Today is a gloomy, drizzly, slightly chilly day in Baltimore. And I’m sipping on one of my favorite warm beverages: turmeric latte. I enjoy this drink frequently and thought I would share my go-to simple recipe with you all. It tastes delicious and always makes my throat feel so good.
The earthy turmeric makes this concoction truly different than all other drinks. So if you are looking for a warm mug of something other than coffee or tea, this may just be the non-caffeinated drink for you. It couldn’t be easier to make at home and it sure is a delicious way to get more turmeric in your life. The deep golden latte will most definitely add a splash of color to your day.
I thought I would provide a quick overview on turmeric but definitely check out the two links I provide below for more comprehensive information.
Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many conditions, including breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance. Many use it as a dietary supplement for inflammation; arthritis; stomach, skin, liver, and gallbladder problems; cancer; and other conditions.
There are a lot of claims about the health benefits of turmeric. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), preliminary studies found that curcuminoids (found in turmeric) may:
- Reduce the number of heart attacks bypass patients had after surgery
- Control knee pain from osteoarthritis as well as ibuprofen did
- Reduce the skin irritation that often occurs after radiation treatments for breast cancer.
To learn more about turmeric as traditional and modern medicine click here.
I listed some optional additional spices you may want to use to “boost” your latte. The warming and spicy ginger, cayenne pepper and black pepper pair wonderfully with the sweet and decadent cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Those spices have also been linked with health benefits so I sometimes add one or more to my latte depending on my mood.
This latte is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and peanut-free. If you substitute coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, flax milk or rice milk then you can easily make it nut-free. Once you give this recipe a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your beautiful cups of sunshine and feature your pic on my Instagram stories.
This warm, sweet and spicy latte is my take on the classic golden latte. With just five base ingredients, you can warm and whisk it up in no time. You can add ginger, cayenne and/or black pepper if desired.
- 1 cup homemade cashew milk or almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)*
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Optional additional spices:
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
- tiny pinch ground black pepper
- Bring almond milk to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add in maple syrup, spices and vanilla extract. Whisk until the spices are well incorporated. Serve immediately. Best when piping hot.
After making this a couple times you may want to adjust the sweetness or spices to your liking.
* For best results I recommend making Homemade Cashew Milk. It is the creamiest and thickest. You could even use 3.5 cups of water in the recipe instead of 4 cups to make it thicker and creamier.