Updated: May 28, 2021
Chaga is another of nature’s most precious gifts to us 🌱
This medicinal plant is THE most 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦, 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥-𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪-𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨... BAD BOY of all Mushrooms!
It’s Honestly Magical (& non-psychedelic)
So I've been building a love-hate relationship with Chaga for the past year or so, but I think I've finally found the perfect Chaga combo in this really easy Hot Chocolate recipe.
Chaga is a dark, woody type of mushroom that offers a wealth of health benefits.
Most famously, Chaga is known for its highly potent antioxidant content and immune-boosting properties.
Known as 'kreftkjuke" in Norway, (which translates as "cancer fungus") Chaga has been used in folk & botanical medicine backdates right back to the 16th century to treat & prevent illness. To this day Chaga is still a popular and profound medicine used in holistic treatments.
Being a big fan of mushrooms in general and impressed by its nutritional content, I was really excited to start incorporating this into my PlantBased diet.
Typically, Chaga is dried and grounded into power which can then be brewed and ingested as a tea.
On it's own, I'm not gonna lie, it doesn’t taste great.
It's quite a thick consistency with a pretty bitter taste, but the botanical benefits of this plant really do make it a very worth-while taste to get acquainted with.
And I’m going to tell you how...
• 1tsp Organic Chaga Powder
• 1tsp Organic Raw Cacao
• 1C Water
• Drop of Maple Syrup
• Coconut Milk
• Fresh Nutmeg.
Simmer a tsp of Chaga in 1C water, covered & over a low heat for 40mins.
(This is necessary to activate the nutrients in the Chaga)
Towards the end of brewing, add the Cacao, Milk (I just use a splash, but you can make it as milky as you like- just add less water when brewing the chaga), a grating of Nutmeg and Maple Syrup (sweeten to taste).
Give it a good stir and return to the simmer for a further 3-5mins.
Serve and Enjoy!