The newest superfood in my pantry, reishi mushroom powder makes an absolutely amazing health tonic. Yes, it’s a mushroom. And yes, this recipe still tastes delicious. I promise!
Reishi mushroom reduces inflammation, which is the culprit behind so many aches, pains, pimples and diseases. It’s also a powerful immune booster and liver protector. Our livers process so many toxins every day. Environmental pollutants, diet and stress can put a serious strain on its function. For many of us, this strain is reflected in our skin, so reishi powder can do wonders in not just improving liver function but clearing up adult acne issues.
This is probably my favorite way to enjoy reishi. Sometimes I add it to smoothies, but this warm reishi brew is so seriously cozy and satisfying that on mornings I don’t have one, I crave it for dessert. The cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and clove lend this such a warm and soothing vibe that complements the superfoods perfectly.
I’ve added maca for an extra energy boost – maca gives me a sustained boost in my energy levels that feels like I just had the best night’s sleep ever. Plus it tastes amazing, kind of like malty caramel. With the maca and all those cozy spices, there’s no reason to be afraid of the reishi powder. Its earthy flavor blends seamlessly in this brew and manages to round out the flavors so they seem richer.
I love the idea of starting to take reishi when it gets cold. Graduate school + autumn can be such a dangerous combination because I can’t afford to get sick! Schools are already jam-packed with germy people. On top of that, I can’t exactly refuse to accept a paper because it’s author has a runny nose and his work is probably a cesspool of bacteria. I could live in a bubble, I guess. Or I could just enjoy this delicious morning brew.
The coconut oil is entirely optional. Some days I include it and some days I don’t. It’s especially nice on days you want this to tide you over for a few hours before you make a more substantial meal. And don’t you just love the cauldron? So perfect for Halloween! 🙂
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp reishi powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- generous pinch ground clove
- ½ vanilla bean
- 2 tsp grade B maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
- In a mug or bowl, whisk together cocoa, maca, reishi, cinnamon and cloves.
- In a saucepan on medium heat, warm the almond milk, vanilla bean and maple syrup.
- When milk is hot, pour a little bit into the bowl and whisk mixture into thin paste. Gradually add remaining milk and whisk until entirely dissolved. If using coconut oil, whisk it in now. Test and adjust sweetness to taste.