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.
Iced Dandelion Mocha
- 1½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon ground roasted dandelion root
- 1 tablespoon ground roasted chicory root
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- Place water, dandelion, chicory, and cacao in a saucepan
- Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 5 minutes
- Pour coffee through a fine mesh strainer into a one quart mason jar
- Fill two glasses (2 cup capacity each) with ice
- Pour coffee over ice
- Add 2 tablespoons coconut milk to each glass
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!
We have recently taken up matcha as our coffee substitute, but we would love to give dandelion root a try too. Excited to learn more about your thoughts and reasons on why you gave up caffeine!
Delightful! I use Dutch cocoa powder instead of nibs, and then I make a frappe in the blender. I am trying to kick the afternoon coffee habit, and this does the trick!!
Hello! I love your site! Could you please tell me what brand and where you purchase your dandelion root and chicory root? Thank you!
Awhile back I started drinking dandelion root tea because of all the good things you have about it on your blog. I would make a large batch of a strong brew and freeze extra in ice trays. It was easier for me to grab a cube to make a morning cup with some added hot water.
Then one afternoon I felt like having a healthy iced latte. I put 5 cubes in my Vita-mix with a 1/2 can of coconut milk. I blended it until frothy and poured over ice cubes. Normally I like a little bit of sweetness added but the coconut milk added just enough that no other sugars were needed.
I just recently purchased dandelion tea to try (in tea bags). I haven’t yet, however. Could I possibly make this drink using the tea bags – if so how much do you recommend using? I don’t know if I could find chichory root – any substitutes?
any other recommendations? thanks!
HI Elena! Thanks for this delightful recipe, I am a regular coffee drinker who is considering switching to dandelion (or something similarly non-caffeinated). Does anyone have an advice or warnings?
My favorite drink in hot weather is peach tea over ice. Add a little honey while its warm if you like, or stevia any time. Tastes amazing plain over ice. Add fresh mint garnish for extra cooling….
what are these straws in the pictures ? :-)
Sheila H. says
Possibly paper straws. Target sells them in the party supplies section.
Patti B says
Do you have to make it daily or can you make a big batch of the coffee base and then refrigerate to use during the week when things are busy?
I make a double batch when I brew so that if I want extra while at work or for later in the day I have it. Sometimes I just end up enjoying it the next day.
Patricia Barnard says
I too am drinking Roasted Dandelion tea and it is all your fault. You suggested it, I tried it (although it did take some getting use to?). This cold version is perfect for our 100 degree weather in Texas. Thanks