Oh, coffee.  Coffee and I have been pals for so long, and it’s been rocky since I’ve tried to break up.  I had no idea there were alternatives that were not only just as tasty but could even help me feel BETTER!


Why would I want to break up with coffee?

Great question!  I’m so glad you asked!  The more research I’ve done on caffeine, on acid producing foods and on gut irritation, I have to say that I can’t get behind the idea of coffee as a regular part of diet.  I know that many will want to go cry in a corner, but for anyone who has gut inflammation (pssst…that’s about 80% of us), it needs to be a once in a while treat at the very most.  While this continues to be a battle I fight, it’s one I will choose to keep fighting because I know the impact on our health.   If you want to know more, check out this incredibly detailed BLOG POST from Wardee over at gnowfglins.com.  Her research is top notch, and I don’t see any reason in trying to say it again when she’s already said it so well!  

Who needs to be the most careful with coffee?  

As I’ve researched and continued to understand more the impact of coffee on the brain and the gut, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are a few types of folks who need to be the most careful when it comes to having coffee regularly in the diet.   **anyone with gut inflammation or leaky gut **anyone with adrenal fatigue or imbalance **anyone with challenges like depression, anger or mental imbalance

But I love coffee.  What CAN I have?

I’ve experimented with about 756 different types of coffee substitutes.  They range from mind-blowingly awful to pretty darn good. But THIS one. Ohhhhh as soon as I tasted it, I shared it with my hubby and asked him to try it.  He had the same sentiments. DElish. The ingredients are simple and it’s easy to put together!  

  • Almond or coconut milk (I recommend a mix of the two!)
  • Collagen Peptides
  • Dandelion brew
  • Optional: Stevia

Mama, you’ll love this for that afternoon pick me up when you’re heading to the pool or to pick up from school and you just need a little somethin’ if you know what I mean.  A tad bit of sweet, an energy booster and it won’t leave you with that caffeine hangover that tries to put you in the ground before bedtime!



**Yes, you do want the chunky root pieces and NOT the powders!


I enjoy making this a day or two ahead of time in double or triple batches to have ready for those hectic afternoons!


  • Put the carob, chicory root and dandelion root in a small saucepan and cover with 3 cups water.
  • Bring to a boil and then let simmer with a cover for 15-20 minutes.  The longer it simmers, the richer the flavor.
  • When done, take the cover off and let it cool off and then strain through a fine mesh strainer into a quart mason jar.
  • Put in the fridge until you’re ready to make your gut healing, liver supporting “cold brew”!


  • Put all ingredients (with just 1 cup of the dandelion tea) into a blender.  Blend on low until the collagen and milk are fully mixed in.
  • Throw into a mason jar, add ice and more sweetener if needed, and throw in a straw.  
  • ENJOY!

Would love to hear what you think of this coffee sub and if it will help you kick the habit! If you’d like more info on whether your family needs more gut support, check out the Beginner’s Guide to Gut Health e-book or take the gut health quiz!


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