This Dandelion Root Latte with Turmeric and Ginger offers a nourishing drink, filled with seasonal ‘medicines’. Dandelion Root is prized for its role in women’s health, as well as being recognized as an important prebiotic food.
I’ve shared some of my favourite features of dandelions spring-time nourishment in my previous post Dandelion Root Benefits – How To Harvest and Women’s Health. Why I am so passionate about this common weed is that it is one of the first greens to make an appearance after the cold winter, and it is freely available to anyone who wants to make use of this wild foraged medicine. The roots are also highly regarded in herbal medicine and can easily be transformed into a nourishing alternative to your morning coffee.
Dandelion Root and Prebiotic Fibre
How Is Dandelion Root Good For Gut Health
One of the most well-researched features of dandelion root is its high content of fibre, particularly a prebiotic fibre known as inulin (1). Inulin plays an important role in feeding the friendly bacteria in our gut (remember from my post 5 Tips ON How To Improve Gut Health Naturally – Prebiotics Probiotics & Fermented Food that prebiotics feed the probiotics).
Why Are Prebiotics Important
A healthy digestive tract and strong gut wall mean a relaxed, yet alert immune system. If the digestive track falls out of balance, this leads to inflammation. A good concentration of friendly bacteria helps to crowd out the unfriendly bacteria and this process can help protect against inflammatory conditions including insulin resistance (diabetes) and obesity (2). When our friendly bacteria are well fed they also produce beneficial by-products that can help protect our colon cells from cancer.
What Other Foods Are High in Prebiotics
Other foods that are high in inulin prebiotic include chicory root, oats, legumes (beans and lentils), flaxseed, onion, garlic, rye, and barley. For full prebiotic benefits consume the whole root, here is Gather Victoria’s recipe for Chocolate Rose and Dandelion Root Energy Bites.
How To Use Dandelion Root in Recipes
Dandelion Root Coffee
What does it taste like? Luckily, when Dandelion Root is roasted, it resembles the sweet-bitter taste of coffee. Don’t believe me? Give it a try at home by simply purchasing dandelion root from any health food or herbal store and roasting it for 30 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also find Dandelion Root Lattes at many health orientated cafes, so you can try before you buy.
Adding Tumeric To This Dandelion Root Latte
I love adding turmeric to my latte, which is a well-researched anti-inflammatory used to manage high cholesterol (3) and osteoarthritis (4). If you can’t find fresh turmeric, purchase a good quality turmeric powder, preferably organic.
Adding Ginger To This Dandelion Root Latte
Ginger has been used for its ability to stimulate digestion, and help manage nausea related to motion sickness and vertigo (5), morning sickness and medications. It is also used in to help with inflammation and pain related to osteoarthritis (5). If you do not have fresh ginger, feel free to use powdered ginger.
Tips on Making This Dandelion Root Latte
Making it Dairy Free
Use any plant-based milk in this recipe. A milk with some fat content will result in a creamier consistency and creates some desirable foam on top. Try pea milk, organic soy milk or homemade almond or hemp milk.
Make it a Vegan Dandelion Latte
Use a plant-based milk alternative in place of regular milk for a vegan dandelion latte, and use maple syrup in place of honey.
Using Powdered Turmeric
Use 1 tsp of powdered turmeric in place of the fresh turmeric root. I like using both types of turmeric as I find the powdered turmeric helps to enhance the vivid orange colour.
Using Powdered Dandelion Root
The dandelion root used in this recipe is dandelion chunks (as per photos). Ground roasted dandelion root is also available and does not need to be strained out of the drink. Simple stir in 1 teaspoon of the roasted ground dandelion root into 1 cup of boiling water, then add milk and sweetener to serve.
Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Turmeric
Adding a few grinds of fresh black pepper is said to help increase our body’s utilization of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric.
Make Dandelion Tea
To make a dandelion root tea use unroasted dandelion root, and omit the step for frothing the milk. Note that dandelion root tea is different than dandelion leaf tea.
Making a Frothy Dandelion Root Latte
If you are like me and don’t own a fancy milk frother, the trick is to blend the finished product in a blender for a few seconds before serving. This creates some air in the milk which resembles a frothy cafe-style latte.
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Dandelion Root Latte with Turmeric and Ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1 " fresh ginger root thinly sliced
- 1 " fresh turmeric root thinly sliced*
- 1 tbsp roasted dandelion root chunks see instructions for roasting here
- ¼ cup milk or milk alternative
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- sprinkle cinnamon ground
- Boil the ginger, turmeric root and dandelion root in water for 30 minutes. If using ground turmeric add this after the dandelion and ginger have boiled for 30 minutes.
- Strain and discard the roots, saving the liquid. Add the liquid back to the pot with the milk or milk alternative, as well as the honey or maple syrup. Heat until the milk mixture is warmed to your liking.
- Before serving, the option to quickly blend your drink in a high-speed blender to build some foam on top. I find this only works with a milk or milk alternative that has a fat content (organic soy milk, homemade almond milk, pea milk).
- Option to sprinkle to ground cinnamon before serving and add some honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
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Rachel Dickens, The Conscious Dietitian, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She graduated with her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010 from Griffith University. She strives to provide evidence-based nutrition information with a focus on plant-based nutrition and share some of her favourite seasonal recipes and sustainable eating tips.