Reishi mushroom has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. It boasts a variety of potential health benefits, including potentially boosting the immune system, alleviating stress, and improving sleep, and is becoming increasingly popular in the western world.
However, it’s an incredibly bitter-tasting mushroom with a flavor that most find to be unpleasant. Traditionally, indigenous cultures would use reishi to make tea or soup. Today, it’s usually consumed as a supplement, often in powder or capsule form. But we have a much more fun and delicious way to consume the mushroom; in the form of reishi chocolate milk.
The bitter and earthy taste of reishi is reminiscent of rich dark chocolate, making it a perfect addition to chocolate-based recipes. It adds a unique, enjoyable flavor to chocolate and is a great way to incorporate the mushroom into your diet easily and deliciously. It’s a great pick-me-up at breakfast or in the evening to wind down after a long day.
This step-by-step guide explains everything there is to know about making your own mushroom chocolate milk, so keep reading below.
How Does Reishi Chocolate Milk Taste?
If you’re concerned that reishi extract will ruin the taste of your favorite chocolate milk, you have nothing to worry about. Its earthy flavor blends well into chocolate and is complemented by the subtle hints of coconut and maple syrup, both additional ingredients used in our recipe.
You can make it using coconut milk (our choice), almond milk, or oat milk, so no matter your preferences, there is a version to suit everyone’s preferences and needs.
Our vegan-friendly reishi drink incorporates reishi mushroom powder for a sweet, earthy, savory chocolate milk. It tastes like regular chocolate milk but with a super-herb enhancement. It’s a surprisingly light and refreshing drink but is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings in a guilt-free way.
If you’re not completely satisfied with the taste, you can make adjustments to your liking. For instance, you can use honey instead of maple syrup if you’re looking for a more floral flavor, or add a few drops of vanilla essence for an even more full-bodied drink.
How to Make Reishi Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk is very easy to make at home from scratch, and you don’t even need any chocolate. In our recipe, we use cacao or cocoa powder and a bit of maple syrup for sweetness. Add organic reishi mushroom extract, and you’ve got yourself delicious reishi-infused chocolate milk.
Reishi extract can be found in various forms, including powders, tinctures, and capsules. We use reishi powder because it’s easy to measure out a precise dosage. To ensure the best chocolate milk with maximum benefits, it’s important to use high-quality reishi powder from a reputable source.
You can use the powder in our reishi capsules for this recipe. We source our reishi mushrooms from Asia, considered one of the best locations for cultivating reishi, and use world-class equipment to produce top-quality reishi extract. Moreover, each capsule contains a specified amount of powder, so you know exactly how much you’re using.
Not only is our chocolate milk delicious, but it’s also much healthier than your regular recipe. Aside from the numerous potential mushroom health benefits linked to reishi, no unnecessary preservatives are used like those found in many powdered chocolate milk mixes. You only need four simple ingredients. Plus, it’s very easy to customize this recipe to suit your dietary needs.
Reishi Chocolate Milk Recipe
Our special reishi chocolate drink recipe is very easy to follow and should take you only about five minutes to complete. It requires minimal effort, and you need hardly anything to make it. All ingredients are simply added to a blender.
|Recipe Ingredient||Reishi powder|
|Recipe Instructions||Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or with a whisk/spoon. Add ice if desired.|
|Recipe Yield||1 - 2 servings|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegan|
- 1 tsp reishi powder (or 1-2 VidaCap reishi capsules)
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 1 ½ tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 - 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ cup filtered water (optional)
- A few ice cubes (optional)
- 2-4 squares of 70-99% chocolate (optional)
- Gather the ingredients.
- Combine the reishi powder, coconut milk, cocoa (or cacao) powder, maple syrup, chocolate squares (optional), and water (if using) in an upright blender.
- Blend together on high speed until smooth (1 - 2 minutes).
- Serve as-is or over ice if desired.
If you do not want to drink it immediately, you can cover it and place in the fridge until ready. However, if you do refrigerate it, be sure to give the milk a good stir before drinking. The reishi powder and cocoa powder may sink to the bottom, creating a sludge. You can store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Also, if you don’t have a blender, you can combine the ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk or spoon. However, a blender works better since it blends the ingredients more consistently.
Final Thoughts About Reishi Chocolate Milk
Our delicious reishi mushroom drink can be prepared and made in just a few minutes. It’s an excellent alternative to regular chocolate milk since it's packed with all the goodness that reishi extract has to offer and can potentially help to support overall wellbeing.
Keep in mind that the final result is only as good as the ingredients you use. Therefore, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients from reputable sources, especially when it comes to reishi powder. Check out the full VidaCap store for a full look at our selection of mushroom capsules on offer. If you are looking for a simple and convenient way to incorporate mushrooms into your daily routine, capsules are an excellent choice.
Turkey Tail CapsulesDefend | Enhance | Protect
- Supports Immune System*
- Supports Gut Health*
- Packed with Immunity Activators*
- Packed with Beta Glucans*
- 60 Capsules Per Bottle
- 750mg of Turkey Tail Mushroom
Audrey has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2014 she began an internship with the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and was hired as an Outpatient Dietitian following graduation. She started her career counseling a variety of patients with different health concerns and disease states. After a few years into practice, she found her passion was working in cancer care, and has spent the last 4 years specializing in oncology nutrition.
In her practice, Audrey has spent a significant amount of time reviewing literature on herbal and dietary supplements in the cancer care setting. Through her work at Vidacap, she hopes to continue to expand her knowledge and understanding of the benefits of supplements in conjunction with promoting a healthy, balanced diet and management of overall health and well being.