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Turmeric and Ginger, Coconut Latte

A modern take on classic golden milk.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
1 Person

Who doesn't love to sit down with a hot drink at the end of the day? Curling up with a good book and something warm in a mug is one of life's little pleasures and a great way to unwind after a long week.

If you are struggling with inflammation, refined sugars could be making your symptoms worse. Instead, why not try skipping the sugary hot chocolate in place of something more virtuous, but equally as soothing? This turmeric and ginger latte is just what you need, now all you have to do is pick which book to get lost in...

Why turmeric?

Turmeric is a major food source of the polyphenol curcumin, a chemical which gives turmeric its bright yellow colour. Curcumin has been used for centuries across the world owing to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to be beneficial for improving muscle recovery, reducing pain, supporting gut health, and even regulating mood.

Curcumin's bioavailability, the body's ability to absorb and use the nutrient, is low - with some studies finding as much as 85% passes straight through the digestive system unchanged. However, by consuming with black pepper and good sources of fat, you can increase absorption substantially - by as much as 2000%! This recipe combines turmeric with black pepper and coconut milk for enhanced absorption with a touch of spice and sweetness - delicious and soothing.

This super latte also contains a plethora of nutritional powerhouse ingredients, including coconut milk, ginger and cinnamon. The fatty acids in coconut milk are primarily medium-chain triglycerides, which are readily absorbed in the body and may have functional roles in weight loss, cholesterol and triglyceride reduction. Ginger can support digestive function and has been shown to exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects in the body, while cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and may lower blood sugar and cholesterol, both of which can support healthy blood glucose control.


  • 1 tin light coconut milk (or your favourite nut milk – for everyday drinking I use Rebel Kitchen Mylk)
  • 1 index finger size turmeric root (finely sliced) or 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger (grated) or ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Black pepper
  • Salt


Step 1. Add the coconut milk to a pan and warm gently over a low heat. Add the turmeric, ginger, salt and black pepper.

Step 2. Continue to warm to a light simmer (do not boil) for around 5 minutes. Take off the heat.

Step 3. Drain the golden milk through a muslin cloth or fine sieve.

Step 4. Use a milk frother or blender to froth and serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon

Step 5. For an extra gut calming nutri-boost I stir in a tablespoon of Paleo Plant collagen powder.



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