This Medjool Date “Golden Milk” Turmeric Latte will be your favorite cozy (coffee/caffeine-free) drink. Vegan, paleo, and it’s even Whole30 compliant.
I swear if I consume any more yellow foods this week I WILL TURN yellow.
Between the nutritional yeast I’ve been sprinkling on both my eggs in the morning and these kale chips, spaghetti squash , and now this turmeric latte… I feel like I need a yellow food intervention. What if my nose starts turning yellow like babies do when they have too much carotene?
Alright, I don’t really think that is possible for adults but that would be kind of awesome… If I were turning different colors based on the foods I was consuming, I would definitely be rotating between green, yellow, and purple these days…
Have you heard about “golden milk”? If not, it’s essentially a turmeric latte. It’s actually said to be very beneficial to one’s health. Turmeric is high in curcumin, which has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. I’m always looking to add these types of foods and ingredients to my diet because you never know what kind of inflammation is going to wreak havoc on your system. Whether it’s from physical or mental stress, inflammation shows itself in various forms. And often times you don’t realize it until it’s too late!
But I digress…
So in December I developed this habit of having a warm “golden milk” before bed. But then I started the Whole30 during the month of January and I really missed having that turmeric latte before bed. January got pretty cold for us here in Michigan, so there were many nights I really looked forward to enjoying a warm drink before bed. I found it comforting both physically and mentally. It really helped me wind down for the evening. But I was making the traditional golden milk sweetened with honey–which is not technically allowed during Whole30…
Soooo I may have blended in a date a time or two when making my turmeric lattes last month in January… So is this Whole30 approved, you ask? Well, this is probably another SWYPO act. But I just really wanted my turmeric latte before bed. I even TRIED making it just plain (no added sweet stuff of any kind) but I found it very unfavorable. The turmeric spice just needs some kind of sweetness to balance out the strong flavor. So I blended a date in (while obviously having the thought”Take that Whole30″) as I watched the date grind down in my Bullet.
And then all was well in the world again 😀
what you need
canned coconut milk
non-dairy milk (I used an almond milk blend)
So essentially you’re just mixing everything up–sans the date and fresh ginger–in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, just before bubbling. Then let the mixture cool about 5-10 minutes before adding the liquid to a blender cup with the date and fresh ginger.
Using a blender also gives the turmeric latte some lovely foam action…
*all the heart eye emojis*
- ½ cup coconut milk, full fat or lite
- 2 cups almond or cashew milk (or non-dairy of choice)
- ½ TBS coconut oil
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- 2 medjool dates*, pitted
- ½" cube fresh ginger**, peeled
- In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk together milk, coconut oil and spices until warm. Do not let mixture come to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Once mixture has cooled, transfer to blender cup with pitted medjool dates and fresh ginger. Blend mixture until smooth (make sure your blender can handle warm liquids or you might have an explosion on your hands...)
- Transfer turmeric latte to 2 10-12oz mugs, enjoy!
**Can also sub with ¼ tsp ground ginger. If going this route, a blender is not needed.
-Store any leftover portions in airtight containter in fridge up to 3 days, or use in these Golden Milk Overnight Oats.
- Hypothetically speaking… If your skin color changed based on the colors of foods you ate most, which color would it be? I need to find some turquoise colored foods…
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