The list of chicory coffee benefits looks very convincing! If you want a healthy, great-tasting alternative to coffee, then try chicory coffee! While the taste differs from standard coffee, chicory coffee has a very appealing aroma. My wife and I discovered that it’s an excellent coffee substitute if you want to avoid caffeine. And the list of health benefits is truly impressive!
While coffee can be hard on the digestive tract, chicory coffee is very gut friendly. Read on and you’ll see why.
Chicory root benefits
Chicory (Cichorium intybus), also called succory, cornflower, endive, radicchio, or sugarloaf. Chicory belongs to the Asteraceae, sunflower and daisy family and is related to lettuce and dandelions. Chicory root is naturally caffeine free so it’s safe to drink in the evening. In fact, chicory coffee has a calming, sedative effect because of the presence of lactucin and related compounds.
Chicory root contains several potent, aromatic, active substances—here are five powerful ones.
- Inulin—an excellent prebiotic that feeds and strengthen the gut colony of healthy bacteria. Chicory root contains as much as 8% inulin, which is converted in the gut, fist into short-chain fatty acids, then into ketones that nourish colon cells and produce hormones that control appetite.
- Lactones—these digestive bitters are potent volatile oils; very strong anti-parasite, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
- Mannitol—a sugar that paradoxically supports oral heath, prevents dental caries, tooth decay and cavities. It also stabilises blood sugar and insulin.
- Polyphenols—powerful antioxidants that can treat/prevent cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis and others.
- Lactucin—a bitter substance with a mild sedative, calming effect, that also reduces pain and lowers cholesterol.
Chicory coffee benefits
- Effective at eliminating intestinal worms, parasites
- Beneficial for constipation, diarrhoea
- Preventing certain forms of cancer
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Protective effect in gut, colon
- Sedative, calming effect
- Cardiovascular health
- Improves metabolism
- Lower triglycerides
- High in antioxidants
- Regulate heartbeat
- Detoxifying agent
- Liver support
Chicory coffee recipes
Chicory root is roasted and brewed into a coffee-like drink. However, coffee lovers say chicory coffee do not taste like real coffee. True, but chicory coffee is still an excellent, caffeine-free and healthy substitute. Try mixing chicory root with other ingredients to create a more complex taste and with added health benefits. Use the recipes below as a basis for ideas and make your own brew.
Roasted chicory root granules produce a smooth, slightly bitter and slightly sweet taste; it’s lovely!
Here are a five chicory coffee recipes. Add any sweetener of your choice (stevia, honey, agave, raw sugar). Milk, cream, or coconut milk can enhance the taste.
100% Chicory Coffee
- One quart water (1 litre)
- Three tablespoons roasted chicory root granules (organic best)
- Let it simmer for 3-5 minutes
You can strain the solid parts right away, or leave the granules to soak longer for a fuller taste.
Chicory & Dandelion Coffee
- One quart water (1 litre)
- 2 tablespoons roasted chicory root granules
- 2 tablespoons roasted dandelion root
- Optional: 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
Simmer all ingredients in water for 3-5 minutes. Pour the coffee into a cup trough a fine mesh. Lots of people love this recipe. Dandelion adds additional bitterness to the coffee and has additional benefits for the liver and gut. sometimes we add 1 tablespoon ground coffee to the brew which raises the taste a few notches.
Chicory & Cocoa Coffee
- One quart water (1 litre)
- three tablespoons roasted chicory root granules
- 1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- Raw sugar & cream (optional, but irresistible!)
Let chicory and cocoa powder simmer in a pan for 3-5 minutes. While simmering, whisk to mix the cocoa powder and to crush some of the chicory granules. Strain and serve. This coffee feels thicker and has a fuller, more complex taste.
Instant Chicory & Maca Coffee
- 1 cup milk (2.5 d)
- 1 tablespoon organic roasted chicory root powder
- 1 tablespoon organic maca powder
Use a coffee grinder to make chicory root powder from the granules. Heat the milk until hot; don’t let it boil. Add the chicory and maca powder; whisk to dissolve. Enjoy! Maca is very nutritious and has a mild, slightly sweet, nutty taste.
Iced Chicory Coffee
This is a great recipe in the summer. There are several ways to prepare iced chicory coffee. Some recipes call for a “cold brew” achieved by steeping grounded chicory and coffee in water in room temperature for 12 hours. However, you can also boil the chicory as in the recipes above.
- Boil chicory granules for 5 minutes.
- Strain and cool the brew.
- Add ice cubes to a large glass.
- Pour the cool chicory coffee.
- Add milk, cream or coconut milk
- Add your favourite sweetener like maple syrup, honey or stevia, raw sugar.
- Stir and enjoy!
- A few drops of peppermint extract (optional)
Chicory coffee dosage
There are no official recommendations as to how much chicory coffee a person can drink per day. Some consider a normal “dose” to be one or two cups per day, (if using 100% chicory root). If mixed with other ingredients as maca, cocoa or dandelion, you might be able to have more. However, even though a moderate amount of chicory coffee has many health benefits, more is not always better. And you might want to completely avoid chicory coffee if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or sensitive to the Asteraceae plant family.
Hope you will enjoy the benefits of chicory coffee as much as we do!