It seems like it’s been a cold winter everywhere this year. Record lows, surprising snow, and gusty winds all call for curling up under a blanket with a big cup of coffee (or tea). I’m a big fan of this Golden Milk (turmeric tea) recipe at night, but I wanted to make a coffee-style turmeric latte. This is actually not coffee at all but a tea brewed from roasted chicory root.
With no caffeine and lots of flavor, this drink is the perfect “get me out of bed” kind of drink in the morning, or to unwind in the evening. It not only tastes great but it can boost immunity and soothe inflammation too!
Why a Coffee Substitute?
I’m not snubbing coffee here. In fact, I have never been shy about my love of all things coffee (as my DIY coffee bar and French press will attest) and have already recreated a lot of popular coffee latte recipes. With a few real food ingredients it is possible to make a latte that rivals the best drink you’ve ever had at Starbucks, like this homemade Salted Caramel Latte Recipe. (And it’s A LOT cheaper and healthier this way too!)
Coffee has a lot of proven health benefits, especially if you make it the right way. Still, if you are sensitive to caffeine or struggle with cortisol levels as I did, there is evidence that abstaining from coffee for a while may be a good idea. This turmeric latte recipe is a great way to get the taste of coffee without any caffeine.
A Turmeric Latte … for Coffee Lovers!
This turmeric latte recipe calls for many of the same superfood ingredients as turmeric tea, including cinnamon, black pepper, and of course a liberal dose of turmeric powder for maximum anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. What’s different about this recipe is the addition of chicory root, which is entirely caffeine-free but has a delicious roasted flavor similar to coffee.
Roasted and ground chicory root is native to France and has been used for centuries as a cheaper and more available coffee alternative. French colonists in the New Orleans area took to mixing it into their coffee and the tradition holds strong today. The Cafe du Monde even serves chicory coffee with their famous beignets.
There’s more than history behind chicory, though. It can actually be therapeutic. Several studies show chicory has cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits due in part to its being a rich source of plant phenolics. It also contains a high amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, and gut-friendly dietary fiber from inulin.
Finally, this recipe gets in a dose of healthy fats from my favorite, coconut oil. The lauric acid in coconut oil gives it great antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties.
Cinnamon Turmeric Latte Recipe
This delicious cinnamon turmeric latte includes collagen, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper along with healthy fat from the coconut oil. A rich and decadent drink that is nourishing as well as delicious.
- Heat water in the kettle. Let it get hot, but not boiling.
- Pour one cup of hot water into glass measuring cup. Add chicory tea bag* and let steep 3 minutes.
- Pour coconut milk into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat.
- Add cinnamon and turmeric. Stir until incorporated and remove from heat.
- Add dash of black pepper to taste.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except for chicory tea) and pulse with immersion blender until frothy.
- Pour chicory tea into mug and add milk mixture. Sweeten with honey if desired.
Chicory is not recommended in large quantities during pregnancy. Please check with your healthcare provider before starting to drink chicory coffee if you are pregnant.
To make an iced version: Omit the coconut oil and use cold chicory coffee or cold brew coffee and blend until smooth.
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 42.5 g
Saturated Fat 37.2 g
Sodium 30 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
Sugars 4.4 g
Protein 9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For another spin on a coffee alternative, try my Autoimmuni-Tea Coffee Substitute recipe.
What’s your favorite warm drink on a cold day? Are you a cinnamon or turmeric fan? Share below!