This simple Oat Milk Turmeric Latte is delicious, creamy and good for you! With only a few ingredients and a simple process, you’ll have this vegan golden milk ready for you in minutes.
The turmeric golden milk latte has gained popularity in the United States because of its bright yellow color, given by turmeric powder. The popularity of moon milk, a warm milk used to help calm down the mind before sleep, has grown as well.
I’m a huge fan of warm lattes, from tea-based or spice-based ones like my Rose Latte, London-Fog Tea Latte, or my Pumpkin Chai Latte. If you’re a fan of espresso drinks, you may also enjoy my go-to Honey Cinnamon Latte or Lavender Latte.
What is a Turmeric Latte?
A turmeric latte, otherwise known as golden milk, is a warm, comforting drink made by combining milk (or a milk substitute like oat milk) with turmeric and other flavorful spices. Turmeric, a bright yellow root, gives the latte its golden hue and is known for its earthy and slightly peppery flavor. Other common ingredients in a turmeric latte can include cinnamon, ground ginger, black pepper, and honey for sweetness.
Throughout history, people have turned to turmeric lattes for various purposes. In India, they were considered a soothing remedy for colds and coughs. In traditional Ayurvedic practices, turmeric was believed to aid digestion and promote overall well-being.
Today, turmeric lattes have gained global popularity not only for their potential health benefits but also for their delightful taste. They are enjoyed as a cozy, caffeine-free alternative to coffee and can be customized with various spices and sweeteners to suit individual preferences.
Why You’ll Love this
- Flavorful and Creamy: oat milk is the creamiest of non-dairy alternatives, making this latte creamy. The turmeric and other spices add tons of flavor.
- Simple: this golden milk turmeric latte comes together in minutes!
- Non-Caffeinated: Turmeric does not have caffeine, making this latte perfect for those limiting their caffeine intake, or for a late afternoon! Many people actually suggest drinking golden milk about one hour before bed to enhance a soothing and relaxing sleep time.
- Tons of Potential Health Benefits: Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich spice that brings a range of potential benefits, from joint health to boosts in the immune system.
Turmeric Latte Health Benefits
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with strong anti-inflammatory effects.
Antioxidant Boost: The high levels of antioxidants in turmeric can potentially help neutralize harmful free radicals.
Digestive Harmony: Turmeric has been linked to improved digestion and reduced bloating.
Heart-Centric Benefits: Both turmeric and oat milk have heart-friendly attributes. Turmeric may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, while oat milk's beta-glucans can contribute to heart health.
Holistic Wellness: The act of sipping a warm Oat Milk Turmeric Latte can be a soothing ritual, offering a moment of calm in your busy day, and promoting overall mental and emotional well-being.
Information regarding health benefits of these fruits and vegetables was obtained from Healthline. You should always check with your health care professional for general nutrition advice.
Oat Milk: While traditionally made with whole milk, this turmeric latte uses oat milk instead. Oat milk is the creamiest of non-dairy alternatives, so I find it is the best in oat milk lattes.
Ground Turmeric: This spice is widely available in any grocery store, found in the spice aisle. You can substitute for freshly ground turmeric (1:1 substitute), however I find it much messier and easier to stain fingers, tables, etc. To reiterate, turmeric stains anything yellow, so be careful.
Ground Cinnamon: You can also simmer the oat milk with whole cinnamon sticks, just remember to remove them before serving.
Sweetener: I suggest honey or maple syrup (vegan alternative) for sweetening this latte, but you can also use cane sugar, coconut sugar, or agave syrup.
Black Pepper: This spice helps the curcumin absorption of turmeric, so I highly recommend a small pinch of black pepper either in or on top of this latte. It also elevates the flavor of the spices, making for a warm and spicy turmeric latte.
You can also simmer the oat milk with whole black peppercorns, however remember they add a little spice and must be removed before serving.
This latte comes together in minutes!
Add to Pot
Add all ingredients to a pot on the stove.
Allow golden milk latte to warm up. Don't overheat the oat milk or it may curdle.
Whisk all ingredients to combine.
Pour into your mug and enjoy while warm.
- Spiced Turmeric Latte: add ground cloves, fresh ginger, nutmeg and/or cardamom. You can also simmer these spices whole, but be careful as their flavor is much stronger.
- Coconut Turmeric Latte: substitute oat milk for coconut milk and add a small teaspoon of coconut oil!
- Chai Turmeric Latte: steep a chai tea bag in the oat milk then remove the tea bag. Continue with instructions and serve warm!
- Matcha Turmeric Latte: whisk or blend all ingredients along with matcha green tea powder.
- Vanilla Turmeric Latte: substitute for a vanilla flavored oat milk or plant-based milk alternative.
- Iced Turmeric Latte: whisk cold milk with all other ingredients. Pour over ice cubes.
Using Whole or Fresh Spices
If using whole (like the cinnamon) or fresh (like the turmeric or ginger) spices, make sure to strain the milk well to remove them before serving.
Please please please remember that turmeric stains. I say this because I can’t remember how many times I’ve accidentally turned my fingers (and countertop) bright yellow!! To remove turmeric stains on the countertop, I suggest (and highly recommend from experience) using Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser.
To store a turmeric latte, first, ensure that it is completely cooled down before transferring it to an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator, where it can be stored for up to 3-4 days.
When it comes to reheating this golden milk latte, there are a few methods you can use:
- Stovetop: Pour the desired amount of latte into a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until it reaches the desired temperature, but be careful not to let it boil.
- Microwave: Transfer the latte into a microwave-safe mug or container. Heat it in short intervals, stirring after each interval to ensure even heating. This method is quicker but may result in a less creamy texture.
- Frother: If you have a milk frother , you can heat the latte directly in it. Add the latte to the frother and heat according to the frother's instructions. This method will provide a velvety texture.
Regardless of the reheating method chosen, it's important not to let the latte boil or overheat, as it may affect the taste and texture.
The best time to drink turmeric lattes can vary depending on individual preferences and lifestyle, but you can try the morning, afternoon for a non-caffeinated pick-me-up, or evening for a calming and relaxing non-alcoholic beverage.
Golden milk and turmeric latte are essentially two different names for the same beverage. Both refer to a warm drink that combines ground turmeric with milk (or a plant-based milk alternative), along with other spices like ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.
The term "golden milk" has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine and is often associated with traditional Indian recipes. On the other hand, "turmeric latte" is a more modern and Western term.
Golden turmeric lattes have the potential to stain teeth, similar to other beverages that contain pigmented ingredients like turmeric. Turmeric itself can result in temporary teeth discoloration if consumed excessively or over a prolonged period.
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Oat Milk Turmeric Latte
- Milk Frother
- 1 cup oat milk homemade or store-bought
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup adjust to taste
- A pinch of black pepper
- Optional: a dash of nutmeg ginger, or cloves
- In a small saucepan, gently heat the oat milk over low-medium heat. Be careful not to boil it; you want it just hot enough to meld the flavors.
- Whisk in the turmeric and cinnamon until the mixture is well combined and aromatic.
- Add the vanilla extract and your preferred sweetener, adjusting the amount to your taste preferences.
- Pour into your favorite mug.
- Sprinkle in a pinch of black pepper on top to enhance the absorption of curcumin.
- Optional: Top with a light dusting of nutmeg.
- If using whole (like the cinnamon) or fresh (like the turmeric or ginger) spices, make sure to strain the milk well to remove them before serving.
- To store oat milk turmeric latte, first, ensure that it is completely cooled down before transferring it to an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator, where it can be stored for up to 3-4 days.
- To reheat this golden milk latte, microwave it in short intervals, heat it over low-medium heat on the stove until warmed, or add it to a milk frother.
- Please remember that turmeric stains. To remove turmeric stains on the countertop, I suggest (and highly recommend from experience) using Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser.
Ever since she taught herself how to cook, Elise has been making simple recipes with fresh ingredients. She believes the best recipes highlight the ingredients by using the best of cooking techniques. She’s an avid juicer and has juiced each and every fruit and vegetable there is. She also creates savory recipes inspired by what’s available in California. Many of her authentic Mexican recipes are passed down from her from mother in law and is a huge influence on her cooking.