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November 13, 2022

Cacao Mushroom Latte

Cacao Mushroom Latte

Omgee. This Cacao Mushroom Latte is one of my go-to cozy cups of deliciousness that I have pretty much daily. It’s basically a supercharged hot chocolate with big-time health benefits.

And your first question for me may be…

“But does it taste like mushrooms?”

Nope – not all. It’s the most perfect combination of rich chocolate, creamy nut butter and a touch of sweetness.

Now that I’ve convinced you to give it a try, let’s dig into the benefits of cacao and functional mushrooms.

Cacao vs Cocoa

While they are quite similar, cacao and cocoa powders have a few main differences. Cacao is the seed from which cocoa is made. It’s the purest form of chocolate you can eat (or drink!).

The cacao seeds haven’t been roasted and are minimally processed which allows the nutrients and enzymes to remain intact. The seeds are dried, fermented and either crushed to make cacao nibs or ground to make cacao powder. The end result is a nutrient-dense, unrefined powder that can be used in recipes just as cocoa would be.

On the other hand, cocoa powder is made from cacao seeds that have been roasted at high temperatures. Unfortunately, during the roasting process, many of the beneficial nutrients (like antioxidants) are destroyed. Cocoa powder is then used to make the majority of chocolate products on the market.

Benefits of Raw Cacao

  • High in antioxidant & anti-inflammatory compounds: fight disease-promoting and aging free radicals, as well as, help reduce inflammation that leads to chronic disease (and acne).
  • Helps prevent iron deficiency anemia: good source of iron to help combat iron deficiency symptoms.
  • Helps boost mood: stimulates the brain to release certain neurotransmitters that can trigger feel-good emotions.
  • Supports nerve and muscle function: one of the best sources of the relaxing mineral, magnesium, that may help improve nerve and muscle health.

More Cacao Recipes

Good news. I have a ton of cacao recipes outside of this Mushroom Cacao Elixir including breakfast options, smoothies and sweet treats.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been used in healing systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Indigenous Medicine for thousands of years. Traditionally, they’ve been used therapeutically for almost every ailment ranging from mood to immune support.

Today, they’re used much in the same way and can be found in tinctures, powder, or capsules. I love both Harmonic Arts (Canadian company!) and Four Sigmatic for their high-quality medicinal mushroom products.

Note: I used Harmonic Arts 5 Mushroom Chocolate for this Cacao Mushroom Latte recipe.

While there are tens of thousands of mushrooms, we’ll focus on the five most studied and edible medicinal fungi. You’ll also find them in the two brands mentioned above.

CHAGA

Known as the “King of Mushrooms,” Chaga mushrooms grow wild on birch trees in very cold climates like Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia. They are sometimes found on beech, chestnut, alder or hornbeam trees.

Traditionally, they’ve been used for immune health, gastrointestinal issues, abnormal tissue growth, diabetes and heart conditions. 

Benefits:

LION’S MANE

Referred to as a “hedgehog mushroom,” Lion’s Mane is found in North America, Europe and Asia. It grows on both living and dead broadleaf trees. Lion’s Made is mainly cultivated in Asia and has been used in TCM for thousands of years.

A 2015 study stated Lion’s Mane is “antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, antifatigue, antihypertensive, antihyperlipidemic, antisenescence, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties and improvement of anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.”

Benefits:

CORDYCEPS

Also called “caterpillar fungus,” Cordyceps are parasitic in nature and grow on caterpillars. They’re parasitic because they end up “eating” their caterpillar host. Cordyceps was first discovered in the Himalayas.

Benefits:

TURKEY TAIL

One of the most researched mushrooms, turkey tail grows on dead logs in woodland environments around the world. These forest-loving mushrooms get their name from the brown, tan and orange rings on the fungi that look like turkey feathers.

Traditionally, turkey tail mushrooms have been used for both immune support and digestive imbalances.

Benefits:

  • Fights colds and flu
  • Builds the immune system of cancer patients
  • Contains prebiotics to feed good gut bacteria

REISHI

Studied in China for over 2000 years, Reishi is the “Mushroom of Spiritual Potency.” They’re native to China, Korea and Japan. Traditionally, Reishi has been used to promote vitality and longevity.

Being an immune modular, Reishi can help the body return to homeostasis, encourage hormonal balance and deeply support the immune system.

This powerhouse fungi have a long list of ailments it can help protect against, including skin disorders, frequent infections, digestive problems, fatigue, abnormal cell growth, autoimmune disease, sleep disorders and mood imbalances.

Benefits:

Cacao Mushroom Latte

A creamy and decadent cacao mushroom latte that is packed full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and big-time health benefits.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk* (see notes)
  • 1 serving of mushroom cacao powder*
  • 1-2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp nut/seed butter of choice*
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional Boosters:
  • 1 serving of collagen powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. On the stovetop, heat the milk in a small pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Pour into a blender and add all remaining ingredients (including any boosters).
  3. Blend on high until well combined and frothy (about 30 seconds).
  4. Pour in your favourite mug and enjoy!

Notes

For the milk, use your favourite non-dairy option like almond, cashew or coconut. I used my homemade Coconut-Cashew milk made in my Almond Cow. For the mushroom powder, I used one tablespoon of Harmonic Arts 5 Mushroom Chocolate. Four Sigmatic is another great option with their Mushroom Cacao with Reishi. For the nut butter, try almond, cashew, or hazelnut. I most often use coconut butter also known as coconut manna.

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