Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate
Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate
A Latte made from this Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate takes comfort food to a whole new level. I’m sure you’ll agree Chai Tea is the ultimate comfort food almost like a cinnamon roll in a cup! I came across Kristin Marr’s Chai Tea concentrate recipe on Pinterest (Inspired by Kristin Marr @www.livesimply.me). You gotta love Pinterest…right?
I loved her combination of the typical Chai spices with the addition of one of my favorite spices…cardamom. I’ve also been looking for a tasty Turmeric tea recipe and decided to try the combination!
This Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate is not only yummy, warming and comforting but it has amazing health benefits. You will love it…check a few of the health benefits of this tea, there are really too many to list.
Why would anyone not drink this?!
- Cloves – anti-inflammatory, digestive support, aphrodisiac
- Cinnamon – anti-inflammatory, balances blood sugar, fight bacterial & fungal infections
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory, balances blood sugar, anti-inflammatory
- Cardamom – anti-inflammatory, digestive support, aphrodisiac
- Nutmeg – digestive support, improved sleep, anti-cancer
- Allspice – anti-inflammatory, digestive support, improves arthritis, gout and hemorrhoids
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, improved brain function, reduce depression
- Celtic Sea Salt – alkalizing, improve brain function, normalize blood pressure
- Black pepper – improves absorption of Turmeric, improves cognition, antibacterial
The sweeteners I used also have health properties
- Maple Syrup – antioxidant, immune booster, heart healthy
- Coconut Sugar – lower glycemic index
- Lucuma powder – anti-inflammatory, wound healing, lower blood pressure
One more thing was needed…a beneficial fat
As I sipped and added bits of spices, something was missing…it wasn’t quite perfect. I decided to capture the full flavor of these amazing spices, the concentrate needed some kind of fat.
What you say? Fat carries the flavor over the tongue so if something doesn’t seem quite right I always add a little fat before I start piling in the sugar or salt.
You could also use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil but I was out of coconut oil, so I added cacao butter…this took the flavor over the roof!
I use Nativas Naturals raw cacao butter and raw chocolate. It’s a little spendy at the outset, however, I purchased a pound of it in 2011 and I am still using it…and yes, I’ve made hand cream with it!
Navitas Naturals Cacao Butter is the pure, cold-pressed oil of the cacao bean – the source of all cocoa products. Critical to chocolate recipes, cacao butter is a nontoxic solid that melts at body temperature, making it an excellent exotic massage oil and sensuous skin cream. http://navitasnaturals.com/product/434/Cacao-Butter.html
Use your favorite milk for your latte
Since this is a Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate, once you know you love it, make a big batch and keep it in the fridge or you could just make a recipe or two of the spices since you already have them out and store them in small glass containers, ready for the next batch.
You can use any type of milk you like, I used homemade almond milk and the pulp from my homemade almond milk was used to make the most incredible treat I’ve ever had…Salted Caramel Truffles!
Who would benefit from this Turmeric Chai Tea Concentrate?
People of all ages suffering from inflammation, pain, poor digestion, blood pressure or blood sugar problems, arthritis or gout will benefit from this yummy tea. Actually…anyone who wants a warm healthy comfort food will be happy with this tea.
Turmeric Chai Tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 tea bags organic decaffeinated black or green tea bags
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- dash celtic sea salt
- dash black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons sweetener (I used a combo of maple syrup lucuma and coconut sugar)
- 1/4 teaspoon Organic almond extract
- 2 teaspoons organic cacao butter shredded
- Put water and all spices and sweeteners in a large pot (please don’t use aluminum or non-stick)
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by one-third.
- Add the tea bags and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add 2 Teaspoons of shredded cacao butter or extra virgin unrefined coconut oil. Stir until melted.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- Pour what you are not going to use in a glass container. Refrigerate concentrate you are not going to use.
- Add warm frothy almond or coconut milk. Use the ratios below to create your latte.
- Invite a friend to join you!
- ½ cup Turmeric Chai concentrate
- ¾ cup almond or coconut milk
- Warm separately, froth the almond milk with an immersion blender for more fun.
- Gently blend the concentrate and milk
- Sprinkle with cinnamon