This warming nutmeg milk is a fun and cosy caffeine free hot drink perfect for chilly days! Quick and easy to make, it comes together in less than 10 minutes.
Hot drinks are always such a treat in the colder months, but so many have caffeine . . . If like me, you aren't always in the mood for coffee I have you covered with fun options such as my cardamom milk and honey ginger warm milk. Both so tasty!
And for more options, I have a fun warm milk recipes round-up with even more treats to check out!
This warm milk with nutmeg is super simple, and yet has so much flavour. Warm and cosy, it's a caffeine free hot drink that takes minutes to prepare. More time for you to relax on the couch . . .(!)
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Caffeine free warm milk. We have all the cosy 'feels' of a hot drink, but without tea or coffee. Perfect for those who fancy a change or can't tolerate caffeine.
Minimal ingredients. We use spice, some non-dairy milk and a sweetener and that's it - you just need to raid the fridge and pantry!
Quick and easy. Coming together in less than ten minutes, this is a simple recipe but still full of flavour.
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
Some notes on a few of them:
- Nutmeg - I use whole nutmegs for this recipe, although if you can get hold of already ground that would work too.
- Non-dairy milk - choose the type that suits you best. Different types will flavour the milk slightly differently, but all will be delicious!
📖 Swaps and variations
Swap maple syrup for honey. Either works well as a sweetener in this drink. If using honey, the drink will no longer be suitable for a vegan diet.
Leave out the cinnamon. This is used to dust the warm milk once ready, but you can easily leave out if you prefer.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Just a few steps to make this cosy warm nutmeg milk drink, and all are quick and easy to do:
Grate the nutmeg. Use a fine grater to grate the seed. You want to use about half a nutmeg for this drink (image 1).
Combine the ingredients. Pour the milk into your pot and sprinkle in the nutmeg (image 2).
Whisk the milk and spice. Use a whisk to infuse the nutmeg into the milk, and heat until very slightly bubbling but not boiling. Take off the heat, then drizzle in the maple syrup. Whisk again to combine (image 3).
Strain the milk. Place a small strainer over your cup and pour the milk through. This helps remove any gritty parts of the spice (image 4).
Repeat for your servings, and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top if you like. Serve immediately and enjoy!
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Make sure to de-shell the nutmeg if required. I've only seen nutmeg already shelled in the stores near me, but you can purchase with them still in the shell.
- I suggest using a finer grater to grate the nutmeg.
- While you can use a wooden spoon to stir the milk, I find using a whisk to be more helpful in infusing the spice.
- Personally I find it better to bring the milk up to a very slight bubbling, rather than a hard boil. The taste of the milk can change if you boil it.
📋 Frequently asked questions
The amount of spice is to taste preference, so you can always adjust depending on whether you like a spicy milk or just a hint. I suggest using half a teaspoon, which is about half a grated nutmeg.
Yes, you can easily swap and use honey instead. It will give the warm milk a slightly different taste but will still be delicious!
Nutmeg scores 1 on the SIGHI list, with a note, 'small amounts are well tolerated'. For more options, check out my low histamine teas and coffee alternatives post!
☕ More delicious hot drinks
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- 1.5 cups non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg shelled, grated
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup more to taste
- Shell your nutmeg (if bought in the shell), then grate using a fine grater.
- Pour the non-dairy milk into your pot and sprinkle in the nutmeg. Heat gently for 5-6 minutes until it is warm, and very slightly bubbling, but not boiling.
- Take off the heat and whisk in the maple syrup.
- Place a small strainer over your cups and pour the milk through. Dust with a little cinnamon if you like, then serve immediately.
- If your nutmeg is still in the shell be sure to remove it before grating.
- I suggest using the 'fine' grate on your grater.
- While you can use a wooden spoon, I do find that using a whisk to infuse spice into milk to be a better option.
- I suggest not boiling, but just bringing the milk to a hot temperature with very light bubbling.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- nutmeg scores 1, with a note, 'small amounts are well tolerated'.
- non-dairy milk has variable scores.