While I know that compared to the rest of the country it's basically beachy weather here in San Francisco, these damp 40-50 temperatures have still had me feeling winter. Recently on a chilly afternoon, when I wanted to cuddle up with a book but still had a few hours worth of tasks I wanted to check off my to-do list, I decided to get cozy with this clear-headed, energy-producing and nourishing drink before taking on the rest of the afternoon. Here is the recipe everyone on Instagram asked for, along with the "why's" of the ingredients that went into this cup of cocoa.
2-3 Tablespoons of Chaga Mushroom Powder*
1-2 cups of water or mixture of water and favorite nondairy milk.
2 Tbs of Raw Organic Cacao Powder
2 teaspoons of MCT Oil with CBD---> can sub this with coconut oil, ghee and CBD product of choice.
2 teaspoons of date syrup/maple syrup/raw honey or 1 whole date, pit removed
Dash of Vanilla Extract
FUN OPTIONAL ADD-INS:
1/2 teaspoon of Pearl Powder
1 tsp of Reishi or Ashwagandha Powder
1 scoop of Collagen---> optional, see notes for the WHY
* I buy my Chaga from the bulk section at a health food store, where it is not yet ground into powder. You can buy it online here. Or the powder here. You can also consume the entirety of the product, for this drink, I choose to steep it instead.
If you bought your Chaga mushrooms not pre-ground, in a clean coffee grinder, fresh grind the Chaga mushrooms. Transfer 2-3 tbs of the Chaga powder to a french press, add enough hot water to your french press for a single serving, unless you are using water and nondairy milk, in which case do half the amount of water to make a stronger tea, and let steep for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, add the rest of your ingredients to a blender.
Pour your Chaga tea into the blender and blend until frothy, about 15 seconds.
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy :)