Sophie’s Coffee Substitute Recipe

Sophie’s Coffee Substitute Recipe
Sophie gives you an alternative to your normal cup of joe


  • 1 Tablespoon chicory root, granulated and roasted (I purchase Frontier brand, by the pound)
  • 1 Tablespoon dandelion root, granulated and roasted (I use Frontier brand.  See notes below).
  • 32 – 35 ounces (About 4 cups, plus a little) water – preferably filtered.

Directions for making with a French Press:

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  1. Put chicory and dandelion root in the press.
  1. Add water to french press.
  1. Let stand for at least 4 minutes.
  1. Depress plunger slowly.
  1. Add some sweetener of choice – I use stevia plus a dash of salt and my Easiest Coconut Milk, plus a little coconut oil.

Directions (without a french press):

  1. Place water, chicory root and dandelion root in a pot.
  1. Boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  1. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and serve.


  1. Initially I was using plain (not roasted) dandelion root, and my coffee alternative tasted just fine, but it is so much richer with the roasted roots.
  1. If you like flavoring your “coffee”, here are some great options for you:
  2. • Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to your press along with the chicory and dandelion roots. If you don’t have a press then add it to the pot and simmer with the grounds.
  3. • I love sweetening my coffee substitute with a scoop (1/32 of a tsp – that’s all it takes!) of stevia extract and then topping it off with a little flavored liquid stevia. Right now my favorite is Sweetleaf’s hazelnut. Sweetleaf’s English Toffee and French Vanilla are also really nice! Puzzled about stevia? I recommend NuNaturals, but I have heard great things about Sweetleaf’s as well. (Tip: don’t be daunted by the price – a little goes a LONG way.)
  4. • Of course, a bit of carob or cocoa powder is nice too. I used to put a 1/2 Tbsp or 1 Tbsp roasted carob powder into the french press. What a rich tasting treat!
  5. • I plan to share some additional wonderful flavoring options for coffee soon – so stay tuned by subscribing to my blog!
  1. I love topping my coffee substitute with freshly made Homemade Coconut Milk. Of course, I’ll use the milk that’s already been made as well, but when it’s freshly made, it has a wonderful frothy topping that reminds me of frothed milk. See my post on Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk.
  1. When I pour my first cup, it is super hot. Just drop 1-2 ice cubes in your mug before pouring in your coffee substitute and you can enjoy right away!
  1. For best taste and health, please use filtered water. See my post, Is Your Water Safe?
  1. You can purchase roasted dandelion root or just roast in the oven on a cookie sheet until nicely browned. Often I just toast it in a pan over a medium-low heat. Just watch it. It starts to burn easily…not that I’ve ever done that :-

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