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. Alexandra Dyess on

    I just stumbled across your smoothie recipe while researching different ways to add turmeric to your diet. My husband bought a huge thing of it and we don’t know what to do with it! I was wondering if 1/4 cup of frozen avocado would be enough fat for the absorption of the turmeric?

    • Based on what I’ve read, the coconut milk in this recipe should be enough (see the addition of full fat coconut milk, not just beverage). If you are concerned about enough fat, you can add avocado too. Fat soluble nutrients need some fat for maximum absorption, but there isn’t an easy rule on how much. Nonetheless, no studies that I’ve come across indicate that it needs to be high fat, just “enough” fat.

      • Oh I meant in place of the coconut milk since I already use frozen avocados in my smoothies! Thank you so much for your help!

        • Yes, that will change the taste. I prefer coconut with turmeric. But if you like the taste combination of avocado and turmeric, then that should work for a great “fat” option!

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