Turmeric lattes are becoming as popular as chai lattes once were. But these are not full of sugary syrup. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. There are times when I love a good chai latte (or even a dirty chai – which has a shot of coffee). Turmeric lattes are full of health-giving turmeric. Turmeric has many health benefits including being full of antioxidants, and offering antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It is said to be beneficial for those suffering alzheimers and also diabetes.
Turmeric is a herb, but unlike most herbs that are harvested for the leaves, turmeric is harvested for its tubular root, which looks a bit like ginger. You can purchase organic turmeric powder online from Aussie Health Products.
There are many recipes online for ‘Golden Paste’. I’ve tried a few and this variation of them is my favourite. When I first tried turmeric lattes I thought I’d have to hold my nose as I drank it, but surprisingly that wasn’t the case and it was actually quite peasant to drink, even a little sweet, and definitely smooth and creamy. I’ve even sometimes substitute my morning coffee for a turmeric latte which is saying something as I love my morning coffee.
The pepper and coconut oil can be omitted but they both improve the absorption of the turmeric, so it’s best if you can include them when making the paste. The turmeric paste will last for a couple of weeks stored in the fridge. When making the latte, mix a teaspoon of the paste with your favourite plant-based milk. I like home-made soy or almond. If you’re going to buy milk, check the ingredients. You want as few ingredients as possible, preferably just the nut or bean and water.