Enjoy a fuss free turmeric latte every day with my instant turmeric latte mix. Just add boiling water – no need for heating on the stove or in the microwave. The perfect vegan, keto and paleo friendly drink!
Instant Turmeric Latte
Turmeric latte is deservedly everywhere, a deliciously glorious golden drink with a myriad of supposed health benefits. It is one of my favourite comfort drinks; a caffeine free hug in a mug for when you are cold, unwell or feeling in need of comfort. As well as being a supremely comforting drink, many people swear by its healing properties and will make one at the first hint of a cold or sniffle. Also, it offers a richly flavoured alternative to coffee or tea, especially in the morning.
My version is completely fuss-free – an instant turmeric latte mix – spoon into a mug, pour over hot water, stir and enjoy. no faffing with extracting turmeric juice or heating milk. Ideal for when you cannot be fussed to grab a pan, or even use the microwave to heat the milk. Keep a jar in your desk for an easy to make instant turmeric latte or golden milk (mylk) at work, or take camping.
The secret ingredient here is coconut milk powder – I use it all the time for making curries and dhals, as well as in this instant turmeric latte mix. It is far cheaper than buying canned coconut milk, you can make as much as you like with no leftovers, and make your coconut milk as creamy or as light as you like.
Coconut Milk Power – a word of warning – if you are vegan or diary intolerant read the label as some brands have added milk protein or powder. There are plenty of dairy free brands available – just check.
Earthy turmeric is popular all over Asia and has so many uses: as well as colouring and grounding the flavours of a curry, add a pinch to rice to colour and gently flavour it, a dash for the most golden scrambled eggs, or make a middle Eastern inspired cake – golden with turmeric, scented with rose or orange flower water and topped with crunchy pine nuts.
Turmeric is reported to be a miracle spice; anti inflammatory, anti carcinogen, anti oxidant amongst other things. The scientific and nutritional jury is still out on these claims, but some studies have shown that the curcumin contained in turmeric has some potentially excellent properties.
As happens many times the problem is in the absorption so if you are taking turmeric for its health benefits make sure to have it with some fat (turmeric is far soluble) and pepper (the piperine in pepper helps absorption).
So there we have it, supremely comforting, fuss free instant turmeric latte or golden milk for when you simply cannot be faffed to make it from fresh – why would you make it any other way?
For an extra dose of turmeric why not serve this with my vegan turmeric cake?
A quick and easy way to make an instant turmeric latte, also known as golden milk, or golden mylk. Rich, tasty and dairy free. Make in seconds without the need for a pan or microwave. Vegan, Paleo and Keto.
- 4 pods cardamom seeds
- 1 pinch chili flakes
- 100 g coconut milk powder
- 3 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 4 tsp coconut sugar (or use regualar)
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 pinch powdered vanilla
Lightly crush the cardamom pods, and remove the seeds. Discard the pods.
Grind the cardamom seeds and chilli with 2 teaspoons of the coconut milk powder. (having more volume in the grinder will help the spices grind finely)
Add with all the other ingredients into a jar and air tight container and give a really good shake to mix.
Test the spicing by adding a little boiling water to a quarter teaspoon of the instant turmeric latte mix. Adjust if needed.
To mix a drink, mix three teaspoons of turmeric latte powder with boiling water, Stir well.
- It is far easier to add more spices than take them out. Remember that not all brands have the same potency, and older spices would have lots much of their flavour.
- If you overdo the spicing simply add some more coconut milk powder.
- I used coconut sugar, but any finely ground unrefined sugar would work well.
- It is far easier to mix if you shake all the ingredients in a large jar with plenty of spare space.
- Allergy warning - for some reason lots of brands of coconut milk powder contain diary products. Read the label!
- This recipe is 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion