I always need something a little sweet to end the day. I often try and make that just a peppermint and liquorice tea, but that doesn’t always hit the spot, especially when I’m craving chocolate! The problem with that is the caffeine in the dark chocolate I crave doesn’t make for great sleep, and even a healthy hot chocolate can give me too much of a lift to drift off to sleep easily.
I needed something new, something a little sweet but not so sweet that it would impact my sleep. Enter the Turmeric Latte!
I’d tried a Turmeric Latte in a cafe in York a few months ago. It had been ok but the turmeric taste was a little overpowering for my liking. I wanted to try and create a recipe of my own, given the incredible benefits of turmeric, or rather the benefits of turmeric’s active compound, curcumin:
♥ Relieves depression
♥ Lowers blood glucose levels
♥ High in antioxidants
♥ Prevents premature ageing
Impressive eh? Add to that some other beneficial spices in the form of ginger and cinnamon and you have yourself a warming drink packed with health boosting properties that is calming and relaxing, perfect for before bed.
I’m going to give you a few different variations as I’ve made this several different ways depending on what I have on hand and what I fancy.
I like to blend mine using a basic little electric whisk. You could also use a blender or a hand whisk to froth this up!
- 250 mls / 1 cup homemade or unsweetened almond milk
- 1-2 tsp coconut sugar / honey / other sweetener
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger / small piece of fresh ginger grated
- Pinch of black pepper (to support absorbtion of the curcumin)
- Optional but recommended if using shop bought almond milk: 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- Warm the almond milk in a pan on the stove or in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and whisk or blend until frothy
- Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is fat soluble. If you're using homemade almond milk there should be enough fats present, but if you're using shop bought almond milk, add the coconut oil to increase the fat content.
If the turmeric is a little earthy for you, start with a tiny amount and work up from there. Even if you aren’t getting loads of turmeric, it’s still a relaxing drink before bed that will promote good sleep!
Are you a fan of turmeric? Have you tried a latte like this before?
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I love turmeric in a curry, but I have never had it in a smoothie or a latte. I am going to have to try it though.
I’ve just added some to lemon and ginger tea and that works well too!
Literally just saw your post and made one – it is my new favourite thing! Thank you Laura <3
My pleasure, so glad you enjoyed it!
I love turmeric lattes. I had one not long ago that had something like 10 different spices in with it and it was just dreammmmy. Your spice combo sounds delish too :)
Ooh I bet that was amazing!
This sounds lovely, although I don’t think I know what turmeric tastes like! I have seen coconom turmeric flavoured sugar (coconut sugar) so I suppose that might be good to use?
Yep that would be a good one to use. It has a weird taste, I can’t really describe it!
Ooh not sure I could handle a turmeric latte! I love putting it in my food though. So good for you. But definitely a more savoury thing for me! The rest of the latte sounds delicious though!
Haha, you’d be surprised! You can barely taste it (thankfully!)
This is the simplest yet most delicious recipe I have found yet! So good! Thank you so much! I did double the spices and turmeric but I like mine with a kick. Perfect bedtime drink!
I’m going to try it with milk kefir.
Ooh let me know what that tastes like!
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Could you use coconut milk instead of almond? I have tried a recipe on Pinterest for almost the same ingredients for sleep and if anything I couldn’t get to sleep. lol
Yes you could definitely try coconut milk! Hope that helps x
I was wondering if a smoothie recipe asks for almond milk; would I be able to use Coconut milk instead?? There is a recipe there with Turmeric to help you sleep, I never got even a couple of hours. Would I be able to put a 1/2 or a tsp in anything I am cooking; like stews, soups and slow Cooker recipe? I find the taste a bit strong so I was wondering how much is a serving for a full day?
Thanking you in advance for some answers or other ideas.
Yes absolutely coconut milk (from a carton) would be fine :-)