Following on from last week’s podcast on toxins, what better way to introduce a recipe containing detoxifying ingredients. Turmeric is mostly recognised for its lovely yellow to orange colour in curries and is one of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients. It is also a powerful antioxidant.
Enter the Turmeric Latte – don’t be put off by the sound of having turmeric as a drink for the most part turmeric is tasteless. This really is delicious and nourishing – it tastes a little like liquid gingerbread.
This recipe is one of those versatile recipes that can be catered to the time you have and what you happen to have banging around in your cupboard. Due to my Dutch heritage I’m a bit of a sucker for those speculaas type spices, so I’ve added a couple of optional extras you can add to your lovely yellow turmeric latte. I prefer to make it with fresh ginger and fresh turmeric but its just as yummy with the powdered alternatives. Lastly, you can skip the blending process if you like, just strain the mixture before drinking it. But definitely dont do what I do and forget to put the blender lid on....the end result...exploded turmeric milk everywhere!!!
2cm piece of fresh turmeric (or ½ - ¾ tsp of turmeric powder)
2cm piece of fresh ginger (or ¼ tsp ground ginger)
1 cup of your milk of choice (I prefer a mix of almond and coconut milk)
½ tsp of vanilla extract or paste
1 tsp of maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp of nut butter (I prefer almond)
½ tsp of cinnamon
Pinch of salt and pepper
Optional: Pinch of nutmeg
Optional: Pinch of cardamom (or crush a pod and add the seeds)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender for about 30 seconds.
Pour into a small pot and warm through.
Add to your favourite cup and sprinkle with more cinnamon and/or turmeric
Notes: Having the pepper increases turmeric’s bioavailability.