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, and a homemade coffee substitute at that, 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!

I personally got off of coffee about a year ago.

My Love of Coffee

I used to drink TONS of it.

I'm not sure when my coffee habit started, but it really got exacerbated when I worked on a trading floor just after coming back from living overseas in Japan for a year.

Somehow (long story), I ended up working as a trading assistant, en route to becoming an options trader on the floor of the Philadelphia Options Exchange.  I ended up taking a sideway path and landed in a teaching position at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange instead, but that's another story.

Anyhow, it was tough.  Tough environment and early mornings, and I leaned heavily on coffee.

Too heavily.

Loads of it with loads of milk and saccharine.

Not a good idea.

In fact, I remember literally drinking 2 REALLY big cups of the stuff just to get me going in the morning, and I do mean REALLY big.

Getting Off of Coffee

Anyhow, years later, when my adrenal and thyroid issues came to a head, I needed to change things, and coffee needed to go.

It took a long time for me to wean myself off of the delicious drink, but I finally did it.

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, but I am 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 :-).

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My favorite way to drink this coffee substitute is as follows:

My Favorite Way to Enjoy Coffee Substitute

  1.  1 cup of coffee substitute
  2. Top with Homemade Coconut Milk
  3. 1 scoop of stevia (read this post on How to Use Stevia)
  4. A squirt of liquid stevia (my current favorite is KAL Caramel Cream. Here's my post for Homemade Liquid Stevia)
  5. Sometimes I add about 1/4 tsp cocoa or carob
  6. Dash of salt (I recommend Real Salt)
  7. 1 Tbsp of collagen powder for added protein
  8. About 1 tsp coconut oil

I have to say, this is just delicious!  I drink at least 2 1/2 cups of this every single morning in my “Best French Press”, and if I feel like it, I will make more later in the day.

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

Interested in a french press and wondering which one you should buy?  Read more in my post on The Best French Press.

I put a lot of research into this, so you can save time by finding out which one I use and love.

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


1.  Initially I was using plain (not roasted) dandelion root, and my coffee alternative tasted just fine, but it is so much richer with the roasted roots.  I have no idea why I wasn't doing this from the start!  Today was my first day with really rich coffee substitute, and boy did it taste great!

2.  If you like flavoring your “coffee”, following are some great options for you:

  • Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to your press along with the chicory and dandelion roots.  If you don't have a press then add it to the pot and simmer with the grounds.
  • I love sweetening my coffee substitute with a scoop (1/32 of a tsp – that's all it takes!) of stevia extract and then topping it off with a little flavored liquid stevia.  Right now my favorite is Sweetleaf's hazelnut. Sweetleaf's English Toffee and French Vanilla are also really nice!  Puzzled about stevia?  I recommend[/easyazon_link] of NuNaturals, but I have heard great things about Sweetleaf's as well.  (Tip:  don't be daunted by the price – a little goes a LONG way.)
  • Of course, a bit of carob or cocoa powder is nice too.  I used to put a 1/2 Tbsp or 1 Tbsp roasted carob powder into the french press.  What a rich tasting treat!
  • I plan to share some additional wonderful flavoring options for coffee soon – so stay tuned by subscribing to my blog!

3.  I love topping my coffee substitute with freshly made Homemade Coconut Milk.  Of course, I'll also use the milk that's already been made, but when it's freshly made, it has a wonderful frothy topping that reminds me of frothed milk.  For more details, please see my post on Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk.

4.  When I pour my first cup, it is super hot.  Just drop 1-2 ice cubes in your mug before pouring in your coffee substitute and you can enjoy right away!

5.  For best taste and health, please use filtered water.  See my post, Is Your Water Safe?

6.  You can purchase roasted dandelion root or just roast in the oven on a cookie sheet until nicely browned.  Often I just toast it in a pan over a medium-low heat, but you have to really watch it.  It starts to burn easily…not that I've ever done that :-).)

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.

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Rich and Delicious Coffee Substitute
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
This rich and delicious coffee substitute is even super nutritious. If you're trying to break the coffee habit you need to try this!
  • 1 Tbsp chicory root, granulated and roasted (I purchase Frontier brand, by the pound)
  • 1 Tbsp dandelion root, granulated and roasted (I use Frontier brand. See notes below)
  • 32 - 35 ounces (About 4 cups, plus a little) water - preferably filtered
For Lucky French Press Owners:
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Put chicory and dandelion root in the press.
  3. Add water to french press.
  4. Let stand for at least 4 minutes.
  5. Depress plunger slowly.
  6. Add some sweetener of choice - I use stevia (here's how to use it) plus a dash of salt and my Easiest Coconut Milk, plus a little coconut oil.
  7. Enjoy!
If you do not have a french press, then you can alternatively:
  1. Place water, chicory root and dandelion root in a pot.
  2. Boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve.

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 :-)!

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  1. I make a concentrate similar to this. I add sweetener, cocoa powder, salt, whatever. Chill it and dilute, reheat as wanted, add cream. I make a qt at a time so i have a half gallons worth of coffee ready to go.
    I still miss Frappès tho lol

  2. How much cocoa nibs do you think you would add to this for a mocha drink?

  3. So the french press simply saves you from having to strain the liquid?
    Im not seeing what else it does compared to simmering in a pan…

  4. Another great substitute for coffee (although obviously not grain-free) is dark roasted barley which is then ground! A great recipe can be found here:

  5. I also add Milk Thistle seeds and some turmeric. I drink it every day! Great for your liver.

  6. Hi Adrienne! Thanks for a great web site. I bought this stuff awhile back because of thyroid and adrenal gland issues. Switched to decaf, but due to another family members health issue so decided to open the bags and try it. Part of my coffee habit is the fact that I like the whole process of making it, smelling it, and then of course drinking it. I do not have a French press. So I put this in my Bunn coffee maker; half the recipe and gave it a go. It tastes nothing like coffee. Wondering if I need the French press or if I added more to increase flavor, would that help? I do not like strong coffee like Starbucks. Anyway, it has a funky smell and I think I was maybe expecting too much ? But would love your input. Thanks much.

    • Hmmmm….I don’t know. I think I tried it in a coffee maker, or at least I think others have done it, but I don’t recall. Maybe try once w/ a greater amount and see. Mine brews for 4 min in the french press. I love coffee, but this works for me. Did you add things like milk, sweetener, etc.? I used to do a dash of cocoa or carob too and a dash of salt. Hope it works. I would also suspect a stronger smell from a coffee maker than a french press – not sure but I would think so.

    • Start out with a weaker amount. I mug of water to 1/2 TAB of chicory. I was a hard core Peets coffee drinker & I was surprised at how good this tasted, black, without anything in it.

  7. This herbal Coffee is amazing.. Thank you for sharing the recipe.. I gave up coffee to heal my adrenals and as winter has come on I find myself really missing my coffee. This will be a perfect substitute.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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….

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

  12. 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!