This dairy-free turmeric almond milk latte recipe is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet to start your morning.
Like a crown jewel, a turmeric almond milk latte is golden in color. It’s the perfect end to any meal, or simply a satisfying warm beverage on its own. Popular in recent years amongst the hipsters at bohemian cafes, it has its roots in Indian culture.
The traditional drink is not exactly the dairy-free, new age, turmeric almond milk latte I drink. The use of turmeric in Ayurvedic medicine dates back quite a while. And, the mixing of turmeric and milk creates a restorative beverage that is regularly in use in India.
I had my first turmeric latte in Wellington New Zealand. We arrived at a delightful cafe and just as I was about to order my dairy-free cafe latte, I saw a sign out of the corner of my eye.
Honestly, it was the rich golden color that caught my eye first. Spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and, of course, turmeric, I would have named it a chai turmeric latte. With it being dairy-free, how could I resist?
This hot drink ticks all of the boxes
What you need to make a turmeric almond milk latte
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- Espresso machine or other milk steamer
Ingredients for a turmeric almond milk latte:
- Turmeric (ground)
- Cinnamon (ground)
- Ginger (ground)
- Cardamon (ground)
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
- Black pepper (ground)
- Almond milk
More than just delicious
While I love to think of us as cool trendsetters, if the truth be told, after enjoying that first one two years ago, I went back to coffee drinks.
Then, a diagnosis of an inflammatory condition. Being a fan of natural medicines, I did a bit of research, and suddenly the memories of the spices in an almond milk turmeric latte came flooding back. The recipes we found were not quite right. However, a few experiments later, and we believe we have perfection.
Medicinal properties of the spices
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and am not offering medical advice. The following is from this WebMD article “Spices and Herbs that Can Help You Stay Healthy”.
Turmeric is a good source of curcumin; therefore, an antioxidant that eases inflammation and may help reduce pain. Turmeric may also prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Cinnamon may reduce inflammation, fend off free radicals, and fight bacteria.
Cardamon is high in magnesium and zinc, soothes an upset stomach, and may help fight inflammation.
Ginger can help with an upset stomach and ease nausea. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Why almond milk?
Okay, this one is personal. I am dairy-free so that limited my options, and I love the flavor of almond milk. However, that said, the recipe would work exactly the same if you substituted the almond milk for your favorite milk. Even dairy milk will do.
Step by step to our turmeric almond milk latte recipe
Our turmeric almond milk latte recipe
This recipe was contributed by Jeff Albom.
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 cup (250 mL) almond milk
- Measure the dry spices together in a bowl and set aside.
- Pour the almond milk into a large mug.
- Add the vanilla extract and maple syrup to the mug and stir.
- Add the dry spices to the mug and stir.
- Heat the milk and mixture with the steaming wand on an espresso machine till hot. If you have a milk frothing thermometer, heat until 130°-150°F (55°-65°C).
- Alternately, place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat while stirring until hot.
Almond milk can be substituted in equal amounts for soy, coconut, or dairy milk.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 250 mL
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and it will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
Anytime you would have a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, is also the perfect time for an almond milk turmeric latte. However, it also goes great with some of our favorite gluten and dairy-free snacks like cinnamon muffins, banana muffins, macaroons, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies.
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