sunshine latte

turmeric latte sunshine inflammation

I love coffee.  The deep, rich smell of it satisfying your senses before you even take a sip, the scent infusing the whole house with its magic.  The ritual of making it, the unctuous, bitter yet creamy taste rolling on your tongue.  The buzzy vibration infusing your morning.  I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with coffee almost my whole life.  I always had trouble waking up early and my mom would let me have some in the morning (italian blood, I guess) to get going.  When I visited Italy at 16 I saw everyone drinking coffee, like a love story, having a tiny espresso with their cornetto, business men and children alike.  It was romantic and I fell in love with the ritual.

As I’ve cleaned up my diet and lifestyle over time, I’ve become more sensitive to stimulating substances like coffee and alcohol.  Or, more likely, I always was, but I wasn’t aware enough to see them since I was tuning out my body signals (I didn’t even realize I was pregnant with Carmela until 3 months in- that’s how out of touch my body and I had become, like perfect strangers, so close but so far away).  Subsisting on mostly processed and animal foods, plus not cultivating my self awareness and growth, dulled my intuition here.  Spurred on by illness, I went down a rabbit hole of refining my diet and diving deep into wellness.  The buzz of coffee turned into a rollercoaster of moods, anxiety, irritability, stress, blood sugar, and inflammation.  I literally felt inflammation in my joints soon after drinking it.  I do indulge in it on occasion, but every time I do, I wonder why I did- the crash and unevenness is just not worth it for me.  I know lots of people enjoy coffee with no problems though…and I am jealous 🙂

turmeric latte

I’ve experimented with so many herbal replacements for coffee, my favorites being chicory or reishi mushroom based brews, matcha (although it makes me feel nauseated sometimes!  not sure why) and tea (similar ritual and a gentler, creative buzz).  Then I fell in love with turmeric, deeply.  The golden color is sunshine in a cup.  Especially on early or cloudy or gloomy mornings, a cup of turmeric latte is the best medicine to me.

Turmeric has a host of benefits: superb at reducing inflammation, anti-cancer (helps prevent initial DNA mutation, keeps tumors from growing, AND can even reprogram cancer cells to self destruct naturally.  magic, right? read more HERE.)  This rhizome is a daily staple for me.  Living with rheumatoid arthritis, turmeric has been my best friend for years.  If you live in a mild climate, you can probably grow your own turmeric if you have a little space for a larger pot or box planter.

turmeric golden latte

I’ve never tried this with powdered turmeric, as the fresh root is plentifully available here and it tastes amazing.  If you do use powdered, I recommend starting with 1/2 teaspoon and adding more as you see fit, up to 1 teaspoon.  Adjust the other ingredients to your liking to make your perfect brew.

sunshine latte

2 tablespoons coconut butter (not oil!*) OR 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 inch piece, more or less, of fresh turmeric, sliced

2 soft, pitted Medjool dates OR 1 tbsp maple syrup OR 1 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp ground black pepper (don’t skip this!  it works synergistically with the turmeric for best absorption)

optional add ins: pinch of cardamom, pinch of salt, slice of ginger, vanilla

Add all ingredients to a blender (if you don’t have a high speed blender it may be trickier to get it to blend totally smooth so be patient).  Pour boiling water (or sometimes I do hot ginger tea in lieu of water) into your mug to measure how much water you’ll need.  Fill it up, leaving about an inch of space to the rim.  Pour hot water into blender and blend at high speed until very smooth and frothy.  Pour into your mug and wash your blender right away and set in sun to eliminate any turmeric stains (thanks to all who told me to do this!  works like a charm).  mmmm enjoy and have an amazing morning (or afternoon!).

*coconut butter is dried coconut flesh, pureed into a butter, intact in all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber goodness of the whole food.  coconut oil is purely the fat and has no nutritive value.  Think of it like tahini vs sesame oil- both made from sesame, but totally different and the tahini is packed with nutrients which the oil has none of.  See a tutorial for DIY coconut butter HERE.


18 thoughts on “sunshine latte”

  1. I made this without coconut butter and used chai tea for my liquid and it’s pretty delicious. It’s a little grainy, but that’s probably my blender. I love your blog!

    1. Mmm great idea to use chai as the base! Yes it may be the blender. You could try using powdered for smoothness

  2. It’s rainy here today so I figured it was finally time to try this sunshine latte! I subbed coconut milk for the coco butter because I had some I needed to use up, and I also added cinnamon instead of cardamom. I truly had no idea what to expect as far as taste since I’ve never had anything with turmeric as the main ingredient, but I am pleasantly surprised! Looking forward to making this more in the future! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I make this after every run (RA runs in my family, too, as well as osteoarthritis) and it definitely makes a difference! Without it, my knees crack and feel tight/rusty, but with it, they feel completely fine. Thank you so so much for this recipe – I never cook with turmeric, but this latte keeps it in my routine. ❤

  4. Love this! I’ve been adding turmeric, black pepper & cardamom to basically every smoothie I make now (especially good with banana, mango and kale!). I also can’t tolerate coffee (or any caffeine for that matter), and the longer I go without it, the less I seem to miss it. Every now and then I treat myself to a decaf latte somewhere, and that seems to be enough for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Mmm that smoothie sounds PERFECT!! Caffeine is no bueno for me too ! I love it but not worth it. I haven’t tried decaf ever! Maybe I will! Thanks for sharing xx

  5. Does it matter if I drink it hot? I like the flavor better when it’s iced however I’m curious if changes how the turmeric is absorbed.

    1. You could omit it and it will be tasty. However, the pepper works synergistically with the active ingredient in turmeric; so it won’t be absorbed as well by your body without it.

  6. OMG – why on earth did I wait that long to make this. Well, I have made some before, but that recipe is straight forward, super simple and whipped/ cleaned up in less than 5 minutes. THANK YOU, I am in love. PS: I made it with a mix of water and coconut milk instead of just water and none on of the optionals but added cinnamon. The bomb!

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