I’ve been seeing various food bloggers talking about the delicious health benefits of Turmeric Tea for a few weeks, but it didn’t really appeal to me. I don’t keep turmeric in my spice cabinet, so I didn’t even have the opportunity to try it out. However, my massage therapist offered me a sip of hers at my appointment a couple weeks ago, and I was smitten. The very next day, I went to the spice shop and bought some turmeric powder. I’ve been tinkering with my recipe ever since!
Just look at that orangey-yellow goodness. ;)
If you want to read more about the power of turmeric, please go check out this great article by Wellness Mama. She is an amazingly resourceful and prolific blogger; sometimes I think I should just send all my readers to her! But, please come back for my turmeric tea recipe, because I do think it is better than hers. ;)
Creamy Turmeric Tea
This recipe makes a paste/concentrate that will give you about 4-6 servings of tea.
2 heaping TB ground turmeric
1 TB ground ginger
3 TB ground raw cacao (if you only have unsweetened cocoa powder, start with just 1 TB)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional, but it gives a nice kick)
1 tsp cinnamon
3+ TB honey (optional - I give Stevia-sweetened instructions below)
1 TB coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the ground spices together well, then add the liquid ingredients and stir vigorously into a paste.
To make the tea, heat up 8 ounces of your favorite milky beverage (I use almond milk; I found that too much coconut milk made it taste too curry-like for me!), then add a heaping TB of tea paste and stir. I usually add a heaping TB of coconut cream to my mug as well; that makes it extra thick and creamy. It’s entirely up to you. Feel free to add more honey if you need to. If you’re tasting too much of the ginger and turmeric, add more cacao, a sprinkle at a time.
Mix the ground spices together well. Omit all the liquid ingredients. When you are ready to make your tea, heat up 8 ounces of your favorite milky beverage, add a TB of the spice mix, a 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and 4-5 drops of Stevia (or to taste). A heaping TB of coconut cream makes things extra rich and creamy.
If you hate Stevia, give Sweet Leaf a try. It is the most palatable Stevia I’ve found. I use the vanilla creme flavor. It’s not wonderful, but it doesn’t have as much of that awful bitter aftertaste that some brands do. This tea is flavorful enough that the Stevia just sweetens it nicely!
I have also made a version of this tea with freshly grated turmeric and ginger root. It was very good, but I can’t say it was any better than the “dry” version. If you try this one and like it, play around with the fresh spices and see what you think!