Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pumpin Protein Waffles with Turmeric and My Golden Milk

A week or so ago, I joined a new fitness blogging group on Facebook and one of the first conversations I read and took part in, was about turmeric... it's health benefits and how to add it into our diets.

I knew that turmeric has long been considered a superfood by many in the healthy living community, and I have thought from time to time that I would like to start using it more often, but it was this FB chatter that really prompted me to act.

I purchased a 100-gram bag of pure turmeric and that same day made my first cup of Golden Milk. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been making it every couple of days since.  I did use a recipe that I found online, but changed it a bit.   The author does not take credit for it and said that this recipe and variations have been around forever, so I am taking the liberty to share my own version.

If you don't use Stevia, you may want to put a spoonful of honey into this mixture.  It will counteract and bitterness you may taste in the turmeric and make you feel like you are having a luscious treat!

Golden Milk

Golden Milk
Makes 1 serving.
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • healthy dash of cinnamon
  • small dash of black pepper
  • bit of Stevia to sweeten
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan on the stove over MEDIUM-HIGH heat and stir till well-combined.  Do not let boil.
  2. Remove to cup and enjoy!
Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 2.
Calories 73; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 3g; Fat 6g; Fibre 1g.

Golden Milk

Golden Milk

 I was pleased, too, that The Captain liked the taste and texture of it. It is quite thick and creamy.

And now I am working on coming up with more and different ways to add turmeric to our diet.  It has a very brilliant orange color, so it seems a natural to me that it would go more readily into dishes we already expect to be orange.  Don't you agree?  And because the mornings are getting cooler here, well at least a little bit cooler, I pulled a can of pumpkin out of the pantry and set about to making some pumpkin protein waffles... I knew that I could easily hide the turmeric in this batter because it is already orange with pure pumpkin....yup, pumpkin season is about to launch, and so Pumpkin Protein Waffles with Turmeric were born!

Just make sure that if you are using canned pumpkin that you select pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling in this recipe.  As for me, I cannot wait till fresh pumpkins are in the local markets as I do love baking and cooking with them.

I recently received some Vege Pro-7 Protein Powders from North Coast Naturals, so I chose to use the vanilla flavor in these waffles. Vege PRO-7 is very tasty and it features super foods like organic bio-fermented whole grain brown rice, organic sprouted chia, organic Canadian hemp protein, organic pumpkin seed, and other nutrient-dense proteins.  And it has no added artificial colours, sweeteners or flavours. Vege PRO-7 is also made without wheat, soy, dairy, egg, gluten or pea.  And I love it because it is also low fat and low carb, too.  But of course you should use your favorite protein powder.

I also used North Coast Naturals Ultimate Daily Cleanse to add a bit of bulk and more nutrients to my batter. You can use ground flax seeds if you like.

And, one more thing.... I understand that some people find the taste of turmeric a bit bitter, so add a sweetener to this recipe if you must. I didn't, as I think the cinnamon negates any bitter taste, and I topped my waffles with a bit of sugar free syrup and a couple of banana slices.

My recipe makes 2 servings so either share with your friend, or freeze some for another day.  You could also cut it in half.

Pumpkin Protein Waffles with Turmeric

Pumpkin Protein Waffles With Turmeric
Makes 2 servings
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (4)
  • 2 large fresh eggs
  • 2 Tbs Ultimate Daily Cleanse or ground flax seeds
  • 1 heaping tsp turmeric
  • dash of cinnamon
  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Cook in your waffle make according to directions... I used half for each of 2 double waffles.
  3. Keep covered and warm till ready to serve. 
  4. Top as desired.
Per serving, without toppings
Weight Watchers P+ = 5.
Calories 195, Protein 25.1g; Carbohydrates 10g; Fat 7g; Fibre 6.3g.

Pumpkin Protein Waffles with Turmeric

Pumpkin Protein Waffles with Turmeric\

Are you ready for pumpkin season too?

Do you add turmeric to your diet?  What is your favorite way?


  1. I just added turmeric to my grocery order for next week! I keep meaning to buy some and it always slips my mind!

  2. I do love turmeric, but don't use it very often. I never know what to put it in, so thank you for the ideas! I bet the waffles are great!

  3. I have auto-immune issues so thinning my blood is a good thing. Turmeric is a natural way to achieve that. I have a chicken recipe that I use turmeric in, also a salad dressing. I am definitely going to try both of these recipes!

  4. Need to make these STAT! LOVE pumpkin, protein and turmeric! YUM!

  5. i have turmeric on my spice rack and occasionally use it in a recipe or two! mainly soups!

  6. I've heard a lot about turmeric. Supposedly it has so many health benefits. I'd like to try both these recipes!

  7. I love turmeric and sometimes use it in soups! Looks like a great pumpkin waffle recipe. I keep hearing about golden milk. Have never tried it though.

  8. In India we have turmeric milk often. It is drank for colds, flus and for general well being. We add a little ghee too.

  9. SO INTERESTING and intriguing to me as Ive never ever tried anything with tumeric!

  10. I am totally making these!! They look so so good.

  11. Haha when I first read the title I thought it said pumpkin and I thought yes, my first pumpkin recipe of the year! I seem to have a one track fall mind lately :) Even with no pumpkin it sounds delicious.


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