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How to make roasted dandelion root tea: A healthy alternative to coffee

Dandelion Root tea is made from the root of the dandelion flower. When perfectly roasted in the oven it magically tastes like a nice dark rich cup of coffee. Dandelion root tea makes for a perfect alternative to coffee for those who are looking for something different. It even looks like coffee, and sort of smells like it too! Try it for yourself!

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup loose dandelion root tea (I buy Feel Good Organics from Amazon)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup, agave or honey
  • your choice of milk / creamer if you want to turn it into a latte

Instructions

  1. Roast 1/4 cup of loose dandelion root tea in the oven at 350F for 3 to 5 minutes. The exact time will vary depending on your oven. Keep an eye on the tea and stay near your oven as it roasts quickly. You want to make sure you don’t burn it, or your kitchen. 😉 You’ll know it’s ready when the loose tea looks dark golden brown and there is an aroma. I feel like the deeper the roast, the darker the tea and the more pronounced the ‘coffee’ flavor is so I make sure mine is really roasted.
  2. Using a french press or strainer, mix the tea with 3 cups of boiling water. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. If you do not have a french press, you can mix the tea and water in a cup, you’ll just have to strain the loose tea later on. Or perhaps you have a loose tea filter like this which would work too.
  3. Serve the tea with about a 1/2 cup of your favorite milk/creamer and 1 to 2 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener. I love to drink mine with homemade almond milk (learn how to make homemade almond milk by clicking here) or with my favorite homemade cashew creamer (click for recipe).

Notes

  • There is a lot of room for flexibility in this recipe. If you feel that your tea is too strong/dark, then you can simply add more water next time to dilute the total amount. Or you can roast the tea for less time which produces a lighter tea.
  • This is an herbal tea and the statements made within this post have not been approved by the FDA. Always consult with your doctor regarding taking this herbal tea especially if pregnant, nursing or taking any medication. 

Keywords: tea, tea latte, dandelion root, dandelion root tea, coffee alternative

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