Today I want to talk about and give you a recipe that is Vegan-Friendly, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Keto Friendly. What am I talking about and that is what is known around the world as Golden Milk but I want to start off by talking a little about the main Ingredient in the latte and that is turmeric.
Depending on the availability and preference, you can use fresh turmeric and ginger or ground turmeric and ginger powder.
You can always alter the recipe according to your taste. You can always add more but you can’t take away so it is always best to start off light then work your way up the amounts I give in the recipe.
I will do a more detailed post about turmeric and go more in-depth with the benefits turmeric has for our bodies and guts.
Here are some links to the products I use for my Golden Milk Iced Latte
Have you tried turmeric milk yet? I’ve been making turmeric milk for many years, even before I went vegetarian. Back then I used to drink it with honey which I now skip or I use Grade A Organic Maple Syrup, Organic stevia or sometimes a sugar-free syrup. As for the sugar-free syrups I go by season and mood. Sometimes I will use SF (Sugar-Free) pumpkin syrup in the summer and SF Vanilla Syrup but mainly I use Maple Syrup because I always have it on hand because I use it in most of my baked goods.
I don’t think that golden milk is to everyone’s taste – some say it’s an acquired taste – but I totally dig it. It’s great any time of the year, both iced and hot (I prefer mine Iced). I know what you are thinking… So what is golden milk? Turmeric, which is the main ingredient, gives this milk the vibrant golden color (hence the name Golden Milk) and is responsible for its several health benefits. Turmeric is a powerful adaptogen and just like ginseng, green tea, maca or ashwagandha, it can help improve your health in several ways. Some of the beneficial effects of turmeric are:
Ginger gives the drink a bit of a kick.
Cinnamon pairs very well with turmeric and adds some sweet undertones to the drink.
Vanilla extract (or vanilla bean powder)
This adds more of that trendy coffee shop flavor to the drink. Vanilla bean powder needs to be used for AIP.
This drink has a lot of strong flavors, so maple syrup helps sweeten it. You can leave it out if you’d rather have it unsweetened, but I highly recommend it.
- Curcumin, that gives turmeric its vibrant color, has anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is the main cause of heart disease and a contributor to many common Western diseases.
- It has antioxidant properties protecting our body from free radical damage
- Can help prevent and even treat cancer
- Immune boosting properties (it’s perfect for this time of year!)
- Helps relieve muscle pain
- Improves digestion
- Has anti-stress and anti-aging effects
- Is beneficial for endocrine and neuroendocrine systems. It can improve autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s or rheumatoid arthritis.
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk ( I use So Delicious Vegan Vanilla Almond Milk) (480 ml/ 16 fl oz)
- 2 tbsp freshly grated turmeric or 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (significantly improves absorption of turmeric)
- Stevia drops to taste or Vanilla Extract to taste ( You can even use vanilla powder)
- Optional: 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil ( I do use coconut oil)
- If using fresh Ginger and Turmeric you want to grate it until you reach the measurements. If you are using powder go ahead and measure the powder turmeric and ginger.
- Pour the almond milk ( or coconut milk) into a saucepan. Add grated turmeric and ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and stevia drops.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the spices. Optionally, add coconut oil and combine using a hand whisk or pour in a blender and pulse until smooth and frothy. Or you can use a milk frother.
- At this point, if you want to drink it hot then serve immediately! Or you can let it cool down (you can put it in the freezer for 5 minutes or until cooled down add ice and enjoy)!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post? Today I wanted to bring you something different. Health just isn’t about the foods you eat or the exercises you do. I believe health comes in all forms and that even includes what we drink. If you try this recipe for Golden Milk Latte let me know how you like it and if you changed anything. If you have tried Golden Milk Latte before do you have any tips and tricks for someone that hasn’t tried it before? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have.
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