Turmeric is a favourite of mine (I actually need to stop having favourites!) – it has so many wonderful properties including being anti-inflammatory and wonderful for the immune system (its antibacterial and antifungal as well). I have loved turmeric for a long time and during one of my travels to India I found a book just on Turmeric and all of its health benefits … seriously, what can’t turmeric do!?!?
Whilst to get a lot of the benefit of turmeric (curcumin being the most active component in turmeric) you will need to take a professionally prescribed nutritional supplement or liquid herbal medicine, I always look for ways to make ‘food our medicine’ – and with the love of turmeric lattes taking off this can only help our bodies!
When making your turmeric latte at home you will need to experiment with the right flavour combination for you – you may want more sweetness, or less ginger or more cinnamon – it’s all about what makes it work for you.
Two things that I believe you must include however in your latte to increase the bioavailability of the curcumin are:
Pepper – the piperine constituent in pepper helps make curcumin more bioavailable (which means you will have more curcumin absorbed than if you had it without pepper)
Fat – turmeric is fat soluble, so for your body to absorb it properly you really need to consume it with some healthy fats – coconut milk or almond milk is perfect for this. You will also see recipes that include a spoon of coconut oil or even butter and this would be why (as well as taste of course)
So, with all of that in mind here is a recipe for you to have a play with:
1 cup coconut milk (almond or cashew milk also works well) - I like to use CocoQuench Coconut Milk which is available from the major retailers, however coconut milk is easy to make yourself - check out this recipe from Stirring Change
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch black pepper
1 teaspoon raw honey / maple syrup
Place all ingredients into a small saucepan on medium heat and gently warm for a few minutes, gently whisking as you go to smooth out any lumps. As you can see by the image below it makes a flat milky style drink - if you want it frothy like the picture above you will need to use a milk frother to really aerate the milk.
Other ways you can pimp your latte include – adding a dash of natural vanilla extract, or a pinch of cardamom or chilli powder.
When I was playing around with the recipe I ran out of ground ginger so used the Gingerbread Spice from Gewurzhaus – and then if all this is a little too complicated I found out (after I did all of this) they also have a Turmeric Latte Spice blend which combines all the spices in my recipe – too easy!!