DIY Dandelion Root Latte: A Caffeine-Free, Dairy-Free, Adrenal-Friendly Tonic!

A tasty, caffeine-free alternative to coffee!

I’ve talked about the many benefits of dandelion in the past, one particular quality 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 recently discovered the amazingness which is: dandelion lattes.

I was at The Yellow Deli in the Blue Mountains, enjoying some brunch after finishing a long hike with my twin sister, and I noticed they had a dandelion latte 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.

Which 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, and
  2. Because then there’s options! I mean who doesn’t love a selection to choose from.
To get the most flavour from your dandelion roots, roast them first before you brew them. It resembles the sweet-bitter taste of coffee.

When ground and roasted, dandelion root makes the perfect coffee replacement. Coffee can be a real stress on the adrenals, as each time you consume coffee, your adrenal glands produce the stress hormone, cortisol. Consistent caffeine intake, over the long-term, can cause the adrenal glands to overproduce the hormone, which can increase chances of adrenal fatigue.

Dandelion is a caffeine-free, dairy-free, adrenal-friendly alternative. Plus, it’s a prebiotic! Dandelion root contains high levels of a prebiotic fibre known as inulin, which plays an important role in feeding the friendly bacteria in our gut. When the good bacteria in our guts are well fed, they produce beneficial by-products that can help protect our colon cells from cancer.

Other foods high in the prebiotic, inulin, include chicory root, oats, legumes (beans and lentils), flaxseed, onion, garlic, rye, and barley. When consuming grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, it’s best to soak them first to deactivate antinutrients naturally found in these foods.

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

If you make this latte, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Dandelion Latte

When dandelion root is roasted, it resembles the sweet-bitter taste of coffee. You can even add turmeric and ginger for an anti-inflammatory dandelion root latte!

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. To roast dandelion root, place chopped dried roots on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes at 90°C (200 °F). You’ll know they’re done when they look golden brown and smell fragrant.
  2. Boil the dandelion root in a small saucepan with the water for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain and compost the roots, then pour the liquid back into the saucepan with the milk and honey. Heat on low until the milk mixture is warmed to your liking.
  4. Place mixture into a high-speed blender and quickly process for 10-20 seconds to create some foam on top of the latte. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
If you find it’s not frothing, add in 1 tbsp coconut oil and blend again. This will help create a thicker froth layer.

DIY Iced Dandelion latte

A much healthier spin of a common favourite: iced coffee.

Ingredients:

To make:

  1. To roast dandelion root, place chopped dried roots on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes at 90°C (200 °F). You’ll know they’re done when they look golden brown and smell fragrant.
  2. Boil the dandelion root in a small saucepan with the water for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain and compost the roots, reserving the liquid. Let the tea cool to room temperature then place in the fridge, covered, to cool for a couple of hours.
  4. Once cooled, pour 1 cup of tea into a tall glass and add the milk, honey and ice cubes. Enjoy!
I topped my warm dandelion latte with some cinnamon.

DIY dandelion latte 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. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made a dandelion tea or latte before? How was it? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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