Comforting coconut and turmeric latte

If, like me, you enjoy reading recipe blogs then you may have noticed that turmeric has been enjoying a lot of attention lately. Turmeric is a relative of the ginger plant is well known in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties including relief for digestive disorders, combatting inflammation, liver problems, certain skin conditions and even depression.

In fact, this vibrant orange-yellow spice was crowned centuries ago as one of the great dosha balancers in Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment, which is achieved by balancing the doshas.

As much as it’s really exciting to know that a simple kitchen spice can help with so many health conditions, I also enjoy turmeric because of its taste. It’s just as delicious as it is nutritious. And one of my favourite ways to incorporate turmeric into my diet is with a warm comforting coconut and turmeric latte.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 heaped tablespoon freshly grated turmeric root (or powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or powder)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Pinch of black pepper (optional)

Method:

Gently warm the coconut milk in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer but do not boil.

Add the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and coconut oil. Gently stir until the mixture is well blended and the coconut oil is melted.

Using a wire whisk or a hand blender to blend the mixture until it is frothy.

Stir in honey to taste, pour into a cup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Note: You can use a milk frother instead of the wire whisk or hand blender to froth your latte. Once your mixture is blended and heated through, pour into the milk frother and froth for about a minute.

This recipe serves one and is packed with all the goodness turmeric has to offer, as well as healthy saturated fats (good for your heart!) found in coconut oil.

To a healthier life,

Thomas Smith
Publisher