Golden Milk Latte

I didn’t discover the benefits of turmeric until after going vegan. I’m sure the spice appeared in foods I ate before then, but it’s a primary component in tofu scramble, and post-vegan, tofu scramble had become one of my favorite foods so I became very familiar with turmeric as a result. It took even longer for me to discover that turmeric had benefits such as being a natural anti-inflammatory. I only thought about it’s ability to make things yellow and it’s vibrant smell and flavor, which reminded me of all the aromatic, bright and beautiful Indian and Asian spices. But I should have known that everything Mother Nature has provided us with likely has some beneficial purpose for our insides and outsides. Then, I finally discovered golden milk lattes. Initially, putting turmeric in hot milk didn’t sound appealing– that was until I tried it– and it was delicious. Not to mention that anytime I’m aware that what I’m eating or drinking can have a positive impact on my health, it makes me like it all that much more. So cheers to you golden milk latte– I heart you and your yellow hue.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/3 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garam masala seasoning (optional)*
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper**
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1-2 teaspoons vegan brown sugar ( or other vegan sweetener; amount can be adjusted depending on how sweet you want your latte to be)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon coconut oil**

What to Do:

  1. Place a saucepan over a low simmer heat and add milk.
  2. Stir into the milk the garam masala seasoning and black pepper.
  3. Let milk sit over heat until it starts to develop steam and is hot.
  4. Add turmeric, cinnamon, brown sugar and coconut oil to latte.
  5. Stir latte to mix all ingredients well, about 20 seconds or so.
  6. Once latte is steaming or has come to a light boil, remove from heat immediately.
  7. Transfer to a mug and sprinkle with additional cinnamon on top to garnish, if desired.***

 

* The garam masala, which is a blend of Indian spices, adds even more of a spice-filled and unique flavor to the latte. But it’s optional. Another spice I use is nutmeg which is great if you want to use something instead of garam masala and offers a more subtle flavor but you still get that nice spice kick.

** The black pepper and coconut oil are very important components for the turmeric to properly work as a natural anti-inflammatory, so don’t omit them! Find out why here. If you’re allergic to pepper, you should at least include the coconut oil with the turmeric to help with absorption.

 *** The spice mixture may settle to the bottom of the latte, so be sure to stir frequently.

Date Posted on Instagram: 9/18/18