As our mornings become colder, it’s our cue to start preparing for winter by gathering all the things that keep us cozy, warm, and content. Soft (and obviously sustainable) sweaters, candles, good books, and nourishing routines and recipes are all on our list. These creature comforts help keep our spirits bright as we nestle into the quieter and darker months of the year.
One recipe we always find ourselves coming back to is our Vegan Mushroom Hot Chocolate. It’s chocolatey, smooth, and full of nutritious ingredients your body will thank you for. Perfect for keeping your hands warm on frosty winter walks, sharing with friends at movie night, or enjoying solo as you indulge in a restorative evening of self-care, this easy-to-make recipe is definitely one you’ll want to bookmark.
As the name implies, this recipe includes magical little organisms that have been rising in popularity in the realm of health and wellness. Medicinal mushrooms (not to be confused with the psychedelic variety) are nutritional powerhouses that can support our bodies in a variety of ways when taken regularly.
What are medicinal mushrooms?
You’re likely already familiar with the mushrooms you’d find in the produce section at a grocery store. Cremini, portobellos, oyster, shiitake — these are all classified as edible mushrooms. They have dense nutritional profiles and are a yummy addition to your dinner plate.
Some of these edible mushrooms have also been discovered to have medicinal value due to the presence of biologically active compounds that are capable of influencing our physiological processes. These are classified as medicinal mushrooms, which act as functional foods. This means they provide us with health benefits above and beyond the provision of essential nutrients.
Here’s a list of popular medicinal mushrooms and the benefits that are often attributed to them.
- Reishi — Adaptogenic, Grounding, Revitalizing
- Cordyceps — Stamina, Energy, Stress Support
- Chaga — Immunity, Anti-oxidant, Power
- Lion’s Mane — Focus, Memory, Nerve Support
- Turkey Tail — Gut Health, Deep Immunity
For this recipe, we suggest adding a scoop of chaga mushroom powder.* Known as “The King of the Mushrooms”, chaga’s immunity and antioxidant boosting powers are perfect for winter, a time when your immune system can usually use a little extra love.
Where can I find mushroom powder?
With their rise in popularity, medicinal mushroom powders are becoming increasingly easy to find. For our Canadian readers, we recommend checking out the brand Harmonic Arts. Located on Vancouver Island, this family-run company with a strong emphasis on community and sustainable practices. For readers in the United States, Mountain Rose Herbs is a great option.
Vegan Mushroom Hot Chocolate
- ¾ cup plant-based milk or warm water
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon mushroom powder of choice (Make sure to read the label and follow recommended dose)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a blender or whisk together in a mixing bowl.
Once combined, transfer to a pot and heat on the stove until warm.
Serve and enjoy.
For an extra touch of indulgence, top with a sprinkling of cacao powder and homemade coconut whip cream.
*Warning: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
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