Everyday Turmeric Smoothie + 10 More Golden Recipes


This turmeric smoothie recipe post is the second in my “food trend” sponsored series for this year’s 21 Day Dairy-Free Challenge with So Delicious. The Challenge will run from January 23rd to February 12th, but sign up now for new coupons, a chance to win a year’s supply of So Delicious Dairy Free, dairy-free tips, a dairy-free shopping list and snack guide, and more!

Apparently, when you’re a superpower spice, you get to make “top food trend” lists for more years than one. Last year, trend setters began sharing nourishing versions of turmeric-infused golden milk. But this year, turmeric is expected to hit the mainstream. More consumers will experiment with it. Chefs will tap into its creative uses. And mixologists will incorporate it into their drink menus. But there’s no reason to get too fancy. My everyday turmeric smoothie and the other recipes below are delicious ways to enjoy this nutritious golden spice anytime.

Everyday Turmeric Smoothie Recipe + 10 More Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Golden Recipes

Healthy Tips for Using Turmeric

Curcumin is the component in turmeric that is hailed for health, but it does require a couple of aides to maximize its power. On its own, curcumin can do just a little good, but black pepper has been shown to increase curcumin bioavailability by 2000%. Yes, that common spice can boost how much our bodies utilize from turmeric by two THOUSAND percent.

Also, curcumin is fat-soluble, so many dietitians recommend enjoying some fat with turmeric to help improve absorption. In my everyday turmeric smoothie recipe below, I add a little full-fat coconut milk for both its creaminess and to support the turmeric. I love making my food do double duty.

More Golden Plant-Based Recipes

Turmeric isn’t just for curries anymore. With a beautiful hue and somewhat mellow flavor, it can be incorporated into all sorts of dishes and drinks.

And don’t forget to enjoy my Everyday Turmeric Smoothie recipe below, too!

Everyday Turmeric Smoothie Recipe + 10 More Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Golden Recipes

Special Diet Notes: Everyday Turmeric Smoothie

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, top food allergy-friendly, optionally paleo-friendly, and optionally Whole30-friendly.

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Everyday Turmeric Smoothie
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This is my version of a "golden smoothie" with simple, nutritious ingredients. The fruit and spices play beautifully off of one another, and the touch of full-fat coconut milk helps to maximize absorption of fat-solutble turmeric. Don't be tempted to omit the black pepper. It can increase the benefits of turmeric by 2000%!
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1 frozen ripe banana, broken into chunks (can sub ¾ cup frozen mango chunks)
  • ½ to 1 cup dairy-free unsweetened coconut milk beverage (I use So Delicious)
  • 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (I use alcohol-free)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 3 to 5 drops pure stevia or your favorite sweetener, to taste
  1. Place the frozen fruit, ½ cup milk beverage, coconut milk, vanilla (to taste), turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in your blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Blend in sweetener, to taste, and more milk beverage to thin, if desired.
Everyday Turmeric Smoothie Recipe + 10 More Dairy-Free, Plant-Based Golden Recipes

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Hi there! I love love love this smoothie! I am just wondering if you would know how many points that would be for weight watchers? Thank you

  2. Elaina Harman on

    Im trying to figure out what the second coconut milk is? Im thinking it may be the canned coconut?

    • Full-fat coconut milk, otherwise known as plain old coconut milk, is sold in cans or small aseptic packages. Coconut milk beverage is the type you drink or poor over cereal that comes in large aseptic quarts and half-gallons.

  3. In the recipe I noticed you wrote twice as Coconut milk but when I click the link one of the is matcha powder.
    I think you meant to say 2 tablespoon of matcha powder not coconut milk??

    • Hi Melinda, the link redirected because their full-fat coconut milk is no longer available – sorry about that. I fixed the direction. There isn’t any matcha powder in this recipe, so no need to worry about finding some!

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  5. I tried your recipe, which is great, except I miss read the recipe and added too much turmeric. What can I do to make it less strong?

  6. I am just learning about the many health benefits of Turmeric and always look for new and great ways to incorporate this spice. I can not wait to try this for myself and share it. Thanks for posting.

  7. Just tried this today, and loved it. I juiced some fresh turmeric, and used honey as my sweetener. Such a great recipe, thank you!

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  9. That’s really interesting about turmeric and fat. I’ve started to incorporate it more into our green smoothies and wonder if I should add a fat to it so we can get all the turmeric benefits.

    • I can’t give specific dietary advice, but based on what I’ve read, fat soluble micro-nutrients do need some fat with them to aid in absorption. Just to assure general balance, I usually add a little fat to every smoothie (and protein) be it with nut or seed butter, seeds, coconut cream, etc. Lots of options!

    • Have you had Indian curry Elizabeth? Turmeric is a key ingredient in it. It has mild gingery notes, but isn’t spicy and is more aromatic. It’s used most in savories, but since it’s relatively mild, it works well in sweets and/or for simply making a dish brilliantly yellow!

    • This was absolutely amazing. I’ve never drank a smoothie that fast! Perfect anti-inflammatory ingredients. I am battling lyme disease right now and this helped my brain inflammation immensely. Thanks so much for the great recipe ❤️

  10. I love turmeric and cannot get enough! Smoothies, tea, milk, fries, veggies, breads I just can’t stop! Can’t wait to check out some of these!

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