Warm Coconut Banana Golden Milk with Bee Pollen

Creamy, smooth, and nourishing, Dairy-free Coconut Golden Milk will stimulate blood circulation, natural immunity, and organ health. Turmeric is not always well-absorbed, so this recipe shows you the ideal ingredients to optimize its benefits.  Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory food that destroys many types of cancer. This delicious Golden Milkshake is especially formulated with black pepper and quercetin-rich bee pollen, to maximize the health benefits of turmeric.

Here are the four secrets to improve curcumin absorption:

  1. Eat turmeric with black pepper: Black pepper can greatly improve absorption of turmeric in the body.
  2. Add some fat: Turmeric is fat-soluble and thus much better absorbed when taken with fat. Examples of fat are coconut milk, coconut oil, MCT oil, animal fats, butter.
  3. Enjoy it warm: Heat increases the solubility of curcumin by 12 times.
  4. Eat turmeric with quercetin-rich foods: Quercetin, a flavonoid, is known to inhibit an enzyme that inactivates curcumin. Consuming turmeric with quercetin-rich foods can increase the absorption of turmeric in the body. A few high-quercetin foods to consider are: apples, grapes, black tea, green tea, bee pollen, and cocoa powder. Click here for a list of foods high in quercetin.

Bee pollen is famous for being high in antioxidants to protect from free radical damage. It is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, enhance absorption of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and it may boost metabolism and promote longevity. Serves one. Enjoy!

Spicy Banana Golden Milk with Bee Pollen



  • 2 cups any full-fat coconut milk. See my homemade nut milk recipe
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 banana, in chunks
  • Spike the immune system with optional ground spices: Dash of ground cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, carob, or cocoa powder. 


  1. Add all ingredients in a saucepan: coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, bee pollen, and banana.
  2. Heat until steamy but not boiling.
  3. Whiz with an immersion blender until frothy. Pour into a 16 oz mug. Enjoy!

4 Replies to "Warm Coconut Banana Golden Milk with Bee Pollen"

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    Peggy Murray December 27, 2023 (10:35 am)

    Thank you for all your recipes and info throughout the year. I was wondering about the full fat coconut milk. Canned milk is a little expensive. Could you use coconut in a carton and add a teaspoon of coconut oil? It seems the oil would at least add fat.
    Thank you, Peggy

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      Jane Barthelemy February 25, 2024 (4:41 pm)

      Hi Peggy, thanks for your question and sorry for the delay. I don’t see any problem with using carton coconut milk and adding coconut oil.It’s an approximation. Whatever floats your boat is good, as long as it does not contain any other strange ingredients. Best wishes for your delicious health, Jane

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    Peggy October 1, 2021 (7:32 am)

    Do the bananas have to be ripe? Could you use green bananas? I think I have read that green bananas have more resistant starch. I have made golden milk before but the banana will give it more flavor. Thank you for all the information you send out.

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      Jane Barthelemy November 17, 2021 (3:50 am)

      Hi Peggy, YES! You can use green bananas for a milder flavor, more resistant starch, and less sugar. Your choice. Best wishes! Jane

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