This smooth, sweet and warm golden milk has a soothing feeling to it, somehow it makes me feel calm and cosy when I drink it. Perhaps because the spices in it are the same spices my mum use for baking and cooking around Christmas, and therefore I unconsciously associate it with holiday and being under a warm blanket a cold dark Swedish winter day. I definitely didn't grow up drinking this type of hot drink though, if anything we drank hot chocolate!
The golden color comes from the turmeric, and you have probably heard about the anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-oxidative properties turmeric possess. Cinnamon, cardamon and cloves are also used in this drink and they are all potent spices which are associated with different health benefits. Cinnamon for instance, apart from being an anti-oxidant, also lower the glycemic index of a food, and are therefore extra good for blood sugar control in people with diabetes. All those spices are of course good to incorporate in your regular diet, but with that being said, you shouldn't over consume them.
More is not necessarily always better. Too much of these spices can even be harmful and toxic. For instance, consistently consuming 1 tsp of ground cinnamon per could damage your liver, for children even just 1/3 tsp could be harmful. The reason I am bringing this up is because some health and wellness forums online tend to raise these spices to the sky as "superfoods", and their information may encourage overconsumption. The amounts in this drink is for sure safe and far from exceeding any upper limits. You can even enjoy a few cups a day without any need to be worried, so let's get to the recipe! :)
2 cups plant-milk (I prefer soy or cashew but any plant-milk works)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
5 whole cloves crushed
Heat everything up in a pot while stirring. Enjoy!