This iced turmeric latte with ginger combines lots of spices with non-dairy milk for a flavourful caffeine free summer drink. Refreshing and light, it takes just a few minutes to make and is perfect for the hotter months. A vegan, gluten-free and low histamine drink.
Fancy a similar drink for the colder months? You may like to see my ginger turmeric latte which is so cosy and warming!
This vegan turmeric latte is fun and refreshing, and easily made in the blender. You still get that good latte froth! Full of healthy ingredients, this is a flavourful treat for a hot summer day.
Why you will love this iced latte
Summer vibes. Iced drinks are always so good when the weather is warmer, and are so refreshing.
Healthy. Packed with the goodness of turmeric and cardamom.
Easy to make. Such an easy recipe, and all you need is a blender!
One of the best things about this caffeine free iced drink is that it is made with pantry staples, mostly spices, and with only a few ingredients:
- Turmeric: the star ingredient of course, and the spice that gives the latte the beautiful yellow colour. I tend to use the Simply Organic ground turmeric powder.
- Ginger: I use fresh ginger in this recipe, but you can use ginger powder as well. The Simply Organic ground ginger is good.
- Cardamom: just a small pinch as it adds so much flavour.
- Non-dairy milk: use whichever suits you best. The flavour of the milk will alter the taste of the latte a little.
- Maple syrup: to add sweetness and a nice decadent flavour! I like the Clarks maple syrup and use it in many of my sweeter recipes.
- Black pepper: this is optional, and is a higher histamine food. It helps increase the absorption of the curcumin in turmeric, which has reputed health benefits.
- Ice: to make it, well, icy and perfect for summer!
The only equipment needed for this latte recipe is a NutriBullet or other blender, as well as a sharp knife to peel and slice the ginger if you are using fresh.
Step by step instructions
- Pour the milk into your blender.
- Add the other ingredients and blend to your latte. Adjust the amounts of spice to taste preference.
Health benefits of turmeric, and curcumin
Turmeric has been long been used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, due to its active component curcumin (BBC Good Food). Research 'suggests that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia' (Hewlings and Kalman, 2017).
It seems that a drink by itself won't be the 'answer' to chronic inflammation, not least of which because studies on curcumin have generally involved very high levels of the compound, and far more than would be found in food (Healthline). It's also the case that curcumin by itself is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Yet, in my opinion, it seems beneficial to include healthy foods such as turmeric in our diets. Any fruit or vegetable has benefits for health, and it definitely seems preferable to have a turmeric latte over a bottle of soda!
Please note this is just from my research and does not constitute medical advice in any way. It is for informational purposes only.
How to increase the health benefits of turmeric (and curcumin)
One of the best ways to increase the bioavailability of curcumin is to consume it with black pepper, which contains piperine. As Healthline describes, piperine 'is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%'.
I include an optional pinch of black pepper in this recipe. If you are on a low histamine diet you may not be able to tolerate black pepper, as it is higher histamine. Also, it will slightly change the taste. So add if you like and are OK with it, or just enjoy this iced turmeric latte without for its lovely taste.
More fun drinks to enjoy
There are so many fun drinks to try out, including my mango apple smoothie and cherry mocktail. My low histamine readers may also like to see my post on teas and coffee alternatives. Some recent recipes:
Iced turmeric latte
- Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into your glasses and add ice to taste. Enjoy!
- Add the milk to your blender first so the spices don't stick to the bottom or sides.
- Adjust the amount of fresh ginger to preference.
- ginger, which scores 1. There is a note: 'Small amounts are well tolerated'.
- cardamom scores 0, but has a note that some varieties may not be well tolerated. This can be omitted from the recipe.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.