Recipe Video: Dandelion Root Chai Concentrate Renee Naturally
Dandelion Root Chai Concentrate, Video & Recipe by Renee Naturally

Recipe Video: Dandelion Root Chai Concentrate

A good cuppa tends to soothe away the days stresses, even if just for the duration of those savoured sips. A chai always hits the spot for me, but the caffeine & cane sugar content of most commercial varieties doesn't sit so sweetly. Naturally, I started playing with alternatives...& a bitter one at that. Dandelion root  has a rich, coffee-like bitterness to it when brewed into a tea or latte. Mixed with whole spices, natural sweeteners & a whole heap of home-made love...Sweet success. 

  • Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthways
  • Peel & then slice the ginger
  • Add the water & honey to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and put in the dandelion root & all spices. Simmer for 30 minutes (with no lid)
  • Remove the pan from the heat, let it cool until just & then strain the concentrate through hessian cloth, a nut bag or a sieve
  • At this point if you want a bit more sweetness you can add a tablespoon of honey, stir to dissolve. If you didn’t use a whole vanilla bean, add your vanilla extract now. Stir to combine
  • Allow the mixture to cool before pouring into an airtight jar or container. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks
  • To serve, mix 1 part concentrate with 2 part milk of your choice. Heat for a warm beverage or serve over ice for a cold drink
  • Enjoy! x
Serves 12
  • 4 1/2 cups of purified water
  • 6 teaspoons of dried dandelion root/granules
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract added at the very end)
  • 1/2 cup of runny honey
  • 2 inch section of fresh ginger
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
Nutrition Bite

Dandelion root is a good substitute if you’re trying to eliminate caffeine from your diet as it has a similar flavour profile to coffee with the bonus of detoxifying benefits. Dandelion root granules act as a blood purifier that helps both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities. They are also high in potassium and helps to improve appetite and digestion. Combined with warming Ayurvedic spices & you have a healthy & healing cuppa at your fingertips!

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