Chaga, a wondrous mushroom harvested from the northernmost parts of the world, is having a moment right now. Historically consumed as a hot tea by generations of Siberians and Alaskans, chaga aids the immune system, combats aging, helps digestive health, and more. As chaga has become popular around the world, people are discovering uses for it that had never been thought of before, including new and fashionable ways to consume it.
Here is a list of some chaga recipes you may not have considered. While everyone knows about chaga tea, have you ever considered chaga muffins or chaga ice cream. These recipes will give you new and creative things to do with your chaga.
Chaga Maple Frosty
Maple frosties are a unique and tasty treat you can make with maple syrup, and they get even better when you combine them with chaga.
To create a chaga maple frosty, you need one cup of iced chaga tea, one cup of small ice cubes, two tablespoons of maple syrup, two tablespoons of crushed almonds or pecans, and one teaspoon of vanilla. You can also add blueberries, but if you do, reduce the amount of ice so that your maple frosty doesn’t become too runny.
Take all of these ingredients and blend them together. You’ll know when your chaga maple frosty is ready when it’s creamy and the ice has been crushed. Serve and enjoy.
Chocolate Chaga Elixir
Given chaga’s restorative properties, it’s an ideal food to consume when you’re sick. Why not make a chocolate-flavored chaga elixir to help you ward off illness?
To make a chaga elixir, you need three cups of hot water, two teaspoons of chaga extract, 1/4 cup of hemp seeds, 1/4 cup of cashews, three tablespoons of cacao powder, three tablespoons of coconut sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 a teaspoon of cayenne powder, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla powder, and just a pinch of salt.
Once you have all the ingredients, mix them in a blender until creamy. Serve while hot.
It sounds crazy, but you can make muffins using chaga. Chaga’s earthy flavor blends well in a muffin mix, creating a nice, light snack that can be paired with coffee or any drink of your choice.
To bake chaga muffins, you need two cups of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, one cup of honey, one egg, one cup of milk, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and six teaspoons of chaga extract.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius). Use a large bowl to mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together, then use a small bowl and fork to beat the egg. Mix the milk and oil into the egg, then pour the liquid into the large bowl. Add the chaga extract and then use a fork to fold the ingredients together until they are moist. Pour the batter into a muffin pan using paper liners, bake for 25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown, then serve and enjoy.
Chocolate Chaga Ice Cream
Ice cream won’t usually be found on a list of healthy foods, but chaga is a great way to turn what might otherwise be a guilty pleasure into a snack rich in nutrients.
To make chocolate chaga ice cream, you need three bananas, four ounces of chocolate, one cup of cream, one teaspoon of organic cocoa powder, and two teaspoons of chaga extract. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy. For added smoothness, use an ice cream maker as well as real cream and sugar.
Chaga Lemon Water
A great drink for hot summer days, lemon water can be easily spiced up with chaga.
To make chaga lemon water, you need one lemon, ice cubes, water, and five tablespoons of chaga extract. Fill a pitcher three-quarters of the way with water, then cut the lemon into wedges. Place half of the wedges in the water, then squeeze the juice from the other half into the water. Add ice cubes and chaga extract, stir, and serve chilled.
Chaga Cuba Libre
Yes, it is possible to add chaga to alcoholic drinks. The chaga cuba libre is one of the easiest chaga cocktails to make, with the chaga extract adding to the drink’s distinctive flavor, making it stronger. Please note that you should always consume alcohol responsibly.
To make a chaga cuba libre, you need rum, coke, a lime, four tablespoons of chaga extract, and ice cubes. Squeeze half of the lime into your glass, add the chaga, add two ounces of rum, add the coke, then stir. Add ice cubes and enjoy.
Chaga Hot Chocolate
While chaga tea is generally consumed on cold days, why not vary things up with chaga hot chocolate. It’s a unique twist on a drink associated with long nights by the fireplace.
To make chaga hot chocolate, you need half a liter of water, two teaspoons of chaga extract, two tablespoons of honey or coconut sugar, two tablespoons of cacao powder, two tablespoons of hemp seeds, one teaspoon of vanilla powder, and one teaspoon of cacao butter or coconut butter.
Take all the ingredients and mix them in a blender or food processor. Afterwards, strain the mixture using a sieve, heat using a stove, and enjoy.
Chaga Golden Milk Latte
Chaga is a great superfood on its own, but when combined with turmeric and ginger, it becomes a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health. A golden milk latte is a great way to enjoy the benefits of all of these ingredients.
To make a chaga golden milk latte, you need 1/3 cup of hemp hearts, 1/4 cup of chaga tea, a two inch piece of fresh turmeric, a two inch piece of fresh ginger root, two dates (or two teaspoons of honey), 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
To start, mince the ginger and turmeric, then add them to a food processor or blender along with the hemp, chaga tea, pepper, cinnamon, and dates. Blend the mixture until it is thick and consistent, then add 1 ¾ a cup of warm chaga tea before blending again, then enjoy. Optionally, you can strain the mixture to reuse some of the ingredients (such as in cereal).
These are just a sampling of the numerous ways you can use chaga. As chaga continues to grow in popularity, customers around the world will continue discovering new ways to use this wonderful superfood. What types of chaga recipes have you come up with?