By now you all know that I'm a huge fan of Dandelion Root Coffee. I've been consuming this incredibly delicious, detoxifying drink since the 1990's. Dandelion root coffee is a fantastic coffee replacement for several reasons. First, it's an amazing herbal tonic that helps to detoxify the liver, second, it does not contain caffeine. For more information on why I don't drink coffee, or caffeinated beverages, such as tea (including black, white, or green) see my 5 Reasons to Give Up Coffee post.
Like regular coffee drinkers, sometimes on a sizzling summer day I'll drink my dandelion coffee boiling-hot in a big mug. Other times though, I want a Starbuck's type of icy drink, though one that's caffeine-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. That's when I make my Iced Dandelion Mocha.
I've made this drink with heavy cream in place of the coconut milk and it was amazing. In terms of sweetening your Iced Dandelion Mocha, you can use a few drops of stevia. I imagine this delicious caffeine-free coffee would also taste incredible with honey or maple syrup in place of the stevia. If you do use one of those sweeteners, be sure to add it to the coffee when it's hot, so that it fully dissolves and doesn't swirl around uselessly on the bottom of your drink.
Dandelion root coffee is fairly bitter like regular coffee. Back in the 1990's my Ayurvedic teachers used to tell us, “bitter is better for pitta (the fiery constitution).” This is because according to Ayurveda the bitter flavor is considered cooling. So summer (the pitta season) is a great time to drink dandelion coffee. Now here's a healthy coffee you can feel good about drinking!
What's your favorite caffeine-free drink recipe? Leave a comment and let us know!