Healing Turmeric Latte


As the season begins to transition from summer to fall, I find myself craving something warm and trying new drinks in my repertoire. Turmeric lattes are perfect in the morning or whenever you need something warming, and the best part is that you can make one at home just as easily as brewing a cup of coffee!

Turmeric lattes have become increasingly popular in recent days, but I found it’s just as simple (and more budget friendly) to make yourself. That way, you can customize and use your preferred ingredients.

Turmeric is a plant, native to Asia, whose rhizomes are dried and ground into a powder and used in many applications-- from food to dyes, and even medicine. The ochre hued powder has been used for millennia in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and continues to be a popular supplement today. Turmeric contains curcumin which is said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Absorption is improved when taken with black pepper (which is why you often see turmeric lattes served with black pepper!)

This turmeric latte recipe consists of only 4 ingredients so it’s essential that you use the highest quality products-- especially the turmeric and milk. Since the pandemic, I’ve experimented with making my own essentials at home, here’s a recipe for homemade almond milk, and have invested in some kitchen gadgets like this milk frother from Williams Sonoma. 

I also love the turmeric powder from Banyan Botanicals, which is organic and sustainably sourced, and a good place for Ayurvedic resources. Traditionally, golden milk (haldi doodh) is made with dairy milk but I prefer to use almond milk or light coconut milk. 

To make a turmeric latte all the tools you need is a small saucepan-- that’s it, really! The milk frother is optional but I enjoy the texture it gives.

Turmeric lattes with breakfast but they also make a great pair to a brunch (easy to scale up for guests), with dessert, or whenever you want an alternative to coffee.  

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Serves 4

2 cups milk of choice

1 tsp turmeric powder (to taste)

2 tbsp sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or agave)

1 pinch black pepper (freshly ground) 

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat and pour in the milk. Once milk begins to steam stir in turmeric powder and sweetener, lower heat and continue to heat without letting the mixture boil for 1-2 minutes, stir frequently.

  2. If using, froth the milk until desired consistency is reached. You can taste the latte now to gauge for any adjustments.

  3. Pour into a mug and top with a crack of fresh black pepper to activate the benefits of turmeric. Enjoy!

5 More Warming drinks that are not coffee: 

Matcha Latte 

London Fog

Chai Latte

Minty Hot Chocolate

Mushroom Elixer 

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