Rich and Delicious Coffee Substitute

Rich, Delicious, and Nourishing Coffee Substitute Recipe - Great if you're trying to ditch caffeine, or for drinking late in the day or in the evening. Contains super healthy ingredients! I drink mine with coconut oil, stevia, and a dash of cocoa. YUM!

Why bother with a coffee substitute when the real thing tastes so good?

For folks without health challenges, there may be some reason to think it is OK, but for anyone with candida or adrenal issues or thyroid disease, coffee can be a real problem.

We can touch on that in another post, but today I would like to share with you a naturally caffeine-free alternative that tastes great and is good for you as well!

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I personally got off of coffee about a year ago.  It wasn’t easy and I will share with you how to do it at some point.  But one thing that really helped was having another great tasting option that I could have every morning instead of that “cup of Joe.”

Ever wonder why it’s called “Joe”?  Me too.  Lots of theories out there on the web.  Not sure which one is true.

Anyhow, there are just two ingredients in this super simple substitute (well, three, if you include the water :-)).  It’s that simple.

And not only are you avoiding the caffeine that can be a problem for so many people, but you are also getting the wonderful health benefits of dandelion root.  Dandelion roots are great for liver health.   And yes, if you really feel adventurous, you don’t have to purchase dandelion roots pre cut, dried and roasted – you can dig them out of your backyard, clean them well, chop  and roast them yourself!  Don’t know if I’ll be doing that anytime soon, but it’s good to know :-).

Rich and delicious coffee substitute that's great for your health. Works great as a nighttime treat as well!


Note:  The links that follow may be affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking on them, I might make a small commission, but your price remains the same.  Thanks for your support of my blog!


Interested in a french press yet :-)?  Wondering why you should bother?  Read more in my post on The Best French Press.  I put a lot of research into this.  Save time and find out which one I use and love.

– No plastic parts
– Super sturdy
– Insulated
– and attractive to boot!

I so hope you enjoy this and that it helps you in your quest to break yourself of the caffeine habit.  Your adrenals will thank you.

Great Add-ins for Your Coffee Substitute:

Easiest Coconut Milk – Made Smoother
Easiest Almond Milk Ever
Homemade Rice Milk
DIY Vanilla Liquid Stevia
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice (for the makings of a Pumpkin Latte)

Do you plan to stop drinking coffee – let’s encourage each other to kick the caffeine habit :-)!


    Speak Your Mind


  1. I don’t drink much coffee, I’ll have probably 10 cups of coffee in a year if that, and I always get decaf. I love the taste of coffee, so how does this recipe taste? I’m intrigued by this recipe, I’ll bookmark it and will try to make this.
    Can’t wait to check out your homemade coconut milk, sounds like a money saving tip!:)

  2. I’ve actually done this and loved it! Dug up the roots too. It was fun, and the house smelled wonderful while it roasted. I’ve gotten a bit lazy and have been using Dandy Blend, which even my son enjoys, but it’s still the most fun doing everything from scratch. Great post!

    • Wow – Diane! I’d be interested in the root thing just to have an excuse to do something with the dandelions! I love Dandy Blend too, but it’s a bit too pricey. Thanks!

  3. I’m not quite ready to give up coffee just yet, but I have a friend who is suffering from some skin issues and has had to give it up. She has seen some great results. She does miss her coffee though. I’ve passed this along. I’ll also keep this in mind for the day (hopefully soon) when I’m ready to kick the habit.

  4. You’ve done it again, Adrienne!! I am so going to try this. I was just getting ready to blog about my wonderful sugar free/dairy free cappuccino using your wonderful recipe for Coconut Milk. I LOVE the froth!!!! But now I am super excited to try dandelion root. Hmmmm. I’ve been reading how acidic coffee is and Candida loves an acidic body. Thanks for sharing a good alternative.

    • You’re welcome, Kathleen! Thanks for your kind words! I so hope you love it and I’ll have to check out your posts – would you mind sending the link?

  5. I am reading this drinking a cup of the real thing…I know it’s not the greatest, but there are some grey mornings I like a bit of a jolt…
    I will be ordering the alternatives, thanks for linking!
    my new favorite::

  6. I’ll have to give this a try! For other great diet changing ideas to help with adrenal fatigue, check out Marcelle Pick’s latest book “Are You Tired and Wired?” She includes a 30-day Eating Program and recipes to help jump start the process.

  7. Ohh, I know I need to give up the juice but I can’t do it with chicory! I need to keep looking. But I am sending this on to a friend from Lousianna who is trying to give it up but loves chicory.

    • Have you tried it w/ the dandelion? How about with coconut milk and liquid stevia? And carob perhaps? I must say it’s pretty good :-). Just trying to help!

  8. I’m hoping to give up coffee, but I’m hoping to not have to make this to replace it. I really just want to drink my water in the morning and be on my way. My husband makes the coffee, and I have a feeling he won’t make this for me! I’ll keep this in mind just in case.

  9. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    Share your great fermented food recipes at my Probiotic Food Linky – open through Februray 6, 2012.

  10. Hmmm…very interesting. I just applied for coop membership with Frontier, so I’ll be on the look-out for these.

  11. I forgot to ask. Do you think you could run this through an automatic coffee pot? Or, does it have to steep directly in the hot water?

    • Yes, Pam – you can. I will say, however, that you may need to play with the measurements and add some extra since the french press makes the “coffee” richer. Thanks for asking. If you try it I’d like to know because I don’t have a coffee maker anymore. Actually, maybe I do still have my old one and a filter or two – I’ll see and maybe give it a try!

  12. I drank lots of roasted dandelion this summer (I’ve had more of a chai craving this winter 😉 If possible I put out the dandelion and water in a pot the night before then in the morning I would slowly simmer it for about 20min to a few hours. This way I’m not only getting a great coffee replacement but I’m also getting the liver-loving benefits of dandelion root. A cold water soak and slow simmer are ideal for getting the inulin out of the root.

    • Hi Rachel, are you soaking the roasted granules? And do you get a sweeter drink as a result of getting the inulin out?

      • I am soaking the roasted granules. Most recently I’ve used dried dandelion root from Frontier although the pieces are larger than the roasted dandelion I got from Mountain Rose Herbs (and not quite as tasty as MRH). I don’t know that it changes much with the flavor but then I’ve only ever made it on the stove top letting it simmer for at least a few minutes. I’m eager to get some chicory and add that in to see how it changes the flavor. Buying a pound of each makes a lot of beverage and is way cheaper than the Teechino or DandyBlend I’ve used before.

        • Thanks for the info, Rachel – I’ll have to check out MR Herbs too. Frontier’s prices have been great. The roasted dandelion root from Frontier is more expensive but the granules have a really rich flavor and they are much smaller than the unroasted. I was grinding / chopping mine until I bought the roasted by mistake :-).

  13. I found a pound of organic roasted chicory root for only $9.00 at I buy all my herbs there since they are so reasonable and organic!

  14. Jenifer Harrod says:

    This is a great recipe.

  15. I don’t think I can ever give up my coffee; I’m pretty satisfied keeping it to a minimum. Good job thinking of a great substitute, though! And thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

  16. That’s such an interesting idea, and nice that it is good for you too! I gave up caffeine for about six months a few years ago, and I really missed it. It’s amazing how much we depend on it!

    • Hi April. Yes, it was a real toughy for me. Made me feel like I really had an addiction. In fact, it really is. I am trying now to learn that when I am tired I need to listen to my body :-).

  17. I love coffee and I’m going through such a rough time now without it. I am pregnant so I limited it to a cup per week.
    Instead of coffee I drink a lot of INKA. It’s a Polish drink that taste almost like coffee but without that strong taste and scent:

    In America you can buy in online or from your European local store (if you have one). You should try it.

  18. I have given up a lot of things but never coffee :)

    Blog question. Do you use a WP plugin for your recipes. Not fond of the one I’m trying.

    • Hi Jill. If you mean the “Printable” function it’s called “Print This.” I like it – there are some others I’ve seen in action that I like a little better, but no time to change it right now :-).

  19. I don’t know if I’d like this. Trader Joes has a coffee blend with chicory and I HATED it!

  20. Thx! I just printed this off to try! Just today, my sister-in-law taught me to use a spoonful of unsulphured blackstrap molasses in a cup of boiling water. Who would have ever thought to do that! It looks just like coffee. We added a little half-in-half. It was really delicious and we were pretty happy that we got a dose of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium, manganese, zinc…need I go on!

  21. Chef in Training says:

    Great post! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    Chef in Training

  22. I found your blog via a linky party over at Common Sense Homesteading blog. I went gluten free on September 1, and just recently started the GAPS diet. One of the first things to go was coffee. I would drink Dandy Blend, which is a gluten free, herbal coffee alternative, that has some dandelion root in it, among other things…but I’ve been looking for just chickory. Thanks for posting a link to where I can find some :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  23. I tried chicory and dandelion and I like to add some cinnamon. It tastes pretty good. Thanks for linking up to the Living Well Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week.

  24. I love coffee, especially lattes, and don’t want to give it up but I may have to. Thanks for linking this post to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend. Now I know there is an alternative besides decaf (which is not always totally caffeine-free).

  25. A coffee substitute? Awesome!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
    Warmest wishes,

  26. Super interesting! I wonder if my hubby would switch?

  27. Sounds like an interesting combination! I don’t like coffee myself – more of a tea drinker!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  28. Have you ever tried Teeccino? It’s a good option if someone doesn’t have time or ingredients to mix up their own coffee substitute. Here’s a short review I wrote on it a few months back.

    • Haven’t tried it – I’m sure I’d like it, however it has barley and dried fruits. I’m off of dried fruits and barley (due to gluten). Thanks anyhow :-).

  29. I am absolutely loving your information. It is really helpful in my conversion to a healthier lifestyle. Living in the Midwest is wonderful but unfortunately not the center of healthy living. Thank you for your information. I am truly enjoying it.
    Have a great day.

    • Welcome to the blogging world, Sheila. Not sure where you are in IL but we used to live there. I wish you well on your new journey. I am on wordpress, but you might find some of the info on my blogging info page to be helpful. And I would, by the way, recommend wordpress enthusiastically if you are in this for the long haul. Take care!

  30. thanks for joining the Frugal Tuesday Tip. see you next week?

  31. This reminds me of a tea I have been drinking. Mate Factor is the brand (Dark Roast). It has roasted yerba mate, roasted chicory, roasted barley and roasted carob. It’s really good. Got it at my local health food store.

    • Sounds great! I love adding carob to this also while it is brewing in the press, but it does add carbs to the final product for those w/ carb issues.

  32. Hi Adrienne ! I am not a “Whole New Mom,” but a ‘Whole OLD Mom’.
    I love your site that I just stumble upon bc I’m also kind of an
    old hippie, vegan, & enjoy doing things the way my grandmother
    did, being frugal, re-purposing, etc.
    Thanx for all of the hard work !

  33. Interesting. I’ve heard of, but never actually seen a recipe for coffee alternative. I don’t like coffee to begin with, but my parents may possibly have it running thru their veins. I may try this out on them. Found you thru Chef-in-Training. Appreciate your sharing this information. Always good to have this tucked away for the future.

    • Thanks for your encouragement! I know what you mean about the veins. I went to college w/ a woman who drank 6 cups a day and still slept fine. Don’t know if she’s sleeping fine now, though :-). Hope to see you around again!

  34. Adrienne, I tried this just now and just realized my dandelion root was not roasted. Bummer. I like the taste, but mine does not taste like coffee at all. Is it suppose to?

  35. I was thinking I would like to purchase these organic but they are not available organic,granulated. Is it necessary for them to be granulated?

    • Diane, I’ve bought that Frontier product. I like it a lot. The other one might be a little too big. You can use it either way I think. I’ve just ground mine a bit in a coffee grinder to make it more like coffee grounds. Hope you enjoy it! I hope to have other nice “coffee helpers” soon!

  36. Hi! I was going to order from Rose Mountain Herb. Not sure if I should order the regular or the powder. Which do you recommend?

  37. Carol Ann says:

    I have a cup of coffee every few years, gave up with noted exception about 35 years ago. I really loved mine extra strong and frequent! You have just reminded me of when I 1st gave up and used a shop bought dandelion coffee instead. I mostly drink Red bush or Rooibosch tea these days but being reminded of the mellow taste of dandelion root I may just dig some up and roast it! My veggie patch would be grateful too! Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Carol Nathan says:

    Oh my gosh! I just got the chicory and dandelion I ordered after I saw this recipe and made a pot. WOWZA….it tastes really good! Thank you for the recipe :-)

  39. Sherry Fredley says:

    I need to get off the coffee and this is something to think about. I guess I am not looking forward to the ‘roasting’ and I drink iced coffee, really strong….. But thanks for the info on the french press, I have wanted one!!!

  40. alison armstrong says:

    do you roast the chicory and dandelion? Or do they come roasted? How do you roast them if you have to do it?

  41. Nicole Hale says:

    Would this work in the K-Cup basket (where you fill your own coffee/tea in)?? I got rid of our “traditional” coffee pot and don’t have a French Press.

  42. I drink a glass every morning and sometimes one in the afternoon. I bought a tea ball and it works great. Thanks for the recipe!


  43. Adrienne – I was so glad to see this recipe for coffee substitute. I am recovering from adrenal fatigue, mild dysbiosis, mild candida, with several food sensitivities/intolerances, and have been off-and-on with coffee for a couple of years. I went cold-turkey off of both coffee and chocolate when I started having a lot of heart flutters/palps, a few weeks ago. Anyway, when I read about your recipe, I bought a bag of roasted dandelion and chicory root (expensive!!)right away. The first day, I swilled down at least two large mugs, and was so happy. The second day, my stomach was upset, and after researching, found that dandelion can produce excess acid in the stomach. So I made some with just the chicory and couldn’t understand why I was so sluggish and tired (that darned being off coffee!!), and researched that chicory is a sedative!! So, just beware in case anyone else has these reactions. I am so sad, because this was a delicious substitute, that unfortunately won’t work for me. :-(

    • Very interesting and disconcerting. I will have to think about this. My understanding is that dandelion root is super good for the liver but I will check into this…..Thanks for sharing.

    • By the way, Barb, I am for sure no doctor, but I have read over and over that as we age there is less stomach acid so that part doesn’t really give me too much concern at all. But I will look into the chicory. Thanks again! Maybe if you read my post on rosacea you will see what I mean. One of the health bloggers whom I respect a bunch, Divine Health from the Inside Out, says so many people are deficient in stomach acid.

  44. Hey, this sounds wonderful! Do you think this would steep well in a normal tea bag?

  45. I have moderate adrenal fatigue which I am working on overcoming and healing. I do have to say that sometimes coffee sounds better than herbal tea… but I can’t drink coffee, even decaffeinated coffee. So I have found that Pero with carob powder, stevia, raw milk and homemade vanilla extract tastes divine. I can’t have chocolate, especially raw cacao because of the theobromine… so that is why I use carob. Once healed my doctor says he thinks I will be able to start eating chocolate again, which is good, since I have an awesome recipe for homemade chocolate with raw cacao, coconut oil, honey, etc.

  46. Vivienne says:

    I’ve been cutting down on coffee by brewing up a mixture of roasted dandelion root and real coffee, for a few years now. (And I have to admit to liking a teaspoon of honey it it…. :-) )
    Another way to spice it up is to add a sprinkle of cardamon – they add this to the strong black coffee in the Middle East, and it goes very well. Try it!

  47. Debby Burke says:

    Wow! this is sooo good! I have been hoping for a substitute for coffee and this is it. I was so excited when I first made it that I just brewed the chicory and dandelion root as I normally would brew my coffee – only 8oz of water! It tasted so good but it was a bit….moving, if you know what I mean! LOL. But it was worth every trip to the bathroom that day and the next! Thanks!

  48. Adrienne, I’ve wanted to put in an order to Mountain Rose for the longest time to try this recipe…now that I’ve read this article on coffee and pesticides I think the time to quit drinking coffee has come!

    • Maybe we could drink organic only? I just can’t have the caffeine! Sorry for replying late – I am trying to catch up and missed a bunch of comments!

  49. Heather says:

    I know I really need to cut out my coffee habit, but I mainly drink it for the energy boost in the mornings to wake up and get all of my “stuff” done. I’m worried that without the caffeine I will just be dragging. So…I need a substitute for caffeine that will still energize me for the day. Got any ideas?

    • Hi Heather. Well, if you read my adrenal fatigue post you will see that it’s likely the coffee has become a “crutch” for you–so though I can’t advise medically, I would be careful w/ that personally. I would personally try taking 1/2 the amount to see if that works for you. I have done a TON of detox and diet work and now my blood pressure is in the normal range and though I am not totally healed, I don’t need the “crutch” in the morning so much anymore. I am doing thyroid work as well w/ a new practitioner. So far so good!

  50. A big NO to following:

    and all of those stupid “healthy” sugars.

    If you MUST have something sweet then you are stupid.

    • I am sorry, but I don’t know what you are trying to say. I would appreciate your not calling my readers or me stupid though :). Thanks. Stevia is very different as far as its effects on the body than sugar is.

  51. Back in my health food days (had serious candida issues a while back) my kids and I enjoyed a drink called Teechino (sp?). Actually pretty good and not difficult to make at all. I highly recommend it for people getting off the mug.

    :) K

  52. The Amazon link is for cut and sifted dandelion not granulated roasted. Do you know where to find that>

  53. Hi Adrienne,
    I just discovered your blog about an hour ago. Thank you so much for your efforts! I spend lots of time searching for answers and I know I’ve hit the jackpot with your blog. I won’t forget that you’re talking about your own experiences and that you aren’t a doctor.

    I read all of this post and the comments, and have a few questions.

    I would never have given up coffee and tea, but pain is quite the motivator, isn’t it.

    I frequently see the combo of dandylion and chicory, rather than just chicory. This is your choice as well. Is this strictly a choice for health or does dandylion make the drink tastier?

    Also, you have a link to Mountain Rose Herbs but you buy Frontier brand. Why do you prefer Frontier? And you think it’s better to not choose the ground powder but go with the natural roots? Why?

    Finally, how do you store these herbs?

    I guess that’s it for the moment. I’m so glad you’re feeling better over time! Being ill is no way to live life if you can help it.
    Thank you, Carol

    • Hey there. Thanks!

      I think it tastes better blended like this. Cinnamon added is great too!

      I think overall Frontier tastes better w/ the spices I have tried. But MRH has a broader offering.

      I don’t think it matters ground or not but you need it ground to make it work in the coffee makers.

      I keep mine in the bags they come from in our climate controlled basement. I’m hoping it’s good enough. I have what I use in the kitchen in mainly glass containers.

      Take care. I am still working on my health….it’s a long haul.

      • The more I look around the more info I see. It’s amazing to me!! Thank you again for just putting everything out there.

        Now I know I’m going to go with the Frontier (and I will use your link).

        I’ll keep you in my prayers. I know that you have to be your own doctor. Learned that the hard way. I look forward to exploring and trying your recipes.

        Thank you Adrienne.

        • Well, I am still learning all the time. I so appreciate your prayers. I am praying about switching gears w/ my care. It’s hard spending a lot of money but my husband keeps reminding me–it’s all trial and error. Make sure you subscribe to my blog. Giveaway coming tomorrow and another one this coming week :).

  54. I realize this is an older post but I just found your blog last night so forgive me :)
    I’ve been wanting to give up the caffeine in my coffee for awhile. I really only drink coffee because I enjoy the taste and find the warmth comforting in the mornings. I don’t do decaf because it tastes HORRID!
    I would like to try your substitute but I was wondering if you had a suggestion on where to get smaller amounts of the chicory and dandelion root? If I enjoy the taste I don’t mind the price of the ones you linked but if not that’s quite a lot of extras to have around lol.
    I am now off to check your suggestion on the French Press. I’ve been using one for years now and I LOVE IT! Right now I have this horrid Mr Coffee one. My Bodum broke and I needed a quick and inexpensive replacement so I grabbed the Mr Coffee at WM and I can’t express how much I loathe it lol.
    Thank you so much for all that you do on this blog! I feel that you are an honest person that is just sharing what she is passionate about. I feel comfortable trusting your recommendations and will happily go through your affiliate links to any products that I choose to buy :)
    Hoping your day is blessed!

  55. I never could drink much coffee, but I loved it iced. Do you think this would work iced? I also love mocha. I am going to try and get the ingredients soon as I would love to have something like this on cold mornings when I am having trouble getting going. Some days I just want some sweet, creamy coffee. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  56. Hi! I was worried because Starwest Botanicals has been out of roasted organic dandelion root cut and sifted as their roaster is broken. So if I get unroasted, how long do you roast it in frying pan? No butter or oil just the bulk herb? Thanks so much! I LOVE roasted dandelion tea! I boil water and put a few tablespoons in thermos and leave over night. It stays good in fridge for a few days.

    • Just the bulk herb and just until it’s brown. I often need to grind and reroast to get it dark enough :).

      • What color is it unroasted and if I’m used to the roasted will I be disappointed to just drink it unroasted? How long does it usually take you to roast and why do you need to grind and reroast? I saw that Mountain Herbs has roasted dandelion bulk herb(1 lb). Is all their stuff organic even if it doesn’t say on the dandelion root? Thanks again!

        • I haven’t tried the roasted but I think it would for sure taste better roasted. The roasted is really dark so I felt I needed to grind and then roast to get it dark. I don’t know about MRH’s organic. I wouldn’t assume it’s organic if it doesn’t say.

  57. I dig my own dandelion roots. Roast, grind and brew. It’s incredible! It does take a lot of digging and scrubbing to get a fair amount of roots. I usually mix my coffee 50-50 with dandelion root. Stretches the root, lessens the overall caffeine consumption, lowers the cost and adds this incredible nutty-earthy flavor.

  58. I order my pantry items from Azure Standard. They have roasted chickory granules, but the dandelion root is either “cut and sifted” or “raw”. Does it have to be granules? We’d rather not support amazon, is there another place we can get the granules, if that is what’s necessary? I am fine with roasting it myself and grinding it, if that’s all it is….thanks!

  59. I think this recipe is delicious! I add cocoa powder while I boil it, and then almond milk and some stevia to sweeten. In the mornings I may add a splash of regular coffee to help me ween off of the caffeine without full blown withdrawal, but after that I like it minus the coffee just fine. Thank you for this recipe Adrienne!

  60. Just wondered if you could make this in a drip coffee maker? Thanks.

  61. How many pots of coffee have you been able to make using 1 Tbsp each of the recommended Frontier dandelion and chicory products, which are 1 lb each?

    • I have no idea :). I have actually been buying those products in greater bulk. I guess I would need to weigh 1 Tb and calculate from there….

  62. Just wondering if you can use Frontier cut and sifted dandelion root instead of the granules. I can get a pound of organic cut and sifted cheaper than the granules. Do you know what the difference is? I’m also wondering what was your method for getting off of coffee. I would like a gradual approach to avoid the awful headache if possible.

    • You can use it but you need to grind it and roast it first. I do that but wonder what to do b/c sometimes I burn the product and so I’m wasting money. Hope it works for you!

  63. Jessica Cenna says:

    Hi Adrienne, roasted is definitely richer and more aromatic. I would say roasted is more coffee like and “natural” is more…. tea like :-)
    Have to try it with the “home made coconut milk” sounds really intriguing!

    As for taste, I must agree with you, it is not coffee though, it is different – but different in a good way LOL

    There are very few coffee substitutes which actually taste anything like coffee. The best one I know is made from date seeds. It is an ancient dessert dwellers “coffee”, and is prepared very much the same way as our coffee. I get mine from but there are many suppliers.
    As far as the “instant coffee alternatives” is concerned – they are all mostly all INSTANT coffees which according to my best knowledge don’t have any real nutritional values any more. So you can imagine how happy I was to find your super easy, FRESH and tasty recipe :-)
    Thank you!

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