Recipes: Creamy Saffron Tea Latte

vidyasaffronlatteAs an entrepreneur, my schedule can vary each day as much as the weather does. And with a strong vata constitution, creating structure and stability is something I’ve had to consciously develop. So I’ve made peace with early mornings these past few years and actually find solace in my daily rituals.  In fact,  I relish in rituals as a way to turn the everyday ordinary into a life infused with meaning and purpose. Here’s what a morning typically looks like around my house.

  1. Rise with the Sun. Okay, more like rise in the dark winter light by 6am with two cats sitting on my chest waiting for me to feed them.
  2. Head to the Bathroom, start my cleansing routines of oil pulling, which I’ll do while I dry skin brush, then rub a copious amount of sesame oil into my skin and shower. When I get out, I tongue scrape, brush my teeth and rub a little sesame oil or nasya oil into my nasal passages.
  3. Head to the Kitchen, turn on my kettle to start with a mixture of warm water and aloe vera. Then, I begin making my breakfast tea. Sometimes, it’s a chyvanprash and ghee elixir, other times it’s a little more sustaining like this saffron, fennel, cardamom, clove and turmeric tea with thick creamy almond coconut milk I’m sharing with you below.
  4. Head to my Sacred Space, I have a room in my house I’ve dedicated to yoga and meditation practice.
  5. Sip & Reflect, I usually start slow by sipping my tea and writing (hello, Morning Pages), this helps when I have that chatty anxious mind. This style of free form writing is a way for me to bring the energy down and out of my mind.
  6. Chant & Move, last summer I bought a shruti box (a mini harmonium) to deepen my chanting practice. I can’t sing for two cents, but give me a Vedic mantra and I’ll belt that baby out. Sometimes, a long chanting session is all I’ll need for the day and other times I’ll move into some yoga therapy practices or a light asana. It doesn’t have to be an exhaustive 2-hour practice to be beneficial!
  7. Mindful Meal, I’ll head back into the kitchen for a mindful meal before I dive into work. 

vidyaritualsNow this morning routine isn’t always super slow or as lavish as it sounds. But taking at least 20-30 minutes a morning for myself has made a huge difference in my days and my general health. Mind you, I don’t have kids yet, so this changes the timing if you do, of course.  I’ve learned that sometimes it isn’t necessarily the supplements we take or the food we eat that matters the most in our health, but the way we gently create and hold space for ourselves to emotionally digest and process all that we encounter in our lives.IMG_8671

IMG_8680Born out of the super chilly mornings we’ve had this winter, came this soft and creamy latte to my regular morning rituals. I’ve maybe burnt myself out on herbal chai lately, so this saffron-infused variation has satisfied my need for a warming winter elixir. I even go back for a second and sometimes third cup when I’m snuggled in a blanket in snowy days like today.  I hope this recipe warms your soul the way it does mine, and make your morning rituals a little sweeter.


8 threads saffron
10 whole cardamom pods
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp turmeric (fresh grated or powder)
4 cups water
2 cups creamy almond coconut milk

In a medium saucepan or small pot, combine the water and spices. Bring to a light boil, then reduce to medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. While cooking, make your almond milk (recipe below). Next, add the almond milk to the pot and allow the spices to steep in the milk on low heat for another 3-5 minutes. To serve, strain into a mug and stir in a bit of raw honey or sweetener of your choice.

Creamy Almond & Coconut Milk
2 cups almonds, soaked overnight
1 tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil
pinch Himalayan pink salt
6 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, puree until creamy. Strain through a nut milk bag or fine-mesh strainer and store in an airtight container in your fridge until ready to use.

Makes 3-4 servings


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13 responses to “Recipes: Creamy Saffron Tea Latte”

  1. Sara says:

    Just catching up on a few of your posts and I really loved this one. I’m currently working on my own morning rituals and coming to the understanding that it’s not all about the supplements and the food but about cultivating and nourishing your own emotional resilience. Thank you!

    • Exactly! The emotional/spiritual component in health has been a big focus for me this year. I feel like sometimes it has to start with food and the physical body before you can move into the more subtle layers. What a beautiful journey it is! Blessings to you, Sara! xo

  2. magdalena says:

    Hello, can I omit saffron and just stay with turmeric? as well i don’t have a maca powder, is it essential? coconut butter can be subsituted with a coconut oil or coconut flakes?

    • Absolutely, superfoods are always optional in recipes like this. You can omit the maca and even the coconut butter and still have a perfectly delicious almond milk for your morning drinks. Coconut oil is a great substitute for the butter in this recipe, it will still give a creamy texture to any nut milk. As for the saffron, you can also leave it out and opt for more of a golden milk version. I honestly make different varieties of this recipe daily and each is unique and satisfying. Don’t be afraid to play around with different variations, especially with the spices as we move through the different seasons!

  3. I think this might possibly be the best hot beverage that I have ever tasted. I dont think I will ever drink coffee shop latte again!!!! Its like drinking a beautiful flower complete with morning dew..I’m head over heals in love..

  4. Raihima says:

    I love this Creamy Saffron Tea and the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Angela says:

    I have a nut allergy what can I use instead please.

  6. P says:

    I am not seeing use of maca anywhere. Do we add it to the tea?

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