This honey ginger warm milk is a cosy and warming caffeine free drink perfect for the colder months. It comes together in less than twenty minutes and is a vegetarian, gluten free and low histamine drink.
This warm milk definitely feels like such a treat, but is a caffeine free warm drink full of healthy ingredients - ideal as a coffee substitute! I've taught my mum how to make it, and she is such a fan. I hope you love it as well.
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Why you'll love this recipe
- Super easy to make - perfect for a mid-afternoon treat!
- Uses pantry staples - this cosy honey warm milk has minimal ingredients that most of us have to hand.
- Caffeine free - whether you aren't able to drink coffee or just like a caffeine free drink as a change, this is perfect for a treat.
The beauty of this warm honey milk is that it comprises mostly pantry staples, and can be easily adapted too. You will need:
- Non-dairy milk: use the type that suits you best, whether oat or coconut (or other).
- Ginger: I suggest using a piece of fresh ginger if you can, but ginger powder works too.
- Cinnamon: this is optional, but gives a lovely flavour if you tolerate it.
- Turmeric: just a tiny pinch for some added health benefits! The Simply Organic ground turmeric is good.
- Honey: for sweetness that feels like such a treat.
If you want to add a shot (or two!) of espresso to this drink, then that's definitely an option. It can of course be either regular coffee or decaf.
A note on cinnamon for my low histamine readers
Cinnamon is somewhat debated on a low histamine diet. The SIGHI list rates it as 0, so low histamine. However, other lists rate it as higher. Only use cinnamon in this recipe if you know you tolerate it well. The drink will be flavourful without it.
Step by step instructions
A very simple recipe, this warm drink is quick and easy for a mid-afternoon treat.
Add the milk, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon (if using) to a pan and heat on low-medium for 5-6 minutes until warm. Don't let it boil, and give it a whisk occasionally to infuse the spice into the milk.
Pour the milk through a fine mesh sieve into a jug to remove the ginger and any gritty pieces from the spices. Then pour back into the pan and drizzle in the honey. With the heat on low, whisk until the honey dissolves into the milk for a minute or so. Pour into your cups and enjoy!
Honey ginger warm milk - FAQ
Can I use any form of non-dairy milk?
Yes, your choice will slightly alter the taste but any milk is good!
Should I bring the milk to a boil?
No, I would suggest not to as it can alter the taste of the milk and doesn't taste good in my opinion.
Can I use ginger powder?
Yes, if you don't have fresh ginger then use a pinch of ginger powder (not too much as it is quite pungent!).
Non-dairy milk and the SIGHI list
For my low histamine readers, non-dairy milk has variable scores on the SIGHI list, so of course it is best to choose the type that works for you. These are the scores for each:
- Oat milk: this scores 1 with a note, 'Often slightly histamine containing as fermented enzymatically'.
- Coconut milk: this scores 0 on the SIGHI list.
- Soy milk: scores 2 on the SIGHI list, so is a higher histamine option.
- Rice milk: this scores 1 with a note, 'Often slightly histamine containing as fermented enzymatically'. I don't tend to find that rice milk works as well for warm milk drinks.
- Almond milk: this isn't specifically rated on the SIGHI list, but almonds score 1.
- Tiger nut milk: I haven't made tiger nut milk myself, but I know that some of friends on my @lowhistaminekitchen Instagram are big fans and make it often. As tiger nuts score 0, I need to give this a try!
More drinks to enjoy
Honey ginger warm milk
- Pour the milk into your pan and add the knob of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon (if using). Heat on low-medium for 5-6 minutes, whisking occasionally, so it gets warm but doesn't boil.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve, then pour back into the saucepan. Pour in the honey and stir until it dissolves into the milk.
- Pour into your cups and enjoy!
- Don't let the milk come to a boil, just let it get warm.
- If you are out of fresh ginger, then ginger powder will work too.
- I suggest not skipping the step to sieve the milk, it can taste a little gritty otherwise.
- cinnamon scores 0 on the SIGHI list but is rated higher on other lists. It is optional.
- ginger, which scores 1.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.