Lattes have become a staple beverage worldwide. Nothing says good morning or evening like a warming, spicy drink that fuels the body and soul.
However, we’ve given this classic Italian brew an upgrade. Our chaga mushroom latte recipe incorporates the health benefits of chaga mushrooms while still maintaining a delicious taste. Why chaga?
These mushrooms are fat-free, low in sodium, and rich in essential nutrients. Chaga powder makes an excellent addition or substitute to this caffeine-based drink; you can find both recipe variations below!
Chaga Latte Benefits
As mentioned above, chaga mushrooms are a nutrient powerhouse. While medical research into the benefits of chaga mushrooms is still ongoing, there is plenty to celebrate already.
Chaga contains B-complex vitamins, which means it accommodates eight unique B vitamins such as biotin, riboflavin, and folate. These vitamins are essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing. Not only are they believed to improve metabolism, but some, like biotin, support the healthy growth of nails and hair.
Of course, Chaga also contains vitamin D, amino acids, fiber, and minerals (potassium, copper, zinc, etc.). It may be possible that this blend can provide support to the immune system, amongst other things. Because of this, it’s no wonder that chaga mushrooms have been likened to a superfood.
As chaga mushrooms aren’t a popular food, the best way to incorporate them into a routine or recipe is by using mushroom powders or a capsule. When you are browsing for a chaga product, always purchase from a reputable site that lists extraction methods and remains transparent.
Additionally, it’s important to stick to the recommended daily servings of whichever chaga powder you are using.
How to Make Chaga Latte
When it comes to a warm drink, two things are essential - it needs to be quick to make and taste great. No one wants to labor over a complicated ingredient list or a 30-minute method, especially not if your daily routine is already packed to the brim.
With this in mind, we’ve curated a simple recipe that only requires a small saucepan and a whisk.
Additionally, our mushroom latte is highly versatile, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to adapt it to your personal taste. For instance, the dairy base can easily be made vegan by substituting in a nut or seed milk. The same goes for caffeine content.
Not everyone wants to experience a morning buzz. For some people, it can encourage an increase in blood pressure, sweating, and poor sleep. We’ve adapted our recipe so that it can still be enjoyed without any coffee at all.
Chaga Mushroom Latte Recipe
Our quick chaga latte takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and serve. It also contains a blend of warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and clove. However, much of the recipe is easily adjusted to your personal preference.
So, whether you are craving an indulgent vegan latte or an energy-boosting caffeine latte, you are well catered for.
|Recipe Ingredient||Chaga Mushroom|
|Recipe Instructions||In a small saucepan, heat through powdered chaga mushroom, milk, spices, and honey. Let the mixture simmer. When warm, whisk the liquid until frothy. Serve in a mug.|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegan|
- 1 cup of milk (dairy, nut, or seed)
- 1 tsp of chaga mushroom powder (or use our chaga capsules)
- 1 tsp of honey (or any sweetener of choice)
- ½ tsp of ground ginger
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of ground cloves
- 1 shot of espresso, or ⅓ cup of strong coffee
- First, combine your milk, chaga powder (or open up the chaga capsules and compost the casing if using them), honey, and chosen spices (and coffee if using) in a small saucepan.
- Add to a low-medium heat and allow to warm and simmer.
- After a few minutes of simmering, begin to whisk the liquid. This will incorporate air into the mixture and encourage a light, frothy top.
- Once you achieve the desired froth, remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
- Finally, carefully pour the warm liquid into a cup or mug, making sure to preserve the aerated froth for the top.
- Whole spices can be used, for instance, a cinnamon stick or clove. Add it to the mixture as you would the powdered spice but make sure to strain the mixture after simmering it on the stove.
- Instead of whisking the heated mixture, you can add it to a blender and blend for a few seconds until frothy.
- For a more refreshing drink, cool the mixture and add it to a glass with some ice.
- The quantity of spice use can be adjusted to your personal preference, although be careful with the cloves - they can be strong!
Final Thoughts About the Chaga Latte Recipe
The combination of spice, milk, honey, and coffee may be simple, but it’s a time-honored classic. And it’s easy to take it to the next level by introducing chaga powder.
Chaga is an exciting mushroom that many consume for its purported antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While its taste is naturally earthy, combining it with a classic latte recipe elevates it to a delicious drink.
So, indulge in this creamy, spiced chaga latte. It’s the perfect choice for the beginning or end of a busy day when all you need is to relax and unwind. Find out what other mushroom blends you can consume by browsing the VidaCap blog.
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