To-die-for Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte

Not eating meat isn't all that difficult; even forgoing dairy has become pretty darn easy after all these years. BUT, the one place that seems to be so difficult for me and many others is at the coffee shops. You know what I'm talking about. Soy milk lattes just aren't very good, let's face it. And most coffee shops use commercial processed almond or soy milks. Even at home the alternative coffee creamers don't compare to the creaminess of half and half. 

Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte | Vegan #plantbased

Lucky for me there is a place in town that makes the most amazing dairy-free and organic lattes. They make their own almond and macadamia nut milks from scratch. Yes, you read that right. And the latte art is extremely impressive. There is this one drink I crave on the daily and it's called the Turkish Latte. They call it this not because of the coffee itself but because of the key spice they add: cardamom. 

And the second secret to this latte is the type of cardamom they use. Inner seeds only ground cardamom! This gives the cardamom a very special flavor. It does help that their coffee/espresso is top notch (something you can't really mimic at home) but for the most part after a few tries I think I nailed the homemade version of this delicious latte. 

And I hope that this Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte recipe will make you happy again about your morning coffee, despite there being zero dairy.    

hazelnut milk cardamom latte | vegan plant-based homemade recipe

Hazelnut milk can be made at home but it might not froth as well as this brand. If you haven't already heard about Elmhurst (they did not pay me to write this or send me free product, this is my own opinion) plant-based milks, you should read their story. They used to be one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast, supplying a metropolitan area of seven million people. Recently Elmhurst has made a major shift to lead the plant-based revolution. Now simply called Elmhurst, its minimally processed nutmilks are just as nutritious and pure as its famous conventional milk, with none of the emulsifiers, thickeners or stabilizers used in other leading brands.

Hazelnut Milk Lattes with cardamom and sugar! | Recipe is vegan plant-based homemade

Hazelnut Milk Cardamom Latte Recipe

Yields 1 latte


  • 1/4 cup hazelnut milk
  • 1 tsp can sugar (or agave nectar or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp inner seed ground cardamom 
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/3 cup super strong pour over coffee (I prefer this)


  1. Make your espresso or strong coffee either way you prefer. I use the pour over coffee method with finely ground coffee beans. This gives the coffee a super black color and strong flavor. Or you can use your espresso pod machine or whatnot, to yield 2 shots of espresso. 
  2. Meanwhile, pour the hazelnut milk into the milk frother. There are many options for frothing milk. I prefer this one (click here). But you can use this one (click method) or this method (click here). Forth milk following the directions of the machine you choose.  
  3. Add sweetener and cardamom to the hot coffee or espresso. Stir with a spoon. 
  4. Lastly, pour the frothy foamy milk into the hot coffee. And voila. You have a perfect hazelnut milk latte. You can stir if you'd like to get the flavors well mixed. 
  5. Serve/drink immediately.

Your Basic Golden Milk

Are you tired of afternoon lattes, hot green tea or pumpkin chai yet? I am! So today I'm sharing with you my recipe for something called Turmeric or aka "Golden" milk. It's basically a ginger turmeric tea makeover. This time with a twist of pepper and milk. 

The Golden milk recipe is strong in color and flavor, hence the name. I used a pretty hefty spoonful of turmeric spice and the fresh root as well. Ginger gives it some added spice and the vanilla is nutty and earthy. The pepper adds an addicting spice. After you make this tea a few times try using it as a base for more advanced tonics. Adding mushroom powders and other supplements turns this tea into an immune booster super hero type beverage. I added powdered green coffee and mushroom powder to mine today. 

The fist time I made this milk I remember feeling really hot - like a crazy heat in my upper chest and head. Instantly my whole body felt kind of tingly and warm. 

But the real benefit of this tea comes from the antioxidant properties

It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine. It's also been used to make the skin look healthy by boosting the elasticity. 

These are just some of the health benefits of drinking turmeric milk.

I add the pepper to help with absorption. The combination is a perfect afternoon pick me up and it's perfect during a cold and cough. 

Warming Turmeric Ginger Milk

Yields 2 mugs


  • 20 oz fresh homemade almond or cashew milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger spice
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh turmeric 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper spice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (or 1/2 Tbls cane sugar)


  1. In a small pot add all of the above ingredients. 
  2. Heat on medium heat until it's just about boiling.
  3. Whisk everything as it heats, making sure it all mixes up well.
  4. Strain out the chunks.
  5. Serve hot. 

I have another pic of this milk tonic on instagram. <--- Follow me if you don't already. And if you feel like making this milk, tag me on insta with a pic. I would LOVE it. @julinovotny is my Instagram name. 

And feel free to pin the image above - I added graphics to make it perfect for the platform. 

Happy Weekend everybody!