I have been in a long-term love-hate relationship with coffee since my university days. Part of my recovery from chronic adrenal fatigue and amenorrhea is cutting out high amounts of caffeine, meaning that sadly my number one vice has to go.
It isn't always easy staying away from coffee but I've found a few alternative morning pick-me-ups that have helped suppress the craving. When I want a warm soothing drink and I'm not in the mood for matcha or plain tea, I happily turn to dandelion and chicory root. You can find both of these in many bulk herbal stores; otherwise, I often use Dandy Blend for an easier solution.
Dandy Blend is made from dandelion, chicory, beetroot and water extracts of barley and rye - making it gluten-free and caffeine-free. In this particular latte recipe, I put a tablespoon of Dandy Blend right into my blender with the remaining ingredients. However, I often steep Dandy Blend in my french press, just as I would ground coffee. It has a deep earthy flavour and when combined with a little cacao and coconut butter, it makes a rich and creamy morning drink.
Simply combine all ingredients below in blender and enjoy!
- 1 tbsp Dandy Blend
- 1 tbsp red beetroot powder
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 scoop Organika's Enhanced Grassfed Collagen (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/2 tsp true cinnamon
- 16oz or 2 cups hot water