Turmeric smoothie recipe with coconut milk and pineapple. Golden milk smoothie. A healthy smoothie recipe with all the turmeric health benefits.

Golden milk recipe for turmeric smoothie in a fresh coconut.

This turmeric smoothie recipe is what happens on day 5 of vacation. Specifically, day 5 of a beach vacation with one of those frozen daiquiri bars within walking distance of your beach chair. I have been so very bad. My tongue is still stained red.

Yes, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled pumpkin/chocolate/Thanksgiving madness/ Christmas cookie recipe time-of-year to share a ridiculously healthy recipe.

I’m sorry about this, but maybe you could make this while the first batch of Christmas Lights Cookies are baking? Or, it could be your breakfast on Thanksgiving Day? We need to make a little room for health before the holidays start.

Recipe for a healthy turmeric coconut smoothie in a fresh coconut

I went to Hilton Head Island last week, and I accidentally stumbled into a bar with a name I can hardly even say without a bit of shame. But, I’ll be real with you: it was called ‘The Frosty Frog’ and I frequented it a little too much. And by too much, I mean:  if they had a punch card, I’d have gone through the whole deck. I was on a first-name basis with the bartender. My tongue was stained neon red most of the week. And the lowest of the low: while walking on the beach, a lifeguard gave me a shout-out for double fisting two daiquiris. I am so very ashamed. (For the record, I shouted back ‘cheers!’  and hoped and prayed my sunglasses hid my blushing cheeks).

Turmeric smoothie recipe with coconut, chia and dates.

The embarrassment caused me to hit the reset button. I snuck away to a Whole Foods and procured everything I needed for a little detox turmeric smoothie recipe. It would be icy and delicious, just like my daiquiris, but my body wouldn’t slump in the beach chair after drinking the entire glass. I imagined I would have boundless energy after consuming it, but really, my body was just like OH GOD THAT WAS ROUGH NEVER DO THAT AGAIN PLEASE AND THANK YOU FOR THE COCONUTS.

Shopping for my turmeric smoothie recipe:

I stocked my cart with fresh turmeric, a can of coconut milk, frozen pineapple, dates (you can use honey if you’re adverse) Himalayan salt (for the electrolytes!), and a little scoop of chia seeds from the bulk bins. I felt virtuous in the check-out line, but honestly, I was probably still drunk.

Turmeric recipe: fresh coconut smoothie with turmeric golden milk

I pulled out the blender in the cabinet of the condo, and I laughed while thinking about how it was normally used for making margaritas and daiquiris. Other plans were in store for it today: an anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie recipe with coconut and pineapple!

Golden milk smoothie with coconut milk

I headed to the beach to enjoy my concoction, and made my husband take photos of me doing so. (See, I told you I would!)

Health benefits of turmeric: coconut milk turmeric smoothie


Yield: 2 servings

Coconut Turmeric Smoothie

Golden milk recipe for turmeric smoothie in a fresh coconut.

Golden milk turmeric healthy smoothie for two.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 ripe coconut, cracked and coconut water reserved
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 dates (or 3 tablespoons honey)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 small knob of fresh turmeric (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • for garnish: chia seeds and pomegranate arils


  1. In a high speed blender, add the coconut water from the coconut, the canned coconut milk, dates, frozen pineapple, turmeric and salt.
  2. Puree on high speed until the dates are thoroughly blended.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a glass or bowl, and garnish with chia seeds and pomegranate arils.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 8gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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-If you have a high speed blender, use dates. If not, sub honey (or soak the dates in hot water for about 30 minutes before blending).
-I used full-fat canned coconut milk, plus the coconut water from the inside of the cracked coconut.
-If you can’t find little fingers of fresh turmeric, dried and ground is perfectly fine–use 1-2 teaspoons (taste after adding 1 teaspoon).