This is one of my favourite creations ever. It’s so delicious & not surprisingly good for you. This drink truly is a festuve hug in a mug. It’s also (obviously) dairy free. I was inspired to create this during my visit to London last week when I visited 26 Grains Cafe in Neal’s Yard and ordered one of their oat milk lattes which I fell in love with.
The star ingredients in this warming drink have to be the cinnamon and the turmeric.
Let’s start with the cinnamon which is a natural way to balance blood sugar levels, helping to ward off those mid morning cravings.
The second ingredient that is my favourite flavour of the month (actually year) is the turmeric. Extensive research has found numerous amazing health benefits of consuming turmeric including its anti-cancer properties and it’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms. I try to include it in to my diet every day. A lot of chronic disease stems from inflammation so if we can reduce this by consuming lots of anti-inflammatory foods and keeping our diets as alkaline as possible then we can be pro-active in preventing disease. Read my blog post all about turmeric here.
The ginger in this beautiful little concoction is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, it is also great for digestion too.
The milk takes on a beautiful golden colour from the turmeric, bringing a little warming sunshine to anyone’s day.
If you aren’t feeling too Christmassy yet then I urge you to make this wonderfully festive drink right away. Equally if you have a cold or are feeling under the weather this is full of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory goodies to get you on the mend in no time.
1 mug of almond milk (you could use other coconut, oat or whichever is your fave)
2 inch piece fresh ginger peeled and sliced
1 inch piece fresh turmeric (I get mine from Ocado but if you can’t get any then use ground) peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick (or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon)
6 cardamom pods opened up ground as much as possible
1 vanilla pod or a pinch of vanilla powder
1 teaspoon of raw honey
1 pinch of black pepper
How to make
Heat all of the ingredients gently in a pan, take care not to boil the milk as it may impair the delicate flavours, let everything simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Strain the milk in to your favourite mug or jar and sip away.
(If you have a milk frother then you could use that to create a nice foamy top, it also makes the milk a little more silky)
May your day be filled with hugs or at the very least a hug in a mug