Try this golden chai latte recipe made with creamy macadamias and coconut milk. This dairy free beverage is a magical combination of two delicious hot beverages in one tasty cup. Read on to make this version of golden chai latte that is one of the creamiest, tastiest and healthiest beverages you will ever have.
I can’t remember when I enjoyed my first golden latte. But once I tried it once, I was hooked. As my palate continued to mature and I ate less sweet treats, the sugar content in the store bought chai lattes became too much to enjoy.
On occasion, I can still get a good restaurant bought chai latte that’s not too sweet, but it’s become harder and harder to find. I enjoy turmeric lattes made with non-dairy milk, preferably almond milk. Unfortunately, most coffee and tea shops use sweetened almond milk in addition to a sugar-laden chai blend. For this reason, my favorite way to enjoy chai lattes is at home. Later on, I found out about golden milk and the allure of the sunshine yellow turmeric and it’s anti-inflammatory benefits and medicinal properties were equally hard to resist.
But, why choose between golden milk and chai latte when you can enjoy the health benefits of both in this delicious warm drink?
History of Chai Tea
Chai tea started in India and goes back thousands of years. Traditionally, chai spice mix is used as part of a traditional Ayurvedic drink. Those diverse array of spices are paired together not just for their flavor but for their powerful health benefits. In chai tea latte these black tea bags are used along with hot milk as a smooth vehicle for those aromatic spices.
History of Golden Milk
No surprises here…golden milk is another powerful beverage that got it’s start in India. Made with one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices on the planet (I’m looking at you turmeric), it’s no wonder why golden milk is noted for boosting the immune system. Uses include relief everything from coughs, aches and pains.
Healing Properties of Turmeric
Whether you’re using fresh turmeric root or ground turmeric powder, the healing benefits of turmeric can’t be denied. The active ingredient in this golden yellow spice, known as curcumin is what makes turmeric so healthy. First of all turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory effects. It is also a potent anti-oxidant. As a result, turmeric has shown positive results in such ailments like heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and cancer.
Modifications for Golden Chai Latte
While chai latte and golden milk may have been made with cow’s milk initially, you can use your favorite dairy free milk of choice. I really like the creaminess of macadamia nut milk. Adding coconut milk is not necessary, but I find that it adds a nice balance along with thicker consistency, which is really nice.
When it comes to the spices in this recipe, the more whole the spice, the more robust and powerful your golden chai latte will be. Depending on where you live, whole ginger, black peppercorns (milled in recipe), cloves and cinnamon sticks should be easy to find. Finding whole cardamom and turmeric may be a little more challenging.
Don’t drive yourself crazy though. You can even grate fresh ginger ahead of time and store it in the freezer for easy access. I’ve even done this after making ginger beer before and it makes things really simple.
As far as sweeteners go you can swap the maple syrup for honey or agave. If you’ll be using honey, make sure you use wild honey to keep this recipe as health promoting as possible.
Tip: To finish this recipe off, you can use a handheld foamer for a special touch.
Ingredients in Golden Chai Latte
- black tea (antioxidant properties, may reduce risk of cancer)
- macadamia nut milk (non dairy source of creaminess, vitamins and minerals. You can also opt for using unsweetened almond milk)
- coconut milk (non-dairy source of healthy fats)
- ground turmeric (powerful anti-inflammatory agent)
- ground cinnamon (reduces heart disease risk, reduces blood sugar, too many other benefits to list)
- whole clove (pain relief, rich in antioxidants, supports a healthy liver)
- fresh ground ginger (wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits)
- ground cardamom (may prevent chronic diseases, antibacterial effects)
- maple syrup (packed with nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and riboflavin)
- real vanilla extract (soothing, calming and can help reduce sugar intake)
- ground black pepper (aids in the absorption of turmeric, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits)
- water (needed to get just the right balance of flavor.
Directions to Make Turmeric Chai Latte Recipe
- To a small pot add 1 cup of water, tea bags and maple syrup to medium heat.
- Next add warming spices like cinnamon, whole clove, grated ginger root, cardamon and black pepper.
- Stir for about 3 minutes before adding turmeric, macadamia nut milk and vanilla extract. You can choose to add the coconut milk now or later. See step 5.
- Mix gently for about 5 minutes more allowing the golden turmeric chai latte to thicken slightly.
- While that’s on the stove, add 1 cup coconut milk to another small pot.
- Warm coconut milk until hot, but not boiling.
- Once the coconut milk gets really hot, use a handheld milk frother or blender to foam the milk.
- Strain the tea into your favorite mug making sure to remove the clove and tea bag. Spoon foamed coconut milk on top.
Tips to Make the Perfect Golden Chai Latte Recipe
To get the perfect color: This is going to sound counterintuitive, but if you want that nice golden color be sure to use powdered turmeric powder versus fresh turmeric in this beverage. The color just doesn’t turn out out the same. It’s not that you can’t use fresh turmeric at all. If you opt for fresh turmeric, also add some powdered turmeric for that golden color. Just don’t get any on your clothes.
Optional: How to Make Dairy Free Foam for Your Golden Milk Latte
This golden milk latte is really delicious as is really easy as is and super easy to make. But, if you want to take things up a notch, add some dairy free foam to the top.
I used full fat coconut milk for the foam. It take some heat and a little patience to get it right. Add equal parts coconut milk and aquafaba (chickpea juice) to a small sauce pan. About a 1/2 cup of each.
Once warm, use a handheld milk frother or high-powered blender to get the perfect dairy free foam. Spoon onto latte and top with cinnamon as desired.
- 1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 black tea bags (tags removed)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 whole clove
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- * garnish- cinnamon sticks
- To medium pot add water, tea bags, maple syrup, cinnamon, whole clove, grated ginger, cardamon and black pepper and warm on medium heat.
- After about 3 minutes add macadamia nut milk, turmeric and vanilla extract. You may also choose to add the coconut milk here or save it later to add froth on top. See note*
- Whisk intermittently, being careful not to walk away from the pot so it doesn't boil over or burn.
- Cook for about 5-10minutes more (stirring slowly) allowing chai tea to thicken slightly.
- Strain the tea into your favorite mug, making sure to remove the clove and tea bags.
- Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
- Serve hot.
For an immersive latte experience, warm 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk until hot. Blend in a high speed blender or use a milk frother to foam up before adding as a delicious toping to each cup.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 339Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 25mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 4gSugar 16gProtein 4g
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March 14, 2022
Updated for Content 10/13/2023