AIP “Bulletproof” Style Dandelion/Chicory Coffee

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I’ve been searching for a morning beverage that gives me that “mmmm…. coffee” feeling for literally six years since working as a barista in Seattle, and this definitely fits the bill! It can be made in a French press coffee maker, or steeped in any contraption you’d use to make loose-leaf tea. For the blending component, you can either use a regular or immersion blender — just make sure your appliance can handle hot liquid.

For those skeptical about how this recipe tastes, I promise it is quite similar to the roasted, slightly acidic flavor of coffee. Both dandelion and chicory roots have liver detoxification properties, so this drink is not only caffeine-free, but it supports those detox pathways. Win-win!

On the hunt for some dandelion and chicory root? I’ve had a hard time finding them in stores, but you can easily pick them up on Amazon.com using the links above.

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4.9 from 7 reviews
AIP "Bulletproof" Style Dandelion/Chicory Coffee
 
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Serves: 2 servings
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Instructions
  1. Place the dandelion and chicory root in the bottom of a french press or other container and cover with boiling water. Let steep for 4 minutes before plunging with the press or straining.
  2. Place the coconut concentrate, coconut oil, and “coffee” into a blender, making sure to lid tightly and place a kitchen towel over top to protect your hand. Blend for 30 seconds on high, until creamy and frothy. Enjoy!
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*NOTE: Coconut concentrate is otherwise known as coconut manna or coconut butter. It is solid at room temperature and sold in a jar.

 

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a cook and one of the bloggers behind Autoimmune Paleo. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol, and AIP Batch Cook, a video-based batch cooking program. You also can find her on Instagram.

55 comments

  • Christine says

    I made this and was floored. It truly quashes the coffee craving. The bitterness mellows after a few sips and I don’t feel the need to drink gallons more, which is a significant victory for me. 😇

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Christine… I am SO happy you like it! I feel the same way!

  • Paula says

    Can i make this without the coconut concentrate? ( I don’t tolerate coconut)

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Paula,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have a good substitute for it for this recipe. You could make it non-bulletproof style, and just blend the chicory and dandelion to make a tea!

  • Danielle says

    I am so excited to buy some coconut manna and chicory to try this. I make “lattes” with dandelion tea, collagen, and coconut oil but I’m all for different variations. 🙂 I’m also super curious what the moon book in your picture is – I must know!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Danielle – collagen would be a great addition to this! And the moon book is a copy of McSweeney’s 🙂

      • josh says

        Try Gellatine istead of collagen – it froths up. If you use ghee & gellatine instead of coconut manna you get that thick, frothy goodness.

    • Anneliese says

      I plan to try it with raw cacao butter (its just raw cacao fat, no actual butter), in place of the coconut manna. I will report back the results!

      • Anneliese says

        (Sorry, I meant to post that under Paula’s comment above)

      • Beverly says

        Anneliese, have you tried the cacao butter yet? Thanks.

    • Casey says

      How much collagen would you add? I’m very curious to try your recipe! Do your “lattes” get creamy when you use the collagen-coconut oil combo?

  • Ruthie says

    Do you think I can use my one cup coffee maker for this? Not a Kuerig (sp?)

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Ruthie,
      I’m not sure the brew time is going to be right. It is very simple to brew in a cup and you won’t need to clean an appliance!

    • Pat says

      I brew Chickory and dandelion root tea in mine all the time. You can brew 3 cups out of a teaspoon of each root combined but you will have to do the last cup in a pot.

  • Sandy says

    Can you use grass fed butter instead of the coconut oil? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Sandy, butter isn’t included on the elimination diet so if you are trying to stay AIP, no. If you tolerate butter, I am sure it would be delicious!

  • stacy says

    I cannot tolerate anything with chickory root fiber. Worst bloating and gas you can imagine. Will the coffee do the same thing? I don’t know if the inulin transfers into a brewed beverage.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Stacy,
      I’m mildly sensitive to inulin, and I don’t have trouble here, although we are all different! Maybe try and few sips and see how it goes? You could also try making it with just dandelion.

  • Elsa says

    I am a bit confused and wondered if someone could help. The recipe calls for dandelion and chicory root. Is this roasted powder? I have also seen chicory/dandelion roasted granules. Can they be used too? What’s the difference? All these are quite expensive so I want to make sure I get the right ingredients. Thank you.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Elsa! Check out the links in the recipe above. Both the dandelion and chicory are roasted root granules, not powdered (which may work but I haven’t tried). Hope it helps!

  • Sharon Wilson says

    really enjoyed this recipe..thank you:)

  • Jennifer says

    Oh my gosh, Mickey! I can’t believe how perfect this is!!! Amazon just delivered my granules today, so I just tried it. It’s absolutely amazing….so close to the latte coffee experience I am missing. I saw you and Angie speak in Denver a couple months ago, that was so great. Thank you for continuing to share your journeys with us!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Jennifer – so happy you like it, and that you made it out to our event. We are grateful for your support!

  • Sabine says

    Dear Mickey,

    I can´t buy the roots roasted. Do you think it would work better in the oven or in a pan?
    Thank you. Your work helps my condition so much.
    We can´t wait to try it.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Sabine! Yes you could try toasting them in a dry pan, I would try the stovetop and keep them moving so they don’t burn.

  • Ute says

    This is absolutely delicious and satisfying. It makes me so happy. Thank you, Mickey!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Ute,
      So happy to hear! It makes me happy too 🙂

  • Tabitha says

    I found all the ingredients at Market Of Choice today and loved it! I didn’t blend it yet just put coconut oil in my mug, tomorrow I plan to blend it with ice. So glad I found this website with other women I can relate to although my symptoms are still very much there I have great advice from reading through everything.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Tabitha,
      Happy you found them! Love MOC 🙂 Wishing you wellness!

  • Christina Frank says

    What do you think of the herbal beverage, Dandy Blend? Have you tried it? I’m wondering if I could substitute it for the granulated chicory and dandelion? Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Christina,
      Dandy blend is not recommended as it contains barley. It is not elimination diet friendly. I would get the raw ingredients and make the recipe above!

  • Greta Geankoplis says

    I have a sensitivity to coconut (sigh). Is there a nice alternative for the bullet recipe, using hazelnut beverage plus something to substitute for the coconut manna…perhaps hazelnut butter?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Greta, If you are fine with hazelnuts, that could work, but they are not included on the elimination diet.

  • Rebecca says

    Gorgeousness!! Thank you! I am in the first few days of caffeine withdrawl and my slightly-weathered brain was struggling yet determined, so to reward myself with this frothy cup of comfort has soothed me no end! And the nicest thing about it is I am a coffee lover – but predominately due to the comfort food aspect of it so this has given me a completely satisfying replacement that is better for me! And I buy these – so much easier with no mess! http://www.bonvit.com.au/shop/viewitem.php?productid=35

  • Elizabeth says

    Hi Mickey, I’ve heard mixed messages about Chicory root potentially complicating periods and pregnancy. My sources have not been reliable this far though. Do you know anything about this or have any informed information? Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Elizabeth! Chicory, and actually dandelion, can have effects on the detoxification process (they help stimulate). This, in turn, can affect hormones which can affect cycles and pregnancy. I’m not knowledgable about their use during pregnancy and would urge you to seek the opinion of an herbalist before trying. In terms of women who aren’t pregnant, these compounds can actually be great at detoxifying excess hormones in the body. Of course, there may be the few who suffer from low hormone levels who won’t feel good here. As always, listen to your body, and don’t overdo it!

  • Val says

    I love the recipe, i have being on the autoinmune prootcol for 4 weeks now. I have used in the past a dandy blend. Is pretor much your version, this one though smells like coffee, and is caffeine free. Certainly a really good choice, i haven’t used it in fear that might not be still approbate for the diet. Ps: i also love your book! have made my journey so much easier.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Thanks Val! Be aware that dandy blend is made from barley and not elimination diet friendly.

  • theresa says

    When you add the coconut butter in, do you melt it first? I must admit, I have had a hard time figuring the stuff out since I went AIP. When I melt it on the stove, it gets deliciously creamy and gooey, but still hardens at room temperature. I’ve tried using it in smoothies and it crumbles. Do you take a spoon out and melt it before adding it to the “coffee” mix?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Theresa,
      I don’t melt it, I just scoop it out, place in the blender and then pour the hot tea over it to melt before blending!

  • Katie says

    Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to find the perfect coffee substitute, and this does it for me. I love the flavor and frothiness, and I sleep so much better now that I don’t rely on caffeine each day! As another commenter suggested, I too have added collagen to this “coffee”.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Katie, Great idea, so happy you like it!

  • Corinne Grinwald says

    I am in heaven right now! I’ve been on AIP for 10 days, 6 of which I’ve cheated and had coffee (it’s my one struggle). I purchased all the ingredients yesterday, made my first cup just now, and am silently enjoying this gem during nap time. No amount of thank yous will ever thank

    • Corinne Grinwald says

      You enough. (Can this give you the jitters to prematurely hit the submit button? Geesh).

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Corinne, so happy you like it!

  • Angela says

    I am a coffee snob. I am happy to admit it. Giving up coffee is the only thing I struggle with daily and that’s really saying a lot because I was addicted to baked goods and breads when starting AIP. I dug through my pantry and found a bag of roasted chicory and dandelion with the added bonus of roasted carob from Mountain Rose Herbs. This may just be the closest thing I’ve found to that true coffee flavor! I’ve used Dandy Blend in the past when trying to quit coffee (but not going AIP – Dandy Blend is not AIP compliant) and this is so much more like that taste I love. Thank you for sharing Mickey, and for all that you contribute to my journey on AIP.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Angela, I am so happy you enjoyed it! I agree, it is SO like coffee. This is coming from a former Seattle barista 🙂

  • Amanda Cowan says

    Do you know how this does iced?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Amanda, I have not tried icing it, but I suspect it wouldn’t work well because of the coconut, which hardens when cooled!

  • Kenley says

    I am so glad I found this site. I am 5 weeks into AIP and I FANTASIZE about coffee. Do I have to use both the coconut concentrate and coconut oil? That seems highly calorie dense. Could I substitute one of those for a tbsp of beef gelatin? Look forward to making this soon. I think my french press is more than 16 oz, its the standard size that usually gives me 2 full cups of coffee, not sure how many ounces that is… Thanks!!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Kenley, I make the recipe as written up above. You can certainly experiment to add some collagen in there for a little boost!

  • Jennifer says

    I am allergic to chamomile and understand that I should not have dandelion root because of that. How can this be made without the dandelion root?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Jennifer! You could try it just with roasted chicory and see how you like it.

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