VANILLA TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK RECIPE

Posted by Sweet Envy Chocolate and Tea on

The health benefits of Turmeric, this comforting turmeric tea is also just the perfect way to cozy up at the end of a long day. I think it’s reminiscent of a chai latte – warming and a bit spicy. Take this recipe and customize however you’d like! The options are pretty much endless.

INGREDIENTS:
* 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
* 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon honey, to taste (can sub pure maple syrup for vegan version)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (can sub 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger, to taste)
* 1 5-inch cinnamon stick (can sub 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)*
OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
Add with the other spices, at the beginning of the process.
* Pinch freshly ground black pepper (optional)*
* 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and entire bean added
* 2-3 cardamom pods, crushed
* 1 star anise
* Pinch ground cayenne pepper
* Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
* Black peppercorns
DIRECTIONS:
1. Set a small saucepan over low heat. Add the almond milk, 1 teaspoon honey, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon stick, and black pepper and stir with a whisk until combined.
2. Bring to steaming, just below a simmer. Do not let it come to a boil. Keep just below a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Remove the cinnamon stick. If you added other spices that need to be strained out, strain using a fine-mesh strainer then return to the pan. Stir in the vanilla and coconut oil (if using). Taste and add additional honey if desired (I like about 2 teaspoons).
4. Use a frother to froth the tea, if desired. Pour into a mug and spoon the froth over the top. Serve.
* Coconut oil and ground black pepper have both been found to help increase the absorption of curcumin, the beneficial anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric. I usually include both for this reason.
VEGAN OPTION:
Use pure maple syrup instead of honey to sweeten.


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