Roasted ground chicory root is a great caffeine-free substitute for coffee and makes an awesome cafe au lait. As an added bonus chicory root is rich in prebiotics. Use unsweetened coconut milk for a dairy-free and sugar-free treat!
*Roasted chicory – found in the organic bulk bins at the natural food store
Unsweetened coconut milk – homemade or frozen, best
Ground cinnamon – optional
Sweetener – if you absolutely must sweeten use 100% Stevia liquid or packets from the health food store vs the supermarket. Popular commercial brands of Stevia are processed with harmful chemicals and contain added fillers. 100% liquid Stevia comes in all kinds of flavors that are great in coffee…hazlenut, chocolate raspberry, etc. Or try coconut or palm sugar, both have a fairly low glycemic index.
*NOTE: use about 1T of ground chicory root for 4 cup coffee maker, 3-4T for 10-12 cup coffee maker or in cappuccino machine use same amount as regular coffee. It’s easy to make your own coconut milk by using this recipe. Or look for frozen coconut milk. Canned coconut milk will work but cans can leech harmful chemicals into the food they contain.
DIRECTIONS: Brew roasted chicory “coffee”. In the meantime, heat unsweetened coconut milk and froth. If you don’t have a machine that does this then heat the milk in a small saucepan on the stove and add it to a blender and froth or use a whisk to froth the milk by hand. Pour coffee in cup, add hot milk to cup, reserving the “foamy” or “frothy” part to scoop onto the top of the cup of chicory root “coffee”. Dust with cinnamon, if desired.
NOTE: Roasted chicory root “coffee” is caffeine free. Decaffeinated coffee is processed with harmful chemicals and contains half the amount of caffeine as regular coffee so 2 cups of decaffeinated coffee equals the same amount of caffeine in 1 cup of regular coffee.
DID YOU KNOW?
About 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. Keeping your digestive system healthy is one of the underlying keys to wellness. You’ve probably heard of probiotics but did you know, you can boost your intestinal health with prebiotics? Probiotics provide the “friendly” bacteria your digestive tract needs to function properly. But probiotics are only beneficial if they are alive, they need a food source in order to thrive. Prebiotics serve as the fuel that probiotics feed on.
Chicory root comes from the chicory plant which has a beautiful light purple flower and contains inulin. Inulin is a prebiotic which is a good source of food for probiotics. Chicory root is dried then ground into a fine white powder to create inulin. You can buy inulin powder as well as drinking chicory root “coffee”. The agave plant is another source of inulin.
Inulin is naturally sweet and can be used as a sugar substitute in beverages.