18 AIP Coffee Recipes That Will Make You Want To Ditch Regular Coffee For Good
I’m a big coffee fiend, and having to give up coffee even for a week seems tough! So, what about on AIP?
Can you still drink coffee just without the regular milk? Or do you have to switch to tea completely instead?
Is coffee AIP?
Quick answer: No.
On strict AIP, it’s suggested you omit coffee. This is partially because of the caffeine in coffee and partially because coffee is made from a “bean” and so could potentially have other issues for autoimmune condition sufferers.
So, just switching to decaf coffee isn’t a solution unfortunately.
Luckily, there are delicious alternatives…
AIP Coffee – Chicory Root
One of my favorite coffee substitutes on AIP is chicory root coffee. While it doesn’t taste quite the same (it’s a bit milder), it does make a great caffeine-free, coffee alternative.
And you can add in your favorite AIP-friendly creamers like coconut milk (and coconut oil) with a dash of honey to make a simple morning cup of coffee.
Prefer lattes and frappucinnos? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out the 18 AIP coffee recipes below for all sorts of delicious concoctions that’ll make you forget about Starbucks.
Here are just a few of the AIP Coffee Recipes we’ve included:
- Paleo Cinnamon Turmeric Coffee
- Turmeric Latte
- Coconut Milk Chicory Latte w/ Cinnamon
- Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
- Caffeine Free Iced Chicory Coffee Shots
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AIP Coffees and Lattes
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: black coffee (substitute with chicory), Ceylon cinnamon powder, turmeric powder, black pepper (omit), coconut milk.
Cinnamon is another spice that greatly helps with inflammatory issues, so along with the turmeric it turns this coffee into a source of benefits to your health and also tastes great! The dash of black pepper is there to help release the anti-inflammatory goodness from the turmeric and does not give a strong flavor. This is a keto and AIP recipe that is completely dairy free.
– Autoimmune Wellness
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Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory root, water, coconut concentrate, coconut oil.
If you have to avoid real coffee for health reasons you might be interested to try this dandelion and chicory recipe. Chicory root has been used in place of coffee for many years and both these roots have diuretic properties and are great for inflammation and for cleansing the liver. These are easily sourced on line and in health food stores and they give the drink a real coffee taste.
– The Health Nut Mama
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Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory root, coconut milk, water.
This herbal coffee alternative can be adapted to suit your regular coffee taste as it can be served flat or with some coconut milk or coconut oil and frothed like a latte to keep things AIP-friendly. You have a lot of health benefits from the chicory, dandelion and oil as they can help to regulate the system and detoxify your liver, but you still have a coffee-like flavor without the caffeine.
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Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory powder, carob powder, date, water.
If you can’t tolerate caffeine for whatever reason – maybe it gives you a headache or you are eating AIP – you will find this recipe a fantastic go-to for a dark and rich coffee substitute. The carob powder helps enhance the rich flavor as does the date, which also adds a subtle sweet note without spoiling the overall taste. Simmering this recipe for 5 minutes before blending helps the flavors to meld together.
– Eat Beautiful
Ingredients: chicory root, water.
Chicory root can be sourced quite cheaply and has many health properties, making it a really affordable and much healthier alternative to coffee for those of us on the autoimmune protocol. This is a great drink when you first start on this eating plan as it helps to detoxify your system and cleanse the liver and digestive tract, but it still has that roasted coffee flavor.
– Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP
Ingredients: dandelion root tea, water, Malatya dried apricots, collagen or gelatin, coconut oil.
Please don’t be confused – this recipe uses dandelion root teabags but it really does taste like a creamy and frothy latte! This would be the perfect alternative to regular coffee, especially if you are new to AIP, as it tastes like the real thing but without the harmful effects. This recipe uses dried apricots to add a subtle rich sweetness that doesn’t mask the coffee taste.
– Let’s Create the Sweet Life
Ingredients: water, chicory root, dandelion root, coconut milk, collagen powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, ginger.
Ever turn to a cup of coffee to give you a boost during a busy day? Well here is the ideal healthy alternative that actually reduces stress levels, thanks to the chicory root. This AIP recipe uses collagen which can help to heal leaky gut disorders, and cinnamon which is great for reducing blood sugar, making this the best drink for people with diabetes. Your health doesn’t have to make you miss out!
– Joanna Frankham
Ingredients: turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, coconut oil, honey, coconut milk.
In this recipe you are using turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, and I can only imagine that this would be a great drink to boost the system on chilly days as it is warming and flavorful but without the caffeine. Turmeric has been shown to improve skin health and support the immune system, but it can also help with weight loss so turning it into this delicious latte could be the best way to up your intake.
– Living Lovely Autoimmune
Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory root, dry ginger.
With all the benefits of dandelion root in supporting the digestive system and cleansing the liver, this must be one of the healthiest coffee alternatives out there. This great AIP recipe even tells you how to prepare raw roots and dry them, so you can just get rid of the dandelions in the garden and turn them into something delicious! You can source them online, but why waste the free ones!
– Elana’s Pantry
Ingredients: water, dandelion root, chicory root, cinnamon stick.
Some AIP coffee recipes can be a bit involved and take an unusual amount of time, but this one only takes a few minutes and is simple to make. It uses cinnamon to flavor the drink and add a hint of sweetness, and it also increases the aroma of the coffee alternative. If you are using this as a way to break your coffee habit, just remember that the roots are diuretics, so limit this to one cup per day!
– Wellness Mama
Ingredients: tea of choice, coconut oil, collagen hydrolysate.
This is a very versatile recipe where you can use whatever tea you prefer, black, green or any other ones. Because of the collagen and healthy fats, this drink will give you a natural boost, which can be helpful if you are struggling through the day. This recipe is so low in carbs that it fits well with AIP eating plans and could become your everyday drink of choice.
– Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory root, cinnamon chips, water.
If you have a bit of a coffee addiction but don’t like the decaf varieties that are on the market, you might find that dandelion and chicory root alternatives can help as they give you a similar flavor but without the caffeine. Adding cinnamon enhances the taste even more and gives the drink subtle sweetness. The roots can be bought online, or if you have them growing wild, you can roast your own.
– Provincial Paleo
Ingredients: dandelion root, chicory root, carob powder, date, water.
Dandelion and chicory roots can make a perfectly acceptable alternative to regular coffee and could be used to help anyone who drinks it too often. In this recipe you are using carob powder to boost the richness of the flavor and dates to add sweetness. They are a good source of slow-release energy and that makes this ‘coffee’ give you the lift you expect from a cup of Joe but without the caffeine.
– Indu’s International Kitchen
Ingredients: chicory root powder, coconut milk or collagen creamer or collagen peptides, carob powder.
There can be nothing better than a creamy, frothy latte when you need a bit of a boost, but when you are following the autoimmune route you are best to avoid traditional coffee. That’s where chicory root comes in so handy! It is useful for reducing inflammation in joints and in your digestive system so is perfect for AIP. If you add collagen you can also use this to help with leaky gut issues.
– Amy Myers MD
Ingredients: dandelion root tea bag, water, dates, vanilla extract, coconut milk.
This great AIP recipe uses dandelion root to give you the coffee flavor you love without the caffeine issues, and it also uses coconut milk which is a good source of healthy fats and can be useful for regulating blood sugar. The dates are added for sweetness and richness of flavor, complementing the dark roast taste of the ‘coffee’. Now you don’t have to give up your favorite pick-me-up in the morning!
– The Whole Food Rainbow
Ingredients: coconut milk, cinnamon bark or cinnamon powder, chicory drink, sweetener of choice.
Because of the cinnamon and coconut milk, this is a warming and comforting alternative to your regular coffee drinks and is really healthy too. Chicory can support gut health and cinnamon is great for diabetes as it regulates blood sugar levels, so you can enjoy this satisfying coffee alternative without any of the issues related to caffeine.
AIP Frappuccinos & Cold Brews
– Vibrant Life Army Wife
Ingredients: roasted chicory/dandelion, coconut milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace.
Here is another great AIP recipe that gives you a coffee flavor without the added caffeine. This recipe uses pumpkin puree to give a smoothness to the drink and some spices to round off the flavor. This would be ideal for Halloween or at Christmas, or you could enjoy it just as a treat in the evening. This drink can either be served iced or warm, it is up to you!
– Forest & Fauna
Ingredients: dandelion root, carob root, chicory root, water, coconut milk, ice.
This is a paleo recipe for a good coffee alternative, but the omissions for AIP folks are clearly stated so you can enjoy this frappuccino too. You can use whatever sweetener you prefer, but I find that either dates or maple syrup work really well in this drink. If you prefer a chocolatey note to your frappuccino, you can add in some carob powder, but it tastes great as it is.
– A Saucy Kitchen
Ingredients: dates, turmeric, coconut milk or another milk of your choice, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper (omit), ice.
Golden milk has been used as a nutritious drink for many years and it has many health benefits, but sometimes we need to change things up a bit. So here is a coffee free, dairy free and vegan-friendly drink that has all the health benefits but with a smooth flavor and wonderful golden color. To increase absorption of the turmeric it can be useful to add in some black pepper, but if you are AIP this can be omitted.
– Heal Me in the Kitchen
Ingredients: nettle leaves, yellow dock root, dandelion root, molasses, water, coconut milk.
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to coffee you might like this recipe which uses dandelion root and nettle leaves. The roots give the drink the coffee flavor and the nettles make this a great drink for soothing allergy symptoms and supporting joint health. If you don’t want to use molasses and honey, you can add a date to the mixture before blending.
– Comfort Bites Blog
Ingredients: water, chicory coffee, coconut cream, coconut milk or other milk of choice, ice cubes.
Apart from giving you a coffee-like flavor, chicory root has also been proven to improve your mental and emotional health. That is why it is a good addition to your AIP daytime routine. You can either use ready-made chicory coffee or brew your own and chill it. This is a delicious cooling drink to enjoy in warm weather and if you like your drinks sweeter you can add in some maple syrup.