How to Make Chicory “Coffee”- 1 ingredient, herbal, 5 minutes to make, great prebiotics! (AIP-safe)

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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.

How to Make Chicory "Coffee"

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)
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How to Make Chicory "Coffee"- 1 ingredient, herbal, 5 minutes to make, great prebiotics! (AIP safe)
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  1. Place water into small saucepan and bring to simmer. While it heats add chicory either to a French press -or- to the pot with water.
  2. When water comes to a boil, turn off heat and pour it into French press. Alternately allow the chicory root to steep in the pot. Steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour through mesh strainer into mug. Sweeten and/or add something creamy, as desired; or drink black.
  4. See Recipe notes below for variations.
Recipe Notes

Here's where to source roasted chicory root.

Variations

  • "Herbal Coffee"~ Add 1 Tablespoon roasted, ground dandelion root to the hot water, to steep with the chicory. (You can find ground dandelion root here.)
  • "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.
  • "Mocha"~ Blend in 1 Tablespoon toasted carob (or fair trade cocoa powder), 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. I also like to add 2 Tablespoons fat of choice (coconut oil, butter or ghee) and 1 Tablespoon gelatin. Blend using caution, starting at the blender's lowest speed; then increase to medium speed for 12 seconds.
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Health Benefits of Chicory

  • Chicory root is anti-inflammatory and great for cardiovascular health. (source)
  • Chicory helps to support and detoxify the liver. (source)
  • Because of its prebiotic qualities, it relieves constipation and helps to prevent colon cancer. (source and source)
  • Chicory triggers the gall bladder to release bile, making it great for digestion. (source)
  • Inulin helps blood sugar levels and helps to expel toxins. (source and source)
  • Chicory is HIGH in antioxidants. (source)
  • It is anti-fungal. (source)
(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!

  • Renee Kohley

    I had no idea Megan! I love that this is full of pre-biotics – which pretty much everyone could use more of! I sure do enjoy my coffee in the morning, but this would make a great afternoon pick me up! Thanks!

  • Anya | Prepare & Nourish

    Love love love chicory and dandelion together. My favorite afternoon treat and I make it with coconut oil and collagen (I use a frother thingy). The best!!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I’ve never used chicory before but I’d love to try it. I love the health aspect of it and I especially love your “Horchata” version, so yummy!

  • Sylvie Shirazi

    Haven’t had chicory coffee in a long time, I need to try it bulletproof style!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes, that definitely takes it to a different level, all creamy, satisfying, and with a fine delicious foam.

  • Megan Stevens

    Cinnamon is so special! 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Lovely!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay!

  • I am not sure I will like it since I don’t like coffee. I have eaten products with it and it is hard on my stomach. I do like dandelion root. I wonder if burdock root can be used instead?

  • I need to try this soon. I loved the chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde when I was there in February. 🙂

  • linda spiker

    Loving these healthier morning brews!

  • Megan Stevens

    It sounds like it’s not a good fit for you. Burdock would not stand on its own as well, although it’s good in blends.

  • Megan Stevens

    Aw, fun memory!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yes, so many lovely ones. Me too. I love my hot cup often more than the delicious food, because they’re so restful, warming, soothing.