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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, chicory coffee has the nutritional benefit of containing prebiotics, actually the highest concentration of inulin in any plant! This hot beverage is a great Keto and/or AIP cup that will truly satisfy, (and it’s inexpensive).
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 (find it here), 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):
- 1 Tablespoon chicory root roasted and ground, see Recipe notes below for sourcing
- 2 cups filtered water
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour through mesh strainer into mug. Sweeten and/or add something creamy, as desired; or drink black.
- See Recipe notes below for variations.
Find bulk chicory root here.
- "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 either stevia to taste for Keto or 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, if desired, for Paleo/AIP. 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 for AIP or fair trade cocoa powder for Keto, and either stevia to taste for Keto or 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup for Paleo/AIP, 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.
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)