You have probably heard of golden milk? A tasty drink made with the anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric and your milk of choice. The delicate, slightly floral and sweet flavor of chamomile is such a fab pairing with the mildly bitter, savory turmeric.
This chamomile and turmeric golden milk latte is one of my favorite night-time drinks. It is warm and cozy both in temperature and taste. Chamomile had been used for hundreds of years to quell anxiety and induce a state of relaxation; it helps you to fall asleep easier and sleep through the night. Both chamomile and turmeric are anti-inflammatory meaning they can reduce pain from inflammatory conditions and reduce cancer risk among numerous other health benefits.
There are a few tricks to making a good golden milk latte:
- Making a paste with coconut oil helps the turmeric to dissolve more in the milk [the spices will never dissolve completely, so be prepared for some powder in the final sip].
- Fat is important for the absorption of the turmeric. It’s not worth consuming it if you don’t get the health benefits right?! So add some fat.
- Also add some black pepper which contains piperine. Piperine increases the bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric (which is where all the health benefits stem from) 1,000 fold.
Luckily, creating a paste with the turmeric combines all these steps into one. It is easy to make the paste while you steep the chamomile flowers in milk. You can also make enough paste for several golden milk lattes, so feel free to increase the amount using the same ratio.
Chamomile Golden Milk Latte
Servings: makes about 2 servings
Time: less than 15 minutes
- 3 cups of milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1.5 tsp. ground turmeric
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of black pepper
- 2 heaping tbsp. chamomile flowers
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Heat milk of choice until hot but do not let it simmer or the nut milk might break. When desired temperature is reached, place chamomile flowers in a tea infuser and add to warm milk. Cover and allow to steep for 10-12 minutes.
- Make a paste by combining the coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, and honey. Stir until everything is combined.
- Remove chamomile from milk. Add turmeric paste to milk and stir. For best results, use a milk frother which will blend in completely (and you get a nice layer of foam on the top).