Vegan spiced turmeric latte (Golden milk)
As it gets into the colder months, the rise in popularity of different flavoured (and coloured) hot drinks start appearing across social media, from green matcha to purple beetroot lattes. A huge hit this season is turmeric lattes, aka ‘golden milk’. As well as being visually appealing and perfect for an Instagram snap, they also have all of the health benefits of turmeric packed in. I decided to make a simple recipe that you can make at home! There are 100s of different recipes out there and all of the different ingredients really can be tailored to taste, I just found this recipe works best to get the all-round warming feeling whilst still tasting deliciously sweet. All of my recipes are also 100% vegan.
These lattes are perfect to warm you up on a cold day and also provide a natural boost of energy as an alternative to caffeine.
The main benefits are thought to include: helping aid natural weight loss, anti-inflammatory properties, regulating cholesterol and being beneficial to different skin conditions. More controversial or perhaps optimistic properties of turmeric are that it is thought to be an anti-carcinogenic as well as helping other chronic conditions. As turmeric has very little taste, it is easy to add to food and drink without being noticeable (other than the amazing vibrant gold colour it adds). This is why many people use it as a natural food colourant in cooking and baking.
I am particularly interested in including turmeric in my diet to see if the anti-inflammatory properties could help improve my recuring runners knee (PFPS) and speed up recovery.
1 1/2 cups Cashew milk (or your favourite plant milk)
1-2 tsp turmeric (or until desired colour is reached)
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp black pepper
Pinch of ground cinnamon (+ extra for sprinkling)
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
2 tbsp agave (or desired sweetner, also optional)*
3/4 tsp vanilla essence (not pictured)*
*If you have flavoured syrup you could sub this in for the sweetner and vanilla.
(If you prefer, you can use fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick, however it will need sieving before serving.)
1. Slowly heat the plant milk in a saucepan over a low heat until heated through.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined and thickened.
3. If you desire, use a milk frother or hand blender to create a foamy top layer to the latte.
4. Pour into a glass and sprinkle cinnamon over the top to decorate. (I recommend serving in a glass mug to show off the vibrant gold colour.)
Thanks for reading!