Turmeric lattes, aka 'golden milk', seem to be having a bit of a moment. And rightly so, they’re bloody delicious. And good for your gut. Just don’t spill any on your sheets cos turmeric stains like a total b*tch.
Having developed somewhat of an addition to Pret’s hella pricey golden turmeric version, I decided enough’s enough; I need to learn to make my own at home. (There also isn’t a Pret round our ends and yeah I need a weekend fix.) It turns out turmeric lattes are mega mega easy to make. Plus they're easily adaptable and work well with all kinds of dairy/ soy/ almond milks. Aaaaand, cheap! Unlike my other fave coffee-alternative, matcha which is pretty much as costly as gold dust, turmeric is DIRT CHEAP. And you can buy it from any grocery store easy. Without further ado then…
How to make a turmeric latte
You can play around with the ingredients and the quantities but for a straight up turmeric latte...
— 1 cup of milk (I went for Pip & Nut Almond Milk with Honey & Vanilla as I had it in but I’d probably usually go for soy or regular semi-skim milk)
— 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
— 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
— 1 teaspoon almond or cashew butter (sounds weird but it works)
— Honey to taste
— Dash of cracked black pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric so you can soak up the health benefits)
— Heat all the ingredients in a pan on the stove until it starts to simmer — don’t let it boil.
— Pour the mixture into a blender (I use the KitchenAid Diamond Blender and love it), and blitz up to make sure everything is well mixed and to create that frothy latte top.
— Pour into a cup and voila. DELICIOUS.
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Why you should drink turmeric?
Turmeric is an age old natural anti-inflammatory that's been used for hundreds of years to help everything from stomach upset to arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, IBS and skin irritations. Its anti-bacterial qualities supposedly help the skin too, reducing blemishes and acne, plus there are a whole load of other claims around it including lowering cholesterol, fighting infection and delaying diabetes. BASICALLY, it's super good for ya!