For those of us who don’t really love the taste of hard-core, black coffee, a little of bit of creamer is essential to make it a little milder and more pleasant for our taste buds. Creamy coffee can be a really great treat. Unfortunately, store-bought coffee creamers are often loaded with preservatives, additives, artificial flavorings and not to mention, copious amounts of sugar. This recipe uses fantastic, healthy ingredients to make a homemade alternative which is not just healthy but delicious as well. Here are the ingredients which make this creamer a hit!
Coconut milk is extracted from the meaty, fleshy, white part of the coconut. Coconut milk is a great dairy free milk option. It’s a dairy-free milk option. It’s also lactose-free which makes it great for those who are lactose intolerant as well as for those who are vegan.
- Even though coconut milk contains fat, it has been shown to increase the level of good cholesterol in the body without affecting the total cholesterol level.1
- Coconuts contain vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.2
Turmeric is a spice that is widely used in Asian cooking. It’s what gives some of your favorite curries their signature golden hue. Turmeric has some incredible health benefits.
- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory which helps prevent invading bacteria from causing damage. This also means it speeds up healing and recovery time3
- Turmeric is seen to increase antioxidant activity in the body which helps counter the damage caused by free radicals. In effect, this slows down the aging and deterioration process.4
- Turmeric is seen to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in animals. This shows that it may have potential for cancer treatment in humans.5
Lavender is a herb that is often used in scented products for its lovely aroma. However, it is also edible and has a delightfully pleasant, floral flavor. It’s an important part of classic French cuisine as well.
- Lavender helps improve mood and energy levels. Women who had just given birth reported less fatigue, felt less depressed and felt a closer bonding with their babies after regularly drinking lavender tea.6
- Lavender is said to help promote healthy sleep cycles and reduce anxiety.
Recipe For Turmeric And Coconut Milk Creamer
This recipe is very simple and can be tweaked several ways depending on personal preference.
- 1 14 oz can of full-fat coconut milk
- ½ tsp of lavender buds
- 1 tsp of ground turmeric
- 1-3 tbsp of raw honey
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and start cooking on a gentle heat.
- Heat until the milk is just steaming. Do not let it boil or the milk will split
- Let the mixture sit to infuse for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve to catch the lavender buds.
- If the mixture does split, put it in a blender and blend on high for about 10 seconds.
- Once cool, pour into a clean, dry jar and store in the refrigerator
- Pour the creamer over iced coffee or into a hot mug of steaming coffee.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Note: If you wish to make this recipe vegan, you can replace the honey with real, organic maple syrup. You can also tweak the flavors in this recipe to make it personal to your preferences if you wish. For example, you may replace the lavender with cinnamon or nutmeg.
Now that you know how to make this delicious creamer, it’s time to get rid of that storebought artificial stuff in your pantry and trade it in for a delicious healthy alternative.
|↑1||Ekanayaka, R. A. I., N. K. Ekanayaka, B. Perera, and P. G. S. M. De Silva. “Impact of a traditional dietary supplement with coconut milk and soya milk on the lipid profile in normal free living subjects.” Journal of nutrition and metabolism 2013 (2013).|
|↑2||Basic Report: 12176, Nuts, coconut milk, frozen (liquid expressed from grated meat and water). United States Department Of Agriculture.|
|↑3||Jurenka, Julie S. “Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research.” Alternative medicine review 14, no. 2 (2009).|
|↑4||Menon, Venugopal P., and Adluri Ram Sudheer. “Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin.” In The molecular targets and therapeutic uses of curcumin in health and disease, pp. 105-125. Springer US, 2007.|
|↑5||Kawamori, Toshihiko, Ronald Lubet, Vernon E. Steele, Gary J. Kelloff, Robert B. Kaskey, Chinthalapally V. Rao, and Bandaru S. Reddy. “Chemopreventive effect of curcumin, a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent, during the promotion/progression stages of colon cancer.” Cancer research 59, no. 3 (1999): 597-601.|
|↑6||Chen, Shu‐Lan, and Chung‐Hey Chen. “Effects of Lavender Tea on Fatigue, Depression, and Maternal‐Infant Attachment in Sleep‐Disturbed Postnatal Women.” Worldviews on Evidence‐Based Nursing 12, no. 6 (2015): 370-379.|