Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Rich, silky, and a beautiful golden colour this latte is one that will warm you up from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. The spiciness of ginger, warming flavours of cinnamon and turmeric, the hint of vanilla and honey, are the perfect balance in this cup of goodness. With the healthy fat of the coconut oil, protein from hemp seeds, along with some fibre, you are not only getting a delicious drink but one that will give you some fuel. This drink will help get you through those moments in the day when you need a boost while keeping you satisfied for a longer period. This golden latte is also good to enjoy when you are starting to feel run down, may be coming down with unwanted cold or flu, and also for reducing inflammation.
Nut Milks There are a variety of nut milks that are available, my advise if you are going to buy pre-made is to go with the unsweetened. This is way you don't get unwanted sweeteners and can choose how much and what sweetener you prefer. If you have time you can make your own nut milks very easily by following the simple recipe on my website. Nut milks provide a dairy free option for those who are intolerant or avoiding dairy.
Coconut Oil is high in natural saturated fats, which aid in increasing the healthy cholesterol in your body. The healthy cholesterol is known as HDL and it promotes heart health while lowering the risk of heart disease. It also helps convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. Easier to digest than most other oils you will get the energy fuel faster.
Hemp Seeds An excellent source of essential fatty acids, including your omega 3s and gamma linolenic acid. They are a very digestible protein and with the amino acids present it makes it a complete protein source. It also provides a source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Turmeric Is considered a warming herb that is high in beta carotene, iron, fibre, vitamin B6, and manganese. It has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, and anti-arthritic properties. Adding turmeric to milk can aid in the assimilation of protein. Be aware that the yellow colour may stain clothing, and will temporarily stain counters, spoons, appliances, etc. if made contact with.
Ginger Has a warming effect which aids in digestion and will help with circulation. Ginger aids with digestion and nausea, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. You dont have to peel ginger but if you prefer it can be done by scarping with an edge of a spoon and the skin will come off readily. An over consumption of ginger may cause digestive upset.
Cinnamon A warming spice that has stimulant, analgesic, and astringent properties. It is an excellent source of fibre, calcium and manganese and can aid in lowering blood sugar.
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Prep Time 10 mins | Cook Time 15 mins | Total Time 25 mins |
2 cups nut milk almond, cashew, coconut1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp natural vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod scraped
2 pieces of turmeric peeled approx. 1 Tbsp chopped
1 inch of ginger roughly peeled approx. 1-1/2 Tbsp chopped
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp honey add more to your taste
1 tsp fresh grated cinnamon or ground cinnamon
1 pinch grated nutmeg optional
1. On medium- low heat warm the nut milk with the coconut oil, and vanilla. (you can add the vanilla extract or scrape the inside of the vanilla pod)
2. While warming milk, roughly chop the turmeric and ginger.
3. Transfer the warm milk, turmeric, ginger, hemp seeds, cinnamon and honey into a high speed venting blender. Make sure that you use a blender that will allow heat to escape or you may have a big mess to clean up. Once fully mixed transfer to your favourite mug.
4. Top this golden latte with fresh grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg. You can substitute nutmeg for cinnamon.