We’ve been so lucky with the weather recently – it’s been sunny and pale blue skies and even a bit warm. The weather gods are treating us to a little glimpse ahead to spring. This is my favourite time of year because you can see the whole world – people, animals, birds, trees – almost literally perk up in happiness at the sight of sun again.
But the nights draw in and they can still be very very cold. This warm turmeric chocolate drink is a reminder that winter and all its cosy indoorness and snuggly clothes is still not that far behind us!
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, but it needs to be consumed with fat and/or black pepper to give our body a little helping hand in absorbing it. Apparently the black pepper stops the liver from trying to get rid of the turmeric too quickly, while the fat gets absorbed straight through the lymph system, bypassing the liver entirely. No surprise then that in India turmeric and black pepper are common ingredients in a curry, and they are usually fried in oil first! In this drink the coconut milk provides the fat to optimise turmeric absorption.
- 1 small nub of fresh turmeric root or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 dsp honey (or other sweetener of choice)
- 200ml coconut milk or almond milk (use half coconut milk and half water if your coconut milk is very thick)
- Small pinch Himalayan pink salt
- Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth; I used my Nutribullet.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat on very low until warmed through.
- If you’ve used fresh turmeric, strain through a sieve; otherwise pour into your favourite mug and settle down under a blanket in a fluffy dressing gown with warm slippers and enjoy these last few days of winter!
The turmeric may be a bit bitter so if you’re not used to the taste, use a little less to start off with.