Make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! This Turmeric Latte Recipe is so easy and inexpensive you'll never buy a coffee shop golden latte again. Best of all, since the mix is made in bulk, you can make a homemade turmeric latte whenever you like - and it makes for a fabulous homemade gift, too.
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Hands up if you love a good Turmeric Latte? C'mon, where are my fellow golden milk lovers at?!
Oh heyyyyy, there you are!
I love a gently-sweetened dairy-free turmeric latte as much as the next guy. You know what I don't love? Forking over my hard earned dollars for an often mediocre golden latte at a coffee shop.
The coffee shop people don't want you to know this, but I've cracked the code for an incredible homemade Turmeric Latte recipe you can make at home. Also? I've done some super complex recipe math for you and figured out how to make this recipe in bulk, because who has time for measuring out tiny amounts of spices each time you've got a hankering for a nice mug of golden milk? Not this lady!
More good news: Turmeric Latte Mix makes a mighty fine homemade gift that will take you five minutes to pull together if you like to take your sweet time measuring and stirring stuff. (Related: 14 Awesome Edible Gifts)
What do I need to make turmeric latte mix?
We're going in with a blend of spices to fancy up the turmeric latte recipe. You're gonna need some:
- Turmeric --> I feel like that one's obvious
- Ginger --> Powdered, ground ginger please
- Cinnamon --> As one does
- Cardamom --> We're getting fancy
- Cloves --> To round things out
- Black pepper --> A little something extra
How to make this recipe:
Step 1: Combine the spices in a bowl.
Step 2: Mix thoroughly.
That's it. You're done.
Pro Tips / Recipe Notes:
- For the best flavour and health benefits, use a fresh package of turmeric and other spices. This stuff isn't expensive, so biff that ancient package at the back of your cupboard!
- How long will my turmeric latte mix last? I like to use it up within 3 months for maximum flavour and health benefits.
- Is this recipe vegan? Yes, if you make your turmeric latte with a plant-based milk.
- Can I add a sweetener to the mix? You can, but I prefer to control the sweetness of my turmeric lattes (and prefer to use a liquid sweetener), so I left it out.
How to make a turmeric latte:
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.
I find that ½-1 teaspoon of turmeric latte mix is perfect for my own tastes - a little goes a long way.
Step 1: Scoop out a teaspoon or so (depending on how many lattes you're making) of turmeric latte mix and place into a saucepan.
Step 2: Add a splash of your milk of choice (I use oat milk here) and whisk to combine.
Step 4: Add the remaining milk, and whisk to combine.
Step 5: Gently heat your turmeric latte until the milk is steaming.
Step 6: Pour into a mug, add sweetener if desired, and enjoy!
(There are more specific instructions in the recipe card down below)
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.
What's the deal with turmeric anyways?
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 of turmeric 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.
Why is there black pepper in my latte?
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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Turmeric Latte Mix
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 ½ 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 ½ - 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!
- Nutrition values are an estimate only and are based on the mix only, not the added milk.
This recipe was originally published December 6, 2017. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on November 3, 2020.