October 22nd, 2014 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Anti-Candida, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, PCOS, Recipes, Teas, Drinks & Tonics, Thyroid | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Better Than Coffee (Chicory Latte)


I created this drink because I had to stop drinking coffee (full article here: 11 Ways Coffee Impacts Your Hormones). I discovered that my body does not metabolize coffee well and the result was very visible: I was impatient and even mean. It sucks when the one person you love the most (my partner, Brad) is on the receiving end of your moods. I had to own it and this is how I threw myself into looking for tasty, satisfying and healthy alternatives.

Lattes can be so versatile. You can play with so many different teas, coffees, coffee substitutes (like dandelion root or chicory root), fats like coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, butter (if you tolerate dairy) or ghee. It allows for so much of creativity and exploration of your own taste bud preferences.

In this recipe I’m using roasted chicory root and roasted dandelion. You can get it online and pick the organic version. If you have been to New Orleans, you know chicory coffee.

Even though I called the recipe “coffee,” this drink does not contain caffeine. In fact, both dandelion and chicory have have been used medicinally in Western herbalism for centuries.

Dandelion root is known to support the liver function and chicory root is rich in inulin which is a “prebiotic” for the good bacteria to feed on. Chicory is also known to stimulate bile production which facilities our liver’s detoxification process – keeping our hormones in check. I wrote a full article about the surprising connection between the liver and our hormones.

I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I love developing recipes that not only taste great but can be our medicine, too.

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Better Than Coffee (Chicory Latte)
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Equipment: blender, grater
Serves: 2
How To Make
  1. Place chicory and dandelion root in a cooking pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain and transfer to the blender, then add the ghee, collagen, and the dates. Blend for 1 minute.
  5. Grate some fresh nutmeg and enjoy.
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24 Comments to Better Than Coffee (Chicory Latte)

    • Hi Lara,
      Magdalena does not make any recommendations during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Thank you for understanding. ~HB Team

  1. Hi Lara – Magdalena does not work with pregnant or breastfeeding women and she refrains from advising.

  2. This looks awesome, but I thought dandelion root could only be consumed for short periods of time. I bought some organic dandelion root tea and it said that it wasn’t for continuous use and should be discontinued after 2 weeks. I think it had something to do with its long-term effects on the liver. Do you have more information on that?

    • Rotate.
      take a week or 2 break (or more) and use it again.
      I rotate dandelion, milk thistle, yellowdock and burdock. Milk thistle, I grind the seeds in my coffee grinder as fine as I can get and drink it thru a straw in water. Keep stirring! Yellowdock and burdock, I tincture. You could encapsulate powdered herbs also.

      • Hi Corinne and Helen,

        Corinne good questions and Helene has answered nicely. Thank you for the great support ladies!

  3. Hi Corinne: Yes, I see the duration of use listed on Traditional Medicinals is up to 2 weeks. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Just wondering if the second sentence has a misprint. It says “ I discovered that my body does metabolize coffee well”. Is that statement correct?

  5. Hey,

    Thank you for coffee recipe, I really really like the way you explained it, Me and my family this coffee so i’m going to try this one in upcoming weekend where we set together once in a week so this will be amazing can you please tell me if i use persian saffron in it ? this will be perfect or not give me some suggestion


    • Hi Debra,

      We have not tried that yet in the HB kitchen. Please let us know how it goes for you! ~Deanna HB Team

    • After you let it steep, you would strain it like you strain tea leaves and then pour the water into the blender. Dont use whats left in the strainer. Just the water.

  6. This brew is phenomenal!
    I can’t believe how satisfyingly tasty it is – delightful texture, too.
    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Jody, Thank you for your support and for sharing your thoughts with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the brew =) ~ Jeanne HB Team

    • I must admit I do enjoy a good cup of chicory coffee from Cafe du Monde on the Riverwalk in New Orleans. When my son was alive I used to order their French donuts which I would make occasionally for him and I bought the chicory coffee by the bag. I know the coffee part of it wasn’t so good for me but the caffeine always gave me a boost and The Chicory made The taste wonderful Sharp but wonderful! Thank you so much for all of the great information and pointers some of them I already do some of them I cannot do because of a very touchy stomach but I’m always willing to try things that have been proven to make us feel better and healthier. Again thank you so much for all the great information.

      • Hi Roxann, that is a beautiful memory to hold of you and your son. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s admirable and uplifting to hear that you’re embarking on your health journey. We’re here to support you in anyway we can! ~HB Support

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