Homemade Detoxifying Dandelion Latte

A tasty, healthier alternative to coffee!

I’ve talked about the many, MANY benefits of dandelion in the past, one of which being its’ ability to help detoxify the liver. Our liver acts as the “gatekeeper” to the body, filtering out toxins, hormones, food, heavy metals, and other substances we come into contact with in our everyday lives. If the liver isn’t able to perform its job effectively, it can cause problems down the track.

I’ve shared a recipe for how to make dandelion tea with the fresh plant itself, but I recently was introduced to the mouth-drooling, literally-something-that-was-dropped-out-of-heaven, amazing-ness of the ‘dandelion latte’.

I was at The Yellow Deli in the Blue Mountains, enjoying some brunch after finishing a long hike with my twin sister, and I was curious to try their dandelion latte they had on the menu. I ordered mine with almond milk, took a sip, and Oh. My. Gosh. I didn’t want the drink to ever end.

Anyway, long story short, my eyes had been opened up to a world of dandelion lattes, and I wanted to be able to have it more regularly than on the sporadic trips I take to the Blue Mountains.

To get the most flavour from your dandelion roots, roast them first before you brew them. It resembles the sweet-bitter taste of coffee.

That brings us to today. Here in this post. Hello 😉 I have a few different dandelion latte recipes, 1) because when I originally went searching for a recipe on how to make a dandelion latte at home, I went a little overboard and tried out A LOT of recipe ideas, some with different flavours, and couldn’t pick a favourite amongst them, so I thought I’d share my top pickings from the selection I tried, and 2) because then there’s options! I mean who doesn’t love a selection to choose from 😉 You can change up the flavour variations, make it your own, make it warm or iced, and basically just have fun with it. It’s an opportunity to get creative!

When ground and roasted, dandelion root makes a wonderful coffee replacement. So, if you’re trying to kick the habit, or just want to reduce the amount of cups of coffee you’re having a day, this detoxifying drink makes a great sub in!

What’s more, coffee can be a real stress on the adrenals, as each time you consume coffee, your adrenal glands produce the stress hormone, cortisol (triggered from the caffeine, putting us in ‘fight or flight’ mode). Consistent caffeine intake, over long periods of time, can cause the adrenal glands to overproduce the hormone, which over the long-term can increase chances of adrenal fatigue.

Dandelion is caffeine-free, dairy-free, adrenal-friendly alternative. On top of that, dandelion is a prebiotic! Dandelion root contains high levels of fibre, particularly a prebiotic fibre known as inulin, which plays an important role in feeding the friendly bacteria in our gut. Prebiotics are important because they promote a healthy digestive tract and strong gut wall through maintaining a healthy gut microflora. If the digestive system falls out of balance, this leads to inflammation. A good concentration of friendly bacteria helps to crowd out the unfriendly bacteria and this process can help protect against inflammatory conditions including insulin resistance (diabetes) and obesity. What’s more, when the good bacteria in our guts are well fed, they produce beneficial by-products that can help protect our colon cells from cancer.

Before and after; once the dandelion roots has been roasted and brewed, you strain out the roots & add the milk!

Other foods high in the prebiotic, inulin, include chicory root, oats, legumes (beans and lentils), flaxseed, onion, garlic, rye, and barley. Note: for full prebiotic benefits consume the whole root. Also, when consuming grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, it’s best to soak them first to deactivate antinutrients naturally found in those foods.

How to make a dandelion latte

When dandelion root is roasted, it resembles the sweet-bitter taste of coffee. To roast dandelion root, simply collect (from your yard or through foraging in nature – just make sure the area has not been sprayed with chemicals or weedicide) or purchase dandelion root from any health food store, and place chopped dried roots on a baking tray and roast it for 30 minutes at 93°C (200 °F). You’ll know they’re done when they look golden brown and smell sweet.

The dandelion root used in this recipe is dandelion chunks, but if you’re using ground dandelion root, you will not need to strain it out of the drink later on. To make, simply stir in 1 tsp of the roasted ground dandelion root into 1 cup of boiling water, then add in the milk and sweetener (I use honey, but for a vegan option use maple syrup, or for a sugar-free alternative, use stevia) to serve.

To make the latte frothy, blend it up once finished to aerate the milk! If you find it’s not frothing enough just in the blender, add in 1 tbsp of coconut oil and blend again. This will help create a thicker froth layer.

Making it frothy

If you’re like me and don’t own a fancy milk frother, the trick is to blend your finished latte in a blender for a few seconds before serving. This creates some air in the milk which resembles a frothy café-style latte.

Dandelion root latte

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp roasted dandelion root chunks (or 2 heaped tsp of dandelion root powder in place of chunks)
  • 1/4 cup homemade plant milk (using a milk with a higher fat content will produce a creamier consistency and creates a foamier layer on top. Try organic soy milk, pea milk or homemade macadamia, cashew or hemp milk.
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup or 1/4 tsp stevia powder)

To make:

  1. Boil the dandelion root in a saucepan with the filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain and compost the roots, saving the liquid. Add the dandelion tea liquid back to the saucepan with the milk, as well as the honey (optional). Heat on low until the milk mixture is warmed to your liking.
  3. Before serving, you can choose to quickly blend your drink in a high-speed blender to create some foam on top of the latte. This tends to only work with a milk that has a good fat content (like organic soy milk, pea milk, homemade almond milk, cashew milk, or macadamia milk).
Once finished blending, pour into a cup and enjoy! I top mine with a little cinnamon for extra flavour! <3

Dandelion root latte with turmeric & ginger

Recipe originally from The Conscious Dietitian.

Adding the anti-inflammatory, turmeric, and ginger (known for its ability to stimulate digestion, and help relieve nausea related to motion sickness, vertigo, morning sickness and medications) to this dandelion latte, gives an extra boost of beneficial health benefits to this detoxifying drink.

Enhance the effectiveness of the turmeric by adding a few grinds of fresh black pepper to the latte. Black pepper has been shown to help boost the body’s absorption and utilisation of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp roasted dandelion root chunks (or 2 heaped tsp of dandelion root powder in place of chunks)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, thinly sliced (if you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, feel free to use 1 tsp of powdered ginger)
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric root, thinly sliced (use 1 tsp of powdered turmeric in place of fresh turmeric root – you can also use both types of turmeric as the powdered turmeric helps to enhance the vivid orange colour of the latte)
  • 1/4 cup homemade plant milk (using a milk with a higher fat content will produce a creamier consistency and creates a foamier layer on top. Try organic soy milk, pea milk or homemade macadamia, cashew or hemp milk.
  • Optional: a pinch of black pepper (to enhance the absorption of turmeric in the body)
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup or 1/4 tsp stevia powder)
  • Optional: sprinkle of cinnamon

To make:

  1. Boil ginger, turmeric root and dandelion root in a saucepan with the filtered water for 30 minutes. If using ground turmeric, add this after the dandelion and ginger have boiled for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain and compost the roots, saving the liquid. Add the liquid back to the saucepan with the milk, a pinch of black pepper to enhance the absorption of the turmeric (optional), as well as the honey (optional). Heat on low until the milk mixture is warmed to your liking.
  3. Before serving, you can choose to quickly blend your drink in a high-speed blender to create some foam on top of the latte. This tends to only work with a milk that has a good fat content (like organic soy milk, pea milk, homemade almond milk, cashew milk, or macadamia milk).
  4. Optional: sprinkle with some ground cinnamon before serving.

Iced dandelion latte

Recipe originally from One Green Planet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp roasted dandelion root chunks (or 2 heaped tsp of dandelion root powder in place of chunks)
  • 1 cup homemade plant milk (try organic soy milk, pea milk or homemade macadamia, cashew or hemp milk.
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup or 1/4 tsp stevia powder)

To make:

  1. Boil the dandelion root in a saucepan with the filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain and compost the roots, saving the liquid. Pour 1 cup of tea into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer overnight. Let the remaining tea come to room temperature and place in the fridge covered to cool for at least 2 hours.
  3. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into a tall glass and add the organic plant milk, sweetener to taste (optional), vanilla (optional), and dandelion root tea ice cubes.
  4. Serve your iced dandelion latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) and enjoy!!

Dandelion latte recipe tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing.

Have you made a dandelion tea or latte before? How did it go? Share below! We’d love hear!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

Sources:

Dickens, Rachel. Dandelion Root Latte with Turmeric & Ginger. The Conscious Dietitian. Retrieved from https://theconsciousdietitian.com/all-recipes/dandelion-root-latte/

Dickens, Rachel. Dandelion Root Benefits, How to Harvest and Women’s Health. The Conscious Dietitian. Retrieved from https://theconsciousdietitian.com/all-recipes/wild-edibles-dandelions-how-to-harvest-and-womens-health/

Lee, Jesse Lane. Iced Dandelion Latte [Vegan]. One Green Planet. Retrieved from https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/iced-dandelion-latte/

Glucina, Lauren. (Updated: March 12, 2019). Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte. Ascension Kitchen. Retrieved from https://ascensionkitchen.com/caffeine-free-dandelion-latte/

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