it is. First time I tried this I followed the recipe perfectly. The second time I got lazy and used pre-made chocolate oat milk, adding the remaining ingredients, and steaming with our coffee machine wand. Equally delicious. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    5 stars

  7. So simple yet wildly delicious. I AM a turmeric lover, but I really like this. I used coconut milk, maple syrup, no pepper, and carob powder (I'm in AIP elimination phase). It's nice because it does taste healthy but also delicious - like it's satisfying and also feels like you're doing something good for your body. Can't wait to share it with my friends!

    5 stars