Eat Well Feb. 12. 2016

Turmeric Milk Latte

Feb. 12. 2016
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A creamy, savory yet sweet latte made with turmeric, coconut milk, almond milk, and MCT oil or some type of fat like nut butters!

First, there was Turmeric Milk and then Coffee Elevated, now a beautiful merger of the two. This is our spin on the classic Turmeric Milk and the vegan version of a bulletproof coffee. Click here to read about the origin and use of Turmeric Milk.

There are a couple exceptions to the rule when it comes to those who shouldn’t use turmeric in this way (those of you on specific medications, just check with your doctor or dietitian), but for the majority of us, you’re good to go!

We all encounter inflammation or inflammation producing activities in our life whether it’s from the environment, stress, or even exercising. Supporting your immune system isn’t just about food or magic pills and potions, it’s actually more about the context of your diet, movement, stress, sleep, etc. that really support our immune health. Turmeric is one spice of many that has interesting health benefits related to reducing inflammation.

MCT oil or any type of nut butter such as cashew or almond butter is the main ingredient that gives this latte a super creamy and frothy texture. In addition, fat is good for us! Fat helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants in our diet, keeps us full and satiated, and tastes delicious. Win, win, win!

The Recipe

Serves 1



1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (or you can use 1 tablespoon butter or ghee if you consume dairy)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon MCT oil (or you can use 2 tablespoons of a nut butter of your choice)

1 tablespoon honey to taste

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Pinch of black pepper


Step 1

Combine all ingredients, except honey, in a medium-hot saucepan and gently warm ingredients while stirring with a spoon to combine. Carefully transfer hot liquid into a blender, tightly seal lid.

Step 2

Blend in your Vitamix until frothy, about 30 seconds. Serve hot and immediately drink.

The ingredients I used to make this:

Ground turmeric, honey, MCT oil, coconut milk, and here are the brands I’d recommend if you do want to use ghee or grass-fed butter.

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