This comforting golden milk latte is made up of a delightful blend of oat milk, aromatic anti-inflammatory spices, coconut oil, vanilla, and a touch of honey. It’s incredibly simple to whip up and the perfect accompaniment to your morning crossword.
Easy Golden Milk Latte Recipe
Looking for a warm, soothing beverage that gives your taste buds a reason to sigh with delight? Look no further because this golden milk latte will deliver on that! Creamy oat milk (or really any milk of your choosing) is infused with a vibrant blend of aromatic spices. Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and a dash of black pepper work in unison to calm the senses and fill the body with anti-inflammatory properties. The turmeric gives the drink a wonderful, warm, golden hugh and subtle earthy undertones and is balanced beautifully by a touch of sweetness from vanilla extract and also the honey that is stirred in just before serving. This warm drink will satisfy your senses and boost your health one delicious sip at a time.
Golden milk lattes have been all the rage lately. You can buy them in stores and at coffee shops, but making your own at home is so easy and so much more gratifying. Plus, it will save you a pretty penny. Whip this tasty beverage in as little as ten minutes and sip on it anytime. I promise you won’t regret it.
Why I Love This Golden Milk Latte Recipe
- Customizable. Whether you prefer traditional dairy milk or a plant-based alternative, you can adapt this latte to suit your dietary preferences. You can also play with the spices if you’d like. Add a little more of this or a little less of that and see how you like it.
- Warm and comforting. The spices in a golden milk latte create an aromatic flavor profile that warms your soul.
- Anti-inflammatory powerhouse. The spices in this cozy beverage, especially turmeric, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and also help your body rid itself of toxins.
- Nutrient-rich. Golden milk is often made with milk or an alternative, providing your body with calcium and essential vitamins.
What Is A Golden Milk Latte?
A golden milk latte is a soothing, caffeine-free beverage that originates from ancient Ayurvedic traditions, where turmeric has long been celebrated for its medicinal properties. Traditional golden lattes feature a blend of warm milk and a mix of spices, most prominently, turmeric. Turmeric gives the beverage its distinctive golden color and works to help the body fight inflammation and knock out nasty toxins. The mix of spices in this latte commonly includes cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and sometimes nutmeg and/or cardamom, too. Each contributes additional health benefits (mostly anti-inflammatory) and helps to create a flavor that is both comforting and invigorating.
Recipe Ingredients For Golden Milk Latte
- Unsweetened oat milk: You could use whole milk, too, or your favorite plant-based milk.
- Ground ginger
- Black pepper: Before you raise your eyebrows at adding black pepper to your morning beverage, note that you won’t really taste it. Its main role here is to help your body make the most of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.
- Vanilla extract
- Honey: You don’t need to add honey if you don’t want to, but I like the little bit of sweetness. Feel free to use any other sweetener.
- Coconut oil
How To Make A Golden Milk Latte
These turmeric-loaded beverages are so quick and easy to make. You’ll be wondering why you ever spent a dime on pre-made versions. Here’s a quick overview of how to do it. Don’t forget to scroll to the recipe card below for more thorough instructions.
- Infuse the milk with flavor. Whisk together the oat milk, spices, and vanilla in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the milk. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth into a mason jar.
- Finish it off. Stir in the honey and the coconut oil.
Tips & Variations For Turmeric Latte
- Use fresh spices. We, the people, sometimes forget about our spices and leave them to sit in the cupboard for ages, so be sure to check the expiration dates on your spices before making these lattes. Old spices won’t impart nearly as much flavor. Use freshly ground spices for an even more intense flavor.
- Careful with heat. When warming your oat milk, avoid bringing it to a boil. Overheating can cause the milk to curdle and/or scorch the spices – aim for a gentle simmer.
- Use a different milk. I used oat milk, but go ahead and use your favorite plant-based or dairy milk.
- Adjust the sweetness. You can use more or less honey. You could even use a different sweetener, such as maple syrup or brown sugar.
- Play with spices. Mix and match and create a spice blend that works for you (some people like more cinnamon or the addition of nutmeg, for example). Just make sure to keep the turmeric in there for the color and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Don’t forget the black pepper. It might sound weird to add black pepper to a sweeter drink but you don’t want to miss it. Not only does it enhance the flavor of the beverage but it also helps the turmeric do its work.
- Make it frothy. Use a milk frother to create a luxurious foam on top of your latte for that coffee shop experience.
- Put it on ice. This golden milk latte is just as good cold as it is warm. Put it on ice or pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours before sipping it down.
I seem to come up against the same questions over and over again when the subject of golden milk lattes comes up so I thought I would answer them for you here. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
You can! Dairy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, you name it. Each milk variation offers a unique taste and texture to the latte, so feel free to experiment until you find your favorite. I do suggest that you use an unsweetened product, however, as this will better enable you to control the levels of sweetness in your latte.
Without a doubt, yes! Turmeric is packed with curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Additionally, the combination of spices used in this latte can aid digestion, boost immunity, and provide a warming sense of comfort that can help lower the level of stress hormones in your body.
Golden milk lattes taste a bit earthy, spicy, and subtly sweet. The turmeric lends a hint of bitter and peppery undertone that’s balanced by the warmth of the cinnamon, the zing of the ginger, and the comforting sweetness of the honey and coconut oil.
Drawing a blank on what to serve with your turmeric latte? Well, you don’t really need to serve it with anything because it’s amazing on its own, but here are some ideas for you.
- At the breakfast table. Serve a golden milk latte alongside your breakfast for a nourishing start to the day. I love to sip on a latte along with a bowl of these Healthy Easy Overnight Oats, my Slow Cooker Veggie Omelette, and my Spinach Quiche.
- With something sweet. Pair this warming beverage with your favorite cookies, biscuits, or a slice of cake. Try my Lemon Yogurt Cake, these Macadamia Nut Cookies, or my Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
How To Make Golden Latte In Advance?
While turmeric lattes are best enjoyed fresh, you can certainly prepare a larger batch, seal it in an airtight jar – allow the latte to cool before you close the lid – and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy it cold, or reheat it on the stovetop over medium-low heat until just simmering.
More Homemade Starbucks Recipes To Try
Have you ever thought that you could make delicious, barista-style drinks in the comfort of your own home? Step this way ladies and gentlemen and check out some of my other delicious drink recipes. You’ll be ditching Starbucks in no time.
- Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Matcha Latte
- Dirty Chai Latte
- Easy Whipped Coffee Recipe (Dalgona Coffee)
- Cortado Coffee
- Starbucks London Fog Drink
Golden Milk Latte
- Infuse the milk with flavor. Whisk together the oat milk, turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, and vanilla extract in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the milk. Place a piece of cheesecloth that has been folded over itself a couple of times over a large mason jar and strain the milk mixture through the cheesecloth.
- Finish it off. Remove the cheesecloth and stir in the honey and the coconut oil.
- Serve. Serve hot or chilled with ice.
- Use fresh spices. Check expiration dates and pick freshly ground varieties for bolder flavors.
- Avoid boiling. Heat the oat milk only to a gentle simmer to prevent curdling.
- Choose your milk. While I use oat milk, you can also use whole milk or any other plant-based milk.
- Sweeten to taste. Adjust the amount of honey to taste, or swap with maple syrup or brown sugar.
- Customize the spices. Keep the turmeric for color and benefits, but adjust the other spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg, to preference.
- Add black pepper. It boosts flavor and enhances turmeric’s benefits.
- Add froth. A milk frother gives that cafe-style foam finish.
- Enjoy it cold. This latte is refreshing when served over ice.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.