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March 25, 2021 3 min read
In case you’re new to the discovery of superfood mushrooms, chaga mushrooms are dark coloured and charcoal-like in texture; packed full of goodness which can help to maintain a normal functioning immune system.* Grown typically on birch trees in the Northern hemisphere, they have been used traditionally in Asian remedies for hundreds of years to help support an optimum state of health. The full list of health benefits is certainly enough to get the Western world excited about experimenting with a huge variety of chaga powder recipes.*
Chaga mushrooms naturally have a mild, earthy taste. However, chaga mushrooms should never taste bitter, and if they do, they might be slightly off or decaying. Typically Chaga Powdered Mix is relatively tasteless and can easily be blended and disguised with more flavourful ingredients, such as lemon, ginger and honey in tea; coffee, fruit or plant-based nuts and milks.
From chaga teas to coffees, smoothies and even cakes, chaga powder recipes are gradually starting to appear in vegan cookbooks and trendy cafes around the world. This article features some ideas to get you started.
Making chaga coffee is easy. All you need to do is add a spoonful of powdered chaga mix, or a Chaga Immune Stick packet into a mug with a couple of spoonfuls of coffee. Let it simmer, add your milk. If you have an espresso machine, just add your hot espresso in over the top of your chaga. As the taste of chaga isn't strong, the coffee beans will pleasantly dominate the flavour profile or create a pairing of warm and slight earthy notes, flavour.
To make chaga chai latte, you’ll need:
Add your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You can enjoy your chaga chai latte either hot or over ice.
Chaga tea is one of the original methods of consuming chaga, used in Asian traditions. To do this, first, Add hot water to your chaga Immune mix.,. Add honey, maple syrup and lemon to desired taste.
To make iced tea, all you need to do is add sweeteners, or additional honey, maple syrup and lemon, pour over ice and leave in the refrigerator to cool overnight. The next day you can enjoy a delicious chaga iced tea, the perfect refreshing cooling aid for a hot day!
Chaga hot chocolate can make a delicious, rich tasting drink for any time of the day. Especially if you like the idea of mixing in your chaga mushroom powder with something a little more creamy and sweet. Making chaga hot chocolate is easy; here is one of our favourite recipes, using natural cacao for an added energy boost.* For this supreme chaga powder recipe, you’ll need:
For best results, add the chaga mushroom powder, cacao, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon into a blender. Steam or warm up your favorite non-dairy or dairy milk until warm, then pour this into mix with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. You can add more cinnamon for spice or more cacao for a richer chocolate flavour. Serve in your favourite mug with coconut whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy. If you make extra, you can store the rest in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
A chaga smoothie can be made with any of our favorite smoothie ingredients on hand. All you need to do for this chaga powder recipe is add a spoonful of chaga mix into the blender with your chosen ingredients and you’re good to go! Adding fruit and plant-based milks or yogurts to your chaga mushroom mix is a great way to incorporate this superfood elixir. If you’re keen to try chaga for yourself, but you’re not a fan of the idea of adding mushrooms to your coffee, this might just be the best vehicle.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we think this is a fantastic smoothie recipe:
For more information on the various ways to use chaga mushroom powder, you can take a read of this article.
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