Golden Milk Latte
I like to go to coffee shops where the baristas have dreadlocks. That’s how you know the coffee is going to be good.
No hate on Starbucks. They do the job that needs doing…caffienating people in almost every city all over the world. But if you want the good stuff, the gritty, strong, organic/fair trade, fire-you-through-the-day kind of coffee, you need to find a barista with dreads and questionable face piercings.
Even I, however, have my limits when it comes to earthy hipster drinks served at hole-in-the-wall cafes. We’ve already talked about how I was effectively swayed into loving Mexican Hot Chocolate. Can you imagine how I responded when a Rastafarian barista (RastaRista) offered me a turmeric latte…?
BOY. TURMERIC IS SPICY MUSTARD DIRT! DON’T YOU PUT THAT IN NO COFFEE!
That was on the inside. On the outside, I just said ‘Oh, no thank you!’
I will forever sing the praises of turmeric. It’s phenomenal. I take it daily in supplement form, mix it into marinades and dressings, and have used it in a face mask. It’s health benefits are sensational (here, have some science!), and once I started weight training six days a week, I needed the extra support from turmeric to help recover what I was tearing down.
But as soon as you start putting it in coffee, my inner Italian girl has major issues.
Good news - there is no coffee in this latte, and it tastes wonderful. Golden Milk (or Turmeric) lattes consist of coconut milk, coconut oil, ground turmeric, honey, and spices like cinnamon and black pepper. It tastes like a warm gingerbread cake or a chai, except it is vibrant yellow.
However, I’m in the middle of a ‘cut phase’ right now. That means that I’ve spent the past 4-5 months eating a lot of calories and lifting heavy weights to pack on muscle mass and size. Now I am spending the next 5-6 months eating less calories and burning off the fat to show off all my new muscles. Point being this - sugar and fat ain’t my friend right now. So, could I tweak this to make it cut-friendly?
Yep! I swapped the honey for organic stevia, switched to an unsweetened almond milk, and am not adding the coconut oil right now, but YOU can. I will leave that as an option below. I also switched the black pepper for a dash of ginger because the health benefits of ginger are just blowing my mind right now.
Golden Milk Latte (serves 1)
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
2 packets of stevia
1 drop of Young Living Cinnamon Vitality Oil - put a drop on a spoon and use the spoon to stir it in. Two drops will ruin the recipe, so get your drop ready and stir it in later.
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
a dash of ground ginger
a dash of ground cinnamon
(Optional) 1/2 tbs. virgin coconut oil
In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients above EXCEPT for the coconut oil. Whisk carefully over medium heat on the stove until the milk begins to simmer. Stir in the coconut oil until completely melted. Pour into a mug and serve!