When the temperature drops and the scarves, hats and gloves come out, it’s a sure sign that a hot beverage is required!

These crisper days make for a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures. Warm, comforting, sweet and delicious milky beverages – mmm!

So instead of going for your usual brew, why not give one of these recipes a go? These nourishing, super-food infused lattes are not only delicious, but they’re packed with all kinds of health-supportive goodies!
Give ‘em a go, you won’t be disappointed.

No. 1 – Matcha Latte

Matcha is a type of green tea made by finely stone-grinding young delicate green tea leaves into a powder.
This tea has a slightly sweet, grassy, delicate yet somewhat bitter flavour that’s relatively thick in texture.
This type of green tea is unique in the fact that the entire leaf is consumed rather than the leaves being discarded after brewing. Brewing matcha involves whisking the powder into a paste with warm water and gradually adding more water until it becomes a tea, as opposed to simply steeping the leaves and then removing them. This is what gives matcha its characteristic flavour profile as well as its fantastic nutritional properties that trump many other types of tea.

For more in-depth info about Matcha, see our blog What’s the scoop on: Matcha Tea

What you will need:

½ – 1 tsp Matcha Powder (depending on required energy levels)

Hot Water (roughly 150-200ml) Make sure the water is a maximum temperature of 80°C and never boiling – this will damage the health properties of the tea as well as causing the tea to turn out very bitter in flavour.
The water can be cooler than 80°C if desired.

Plant-based milk (Oatly barista, oatly, almond, rice, soya, coconut milk)

Optional
A few drops of vanilla essence
A teaspoon of Raw honey

Directions:

  1. Add the Matcha tea powder to a Matcha tea bowl, a small bowl or a cup and add a small amount of hot water to the bowl – roughly 45ml or less.
  2. Using a bamboo whisk, whisk briskly in a figure of 8 or an up-and-down direction to make a thick, green paste with no lumps.
  3. Add a little more hot water to fill your bowl/cup up to the desired level (roughly half of the cup) and whisk until frothy.
  4. Next, froth your milk. Roughly 100-150ml, or however much you need to fill your cup.I have a milk frother that heats the milk, but you can use a little mini electric whisk to froth the milk after heating it gently on the stove; and more than a few times I’ve even added it to my blender to whisk it all together! 
    Of course if you have a coffee machine and a steam wand, use that.

Sweeten if desired.

No. 2 – Four Sigmatic Reishi Cacao Latte

Reishi mushrooms are one of the oldest mushrooms used medicinally and have been used for longevity, vitality and as an immune tonic. For more information about reishi, see my blog What’s the Scoop on Reishi.

What you will need:

1 sachet of Four Sigmatic Reishi Cacao

Hot Water (roughly 150-200ml)

Plant-based milk (Oatly barista, oatly, almond, rice, soya, coconut milk)

Optional

A pinch of cinnamon powder for the top

Directions:

  1. Add the contents of the sachet to your cup and add a small amount of hot water to the bowl – roughly 45ml or less.
  2. Using a bamboo whisk, whisk briskly in a figure of 8 or an up-and-down direction to get rid of any lumps. You could also use a spoon or electric mini whisk for this.
  3. Add a little more hot water to fill your bowl/cup up to the desired level (roughly half of the cup).
  4. Next, froth your milk. Roughly 100-150ml, or however much you need to fill your cup.
    Again, you can use a mini electric whisk to froth the milk or add it to a blender, like a nutribullet to froth it up after heating it gently on the stove.

Sweeten if desired.

No. 3 – Beetroot Latte

This latte has a unique earthy, mildly spicy flavour with a subtle sweetness and a rich ginger tone emerging through it.
There are two ways you can make this. Either using beetroot powder and ginger powder or by juicing fresh beetroot and ginger in a juicer. Both are great, so I couldn’t choose just one to put here!

What you will need:

Beetroot Latte using powdered ingredients:

1 teaspoon of beetroot powder

(Alternatively, you can use Sonnentor Beetroot Latte powder.)
¼ teaspoon of ginger powder

Hot Water 
(roughly 150-200ml)

Coconut Sugar to taste

Plant-based milk

Directions:

  1. Add your powders to a cup and add a small amount of hot water so that you can whisk it to get rid of any lumps. You could use a bamboo whisk or an electric mini whisk for this.
  2. Add a little more hot water to fill your bowl/cup up to the desired level (roughly half of the cup).
  3. Next, heat and froth your milk. Roughly 100-250ml, or however much you need to fill your cup. Again, you can use a mini electric whisk to froth the milk or add it to a blender, like a Nutribullet to froth it up.

Beetroot latte using fresh ingredients:

1 shot glass of fresh beetroot juice (optional juice some ginger in to it also)

1 teaspoon of coconut sugar or honey (sweeten to taste)

Plant-based milk roughly 150-250ml 

Optional:

a sprinkle of cinnamon on top

Directions:

  1. Pour your 1 shot of beetroot juice into a cup and add your chosen sweetener.
  2. Warm your milk and froth it, then add this to your prepared beetroot juice.
  3. Stir to ensure the sweetener is dissolved and finish off with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top

No. 4 – Cozy Hot Cacao

Fun Fact: Cacao is actually called ‘theobroma cacao’ which translates as ‘food of the gods’.

In its raw state, cacao is extremely nutritious and is a great source of vitamins and minerals including iron, chromium, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.
It is also recognised as one of the best sources of magnesium in existence. For more info on cacao see the What’s the Scoop on cacao blog here.

There are a few ways you can make a cozy cacao latte, so feel free to adjust & combine whichever ingredients you’d like. This is just a general guideline for you.

What you will need:

Cacao paste version:

30g Cacao Pastechopped finely

½ – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Sweetener of choice to taste– honey, maple syrup, date syrup, rice syrup, coconut sugar

Plant-based milk

Optional spices:

a pinch of cayenne, ginger powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg, vanilla powder

Optional flavouring:

½–1 drop edible peppermint essential oil

Optional adaptogens:

Reishi powdermacaashwagandha


Directions:

  1. Melt the cacao paste over a double boiler, or add hot water to a cup containing the chopped pieces.
  2. Option to add it all to a blender and blend until frothy, or alternatively blend everything except the milk and froth that separately before combining.

Powdered cacao version:

½-1 tbsp cacao powder

½ tsp cinnamon

Pinch of cardamom powder

Sweetener of choice to taste– honey, maple syrup, date syrup, rice syrup, coconut sugar

Plant-based milk

Optional:

pinch of cayenne powder for a kick, or perhaps an adaptogenic boost using ½ teaspoon of ashwagandha or maca powder

Directions:

  1. Add your powders to a cup and add a small amount of hot water so that you can whisk it to get rid of any lumps. You could use a bamboo whisk or an electric mini whisk for this.
  2. Add a little more hot water to fill your bowl/cup up to the desired level (roughly half of the cup).
  3. Next, heat and froth your milk. Roughly 100-250ml, or however much you need to fill your cup.
    Again, you can use a mini electric whisk to froth the milk or add it to a blender, like a Nutribullet to froth it up. 

No. 5 – Chamomile and Lavender Latte

For a mellow and sweet taste combined with chamomile and lavenders abilities to promote a sense of calm and relaxation, this latte is certainly one for right before bed. It’s also great if you tend to feel anxious or stressed.

What you will need:

1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (alternative option is to use chamomile tea bags)

½ – 1 teaspoon edible lavender flowers

Hot Water (roughly 150-200ml)


150-250ml plant-based milk


1 teaspoon of honey

Directions: 

Brew your herbal infusion either in a teapot or by bringing water to a boil in a small saucepan, removing it from the heat and adding your herbs, allowing them to steep for several minutes.Once ready, add your honey and warm and froth your milk as covered above.

No. 6 – Yogi Chai Latte

This tea is a delightful warming beverage that helps to promote digestion, circulation and a healthy immune system.


What you will need:

Chai tea bag (Yogi tea, Pukka tea and Clipper all have great ones)
1 teaspoon raw honey

Plant-based milk 
(roughly 150-250ml) 
Optional:Chaga mushroom powderreishi mushroom powder
See my blogs on the benefits of both of these mushrooms here and here.


Directions:

Add hot water to your chosen tea bag and let it brew.
Warm and froth milk and enjoy 🙂

No. 7 – Turmeric Latte

Turmeric is a highly powerful herb with a plethora of amazing health and healing properties.
With its slightly bitter and pungent flavour, this herb is a good blood purifying herb with a flair for immunity building, working as a natural anti-inflammatory, upping your antioxidant intake and even helping to promote cognitive function.

What you will need:

½-1 teaspoon of turmeric

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

Pinch
 of cardamom powder

Pinch of ground ginger


Pinch of pepper (to improve the absorption of turmeric)


150-250ml
plant based milk

1 teaspoon of raw honey (or sweetener of choice)

Optional: Use these instead:

Nua Naturals Latte – Cacao
Nua Naturals Turmeric Latte – Ginger & Spice
Nua Naturals Turmeric Latte Original

Directions:

  1. Add your milk to a small pot and heat on low temperature.
  2. Add the spices and frequently stir for a few minutes. Do not bring to boil, but a low simmer is ok.
  3. Remove from heat and take out the cinnamon stick if used. 
  4. Add your sweetener of choice, or allow it to cool down slightly before adding your raw honey.

Alternatively, use a turmeric latte mix and follow the instructions.

Happy Brewing!! 🙂

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– Emily

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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication

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