Making a cup of chicory (herbal) coffee is as easy as making a cup of tea. But this herbal coffee is dark, for those of us who love a rich, bold, slightly bitter punch, and tastes a lot like real coffee. To add to its allure, it has the nutritional benefit of containing prebiotics, actually the highest concentration of inulin in any plant!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to see more of chicory’s health benefits. There are SO many!! 🙂
Prebiotics are GREAT for colon and gut health. They feed probiotics; so they’re at home in your gut with every meal, helping the friendly bacteria to proliferate. (source)
Personally I love decaffeinated coffee; and I love herbal coffee mixtures. But what I learned is that chicory alone is excellent in flavor, easy and quick to make, and INEXPENSIVE!
I was buying a yummy herbal coffee blend that was pricey, and now I see, unnecessary.
When I found bulk chicory, I thought I’d experiment to see how it was on its own. All the recipes I’d seen online included blends with dandelion root and many other ingredients. I don’t always have the time nor the desire to blend one more canister of herbs. I want simple– yet dark and rich and satisfying.
That is exactly what I got with chicory. It stands on its own beautifully. We can all add dandelion and other roots, if we choose, but they aren’t needed to make a healthful, flavorful blend– just optional if you want additional benefits or nuances.
Roasted chicory root is also excellent mixed (in varying ratios) with real coffee grounds. This, of course, is done in New Orleans. And it’s done by many who are trying to reduce their caffeine intake.
Here’s how to make basic one-ingredient Chicory “Coffee” (and a few variations):
How to Make Chicory "Coffee"- 1 ingredient, herbal, 5 minutes to make, great prebiotics! (AIP safe)
"Bulletproof"~ Make it "bulletproof" by placing the finished "coffee" in the blender. Add: 1 Tablespoon MCT oil, 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (get 10% off at check out with code BEAUTIFUL10) (or ghee, if tolerated), and 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, if desired. I also like to add 1 Tablespoon gelatin. Blend using caution, starting at the blender's lowest speed; then increase to medium speed for 12 seconds.
"Horchata"~ Blend in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon coconut cream, and 1 Tablespoon gelatin or collagen. Blend using caution, starting at the blender's lowest speed; then increase to medium speed for 12 seconds.
(Dandelion root also has many wonderful healing properties, making it very popular, and rightly so, in health circles. It’s known to be high in anti-oxidants and good for circulatory health. It helps to produce bile; it helps to support liver health; and it can help to increase energy levels.)
Do you use chicory yet? It’s a great way to enjoy a hot cup and to do your body several favors!