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Spiced Walnut Latte

This recipe came together at 5:30 AM when I had just finished feeding the baby and everyone but me was sound asleep. It was quiet, the sun was rising. Even though my body was telling me to jump back into bed, at least for another hour before round 2 of morning momhood beckoned when my older one was due to wake for school, my mind was telling me that I needed a moment to myself. So I quickly whipped up something to sip on in that moment of peaceful solitude.

I was inspired by my friends at Burmaspice - a spice haven where you can get the most exotic spices and herbs from around the globe in farm to table fashion, I'm talking anything from kaffir lime rind to Aji Panca Chile powder to 10 different varieties of cinnamon. Check out this cool new read on their blog that breaks down the difference between gourmet spices and those you may find in the supermarket...

So I decided to awaken my taste buds with warm aromatic notes of cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper. As the base of my "elixir" I used my new nut milk obsession, walnut milk, which delivered the flavorful spices in a perfect, rich velvety stream.

Sometimes listening to your mind ends with your body saying thank you.


(yield: 1 serving)

1 cup walnut milk

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4-inch thick slice fresh ginger

1 teaspoon honey

1 bag black tea

Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer while stirring over medium heat.

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