What is Mushroom Coffee and Hot Chocolate?
It’s a delicious way to spice up your favorite hot beverage with a punch of superfoods with the potential to help improve endurance, immunity, sleep and stress levels. I know it sounds weird, but it tastes pretty much nothing like mushrooms.
See, I’m all about multitasking and getting the most bang for your buck, which is why I love so many of the new nutrition supplements and foods coming out these days featuring super foods and natural God-given herbs that have amazing healing powers.
I’ve become a big fan of Four Sigmatic coffees, elixirs, and mushroom cocoas for the same reasons. They’re little convenient packs that are easy to carry in a purse or lunch bag for when you need a little boost or a chocolate fix. These particular forms of mushroom coffee are basically just instant coffee with less caffeine that you stir into hot water, and tastes just like any regular coffee.
However, these packets are pretty pricey and can add up over time. And sometimes I want to add in more of my own powders and tastes, and so I decided to make my own mushroom cocoa and coffee, aka “medicinal elixirs”. My mix involves cocoa, otherwise I suppose you could simply stir in powdered mushroom to coffee.
Medicinal Mushrooms for Healing (not tripping)
Medicinal mushrooms such as cordyceps, reishi, chaga, and lion’s mane are becoming much more popular and easy to find mixed into beverages because of their healing properties. This blog is not about the benefits of mushrooms, so I won’t go deep into each type and why they’re great or why you should be using them, but I’ll give a brief overview of some of the general benefits you’ll find in the most popular ‘shrooms, as well as cacao, another superfood. Which is why, when combined or added to coffee (with antioxidants and energy boosting benefits), mushrooms drinks can be some pretty powerful natural concoctions.
Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms and Cacao
- Improved immune system
- Relaxation and better sleep
- Reduced allergies
- Lowers inflammation
- Stress reduction
- Improved stamina
- Concentration & focus
- Adaptogens (balances out the body)
Superfood Spiced Mushroom & Maca Cocoa Recipe
This is the healthy cocoa version I’ve come up with. I will usually add this into coffee, or just mix with coconut or almond milk as a cocoa. You can use a mushroom blend or one particular mushroom. Cordyceps is great pre-workout, and reishi is great before bed. I’ve also added in maca to this mix for extra health benefits. It’s another adaptogen that enhances energy and mood, balances estrogen levels, and is rich in antioxidants.
Makes 2-4 servings
- 2 tbsp cacoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp maca
- 1/2 tbsp Wild Foods Wild ‘Shroom blend (or any mushroom of your choice)
- 2 tbsp Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Dash sea salt
- Dash cayenne
Mix any amount into coffee or 4-6 oz of coconut milk or water (according to your taste preference).