After months of tea as my only caffeinated beverage, one summer morning I found myself salivating at the sight of a tall, creamy iced coffee a coworker was sipping. I don’t believe in depriving oneself in the name of health, and I figured there could be a creative alternative that would be both healthy and delicious. Enter dandelions?!
I love the taste of coffee but am not a fan of over-caffeinating myself nor adding acid-producing foods to my body. AND decaf coffee is actually more acidic than the regular stuff due to the type of beans used (read about this more here). If you’re not familiar with the importance of PH balance and alkaline-producing foods, read this article from Naturally Good Magazine. If you’re lazy, just believe me when I say that, basically, higher levels of acidity overtax the body’s immune system, leading to a laundry list of possible diseases and physical problems, from fatigue and weight gain to cancer. So having coffee just for the taste wasn’t worth it to me.
After some research and experimentation, I was unimpressed with many coffee substitute recipes I tried until I stumbled upon Dandy Blend. Turns out the roasted roots of dandelion, chicory and beets, and the grains of barley and rye combine to taste uncannily like coffee, not to mention, they’re all gluten-free (as extracts), health-promoting foods that provide over 50 trace minerals in each cup. By the way, they don’t pay me a dime to say any of this (although I would accept a lifetime supply of Dandy Blend *wink*wink*).
Try this recipe if you’re raw, vegan, or just want to ease yourself or a loved one off the hard stuff. I think it’s perfect hot or cold, although my dad and brother found the taste strange after their warm cups cooled down.
- 1 cup almond, cashew, or other nut milk
- 2 Tbsp Dandy blend (or more for bolder taste)
- 1-2 tsp maca powder (adds energy)
- 1-2 tsp ashwagandha (adds energy)
- raw cacao (to taste)
- dash cinnamon
- dash sea salt
- honey, maple syrup, or date syrup to sweeten more (taste before adding; there’s already some naturally-occurring sweetness from the fructose in the dandelion and chicory roots)
- Blend or shake all ingredients together.
- Heat or drink iced/raw.