Friday, January 8, 2016

Turmeric-Ginger Cashew Creamer (for Chai).

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vegan gluten-free chai turmeric ginger arthritis anti-inflammatory recipe
(TL) The finished Turmeric Creamer, (TR) Fresh Turmeric
(BL) Decaf Chai with Pepper, (BR) CHAI!
Long, boring story about my creaking joints made short--both my allopathic and naturopathic doctors want me to ingest turmeric.

So since it's been brrrz here lately (probably why my arthritis is flaring anyway), I've found a really easy way to get turmeric into my body is via a huge glass of warm chai several times a day. I was grating fresh turmeric into each glass of chai (I scored a large handful of the fresh rhizome for cheap at a big East Asian grocery store), but it was sorta messy and the counters in my kitchen were turning yellow.

Then! We ran out of soymilk, and since I didn't want to run to the store, I pulled out the power blender to whiz up some cashews and water. That's when I realized I could very easily whiz up some tumeric milk to go in the chai. And once I got that idea, I decided to add ginger and other yummy flavors to elevate my chai to the trillionth degree.
turmeric ginger cashew creamer chai recipe vegan gluten-free
Turmeric-Ginger Cashew Creamer (for Chai)
Makes about 4 cups
Please read through the notes and recipe below, before you start!

This yummy creamer was invented to elevate your favorite cup of chai. It's delicious for all partakers, but if you're making it in hopes it'll help your creaks, be sure your chai teabag contains pepper since it's needed to maximize the turmeri

I use a high speed blender and don't soak the notes or strain afterwards. But, if your blender has no bionics, I recommend soaking the cashews beforehand, AND, you might also want to strain the milk afterwards (use a nutmilk bag, clean rag, or coffee filter).

Obviously, you can sweeten this however you like, or make it without the date if you prefer. You can even use powdered turmeric, if that's what you have. Next time I make this, I'll be adding cardamon!

What You Need:
♥  3 cups water
♥  1/3 cup un-roasted cashews
♥  3-6 knobs fresh turmeric (to taste)
♥  1-inch knob fresh ginger
♥  1 pitted date
♥  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
♥  a few grinds of black pepper

What You Do:
1. Put everything into the jar of a blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a big jar or two smaller jars, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. 
3. To serve, stir into hot chai and add sweetener to taste (I add a little stevia).
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8 comments:

  1. I made this! My body hurts too. I haven't put it in chai yet, but I threw some (~1/4 cup) into a banana/orange/greens smoothie this morning. Yessss.

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    1. I'm sorry you're feeling crummy, too! Bodies are such cruel jerks sometimes.
      Be well!
      xo
      kittee

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  2. Hi Kittee! If I add ground turmeric or ginger how much would you recommend? Thanks!!

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    1. Hey!!
      I read that a tsp of ground turmeric is about an inch of fresh root. My roots were 11/2-2" in length and I added about six. I think add to taste remembering this makes a concentrate, but aim for about 11/2-2 tablespoons. I'd add ground ginger to taste--not sure how strong that is since I always buy fresh. <3 <3

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  3. This is perfect! I just so happen to have all of the ingredients on hand, and have been wanting to get some turmeric into the husband to help scare off the dregs of a nasty cough.

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    1. Cool! I hope he feels better soon.
      xo
      kittee

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  4. I was gifted a bag of turmeric for xmas, been putting it in pudlas and I'll for sure use it in your chai recipe! Hope your arthritis cools down :)

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    1. Thanks, me too!! Enjoy! I've been putting this in smoothies, and it's great in there too!
      xo
      kittee

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