How to Make a Turmeric Latte [Recipe]
If you’re someone who frequents coffee shops for a warm, comforting cup of Joe in the morning you may have noticed a golden addition to the menu that’s stolen a bit of the limelight of late.
It’s bright, it’s caffeine-free, and it’s ready to add a very smug healthy glow to your mornings.
I’m talking about the Turmeric Latte of course.
It feels like overnight, every cafe in town has “Turmeric Latte” (also referred to as “Turmeric Milk”, “Turmeric Mylk” and “Golden Mylk”) featured on its chalkboard, and it’s with good reason. For one thing, we’re all trying to find coffee alternatives that inspire the same level of AM devotion and anticipation that comes with the promise of caffeine.
I dunno about you but the dandelion teas of the world just don’t cut it for me as a coffee replacement no matter how many health coaches insist “it tastes just like coffee” (side note: be wary of deceiving an uncaffeinated coffee drinker).
Fellow coffee drinkers will understand the sacred entitlement we share in looking forward to our cherished morning beverage and refusing to function until it is at least 50% consumed.
But, I have to agree with those health folks…sometimes we do need a (short) break from our loyal friend.
Maybe you’re on a (temporary) caffeine ban as part of some health kick or simply looking to reduce your consumption because you don’t want to rely on that addictive mofo to function.
Or perhaps you’re running a little life experiment to see if you can, in fact, last a day without coffee, in which case I raise my long black to you.
However, before you jump on this Turmeric Latte craze you may be asking what makes the Turmeric Latte so special? (Hint: it’s got something to do with the turmeric).
I don’t know if you’ve heard but turmeric contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidant curcumin, a natural compound that fights inflammation at a molecular level and has been scientifically found to treat arthritis and help prevent nasties like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and the big C.
With winter being the season of sniffles when our immunity is tested, it makes sense to introduce a hot drink with super health-boosting powers that also tastes as deliciously creamy and satisfying as coffee.
How to Make A Turmeric Latte at Home
This Turmeric Latte recipe will warm you up on the coldest of winter mornings, with the added benefit of naturally dying the tips of your moustache a delightful golden hue.
- 1/4-1/2 cup of coconut milk or cream (or almond milk for a thinner consistency)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of organic dried turmeric, or freshly grated turmeric root (but let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cardamon
- 1 tsp unrefined organic coconut oil or MCT oil
- Pinch of black pepper (don’t skip this one guys – it increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s active compound curcumin by tenfold)
- 1/2-1 tsp raw organic honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste
- 1/2-3/4 cup boiled water
- 1 shot of coffee (just kidding 😀 )
- 1 tsp. grated ginger root or 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
- Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- Pinch of vanilla bean powder
- Pinch of chilli powder
Add all ingredients to a blender or Nutribullet and blitz until smooth, frothy and seductive. Note: ensure the combined mixture is not too hot to blend and take care when opening the Nutribullet post-blitz. Be safe.
Alternatively, combine ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently over the stove. You can use a wire whisk or immersion blender to froth the mixture if desired, before pouring into a mug.
(For those questioning if this can be made in the microwave, don’t make me get all health-snob on you. Obvs not).
Just combine, heat and blend. It’s that easy.
You’ll soon agree, turmeric mylk is one of the best healthy alternatives to coffee in the morning if you’re chasing a grounding healthy high.
Or just place an order at your local coffee shop. Your barista may roll their eyes, but you’ll be too healthy to notice.
If you enjoyed this post and are in search of more great ways to use turmeric, check our my posts on how to make Superfood Shots.
Have you made a Turmeric Latte before?
Let me know your thoughts 🙂