Occasionally, you want a drink that’s not warm and makes you feel wrapped in a big blanket without keeping your awake or meaning you’re vibing.
You just want to chill, and feel like you’re hanging with your best friend, well this is my fav best friend drink.
Like most things with me, actually everything, I get introduced to things and I go on a journey with them.
I’m a lover of a good Hot Chocolate and a good one is hard to find, so when I find them I’ll turn up for them – trust me!
My Journey Began
One day, I was at a lovely Cafe in Fyshwick, Canberra called As Nature Intended, and I don’t know how it happened, but I had a Turmeric, Chai Latte on Coconut Milk. It was divine.
Creamy, yummy spices and then the groundedness of Turmeric.
Side note, Turmeric is great for reducing inflammation in the body, of course it’s better when you add cracked pepper to it to help bring out the benefit of the Curcumin in the Turmeric, but I’m not putting pepper into a creamy drink and I’m ok with that.
Each time I went out there, which was usually on a Friday for lunch, I’d have this special drink.
The Next Adventure
With our move up north, I’ve never had one, never seen anyone make it or offer it – and yes I’ve asked.
This year, I’ve also been using organic and raw honey on my face, as a cleanser, and it’s been wonderful. Sure it tastes good, but my skin’s enjoyed it too.
Honey is full of lots of ‘antis’ – antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and we know it as a really great healer, so the benefits have been 10 fold for me.
Side note, I put a splash of water on my face, pop a squirt of honey in my hands and then gently massage it into my skin. If I have time, I leave it on for 15 minutes. If not, I get in the shower, wash it off, then cleanse and exfoliate with my INIKA Organic products. You can also hear more about this in my podcast Episode 114 – Loving our Skin with Militza Maury – I got the honey idea (and so many other ideas) from her.
One night, Chris said ‘would you like a hot chockie?’ and I said ‘yes, but differently.’
He warmed the almond milk for me, while I popped a squeeze of honey in the bottom of my mug, then added a teaspoon of turmeric and because I didn’t have Chai Spices, I thought, perhaps I can add some drinking chocolate – hmmmm, 2 teaspoons went in.
I poured the milk in and it was YUM!!!
So here’s the recipe for you, and note that I play around with this so I’m giving you permission to do the same!
Turmeric, Chai and Honey Latte
- Your milk of choice, I’m currently using Almond Milk, but Oat Milk is really creamy and lovely too.
- 1 teaspoon of honey (or just give the bottle a squeeze until you have about an Australian 20 cent piece worth in the bottom of your mug
- 1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon of Chai Spice (play with this, you might want less, you might want more – start with less, you can always add more)
- Warm your milk, either in the microwave, milk warmer, on the stove or with your coffee machine
- Put honey, turmeric and chai spice in your mug
- Poor milk on top, stir and enjoy!
Note, Turmeric and chai spice can be a bit ‘grainy’, allow this in your beautiful creamy drink because you’ll get lots of benefits from it. I tend not to drink the last bit in the mug, because the grains do settle.
You can put the turmeric and chai spices in a fine strainer, but this can affect your milk froth, so just keep that in mind.
- Add drinking chocolate, I use 2 teaspoons.
- Organic Rainbow Spiced Cacao, I used 2 teaspoons. This is Cacao and Chai Spices mixed together which has been recommended by my health food store. I would add Turmeric and honey to it.
What’s in my photo?
It’s my first try of the Organic Rainbow Spiced Cacao and I put honey in there as well. Cacao can be bitter, so I add the sweetness of honey. I enjoyed it, and the almond milk (for some reason) was really creamy – so good!!
I accompanied it with a warmed up piece of Christine the Nutritionist’s Gluten and Dairy Free loaf. I put some maple syrup on top and look at those strawberries and blueberries – amazing!