25 Feb Tumeric Cacao Latte
I consider myself a foodie. And sometimes an artist… an artist that uses food with simple flavours, textures and impressive nutritional qualities to make delicious meals (and drinks).
Sometimes I surprise myself with my concoctions. When I first made this drink, it was one of those times when I actually wowed myself, did a little hip shimmy and fist pumped the air in my kitchen in celebration.
You may think that the ingredients in this drink are an unlikely pairing, and that may be true. But when you taste it, I’m sure you’ll agree and wonder why you haven’t tried it before. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll wonder how the heck you lived your whole life not pairing these simple staples together before.
A little waring first: it may not sound appealing, but if you can get over the label and open your mind and your mouth, I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed with this unlikely combo as I was.
Think hot chocolate ramped up a few octaves with incredible healing benefits, antioxidant power and amazing rich colour of turmeric. And no, before you ask, it doesn’t taste like curry. At. All! I promise you my favourite handmade pottery cup that you’ll be amazed at the rich creaminess and deliciousness of this healthy healing drink.
Now, on to the good stuff. This drink is seriously liquid gold! I should call it ‘the power house antioxidant drink’, but that doesn’t sound very appealing either. Here’s a quick overview of some of the benefits of this latte:
A known anti-inflammatory that supports detoxification, improves cognitive function, helps balance moods and blood sugar, reduces pain in joints + a long list of other impressive health benefits.
Ghee (clarifed butter)
Contrary to popular belief, ghee is lactose free. Ghee is a powerful anti-oxidant, high in Vitamins A, E, K, and CLA, making it helpful for digestion, heart health, bone density and weight loss.
Another powerful antioxidant, full of magnesium, calcium, and iron. It’s a natural energy and mood enhancer and tastes darn good.
A source of good fat, but with lower fat content than other nuts and helps with heart health. Contains high levels of copper and also provides antioxidant protection.
A known blood sugar stabilizer, loaded with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports heart and brain health.
Antibacterial, antifungal, helps regulate blood sugar, loaded with trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.
What you need
1/2 – 1 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp ghee (clarifed butter)
1 tsp cacao
1/4 c cashew milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (or more if desired)
1 c hot boiling water
What you do
- To make your own cashew milk: in advance soak 1 cup of raw organic cashews in 2 cups of filtered water overnight. In the morning add 1 tsp vanilla to the soaking water and blend everything together on high for approximately one minute or until a smooth creamy consistency is achieved. Store the cashew milk in a glass jar in your refrigerator for up to a week for a preservative and sugar free milk/cream
- For the latte, blend all ingredients together in a magic bullet or blender to get a frothy latte or mix by hand with a whisk until a creamy texture is achieved
- If you like it, pass the recipe on to a friend or make them one to try. You want your friends to live as long as you do, right? Let’s keep them healthy too ; )
A word of caution: tumeric will stain counters, clothing and plastic containers. So be sure to be careful when using it. If your tongue turns yellow when consuming it (and it likely will) don’t panic, it’ll go away rather quickly.