You can make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! It’s as easy as whisking turmeric together with a blend of spices, it’s inexpensive, and it makes for a fabulous homemade gift.
In my first few weeks of working from home I was able to get away with sitting in my home office with the doors closed and tap tap tapping away on my computer for another hour or so after Niko came home from daycare. I knew once he figured out I was in there it would be game over and I’d have to figure something else out, and that day came about four weeks into this big adventure.
Swooooooosh, the sliding door that connects my office with Niko’s room slides open, and there proudly stands my boy, grinning and pointing, “Mamma working!”
So now, on the days when Paul is responsible for daycare pickup, I’ve been hitting up local coffee shops so I can sit and work for a couple more hours. Since I’m one of those delicate flowers who can’t have any caffeine after 10 in the morning, I’ve been working my way through the caffeine-free offerings. One of the places in my neighbourhood has golden lattes on the menu; a blend of turmeric, ginger, and other spices, made with dairy free milk and sweetened with honey.
This is now my favourite drink on the menu, because it’s tasty, warming, and not too sweet, unlike their rooibos latte which seems to have roughly 1000 pumps of sugar syrup even if you ask for it half sweet. The golden latte is tiny, though, I tend to slurp it back in a matter of minutes, and expensive.
Good news! It’s incredibly easy to whip up a batch of your own turmeric latte mix. If you’ve already got all of the spices in your cupboard it will take no more than five precious minutes of your time to measure, stir, and then spoon the mixture into a jar. Seriously, it’s so easy. This particular turmeric latte mix contains turmeric (obvs), ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper.
Some turmeric latte mixes I looked into contained a sweetener of sorts, but I prefer to control the sweetness of my turmeric lattes (and prefer to use a liquid sweetener), so I left it out. It’s also worth noting that a fresh packet of turmeric is what you want here. If you’ve got turmeric at the back of your spice cupboard that’s older than time, treat yourself to a new packet. It isn’t expensive, and well worth it both in terms of flavour and for health benefits.
When you’re ready to make yourself a cozy and soothing warm golden milk drink, all you need to do is whisk some of the turmeric latte mix into the milk of your choice, heat it on the stove top until steaming, add a touch of sweetener (a smidge of honey is my jam) and there ya go. Turmeric latte done did.
So what’s the deal with turmeric anyways? Are turmeric lattes really all they’re cracked up to be, or just a trendy hipster drink? Well, I dug into the science and all signs are pointing towards turmeric, even in latte form, having a myriad of health benefits.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, with tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. Curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its golden colour, is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric, and has important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. The anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the many pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, without any noted side effects.
But it’s health benefits don’t end there. Curcumin has been shown to protects the liver form toxins and congestion, lowers cholesterol, reduces menstrual pain, helps with flatulence, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies are being conducted on the effectiveness of curcumin in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, as well as the prevention and treatment of several different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer, and childhood leukaemia.
Hey nutrition lady, why is there black pepper in my drink? Black pepper adds a delicious kick to your turmeric latte, I assure you, but it’s not just there for fun. Studies have shown that piperine, a compound in freshly ground black pepper, help us absorb the curcumin from turmeric up to 1000 times better!
Another something to consider when it comes time to make your turmeric latte is adding a little oil to the mix, as fat does wonders to help us absorb curcumin. If you’re using full-fat cow’s milk then you’re in business, but if you prefer a plant-based milk such as almond you’ll want to add a touch of something to get the full benefits. I use oat milk which has some canola oil already in it, but from time to time I’ll add a bit of MCT oil along with my turmeric latte mix.
Whether you mix up a batch for yourself, or you make a turmeric latte mix for an easy-yet-thoughtful homemade gift, I hope you give it a go. I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
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DIY Turmeric Latte Mix
You can make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! It's as easy as whisking turmeric together with a blend of spices, inexpensive, and makes for a fabulous homemade gift.
Turmeric Latte Mix
- 5 Tablespoons ground turmeric
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To Make a Turmeric Latte
- 1 1/2 cups milk of choice I like oat milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric latte mix
- 1 teaspoon honey or other liquid sweetener
To Make Turmeric Latte Mix
In a bowl combine turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and black pepper. Whisk to combine. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid.
To Make a Turmeric Latte
Place a splash of the milk and 1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix in a small pot. Whisk to combine.
Add the remaining milk, whisk to combine, and heat over medium-high heat until steaming.
Carefully pour into a mug, add sweetener of choice, and enjoy!