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Spice Things Up With a Chocolate Chaga Shake

by ARIEL MOGHADDAM |

Chaga tea is a delicious way to use chaga powder, but if you're hoping to incorporate it into your daily life you'll probably want more than one recipe to spice things up. Fortunately, there are dozens of different ways you can use chaga powder in your daily life, so that you can enjoy all the benefits of chaga powder without falling into boredom with the same old recipe.

A chocolate shake is a wonderful way to use chaga powder, and compliments the earthy, vanilla, and even coffee-like bitterness that makes up the unique flavor of chaga. Chocolate is a very common paring with chaga mushrooms, as they accent each others flavors very nicely.

If you need a cold treat on a hot day, a chocolate chaga shake could be just the right treat. Here's what you'll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold chaga tea
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • ½ sliced frozen banana
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon or allspice (optional)

Instructions:

This is a great way to use left over tea if you have it, and if not chaga tea is very quick and easy to make. You will need to let your chaga tea cool completely before using it in the shake.

Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender, and blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, you can add more chaga tea until you like the consistency, or even add a splash of milk for a creamier flavor.

This is a wonderful base recipe that can be adjusted from here and personalized to your taste. Try adding a dab of peanut butter, or a dash of almond milk to see if you like the changes. Vanilla also makes a good addition, as there are slight vanilla notes in the chaga mushroom that can be accented through a splash of vanilla extract.

We recommend trying it this way first, and then trying new things based on your personal tastes.

More about Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga mushrooms are an orange and black mushroom that grow wild, using birch trees as their host. They have been used as a food source and as a medicine for thousands of years, and are thought to help with digestion and immune support, among many other vital roles.

While their ability to heal is still being studied, the nutrition that comes from them has been well documented. Chaga mushrooms are a rich source of a number of different important nutrients, including B-Complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, selenium, zinc, iron and calcium.

Powders and extracts are considered the best way to get these nutrients, as the nutrition from them is not as bio-available in their raw form.

Supplementing with chaga powder frequently is a great way to ensure you are getting the most out of this wonderful mushroom, and it's easy to do when you're enjoying a rich, chocolatey shake as part of your routine.

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