If you secretly desire a Starbuck’s double latte with whipped cream, be deprived no more! Quick to make and 100% free of caffeine, dairy, soy, sugar, and gmo’s – this Paleo caffè latte tastes way more satisfying than store-bought. Brew it just like coffee. Roasted chicory root has a rich, satisfying flavor while being high in antioxidants to support a healthy liver. Dandelion is most often thought of as a naughty weed. However dandelion root “tea” has been used in Chinese and Native American medicine for centuries. Even Dr. Oz recommends it in his 48-hour liver cleanse! You can order a pound each of roasted chicory root granules, and roasted dandelion root granules – I found the best prices at Amazon, Frontier brand. Add whipped coconut milk, your favorite natural sweetener, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and Presto! It’s a caffè latte!
Coffee consumption began in Ethiopia in the 9th century. It spread through the Arab world, and arrived in Europe around the 15th century. I’m not sure our Paleolithic ancestors were coffee drinkers, although I suppose it is conceivable. This delicious brew will soothe your jangled nerves and give you that warm coffee feeling without hooking you into the habit. Read more about the pros and cons of coffee in my article “Addicted to coffee? A delicious subsititute“. Personally, I love the rich, satisfying flavor of my Paleo Joe. Makes two large 16-ounce cups. Serves two.
- 2 tablespoons Roasted chicory root granules
- 2 tablespoons Roasted dandelion root granules
- 4 cups boiling filtered water
- 0 to 2 tablespoon sweetener (optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk, gently heated on the stove
- Cinnamon to sprinkle
- Put the chicory and dandelion granules into a French press. Fill it with boiling water and allow it to steep for 2 minutes.
- Press the plunger and pour coffee into two large coffee mugs.
- (If you don't have a French Press, heat water in a saucepan on the stove, add the granules, steep 2 minutes, and strain with a strainer.)
- To froth the milk, heat it briefly in a saucepan. Whisk it with a miniature whisk, immersion blender, or even better, an Electric Milk Frother until you see lots of tiny bubbles on the surface. Pour it gently over the coffee in your mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir in sweetener to taste.
- Add to the French Press: 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder or cocoa, and 2 - 3 tablespoons more sweetener. Yummy!
- Add some ground Turmeric, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, and/or Cloves for a terriffic flavor zing!
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