I’ve been making a dandelion chicory coffee alternative as of lately and it’s pretty good! It’s also loaded with health benefits. Scroll down for the recipe or keep reading for extra tidbits.
Do I drink the real deal still?
I have not been “on” coffee in years due to the negative effects I’ve learned along the way. However, despite knowing this, I still enjoy a small cup here and there. I enjoy it with pure pleasure and zero guilt too. It’s such a treat for me. I could care a less about the caffeine, my morning juice is an energizer in itself; it’s the taste! When it’s really good coffee that is.
My favorite in Chicago is an Americano at La Colombe. Hey, I share it all here. 🙂 An Americano is made with espresso coffee beans which are less acidic than regular coffee beans. There is more caffeine in an espresso bean though, which is why I only drink a small amount.
The relationship between caffeine products, such as coffee, matcha tea, chocolate, caffeinated tea, or energy drinks, and the person consuming them, is not one of equal give and take. Caffeine can, over time, cause symptoms and conditions resulting from burnt out adrenals and a weakened liver, these can include hair thinning, hair loss, nutrient deficiencies, accelerated aging, weight gain, loss of libido, and more.Medical Medium
Healthy Coffee Alternative
Back to this dandelion chicory coffee. Before drinking this, both my husband & I were not having any coffee alternative for awhile. We then went to Costa Rica and had some really great coffee at one spot. It ruined us. We both wanted more coffee when we got home. This is when I turned to dandelion and chicory root to give us that coffeeish taste. Thankfully it did the trick for the norm. While it doesn’t taste exactly like coffee, it’s a REALLY great substitute that has health benefits to boot.
Note on Dandy Blend: Dandy Blend, which I raved about in one of my first blog posts, was our go-to substitute for awhile. It was legit the closest tasting thing to coffee, but it started hitting my gut wrong so I stopped buying it. I just had a feeling that something was off with it. I read up on it and it was the beet sugar. Now I find out that they have since taken out the beet sugar (old bags are still in circulation at this time), which is amazing.
Either way, I have since bought what I am currently drinking and I’m super happy with it. More importantly, my husband seems to be happy with it as well. He usually wants coffee more than I do.
How do you make dandelion chicory coffee?
The two ingredients needed to make it are dandelion root and roasted chicory root. Roasted dandelion root is sweeter, but it was a better deal to buy the unroasted dandelion so I went that route. I figured I could google how to roast it in the oven need be. I think it tastes perfect as is, but if you want to give it a whirl, I found 2 different methods. Bake any amount on a baking paper lined baking sheet for around 15 minutes at 350, stirring halfway. Alternatively, bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. I will mention that leaving it raw maximizes the health benefits, but you still get the benefits having roasted as well.
Benefits of Dandelion Root
Dandelion helps with liver detoxification. It’s also a natural diuretic that helps reduce water weight, bloat, and helps with digestive issues.
Benefits of Chicory Root
- Helps alkalize the stomach
- Gentle diuretic
- Aids in digestion and feeds the good gut flora
- Purifies the liver
- Cleanses the blood
- Helps control blood sugar levels
- Helps fight parasites and worms
Dandelion Chicory Coffee “Recipe”
This makes 4 measuring cups, so adjust as needed. It’s plenty for 2 of us.
I do this one more often so I don’t go through the ingredients as fast.
- 4 cups water
- 1 TBSP dandelion root – I sometimes do a 50/50 mix with burdock root too
- 2 tsp roasted chicory root
- optional add ins: chaga, cinnamon stick, or a dash of powdered cinnamon &/or nutmeg
For an even stronger brew (my favorite one):
- 4 cups water
- 2 TBSP dandelion root
- 1 TBSP roasted chicory root
- Option 1: I add the dandelion and chicory to my glass teapot and then pour in hot water from my tea kettle. I let it steep for close to 15 minutes. Once ready, you can pour it directly into your cup. I have yet to use my glass tea kettle directly on the stovetop as I’m afraid it will break.
- Option 2: Add the water, dandelion, chicory, and any optional add ins to a pot on the stovetop. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour it through a fine strainer into your cup. This one works great to make a hotter cup of coffee and tastes really good. However, I find the first one much easier for the day to day.
Comment below or tag me @herhealthystyle on Instagram if you give this a whirl!
I hope you enjoy it like I do! Xx Riane
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Dandelion Chicory Coffee Alternative
- 4 cups water
- 1 TBSP dandelion root add up to 1 TBSP more if not strong enough
- 2 tsp roasted chicory root add 1 TBSP if not strong enough
- optional add ins: chaga cinnamon stick, or a dash of powdered cinnamon &/or nutmeg
- Option 1: I put the dandelion and chicory in my glass teapot and then pour in hot water from my tea kettle. I let it steep for close to 15 minutes. I have yet to use my glass tea kettle directly on the stovetop as I’m afraid it will break. The strainer on the top of the glass teapot works great for this.
- Option 2: Add the water, dandelion, chicory, and any optional add ins to a pot on the stovetop. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour it through a fine strainer into your cup. This one works great to make a hotter cup of coffee and tastes really good. However, I find the first one is easier during the day-to-day morning rush.
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