Roasted Dandelion Root "Coffee" Recipe
• Raw dandelion roots
• Almond or coconut milk
If you’re using raw dandelion roots, cut them into small chunks, and roast in a 200 degree F oven for 1 to 2 hours depending on whether you prefer a light or dark roast flavor. Let cool, and then grind in a high-powered blender or coffee grinder. Store powder in an airtight glass jar for up to six months.
To use: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to almond or coconut milk, along with a dash of stevia (a naturally sweet herb that doesn’t affect blood sugar levels), blend and pour over ice for a delicious, natural and highly therapeutic iced beverage. Or steep 1 to 2 tablespoons of roasted dandelion grounds in 1 cup of hot water for hot dandelion coffee. Because it is powdered, the medicinal compounds are extracted similar to brewing tea, as opposed to decocting whole chunks of root.
If you prefer not to harvest your own dandelion roots, you might opt for buying bulk dandelion root from a health- food store, then roasting and grinding it. Or look for dried, roasted, ground dandelion root, often labeled “coffee substitute,” at health-food stores or online.
Learn more about the uses and health benefits of dandelion in The Benefits of Dandelions: From Cultivation to Cooking.