If you love a warm drink in the afternoons, but hate the crash that caffeinated coffee and tea can bring, then you’re going to LOVE my Sugar Cookie Golden Milk Latte. This creamy, sweet, and nutty latte is full of warming spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, and is completely caffeine-free. But don’t let that deter you – it’s the perfect drink to warm you up any time of day!
If you know me, then you know that I love a good cup of coffee. Whether I’m having it straight black, or enjoying one of my Copycat Starbucks Sugar Cookie lattes, I can almost always be found with a coffee in-hand.
But some days, the caffeine is just too much for me, and anything more than one cup can make me jittery and anxious. This is my go-to recipes for when I need a little pick-me-up, sans the caffeine, or just on the days when I want a little something different from my traditional coffee!
Unlike traditional lattes, my Sugar Cookie Golden Milk Latte is completely coffee-free. Instead, it’s loaded with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper, and tastes like a warm, spicy sugar cookie. It’s such a calming and comforting concoction, both in the winter time and year-round!
But more than just the delicious flavor, turmeric is also a superfood ingredient. It’s full of antioxidants, and has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body. And if you’re wondering why this recipe also includes black pepper… well, it’s because of the turmeric, too! When combined together, black pepper actually increases the bioavailability of the turmeric, meaning that our body is not only able to process it better, but it’s also extract all of the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits from it. So if you’re not combining your turmeric with a touch of black pepper, you need to start ASAP!
“Golden Milk,” as it’s known here in America, is a westernized version of the traditional Indian drink, “Haldi Doodh.” Because of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties, this drink was traditionally served as a pick-me-up when someone was feeling under the weather. In Ayurveda, turmeric is said to help balance all three of the doshas, and bring harmony to the body.
This recipe could not be more simple to make! Essentially, all you do is heat a small pot or saucepan over the stove, and add in all of your ingredients. Then, stir to combine, heat until it reaches your desired temperature (I like it hot, so I prefer to wait until it’s gently simmering!) Then, serve immediately.
This recipe also yields about 4 servings, so I recommend storing the extra in an airtight container in the fridge, and then simply reheat as desired!
I hope you guys love this recipe! If you make it, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you post to Instagram, I repost your remakes on my IG stories! xx
** Photography by Gayle McLeod
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