Don’t get me wrong here, I love coffee. Every so often, however, I just need to take a break from my regular java routine. Sometimes it’s because I get on a “no caffeine” health kick, sometimes it’s because I try to focus on drinking more water, and sometimes it’s because the acid in coffee can just give me a stomachache from time to time. That being said, while I love tea, there’s certainly something about your morning cup of coffee that can’t always be replaced by a nice Earl Grey option. So I like to have a coffee-like backup to sip when I want an alternative. I found out about “coffee” made from chicory root a few months ago, and when prepared correctly, it definitely has that coffee vibe without the caffeine or acidity (and it’s got lots of other health properties that are good for you too!). It’s quick and easy to make yourself a delicious vanilla latte that uses a combination of roasted chicory and dandelion root (and no espresso machine needed!).
See our guide to making your own latte at home without an expensive espresso machine.
Chicory Vanilla Latte, serves one.
1 tablespoon roasted chicory*
1 tablespoon roasted dandelion root*
1 cup water
sweetener of choice to taste
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
*You can check your normal grocery store for the chicory in the coffee section (a lot of them carry it) or try a local health food store to find roasted chicory and dandelion root.
Heat your water in a pot or tea kettle until boiling. Add your chicory and dandelion root to the bottom of a French press and pour your water onto the granules. If you don’t have a French press, you could use a tea infuser or simply strain out the granulates with a fine mesh strainer once it’s done steeping. Allow the mixture to steep for 7-10 minutes and pour about half the chicory “espresso shot” mixture into a cup. Save the rest to make a second cup for yourself later or make another for a friend!
While the chicory is still hot, mix in your sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Use a milk frother (either one that is also a warmer and a frother, or warm your milk first and then use a hand frother) to create your steamed milk. Then fill the rest of your glass with the milk and scoop some foam on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and your latte is complete!
While you can make this with strictly chicory, I would highly suggest trying the chicory and dandelion combination (that bag of dandelion will last you a long time too!). The chicory just by itself has a bit of a peppery taste to it and the dandelion really smooths it out and adds a nuttier flavor to the drink. If the taste is too strong for you, experiment with different levels of milk to chicory espresso, or make the actual espresso stronger or weaker by steeping more or less root in your hot water.
This is totally a coffee substitute that I am happy to have and even my picky husband who can spot the “healthy” versions of things a mile away gave this one a big thumbs up. If you need to lay off the coffee for a while or just want to try something new, hope you’ll add this to your morning rotation! xo. Laura
Credits/ Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
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- 1 tablespoon roasted chicory
- 1 tablespoon roasted dandelion root
- 1 cup water
- sweetener of choice to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- Heat your water in a pot or tea kettle until boiling. Add your chicory and dandelion root to the bottom of a French press and pour your water onto the granules. If you don’t have a French press, you could use a tea infuser or simply strain out the granulates with a fine mesh strainer once it’s done steeping. Allow the mixture to steep for 7-10 minutes and pour about half the chicory “espresso shot” mixture into a cup. Save the rest to make a second cup for yourself later or make another for a friend!
- While the chicory is still hot, mix in your sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Use a milk frother (either one that is also a warmer and a frother, or warm your milk first and then use a hand frother) to create your steamed milk. Then fill the rest of your glass with the milk and scoop some foam on top. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and your latte is complete!
Thanks for sharing this amazingly healthy recipe. It has been a great help. Keep sharing and caring.
So cool! Thanks for sharing!
Definitely going to try this! I used to be such a coffee snob but gave it up altogether a few years ago. I’ve been trying to find a really suitable substitute but I haven’t had much luck. I really do love tea, but it’s not quite the same. This recipe looks really promising!
Did you also know that cold brew helps with the whole “stomach ache” issue? It lowers the acidity level so it’s easier on the tummy!
Love this! Your timing is perfect because i recently gave up coffee and have started missing the flavors. I can’t wait to give it a go.
Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to try it. I don’t drink coffee but the smell is always so enticing – I recently discovered a Japanese barley tea that has a really deep taste that I love. I don’t know how comparable it is to the way coffee tastes but I love it (sweetened or unsweetened) and the look & smell is definitely similar to coffee. Here’s the kind I use if you want to try it 🙂
Sounds so delicious. I’m ging to try this today for breakfast!
Thank you for the receipe
I just had an iced chicory and dandelion latte for the first time at a little vegan restaurant in Highland Park! It was actually really tasty, so it is great to learn how to make one at home!
I tried an iced rooibos latte (a tea coffee-less coffee, if you will) recently and it was so good! That would also be a great alternative 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
Try Dandy Blend, it’s an instant coffee replacement from roasted dandelion, chicory roots and barley (w/o gluten). I drink this hot or cold just like a iced coffee. It’s very healthy and gives you the flavor of coffee without caffeine. You can get it at vitacost or Amazon I assume. Never tried making a latte or cappuccino from it. Will try that once the temperatures go down. Cheers.
Great – wanna try.
If you like chicory….you might like this new Chicory Vodka from art in the age spirits. Super earthy and full of spice. So delish!
looks delicious! must try it!
As I suffer with anxiety and can’t have coffee I am overjoyed that you shared this! I can’t wait to find a nice substitute that isn’t acidic, really great post 🙂
just purchased a French press. Will have to try this recipe! My grandfather always put chicory in his coffee…was never sure exactly what it was! 🙂
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This sounds delicious!
Chicory always reminds me of my grandmother 🙂 She was from New Orleans and drank chicory coffee her whole life!
Also, a tip for anyone who doesn’t have a milk frother: if you put warm milk in a closed container (like a mason jar) and shake it, it will froth!
Never heard of chicory before! I have heard of dandelion root- and love it as a coffee substitute. Can’t wait to try the chicory as well! Thanks again for another brilliant yet simple recipe.
Sounds and looks really tasty! I never get bored of a good latte.