Golden Turmeric Latte – Why This is The Best Drink in Town
I know I’ve given a recipe here for spiced turmeric milk already, but this being Veganuary and all that, I thought I’d give you my vegan version. Plus I’ve learnt a thing or two about the super spice since writing that post. Golden turmeric latte is not only a healthful drink, it’s also quite delicious.
Turmeric is not the most obvious ingredient for a drink, but it’s becoming increasingly popular. Even in our quiet country town, our local cafe, Olive & Co, does a mean turmeric latte. It’s become my favourite drink to order there.
Of all the common spices we’re likely to have in our kitchens, turmeric is relatively mild in taste. It might take a while to get used to it if you’re unfamiliar with the flavour, but I took to it straight away. I make a cup of golden turmeric latte two or three times a week, usually on days when I’ve not added turmeric to my morning smoothie or planning to include it in whatever I’m making for lunch or supper.
The key to consuming turmeric, apparently, is to ensure you take it with some black pepper and fat. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful antioxidant which is best known for its anti-inflammatory effects. It’s also antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric is, however, difficult for the body to absorb. Piperine, found in black pepper, is said to enhance its bioavailability as does taking it with fat.
I try to consume some of this golden spice most days as my joints are decidedly creaky. Since taking it on a near daily basis for the last six months or so, I have noticed a real difference. My joints are still a bit stiff, but the pain is significantly less. I’ve also got my mother onto it; she’s really noticed an improvement in her arthritis.
Warm milky drinks have been popular for a long time and once you’ve added some sweetener, a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon, this one is really very tasty. So, if you haven’t yet sipped on a golden turmeric latte, I urge you to go try a cup. It might just put a spring in your step.
- 250ml rice milk, or milk of choice
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 scant tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- good grinding of black pepper
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Warm the milk and coconut oil gently in a pan You want to get the milk hot, but make sure it doesn't boil, especially if using a non-dairy milk.
- When hot, whisk in the turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Taste and add a little more maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth.
- Pour into two small cups or glasses and sip slowly.
Want a reminder? Why not pin this golden turmeric latte for later?
Other recipes where turmeric is the star of the show
- Fresh turmeric pickle via Give Me Some Spice
- Healing Indian eggplant hummus via Strength & Sunshine
- Golden banana , turmeric & maple syrup smoothie via Kavey Eats
- Kill-a-cold lentil curry with kale & red peppers via Tin and Thyme
- Spiced parsnip spinach soup with apple and turmeric via Tin and Thyme