This easy turmeric latte is a delicious warming beverage made with turmeric, nut milk, cinnamon, and other Indian spices. A great alternative to coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
A Delicious Turmeric Latte
This beverage is close to my heart because when I was growing up, my mom would always make me a cup of warm turmeric milk whenever I was sick. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of it at the time (I wasn’t a big fan of food in general), but over the years I’ve grown to appreciate this golden elixir. In Hindi, we call it “haldi ka doodh” (“haldi means turmeric and “doodh” means milk).
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It’s a staple in every Indian household. Whenever I go visit my parents now, turmeric is sprinkled in almost every dish my mom cooks.
Over the weekend, I met up with a friend for tea. We both ended up ordering turmeric lattes. They were delicious but they were also $10! While I’m all about indulging in delicious beverages from time to time, I prefer making my own these days for a fraction of the cost. Those lattes add up really quick! Plus when you make your own, you’re choosing the quality of the ingredients.
Make it Frothy!
To make the turmeric latte frothy, you don’t even need a milk frother. A good old blender will do the trick! However, I must caution you that turmeric stains everything and will stain your blender as well if you don’t wash it out quickly. I use my Vitamix to make my turmeric beverages frothy but immediately (and I mean immediately) wash every bit of it with soap and warm water.
The Benefits of Golden Milk
You can make this sweet and delicious drink in less than 10 minutes. And while turmeric milk is traditionally made with whole milk, I used almond milk for this recipe. Enjoy it anytime during the day. It also makes a delicious nighttime beverage to unwind and sleep better after a long day.
I love all of the ingredients used in this warming beverage, each packed with benefits. Here are some of my favorites:
- Turmeric – curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It’s known to have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body and is a very strong antioxidant. Since it’s fat soluble, it’s best to consume it with a little fat, like ghee or coconut oil. And a little goes a long way — you don’t need teaspoons of turmeric to benefit from it.
- Cinnamon – another spice with medicinal properties. It protects our bodies from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can have a beneficial effect on insulin resistance. It’s a natural sweetener, smells incredible, and tastes great!
- Ginger – helps with nausea, digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and even pain relief.
- Black pepper – helps reduce inflammation, is antimicrobial, rich in vitamins and mineral, and packed with antioxidants.
I hope you enjoy this warm and delicious beverage. If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Just tag your photos to #realandvibrant on Instagram. There’s truly nothing that inspires me more than seeing you guys trying out the recipes I post.
Easy Turmeric Latte
A delicious warming beverage made with turmeric, nut milk, cinnamon, and other Indian spices. A great alternative to coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk (preferably unsweetened)
- 1 tsp coconut oil or MCT oil
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, sliced
- pinch of black pepper
- sweetener, to taste (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a whisk. Bring to a light boil. After about 10 minutes, turn off the heat.
To create the frothy texture, pour the mixture into a blender using a strainer (only if your blender can handle hot beverages). Blend for about 30 seconds (be careful not to hurt yourself since the liquid is hot!).
Sprinkle a little ground cinnamon at the bottom of your cups, if you'd like to make it a little fancier. Then pour the turmeric milk into the two cups (if you skipped the blender, be sure to use a strainer to remove the ginger).
Scoop out any remaining froth from the blender. Be sure to wash your blender immediately to prevent stains from the turmeric. Enjoy!
Turmeric will stain your blender, so immediately wash it out with soap. Ideally, you want to use a blender with a glass jar that won't stain.