Friday, June 28, 2013

Dandelion Root Coffee

The benefits of Dandelion Root include purification of the blood, liver cleansing, weight reduction, lower blood pressure, improvement in bowel functions and more. Dandelion Root can be made into a coffee (or tea). The process is simple and can be done at home in a short amount of time. We decided to give it a try, and although it is not the greatest tasting coffee alternative, the health benefits make it worthwhile. Dandelion Root has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and supports the digestive system. Dandelion Root coffee is bitter and strong in flavor but it can be sweetened with some honey. Enjoy!


Instructions for Dandelion Root Coffee:
Serves 2
Ingredients: 
∙ 1 1/2 tbsp of organic dandelion root (dried)
∙ 3 cups of spring water (no fluoride)
∙ raw organic honey (optional)
∙ organic coconut milk (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 200°F (or higher for a darker roast).
2. Place dandelion root on a sheet of parchment paper and bake (or roast) for 5 minutes in oven (or until lightly browned).
3. Boil 3 cups of water. Once boiled, lower heat.
4. Remove dandelion from oven and once cooled, grind in a grinder.
5. Add ground dandelion root to water and simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Strain (we used a coffee strainer basket) and pour into 2 cups. 
7. Enjoy black or with some honey and coconut milk!

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