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All the comforting taste of a Chai Latte, with health-boosting Chaga mushroom extract, in an easy 5-minute, dairy-free recipe.

Sweet, spicy, nourishing comfort. What’s not to love in a Chai Latte?

We decided to take that love even further and bring you a healthy Chai Latte recipe that is easy, gut-friendly, dairy-free, and boosted with Chaga Mushroom to take the anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits to the next level.

What you end up with is a medicinal, anti-inflammatory Chaga Chai Latte that nourishes your gut, while at the same time nourishing your pleasure senses.

Let’s dive into the details.

Health Benefits of Chaga Mushroom

This simple Chaga Chai Latte recipe is not only pleasurable to drink, but while you’re sipping away, it’s providing your gut with some key nutrients it needs to optimize its health. In fact, the unique components of Chaga actually help to improve the number of your beneficial gut bugs, while limiting the number of pathogenic ones.

Besides acting as a prebiotic food source for your gut microbiome, the immense load of antioxidants in Chaga can further benefit your gut health. This is due to the fact that antioxidants can help to reduce inflammation, and inflammation in the gut is the root of various digestive complaints.

Anti-inflammatory - check.
Gut health - check.
Pleasurable to drink - check.
Easy to make - check.

Did we miss anything? Oh yes. This recipe is made with no weird preservatives, additives, or heavy doses of refined sugar that are often found in coffee shop Chai Lattes.

And that’s a healthy trend we like. So in that same boat, our Real Mushrooms Chaga (as with all our products) is made with absolutely no preservatives, additives, starches, or fillers that are often founded in powdered mushroom extracts.

All that to say, this healthy Chaga Chai Latte ticks all the boxes, making it a nourishing, comforting drink to weave into your everyday routine.

healthy chai latteOther Ingredients & Recipe Notes

Tools needed

Servings: 2
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for the Chaga Chai Latte

Directions for the Chaga Chai Latte

  1. Heat up your almond milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to slightly simmer.
  2. Turn off the heat and place two black tea bags into the heated almond milk. After 3-5 minutes, remove the teabags.*
  3. Add the Chaga, cinnamon, ground ginger, cloves, and your favorite sweetener. Stir until combined over medium-high heat.
  4. Taste and adjust for the sweetness level.
  5. Enjoy hot or iced!**
  6. Top with coconut whip cream if desired.

*If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, you can use decaf black tea or just leave the tea out altogether and skip step 2.
** For the iced version, let the brewed chai completely cool and pour over a glass of ice.

healthy chaga chai latteEnjoy this Anti-inflammatory Healthy Chai Latte Recipe in good health

Never underestimate the power of the simple pleasure found in sipping a nourishing beverage, especially when the beverage is loaded with health-boosting ingredients.

But, the only caveat is, you have to actually slow down enough to appreciate the nourishment.

Yes, this is an incredibly easy recipe that comes together in 5 minutes, but that just leaves more time for you to hit the pause button and enjoy drinking it.

Smell the sweet and spicy aroma, breathe, and take some time out of the hustle and bustle of your schedule - just for yourself, to be with your thoughts, your breath, and your beverage.

P.S. It’s especially enjoyable sipping out in nature.

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

If you don’t want to use Chaga, you can easily try out one of our other functional mushroom extracts. There are wonderful options, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

SHOP MUSHROOMS!

A recipe for an easy paleo mole sauce that tastes like it’s been simmering all day, done in 20 minutes, and boosted with health benefits from Chaga Mushroom extract.

A good sauce can be a game-changer to flavor up food, and a good dose of Chaga Mushroom extract can be a game-changer to boost up your health. So we thought, why not pair the two together!

Thus we bring you not just any mole sauce, but an easy-to-make, paleo, Chaga mole sauce that's not only delicious but anti-inflammatory and gut-nourishing too.

So what’s mole sauce anyway?

If you’ve enjoyed a lot of traditional Mexican cuisine and tasted a rich sauce that smells a bit like chocolate and tastes a bit spicy, smoky, nutty, and earthy-sweet - that’s the mole sauce! There are different types of mole sauce (not all contain chocolate), each with their own individual flavor profiles and ingredients, but they usually all contain a fruit, chili pepper, nuts or seeds, and particular spices.

So we combined all the traditional elements and added a dose of Real Mushrooms Chaga to boost the nutrition even more.

Why Add the Chaga Extract?

One of the benefits of Real Mushrooms 100% organic mushroom extract powders is the ease and versatility of consuming them. They can easily be added to baked treats, cooked dishes, beverages, and yes, sauces!

The other benefit of Real Mushrooms extracts is that you’re also getting a high dose of nutrition and health benefits, with no added starch or fillers (that are often found in mushroom products).

For example, in this mole sauce, you’re getting a dose of digestive, skin, immune, brain, and liver support from the 100% Chaga extract. Due to its high concentration of antioxidants, Chaga helps make this sauce a tasty and medicinal go-to that you can enjoy over your veggies, protein, and so much more.

chaga mole sauce

Bonus: Chaga pairs very well with chocolate. And it’s not only the taste that pairs well, the chocolate actually helps your body absorb the Chaga more efficiently due to the fact that cacao is a vasodilator ( it widens your blood vessels). Win, win!

How do you use mole sauce?

The options are endless for how you can use the sauce. The fun part is being creative in your kitchen, but we’ll include some ideas to get you started.

Put it over:

Customize your sauce!

Feel free to experiment and come up with the perfect sauce that’s to your liking. For example, if very spicy foods aren’t your thing, feel free to omit the jalapeño altogether. And if you want a bit of a sweet sauce, feel free to add some honey or your favorite sweetener to the mix.

How to save your mole sauce, can it be frozen?

You can refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tools You’ll Need

Servings: about 2 ½ cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients for Paleo Chaga Molechaga mole recipe

Directions for Paleo Chaga Mole

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add your onion, garlic, and jalapeño (if using) and sauté until they’re tender. Should take about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Then add your chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, cloves, coriander, and cassava flour and mix until everything is combined.
  3. Add your broth.
  4. Add your nut butter, tomato paste, cacao powder, Chaga, and salt. Stir until combined on medium-high heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer and stir until it’s thickens a bit.
  5. Blend the mixture until it’s smooth. You can use an immersion blender or put the mixture into a blender. Be very cautious when blending, making sure the sauce has cooled to a lukewarm temperature.
  6. Carefully taste. Add your sweetener if you’d like it a bit sweet.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Enjoy this Chaga Mole Sauce recipe in good health

Traditionally, mole sauce is quite the labor-intensive recipe to make, but we threw in some shortcuts to make it a bit more manageable for those that don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen.

We also threw in some Chaga Mushroom extract to help bring in some anti-inflammatory, brain, immune, gut, and liver support.

As to how you enjoy it, that’s up to you! We love to encourage our readers to get creative in the kitchen. It’s a fun way to connect with your food, to connect with your senses, and to connect with yourself.

So have fun with it and we’d love to see your creativity!

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

If you don’t want to use Chaga, you can easily try out another functional mushroom extract. There are wonderful options, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

SHOP MUSHROOMS!

An easy-to-make, paleo butternut squash soup that packs a powerful, cozy punch with healthy vegetables, bone broth, warming spices, and immune-boosting mushrooms!

Soup season is upon us - and now is also the time to double-down on protecting our immune systems from colds and flus! This soup recipe not only brings the medicinal power of mushroom extracts, but the age-old go-to of bone broth* to benefit the body with nutritious marrow.

Soups are an incredibly easy and delicious way to sneak in a bunch of good-for-you ingredients. And over here at the Real Mushrooms headquarters, those healthy ingredients always include some mushroom extracts. In this case - Turkey Tail. We paired it with flavorful spices, healthy vegetables, and nourishing bone broth* - leaving you with the ultimate cozy Butternut Squash Soup that’s packed with extra nutrients & bio-compounds.

Get ready to enjoy comfort and delicious health benefits with this paleo-friendly soup recipe!

*For a vegan version of this soup, simply substitute mushroom broth or your favorite vegetable broth!

Paleo Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients

What’s in it and why is it healthy?

What you’re left with is a creamy, savory butternut squash soup. Our version is a bit more on the savory side, but If you’d like a savory & sweet profile, try adding some apple to the mix.

How to make the Paleo Butternut Squash Soup

All you need to make this easy and healthy butternut squash soup is a large sauté pan or stockpot, a chopping knife, and either an immersion blender or a stand blender.

Recipe rundown

That’s all there is to it!

Easy. Nourishing. Delicious. This soup is great to make ahead of time and ready to enjoy throughout the week. You can store it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or freeze up to a few months. Or you can serve your whole family a simple and healthy meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. Either way, it makes a great addition to the weekly menu!

Turkey Tail soup ingredients

Servings: 4
Time: 30 minutes

Soup Ingredients

Soup Directions

  1. In a large sauté pan, add your avocado oil and butternut squash. Sauté on medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes or until squash is slightly tender.
  2. Add your garlic and onion and continue to sauté for 3 minutes.*
  3. Add your broth, sage, rosemary, turmeric, salt, pepper, and Turkey Tail.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until butternut squash is tender and soft. Let the mix cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. With a blender, blend until the soup is smooth.
  6. Once blended, add your coconut milk.
  7. Serve with any of your favorites: crusty bread, green onion, handful of fresh greens, sauerkraut, pumpkin seeds, or more!

*If you’d like to add the apple, you can do so at this time.

Enjoy this Paleo Butternut Squash Soup in good health

This soup is fall comfort food at its nourishing finest. It’s a delicious and satisfying way to help nurture your body and boost your body’s natural defense system.

But remember, you can be eating all the nutritious foods and taking all the supplements, but if you don’t take time to nurture the other parts of yourself, it’ll be a losing battle. And we want you to be victorious this season.

So for a holistic, well-rounded approach to health remember to take time to mindfully rest; to connect with others; and to slow down and embrace the simple pleasures of life - like this cozy, warming and nutrient-dense butternut squash soup.

turkey tail recipeEasily give your other recipes a power boost

If you don’t want to use Turkey Tail, you can easily try out another mushroom extract. Each has their own unique profiles and benefits, and you can learn about each one with our article highlighting the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

SHOP MUSHROOMS!

Get cozy with this vegan, paleo, dairy-free, healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte made with real pumpkin and boosted with the immune support of Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail extract.

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice… especially when immune-boosting mushrooms are involved! That’s right, ‘tis the season for cozy sweaters, leaves changing colors, temperatures cooling down, and of course, the explosion of pumpkin spice galore.

In fact, we’re pretty sure fall only “officially” begins when people enjoy their first sip of a pumpkin spice latte.

But along with that “official” Autumn beginning, comes the other “official” beginning: cold & flu season.

Fear not, though, because we have your back over here at Real Mushrooms. We want you to enjoy all the best parts of the season while protecting you from all those sore throats, irritating sneezes, and red noses. (We’ll save those red noses for Rudolph and Christmas.)

Enter our spin on the classic drink: We take one Pumpkin Spice Latte, but hold the artificial ingredients, flavors, preservatives, starches, and fillers and add an extra dose of immune-boosting Turkey Tail mushroom extract.

Drink order up! Let’s dive into the details.

pumpkin spice mushroom latteOur Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients:

Most pumpkin spice lattes tend to have an exorbitant amount of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and sugar. And we get it, it’s easy to love that satisfying taste! But you know who else loves and feeds off too much sugar? Those colds, pathogens, and viruses.

The great part is, you don’t have to sacrifice taste, and you don’t have to sacrifice health. You can have the best of both worlds: Your pumpkin spice and your immune health too!

And you can have it in under 5 minutes with this easy-to-make, mushroom-boosted latte. That’s less time than you would spend standing in a popular coffee shop line.

And you probably wouldn’t be able to ask for a shot of Turkey Tail at your coffee shop either. Then you’d miss out on that cold & flu protection.

With our homemade latte, you can avoid the lines, save some money, and boost your health all at the same time. And while sipping in the comforts of your home, you can read this article to find out how the mushrooms you are drinking in your latte can naturally boost your immune system: How do Mushrooms Support the Immune System?

Here are some key takeaways:

Mushrooms are rich in beta-glucans. Beta-glucans just happen to be amazing substances that naturally stimulate your innate and adaptive immune response - thereby offering you that pathogen protection we were talking about earlier. And out of the vast variety of mushrooms, Turkey Tail actually contains one of the highest amounts of these immune-protecting beta-glucans. (However, Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Cordyceps, and Maitake are also well researched varieties that boost your immune response too - so if you want to throw those in your latte instead of Turkey Tail - you’d still be winning!)

So let’s recap our drink order: Only real pumpkin, no artificial flavors or preservatives. Only 100% real organic mushrooms, no added starch or fillers. Only natural sugar and way less of it. And lots and lots of taste and satisfaction.

Let’s go make it!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte - Hold the Coffee

If you’re on the caffeine-free wagon or just don’t care for the taste of coffee, you can definitely still enjoy this latte! Just use extra milk instead.

Tools needed:

Servings: 1
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

Enjoy in Good Health

Every season change brings with it a new, fresh perspective. And if you look to nature, it can help teach you the best way to embrace that shift. So as the leaves start changing colors, it’s perhaps a good reminder to start changing some habits too.

Try to slow down and embrace stillness. Reflect on the past year and set some new intentions. Nourish yourself with comforting, seasonal foods. And nurture your health (and taste buds!) with this immune-boosting hot pumpkin spice latte.

Taking a little extra care during this time of transition from summer to fall can go a long way in maintaining your immune system, your overall health, happiness, and vitality.

mushroom latteEasily give your other recipes a power boost

If you don’t want to use Turkey Tail, you can easily try out another mushroom. Each has their own unique profiles and benefits, but immune system strengthening is a common benefit amongst all of them. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

SHOP MUSHROOMS!

Barbecues. Beach Days. Best friend hang-outs. Our socially distant summer days may be on their way out but there's still time to enjoy our twist on a classic - a paleo and vegan chocolatey frosty treat! What’s not so enjoyable is the brain fog, sugar-induced haze and stomach bloat that can sometimes come afterward. Well, we at Real Mushrooms fully believe in finding delicious, indulgent alternatives to love and celebrate life in healthy, happy ways. So we give you not just any chocolate frosty, but a paleo and vegan Mint Chocolate healthy frosty recipe that’s boosted with Lion’s Mane extract not only to support your brain but your second brain too — your gut!

Lion’s Mane for Your Brain and Your Gut

Many have already heard about the amazing benefits of Lion’s Mane for your brain and central nervous system. If you haven’t, you can catch some highlights in this article. But, did you know it’s also great for your second brain: your gut? Not only are you getting the support of the beta-glucans to help nurture and grow your good gut bacteria, but you’re also getting a healthy dose of anti-inflammation support. With inflammation being part of the cause of a vast number of gut health issues (like stomach ulcers and IBS), Lion’s Mane has been found to be a great gut ally.1

And as you know, your gut doesn’t work in isolation. As with everything in your body, what goes on in your gut affects every part of you. But, there’s a special relationship between your gut and your brain. In fact, they are in communication all the time via the vagus nerve - the gut-brain superhighway. All of those neurotransmitters made in your gut that influence your mood are suppressed and unable to reach your brain when you have inflammation and intense gut issues going on. When that happens, you can be left feeling anxious or depressed.2 That’s definitely not the summer mood you want.

All that to say, your gut health may be integral to your mental health. And with Lion’s Mane, you’re not only getting the brain and cognition support, but you’re getting that gut support too, making it the ultimate supporter for both brains. With the aid of this mushroom, you can be feeling and thinking at your best.

lion's mane frosty

Add Real Mushroom's Lion's Mane to your frosty for a healthy boost!

Better memory. Better focus. Better mood.

Lion’s Mane has been given a lot of love, but the other ingredients in this healthy frosty recipe are definitely helping you in the gut and mood departments too. For example, not only does mint taste delicious, but it’s also soothing and gentle to your digestion and gut, making it a great aid for indigestion and inflammation. And while the frozen banana makes this frosty treat nice and creamy, it’s also high in tryptophan (which converts to serotonin - the “happy neurotransmitter”), thereby uplifting your mood. And of course, in order to absorb all the nutrients in these ingredients, you need your gut working properly, this is where Lion’s Mane again shines. Just as the body is not a sum of its parts, each ingredient works synergistically with each other, making this Mint Chocolate Mushroom Frosty recipe a healthy alternative to the classic Wendy’s treat.

Bottom line: Protect your brain and protect your gut to optimize your life and make the most of your summer days - all in a delicious, healthy chocolate frosty treat.

Mint Chocolate Healthy Frosty Recipe:

Tools You’ll Need

Frosty Recipe Substitutions

In the video, we used a banana. But you can easily substitute with frozen cauliflower, frozen squash, or frozen avocado and add your favorite sweetener.

Depending on how big and ripe your frozen banana is, you might want to add a little bit of extra sweetness. Just taste and adjust.

Servings: 1 frosty
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Healthy Frosty Recipe Ingredients:

Lions mane smoothie ingredientsInstructions

  1. The night before, slice up a banana and pop it in the freezer. Also, make sure you have a heaping cup of ice ready to go.
  2. To make the frosty, place the milk, cashew butter, mint, vanilla, Lion’s Mane, and salt into the blender and blend.
  3. Throw the frozen banana and ice into the blender and blend again.
  4. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Enjoy Your Mushroom Frosty in Good Health

All those gut and mood benefits listed above make Lion’s Mane a great addition to your diet. But those benefits can easily be buried if another huge root cause of many health issues is not tackled: stress. There are so many different forms of stress being hurled at us: what’s going on in the world, what we’re eating, the microbiome in our gut, perceived or imagined stress (all the what-if scenarios), etc. With all that going on, a small habit of mindfulness can leave a big, beneficial impact. Pair that mindful habit with small daily doses of Lion’s Mane, and you have a great recipe for experiencing mental and physical health and happiness.

When you’re feeling better both mentally and physically, you’re able to more easily see the perspective of others; to be nicer, kinder, and more generous - both to yourself and to others. You’re able to enjoy life more. And that’s why it’ll always be our goal to provide you with empowering knowledge and products that don’t subtract from your life, but rather add to it - allowing you to think more clearly, suffer less from gut issues, and keep on thriving and enjoying life.

So make a chocolate frosty treat and cheers to a happy, healthy life!

vegan frostyEasily Give Your Other Recipes a Power Boost

We at Real Mushrooms would love to see what you’re creating in your kitchen. If you don’t want to use Lion’s Mane, perhaps try out another functional mushroom. The intense flavor of Reishi pairs well with chocolate. But there’s other wonderful options too, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our article that highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. Bottom line, just have fun, get creative, and show off your work!

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

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References

  1. Diling, C., Xin, Y., Chaoqun, Z., Jian, Y., Xiaocui, T., Jun, C., Ou, S., & Yizhen, X. (2017). Extracts from Hericium erinaceus relieve inflammatory bowel disease by regulating immunity and gut microbiota. Oncotarget8(49), 85838–85857. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20689
  2. Foster, Jane. McVey Neufeld, Karen-Anne. Gut-Brain Axis: how the microbiome influences anxiety and depression. <https://www.researchednutritionals.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gut-brain-axis-how-the-microbiome-influences-anxiety-and-depression.pdf>

Cordyceps mushroom supplements are gaining popularity across all walks of life – leaving many searching for recipes that incorporate cordyceps mushroom capsules and powders into their favorite foods.

You may not have a lot of time to meal plan, or to prepare elaborate dishes – so we’ve put together five of our favorite cordyceps mushroom recipes for you. These flavor-packed foods and drinks will have you craving your new favorite treat, and reaping the health benefits of cordyceps mushroom supplements. And don’t worry, we have all the info to make these goodies keto, vegan, and auto-immune friendly!

So, let’s begin by gaining an insight into cordyceps mushrooms and why they have gained momentum as a superfood. Then we’ll cover five delicious and simple recipes using our Real Mushrooms cordyceps mushroom supplements. And finally, we’ll sprinkle in key information for you regarding how to obtain pure, organic, and potent mushroom supplements to use into your own recipes.

cordyceps militaris

Organic dried Cordyceps militaris mushrooms go through a hot water extraction process maintaining all nutrients of the mushroom to create a pure, extract powder

What Are Cordyceps Mushroom Supplements?

Before we jump into the kitchen – let’s take a moment to understand our key ingredient.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by healers in Asian cultures. As the news of nutrient-rich mushrooms has gone mainstream, more people than ever before are giving medicinal mushrooms a try.

This leads us to the cordyceps mushrooms themselves. The most well-known species of this fungus is Cordyceps sinensis which is linked to a number of health benefits, including improved:1

Cordyceps sinensis mushrooms (the caterpillar fungus) are harvested in the wild alpine regions of the Tibetan plateau. But as the news of the mushrooms’ health benefits spread, so did their usage. Over the last 4 decades, the demand has skyrocketed, and unfortunately, the wild supply couldn’t keep up.

This led to a price increase, and now one kilogram of Cordyceps sinensis easily costs $20,000, making these mushrooms the most expensive mushroom on the planet. So it’s no wonder many refer to cordyceps as “Himalayan gold”.

If Cordyceps sinensis is so expensive, then that begs the questions — How can your cordyceps supplements possibly have Cordyceps sinensis as an ingredient and moreover, what’s actually in your cordyceps mushroom supplement?

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Real Cordyceps Sinensis costs upwards of $20K per kilogram. Real Mushrooms offers an affordable and just as potent alternative

Is Cordyceps Sinensis Really in Your Supplement?

Because Cordyceps sinensis is extremely difficult to obtain and has such an outrageous price tag, be on the lookout for labels citing Cordyceps sinensis as an ingredient. Very rarely is this species of cordyceps sold in North America. But if you do see it on an ingredients list be wary as it is very unlikely for it to be the caterpillar fungus. It’s likely composed of either pure mycelium in the form of Cordyceps Cs-4 or myceliated grain, which contains no actual mushrooms and very little of the beneficial bio-active compounds that are present in the mushrooms.

This means that because the nutrient-dense mushroom (fruiting body) has been substituted with myceliated grain, you’re left with lower amounts of beta-glucans2,3 — valuable compounds present in the mushroom. Sadly, many companies are still selling their cordyceps mushroom supplements with either the Cordyceps sinensis photos or marketing information.

The key takeaway here is to always be careful about not only what mushrooms you’re purchasing, but what you’re putting into your body. Always research the products and companies you purchase from.

Selecting a True Cordyceps Mushroom Extract

Here at Real Mushrooms, we use only Cordyceps militaris mushrooms as this species of Cordyceps can be cultivated at an economic scale. More and more research is revealing that Cordyceps militaris has very comparable properties to wild Cordyceps sinensis. This is fantastic news because it allows you to obtain similar health benefits at a fraction of the price.

We create pure organic cordyceps mushroom extracts with high amounts of bioactive compounds. One of the key compounds in any type of Cordyceps mushroom is called cordycepin, and this has very potent anti-oxidant properties and supports a healthy inflammation response.3 Cordyceps militaris has up to 90 times more cordycepin compared to wild Cordyceps sinensis.

At Real Mushrooms, you can be sure that our products are made with the highest quality organic Cordyceps militaris mushrooms to ensure pure and potent mushroom products.

cordyceps mushroom recipesAdding Cordyceps to Recipes

The recipes below are just a few suggestions for unique, well-balanced drinks and snacks. In general, Cordyceps works well added to just about any drink or meal because it blends easily and the taste is virtually undetectable.

Many Real Mushroom customers love adding Cordyceps to a pre-workout smoothie, for instance, to help boost the production of ATP, which leads to increased muscle stamina. Others simply add this mushroom extract powder to their morning coffee or tea, to give themselves an extra energy boost for the day.

We encourage you to play with the versatility of this powerfully beneficial mushroom in your own recipes, and to submit your favorites to [email protected] as we’re always looking to feature unique and delicious new inspirations!

5 of the Tastiest Cordyceps Mushroom Recipes

Now let’s get to the fun part and dig into some delicious and fun cordyceps mushroom recipes directly from our own recipe box.

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a drag, you can enjoy these goodies and treats all while knowing you’re fueling your body with all the valuable health benefits cordyceps mushrooms have to offer. From spiced mushroom coffee to butter biscuits, there’s something for everyone. So let’s get started.

1. Snicker Doodle Ice Cream Shake

Snickerdoodles, ice cream, and mushrooms — yes, you read that right. Rising temperatures make this treat a go-to indulgence when it’s time to cool off and relax. But you’ll not only be helping your mental health with this self-care goodie – you’ll also be helping your body reach peak performance.

snicker doodle ice cream shake

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Place this mixture in the freezer for 3 hours.
  3. Reblend for a shake-like texture or eat as-is for a creamy consistency. You can take this a step further and use an ice cream machine to an ultra-smooth treat.

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2. Spiced Mushroom Cold Brew Coffee

Who doesn’t love a delightful cup of cold brew coffee to kickstart your day or get that much-needed mid-afternoon boost? If you’re a coffee-lover, stay tuned, this cordyceps mushroom recipe is for you.

cordyceps mushroom recipeIngredients:

Directions:

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3. Sexy Mushroom Truffles

If chocolate is your thing, then allow us to introduce you to these bite-sized dessert treats that leave you with increased endurance and energy thanks to the cordyceps mushroom powder packed inside each morsel. You’ll be left wondering how something so flavorful can be so good for you! But trust us, this is both delicious and nutritious.

Sexy Mushroom TrufflesIngredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat the coconut milk over medium heat until it simmers. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the maca, cayenne, cordyceps, and a bit of salt.
  3. Once that’s thoroughly absorbed, stir in the maple syrup and chocolate chips, and another pinch of salt.
  4. Continue to stir until this ganache mixture is smooth, then refrigerate for 1 hour or until it’s slightly firm.
  5. Next, combine hemp hearts, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt into a dish.
  6. Use a small scoop to spoon one tablespoon of the chocolate ganache into truffles. Place the truffles into the cocoa powder mixture one by one. Shake or toss gently to cover the truffles in the mixture.
  7. Eat as is or store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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4. Spiced Mushroom Elixir

Since we’re not all caffeine-lovers, here’s a full-flavored cup of mushroom goodness without the increased stimulation. This recipe includes two of our other favorite mushroom supplements, Lion’s Mane and Reishi.

cordyceps latteIngredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat the milk over medium-low until warmed through.
  2. Blend the remaining ingredients together until smooth.
  3. Mix the blended mixture with the warm milk and enjoy. You may also swap out another milk if you prefer. In addition, you may also substitute ginger, cinnamon, or maca for cardamon powder.

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5. Paleo Superfood Butter Biscuits

This last recipe pairs beautifully with either of the tasty drinks we’ve listed above. These biscuits are paleo and autoimmune friendly in addition to being packed with potent, energizing cordyceps mushroom extracts.

Cordyceps Paleo BiscuitsIngredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until you have a homogenous mixture.
  3. Add the ghee to the dry ingredients until mixed. This may look a bit lumpy.
  4. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Once thoroughly combined, stir this mixture into the dry ingredients. This forms a thick dough once combined.
  5. Lay parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and then begin placing balls of dough down using a spoon. You will end up with about 6 medium to large-sized biscuits.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
  7. Cool for 10-15 minutes then dig in!

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Add Cordyceps-MWhich Supplement Is Right for Your Cordyceps Mushroom Recipe?

Choosing the right mushroom supplement brand is crucial to ensuring that what you’ve purchased is really what it says it is. At Real Mushrooms, we’re committed to providing you with only the highest quality, premium mushroom supplements. All our products are organic, 100% mushroom products with absolutely no added fillers like grain.

Take a look around our shop to see for yourself. Whether you prefer cordyceps mushroom capsules or powders, you’re sure to find the perfect mushroom supplement. And while you’re at it, give one of these delicious cordyceps mushroom recipes a try today to experience for yourself the healing benefits of medicinal mushrooms.
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Resources

  1. Panda, A.K. & Swain, K.C., 2011. Traditional uses and medicinal potential of Cordyceps Sinensis of Sikkim. Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine, viewed 26, June 2020, <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3121254/>
  2. McCleary, B. V., & Draga, A., 2016. Measurement of ß-Glucan in mushrooms and mycelial products. Journal of AOAC International, 99(2), 364–373 viewed 26, June 2020, <https://academic.oup.com/jaoac/article/99/2/364/5658031>
  3. Chilton, Jeff, Nammex, 2015. Redefining Medicinal Mushrooms. <http://www.nammex.com/redefining-medicinal-mushrooms/>
  4. Tuli, H.S., Sandhu, S.S. & Sharma, A.K., 2014. Pharmacological and therapeutic potential of Cordyceps with special reference to Cordycepin. 3 Biotech, viewed 26, June 2020, <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3909570/>

Who is Christina Shadle?

Christina Shadle is an NTA-certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) based in Los Angeles, CA. She specializes in empowering her clients (locally and virtually) to get in the kitchen and fuel their health with real food and heal through simple lifestyle changes. She coins herself as, "a recovering Type-A public relations professional with a whole host of irritable bowel issues myself."

Here's what Christina has to share:

Before I became an FNTP, I spent so much time and money trying to hack my digestive issues, combat afternoon slumps, relieve my intense PMS, and lose stubborn belly fat. Now I feel more in charge of my health than I have in years. I finally have clarity into what MY body needs to thrive.

My goal is to empower clients who “don’t have time to cook” and to shift their priorities and see how simple it is to shop for and cook meals that nourish their bodies down to the cellar level. And also how to prepare healthy swaps to cure the junk food cravings that often derail our health.

Outside of office hours, making munchies, and wellness research, you can usually find me taking yoga or Pilates classes, hiking with my husband (BTW, he’s the BEST chiropractor in Los Angeles), attending concerts, or traveling with friends."

What conditions do you treat the most?

Some of the more common issues that my clients suffer from include:

digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, immunity issues, skin concerns, sleep problems, stress and anxiety, and weight gain.

What do you find are the primary causes of these conditions?

Most conditions arise from just living in today's fast-paced society. There is no one size fits all approach to any of these conditions, so I always look to provide personalized nutrition support. My recommendations generally involve eating “Real Food.” Simply put, that's any food in its most natural, nutrient-dense state, fresh from the earth, free of toxic chemicals, and with minimal to no processing. In my experience, getting "back to basics" really does produce excellent results. I’m well equipped to advise my clients on where to find quality foods and how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, both efficiently and economically.

How do you use Real Mushrooms with your patients?

While my clients and I work together on optimizing their entire system we may also focus on specific parts of the system. For example, enhancing the body's immune response, correcting nutrient deficiencies, supporting the HPA-axis, and optimizing mental focus. I typically recommend Real Mushrooms during Phase 2 of working with clients. After we've removed anything getting in the way of them reaching optimal health, we begin to replace any harmful substances with restorative, real-food options like Real Mushrooms. I almost always have them add Real Mushrooms to their Bulletproof Coffee!

What is your recommended dosage for patients?

I recommend at least 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. per day of Real Mushrooms -- added to coffee, tea, or smoothies. Or two capsules daily if capsules are preferred.

How do you personally use mushrooms?

I personally add Chaga mushroom powder to my Bulletproof Coffee in the morning to support my sensitive digestive system. I also love having 5 Defenders (in capsule form) in my wellness arsenal to support overall immune health.

This Bulletproof Coffee recipe has been a big hit with my clients:

Where can we learn more about you?

If you’d like to use Real Food nutrition to improve your health, then I'd love to be your guide! Whether it's digestion, energy, weight, mood, focus, or even stress management, you can count on Side Benefits Nutrition to help you experience the body and mind you deserve.

Discover more on my website www.sidebenefitsnutrition.com and follow me on Instagram @sidebenefitsnutrition!

Breakfast, lunch, or snack - you can’t really go wrong with quesadillas. Especially when they’re keto and packed with real food ingredients like onions, spinach, and mushrooms. And not just one, but three different types of mushrooms, making these mushroom and onion keto quesadillas the ultimate triple-mushroom treat. A treat that’s sure to satisfy your cravings, while at the same time supporting your nutritional needs — specifically your brain’s needs, with the powerhouse, brain-supporting mushroom known as Lion’s Mane.

Behind the scenes with culinary, medicinal mushrooms:

Now, most people would not associate quesadillas with a healthy way to support your brain. But, when they’re made with whole foods and boosted with Lion’s Mane, it’s a different story. This medicinal mushroom has important compounds known as nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. These proteins actually stimulate the creation of new cells in your body, while at the same time - strengthening existing ones. While nerve growth factor is helping your brain function more efficiently, brain-derived neurotrophic factor is helping your brain adapt more easily to stress (which we could all use some help with!). Lion’s Mane is unique in that it stimulates the creation of both of these two compounds, thereby giving your brain a healthy boost in focus and mood.1 With its icicle-like teeth (when found in nature), Lion’s Mane will definitely be keeping you sharp and on top of your mental concentration game.

Another powerful component of Lion’s Mane is beta-glucans, which are found in the cell walls of fungi. These anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory fibers offer a number of health benefits ranging from immune support, to nervous system regulation, to blood sugar stabilization, and so much more.2 One way to get all of these amazing benefits is, of course, high quality and high potency 100% mushroom extracts with no added fillers like we at Real Mushrooms offer. Another way is cooking with them!

In fact, even if you choose not to boost this recipe with Lion’s Mane, these mushroom and onion keto quesadillas stand out on their own nutritionally. We love to encourage our customers and readers to get creative in the kitchen and experiment in different ways using the fungi kingdom.

maitake and shiitake mushroomsFragrant and Dancing Mushrooms

In this recipe we also use maitake and shiitake, but you can use whatever you have available. If you do have access to maitake and shiitake, you’ll be getting some tasty and beneficial upgrades.

From the shiitake, known as the Fragrant Mushroom, you’ll be getting support for your immune system, liver, and cardiovascular health. Loaded with B-vitamins, shiitake will also help control your blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. Bonus is that it just happens to taste delicious too... a winning scenario.

Maitake on the other hand, is known as the Dancing Mushroom (or Hen of the Woods) and it helps to regulate your immune system and blood pressure. It just so happens to be very tasty as well, with a pleasant earthy flavor. Another health-boosting win! Throw in the Lion’s Mane extract, and you have that Triple Mushroom Treat that just keeps giving in flavor and benefits. It’s a win, win, win scenario. Now, let’s get to the recipe!

Sidenote: Of course, if you find you’re looking for an easy way to get all of the benefits of Maitake and Shiitake daily, while not spending time in the kitchen, our 5 Defenders Organic Mushroom Blend contains both. And as always, with all our mushroom supplement products, you’ll be getting the full potency of the mushrooms because we use only the mushroom (fruiting body) with no added fillers.

Mushroom & Onion Keto Quesadilla:

Tools you’ll need:

Recipe Substitutions:

In the video, we used maitake and shiitake mushrooms, but feel free to use whatever mushrooms are available to you.
For the tortillas, if you want to keep it low-cab, you can use almond flour, coconut flour, or cauliflower tortillas. Cassava tortillas work too. Of course, you can use the real deal and get some great quality organic corn tortillas.
If you can’t tolerate dairy, you can substitute a cashew cheese or other non-dairy cheese.

Servings: 3 large quesadillas (about 3 servings)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Mushroom & Onion Keto Quesadilla Ingredients:

lion's mane powder recipeInstructions:

  1. Prep work: Slice your onion. De-stem and slice your mushrooms. Shred your cheese.
  2. In a skillet, heat 1/2 TB avocado oil over medium heat.
  3. Add your sliced onions and cook until they are caramelized.
  4. Add your mushrooms and cook until tender. About 5 minutes.
  5. Add your salt, Lion’s Mane, and spinach. Mix and keep on the heat until the spinach is slightly wilted.
  6. Move the onion & mushroom mixture into a separate bowl.
  7. Wipe the pan clean if you need. Heat 1/2 TB of avocado oil in the pan over medium heat.
  8. Place a tortilla on the pan and cook for about a minute.
  9. Flip the tortilla with a spatula and spread a thin layer of your cooked onion and mushroom mixture.
  10. Sprinkle a handful of cheese on top.
  11. Place a second tortilla on top of the cheese, pressing it gently with a spatula.
  12. Delicately flip and cook the other side until it’s a nice and crispy brown. The cheese should be melted.
  13. Remove the quesadilla and place it on your plate.
  14. Repeat the process with your other tortillas.
  15. Enjoy with sauerkraut, cilantro, avocado, or yogurt!

Note: if you think you’ll have a hard time flipping once the second tortilla has been placed (step 12), only spread the mushroom and onion mixture on half of your first tortilla, then gently fold the other side on top, like a taco. Then, flip and cook.

3 mushroom quesadillaEnjoy your mushroom quesadilla in good health

In the long term, a little bit of Lion’s Mane in your diet each day is sure to positively affect your brain, making you more resilient in the face of stress. And in the day-to-day fluidity of life, being mindfully present in each moment is sure to positively affect your peace and happiness. With every food we eat, with every thought we think, we have the opportunity to hardwire in happiness and strength.

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Lion’s Mane has the power to change your brain, but so too does mindfulness and paying attention to what you place your focus on in each moment.

One way to get the dual power of both mind and mushroom is to whip up some quesadillas, boost them with Lion’s Mane, and be mindfully present during the whole cooking and eating process - all the way down to the last delicious crumb.

Be intentional with your ingredients, play with different mushrooms, and try something new in the kitchen!

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

In fact, we at Real Mushrooms would love to see you expressing your creativity in the kitchen. If you don’t want to use Lion’s Mane in this recipe, feel free to try out another functional mushroom. There are a number of wonderful options in our lineup of medicinal mushroom supplements, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read this article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. Bottom line, just have fun, get creative, and show off your work!

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

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References

  1. Neurotrophic Properties of the Lion's Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. <doi.org/10.1615/intjmedmushr.v15.i6.30>
  2. Friedman M. (2016). Mushroom Polysaccharides: Chemistry and Antiobesity, Antidiabetes, Anticancer, and Antibiotic Properties in Cells, Rodents, and Humans. Foods (Basel, Switzerland), 5(4), 80. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5302426/>

An easy to make fluffy and keto bread substitute boosted with mushrooms that benefit your health.

Low-carb, keto bread? Easy to make? With just three ingredients? Does that even exist?

Why yes it does thanks to the latest Cloud Bread Internet sensation taking over the web. But we like to add a special fourth ingredient just to kick it up a notch.

Any guesses?

We’ll give you a clue: it’s a mushroom that helps to improve lung capacity and increases your energy. It’s also known as the Caterpillar Fungus. That’s right, Cordyceps!

So, wait, rewind- this low-carb, keto, grain-free bread actually gives you an energy boost?

Let’s just dive into the ingredient details to answer that question.

Cordyceps Mushroom Benefits for Health

The Cordyceps mushroom’s benefits for health are well known and highly praised for providing an antioxidant boost, helping to support healthy immune function, and increasing energy and stamina. That last benefit is where this particular mushroom really shines. Through its ability to increase ATP production (the compounds that give your cells energy), Cordyceps makes an incredible energy-boosting mushroom. It’s a great resource for athletes, those looking to up their physical performance, or those that just want a bit more energy and stamina in life. A.k.a. all of us.

However, keep in mind, the best benefits are experienced over time and mushroom quality matters tremendously. That’s why we focus on 100% pure, organic Cordyceps Mushroom extract, with absolutely no added fillers - because we want you to actually feel the mushroom benefits for health. So taking a little bit everyday with intention might, dare we say it, have you feeling like you’re floating on cloud nine? And on that cloud-centered note….

What is Cloud Bread?

If you haven’t heard yet, cloud bread is a fluffy, soft bread made with only 3 ingredients- eggs, cream cheese, and cream of tartar. Cue the rejoicing from those following a grain-free, low-carb, or keto diet.

The all-important question is, does it taste good?

The best results come by adding optional spices, flavorings, and toppings. That’s why we gave you some different variations you can try below. Keep in mind, it has a more meringue-like texture after coming right out of the oven. But, if you wait a couple of hours after you make it, the texture should become more bread-like.

Cloud Bread with CordycepsThe Sweet and Savory Variations of our Cloud Bread Keto Recipe

Are you team sweet or team savory? Can’t pick (because who can!)?

No problem, because we like to satisfy all parties involved. So we bring you a cloud bread keto recipe, boosted with mushroom benefits for health, in two different styles. Team Sweet is the strawberry shortcake. Team Savory is the margarita pizza. No judgement here if you’re team both!

Can you use a substitute for the cream cheese?

Yes! You can use cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or sour cream instead of the cream cheese. Full-fat versions yield the best results.

Can you season the Cloud Bread Keto Recipe?

Yes! You can add 1/2 tsp of dried herbs or garlic powder to the yolk and cream cheese mixture. It makes a more flavorful, delicious bread that way.

For a sweet version, you can add 1 TB of your favorite granulated sweetener to the yolk and cream cheese mixture. Also, adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon really takes the bread to the next level.

For a fun color swap, you can use beet or spirulina powder in place of the turmeric.

What’s the best way to store this cloud bread?

Keeping it in an airtight container is a good idea here. Once the bread has cooled completely, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last there for several days. You can also freeze it. When you want to use a slice, first allow it to defrost and then toast it for the best results.

However you decide to enjoy it - toast it up, slather some nut butter on it, make it a pizza, a sandwich or a strawberry shortcake - this cloud bread keto recipe is not a bad low carb way to get in some mushrooms that will benefit your health.

Cloud Bread Recipe

Ingredients for cloud bread

Tools you’ll need

cloud bread ingredients

Add cordyceps powder to your cloud bread for an extra energy boost.

Toppings for cloud bread pizza

Toppings for strawberry shortcake cloud bread

Directions

Notes

*At this step, you can also add your 1 TB sweetener and 1/2 tsp cinnamon if you’re going for a sweet version. Or you can add 1/2 tsp of your favorite herb/spice if going for the savory.
** When folding in the egg white mixture into your yolks, be very gentle. You don’t want to deflate the meringue mixture, try to keep it firm and foamy. This way you can help ensure you get that fluffy, bread-like texture.

Directions for pizza

Right after your cloud bread comes out of the oven, spread on a thin layer of tomato or pasta sauce, add mozzarella cheese, and some chopped up basil. Stick it back into the oven until the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

keto cloud bread recipe

Pizza Cloud Bread Variation

Directions for strawberry shortcake

After your cloud bread has cooled completely, spread a layer of jam, layer on a few chopped strawberries, and go as high as you like with coconut whip cream. Enjoy!

cloud bread recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Cloud Bread

Enjoy this cloud bread keto recipe in good health

No matter if you’re Team Sweet or Team Savory, whichever way you choose to enjoy this cloud bread keto recipe, the all-important team you'll want to be on is that of health, vitality, and wellness.

And that’s why we’re passionate about sharing these mushroom extracts. They are strong health supporters when taken with intention and as a part of a nutritious diet, they are excellent team players.

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

If you don’t want to use Cordyceps, you can easily try out another functional mushroom. There are wonderful options, each with their own unique profiles and health benefits. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

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Three words: Cinnamon. Sugar. Donuts. Cue craving! We’ve all smelled the heavenly aroma of this magical combination. But we don’t usually associate those sights and smells with these three words: Healthy. Brain. Function. But, what if we told you all of those words can belong together, that you could have your donuts and your brain boost too? That’s where this baked Keto donut recipe comes in. These cinnamon “sugar” donut holes roll into play with their low-carb real food ingredients, healthy fats, and the secret ingredient known as the “Mushroom For the Mind” — Lion’s Mane.

What’s so special about Lion’s Mane?

Lion’s Mane can be used to support memory, focus, and long-term brain health.

An increasing body of evidence shows that Lion’s Mane may help mitigate cognitive decline and/or improve neurological ailments.1 Further, Lion’s Mane has been shown to rebuild nerves and help regenerate the myelin sheaths important for healthy brain cell function.2 Overall, it supports having healthy neurons and brain cell communication, which leads to improvements in your mood, memory, focus, and energy. High quality, pure 100% Lion’s Mane is a great ally to help you maintain balanced mental and emotional functions. So when you’re using the real deal extracts, do (nut) think you can’t have donuts for your brain health!

Ok, so you might not want to be relying solely on these donuts for living your best nutritional life, but when you throw in the healthy fats, cinnamon, and low carb real food ingredients, you truly do have a blood-sugar stabilizing healthy alternative to the fried classic. With that being said, let’s get on to the recipe.

Bonus: it is a simple recipe that comes together effortlessly!

Keto Cinnamon “Sugar” Donut Holes Recipe:

Tools you’ll need:

Keto Donut Recipe Substitutions:

In the video, we used Birch Xylitol as the sweetener to make these “sugar-free and keto,” but you can easily substitute with monk fruit. For a non-keto version, coconut sugar or cane sugar works great.

Note on Xylitol Use: Xylitol is toxic for dogs so please be careful when using it around your furry friends.

Servings: 12 donut holes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keto Donut IngredientsKeto Donut Ingredients:

Cinnamon “Sugar” Coating Ingredients:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine all the dry donut ingredients in a glass bowl - almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and Lion’s Mane. Mix until combined.
  3. Add your wet donut ingredients - egg, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for about 10-15 minutes so that it’s firm enough to easily work with and roll into balls.
  5. After 10-15 minutes in the fridge, roll the dough into 12 balls.
  6. Place the balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. While they are baking, make your cinnamon “sugar” coating.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the sweetener and the cinnamon.
  9. In a separate small bowl, have your melted coconut oil.
  10. After the keto donuts have cooled, dip each one into the melted coconut oil and then roll in the cinnamon and sweetener mix.
Keto Donut Hole with Lion's Mane

Combine dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, mix then fridge for 10 min

Keto Donut Recipe

Bake for 15 minutes at 350° F

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

Roll baked donuts in cinnamon-sugar

Keto Donut Recipe with Mushrooms

Finally, enjoy your Keto Donuts with Lion's Mane!

Enjoy your keto cinnamon “sugar” donuts in good health

When it comes to the health of your brain and your nerves, lifestyle choices make the biggest impact. Eat real foods. Engage in community activities. Enjoy stimulating your mind. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a little help from our powerful fungi friends to help keep us running at our best.

We know that everyone has something (or multiple things) that they want to accomplish to better themselves and the world. When you’re running at your best and feeling healthy, you’re better able to fulfill the passion that lights you up on the inside. When you’re thinking clearly, without the hindrance of brain fog and poor concentration, you’re able to enjoy your work more. You’re able to be more productive. And there’s nothing that makes us happier than supplying fuel and knowledge to help keep you on top of your game so that you can do just that. That’s why we are dedicated to providing you with pure products - pure 100% mushroom extracts with no added starch or fillers.

So stay passionate and enjoy this keto donut recipe with Lion’s Mane to help keep you sharp! Enjoy a healthy brain to enjoy a happy life!

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

We at Real Mushrooms would love to see how you’re whipping these up in your kitchen! If you don’t want to use Lion’s Mane, perhaps try out another medicinal mushroom. There are wonderful options, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. Bottom line, just have fun, get creative, and show off your work!

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

 

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Real Mushrooms Lions Mane mushroom extract powder

References

  1. https://restorativemedicine.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/lions-mane.pdf
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12675022/

Mushroom powder extracts, like those produced from organic fruiting bodies, are packed with nutritional benefits. It's a sophisticated step up to use powder format, rather than capsules, because your throat, mouth, and digestive system will gain additional benefits from injesting mushroom powder this way. Also, it opens up a variety of ways to play with the flavor profile of mushroom extracts, which varies from chocolatey and bitter (reishi) to almond milk-like (tremella). There's a tantalizing satisfaction that grows from taking mushroom powders, many users find that they never go back to using capsules once they've discovered this pleasure for themselves.

So, here is a guide to how and in what unique and delicious ways you can incorporate mushroom powder extracts into your diet. From drinks and snacks on the go to desserts and salves, you can boost your mushroom intake by adding mushroom powders to almost anything.

What you'll find in this article:

Favorite Mushroom Powder Recipes from Real Mushrooms

  1. Coffee + Tea with Mushroom Powder Extracts
    1. Mushroom Cacao Latte
    2. Morning Golden Milk
    3. Evening Golden Milk
  2. Smoothies + Shakes
    1. Tropical Greens Smoothie
    2. Beet Mint Smoothie
    3. Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie
  3. Baked Goods & Desserts with Mushroom Powder Extracts
    1. Paleo Special Brownies
    2. Superfood Coffee Ice Cream
    3. Fungi Chia Seed Pudding
  4. Energy Bars with Mushroom Powder
    1. Dark Cacao Hemp Chaga Bites
    2. Pumpkin Pie Spice Protein Bars
    3. Paleo Protein Donuts
  5. Main Dishes (stews; soups; pasta)
    1. Creamy Lemon Butternut Squash Lion’s Mane Pasta
  6. Topicals (creams, salves)
    1. Chaga Skin Food

Best enjoyed in small doses over time, the cumulative nutritional benefits of medicinal mushrooms include immune and nervous system support, increased energy and stamina, brain health and cognition support, and balanced blood sugar levels.

The key to an effective intake is using mushroom extract powders that are made from 100% certified organic mushrooms with no grain fillers. Surprisingly, many so-called “mushroom” powders do not contain any mushrooms at all. Produced by growing the “roots” of the mushroom, called mycelium, on a grain substrate, these products made from myceliated grain are high in grain starch and lack many of the beneficial compounds like beta-glucans.

Using high-quality fungi, here are six ways and fourteen delicious recipes to boost your mushroom intake using mushroom powder extracts.

Favorite Mushroom Powder Recipes from Real Mushrooms

#1. Coffee + Tea with Mushroom Powder Extracts

From freshly brewed tea to frothy lattes, mushroom powder extracts can complement your favorite beverages. The recipe for this first coffee alternative includes a blend of mushrooms including, reishi, which, among its many benefits, is known to improve sleep and reduce stress and fatigue; Chaga, which boosts digestion and helps clear skin; lion’s mane, which supports healthy brain function; cordyceps, which improves lung capacity and increases energy; and turkey tail, which boosts immune system function.

Mushroom powder Cacao Latte

Mushroom Cacao Latte with 5 Mushroom Powder Extracts

Mushroom Cacao Latte

Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high powdered and blend until frothy.

While this next one is not exactly a coffee or a tea, we simply can’t leave it out as our vegan mushroom golden milk offers a myriad of health benefits. Perhaps that’s why we opted to do it twice in two preparations - one for the morning as a caffeine replacement to start your day fresh, and one for the evening to aid in sleep and recovery.

Morning Golden Milk

Evening Golden Milk

Directions: To a small saucepan, add the ingredients for either recipe. Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling - about 3-4 minutes - whisking the whole time. Turn off heat and taste to adjust sweetness level. Take out the cinnamon stick and if you like it very smooth, you can strain the golden milk to take out the ginger pieces.

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#2. Smoothies + Shakes

Adding mushroom powder to a post-workout smoothie or an afternoon shake provides a nutritional boost to a refreshing treat. This smoothie features lion’s mane which is used to support healthy brain function*.

tropical green smoothie recipe with mushroom powder

A powerfood-filled smoothie to mix your mushroom powders in.

Tropical Greens Smoothie

Directions: Combine all ingredients with a 1/2 cup of filtered water and blend. Add more water to thin.

 

beet mint smoothie recipe with mushroom powder

Beet Mint Smoothie with Lion's Mane

Do you have any beets laying around the kitchen that need some love?! You are in good hands here!! Nettles of @nourishing.roots has this vibrant Beet Mint Smoothie that has all kinds of colors, aromas, and nourishment here. You’ve got the nitric oxide blood flow boosting properties of beets. The healthy fats and high magnesium and zinc content of hemp seeds. The mood uplifting & alertness boosting properties of peppermint and spearmint. The high polyphenol content in the berry mix. Last but not least, are the cognitive enhancing benefits of Lions Mane mushroom make this a red-letter smoothie!

Beet Mint Smoothie

Directions: Add everything to the blender and spin till desired consistency. Water to thin if needed.

(Source: Real Mushrooms Recipe Guide: download your copy here)

Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie

This smoothie could serve many forms as either a pre-workout, post-workout and or a solid snack between meals this holiday season! Let’s dive into the recipe, shall we!?

Directions: Add everything to the blender and blend till desired consistency is met. Feel free to top this smoothie with toppings like hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs, chia seeds, and/or granola.

#3. Baked Goods & Desserts with Mushroom Powder Extracts

Much to a sweet tooth’s delight, dessert doesn’t just have to be an indulgent treat anymore. Add mushroom powder extract to your favorite confection and enjoy the nutritional benefits of fungi without sacrificing flavor. This recipe features reishi, which is known to improve sleep, reduce stress and fatigue*, as well as aid in supporting healthy liver function.*

paleo brownies recipe with mushroom powder

Paleo Special Brownies with Reishi

Paleo Special Brownies

Directions: Preheat oven to 360 degrees. Spread a light layer of coconut oil over a brownie baking pan. Add coconut oil, cacao powder, chocolate, and cacao butter to the double boiler and heat until melted then remove from heat and pour into a cool bowl. Allow it to cool to a temperature that is safe to touch. Pour in honey, maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs. Mix thoroughly. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour mix into 1.5-inch thick brownie trays. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Superfood Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Superfood Coffee Ice Cream with Lion's Mane

Superfood Coffee Ice Cream

Sugar-free coffee ice cream packed w/anabolic recovery proteins, gut strengthening amino acids, immune-boosting/adaptogenic Chinese herbs, and cognitive enhancing fats. Topped with mct charged hard shell chocolate sauce to give it that perfect mocha flavor. *Note - those recipe pairs great with the one above.

Directions

  1. In a Vitamix (include all ingredients except the sauce): Use the tamper to pound into creamy ice cream texture. Set back in a freezer.
  2. Chocolate sauce: Stir until smooth and add to the piping bag.
  3. Scoop out the ice cream and the drizzle on the chocolate sauce. Add any other toppings and ENJOY!

(Source: Real Mushrooms Recipe Guide)

Chia Seed Pudding with mushroom powder

Chia Seed Pudding with Cordyceps and Reishi

Fungi Chia Seed Pudding

Alright, this one is so healthy and hearty, it’s hard to believe it could be a desert, but the tast and texture definitely qualify it for that category

Directions: Mix everything until it has been fully mixed throughout. Then pour into little mason jars. Store in the fridge overnight. Feel free to serve with a spoonful of almond, sunflower seed butter or any other nut/seed butter that suits your fancy!

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#4. Energy Bars with Mushroom Powder

cacao hemp energy ball recipe with chaga mushroom

Cacao Hemp Energy Balls with Chaga

Dark Cacao Hemp Chaga Bites

Whether you’re on the go or just looking for a quick bite, energy bars offer an easy pick-me-up. Upgrade this snack by adding mushroom powder extract. This recipe includes Chaga, which boosts digestion and helps clear skin*.

Directions: First, add dates to a high-speed blender and blend until the dates are chopped up. Remove the dates and add the pecans, blending them into little pieces. After that, add in the cacao powder, nut or seed butter of choice, chaga extract, sea salt, and coconut oil if desired! Blend everything up until it begins to bind together and turn more dough like. Take the energy bite dough and place in the fridge for roughly 10-20 minutes. Take out the dough and roll the dough into energy bites or small-sized energy bars.

pumpkin spice protein bar recipe with mushroom powder

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bar with Lion's Mane

Pumpkin Pie Spice Protein Bars

These protein bars are enhanced with Lions Mane mushroom, which helps support and boost cognitive function and potentially even aid in short and long-term memory support!

Directions: Mix all ingredients together until a dough forms. Press dough into a parchment-lined 8×8 pan and freeze for an hour. Remove and cut into 8-10 rectangles depending on how big you want them. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet & bake at 300 for 12 minutes. Store in the fridge.

Paleo Donut Recipe with mushroom powder

Paleo Donut Recipe with Mushroom Extract Powders

Paleo Protein Donuts

Okay, these aren’t exactly energy “bars” - but what is an energy bar if not just food of a certain shape? These paleo protein donuts are guilt-free and do a body good thanks to some unique and creative ingredients, alongside our mushroom extract powders, that brings together the ultimate donut experience. Donut recipe goodness below:

Donuts

Chocolate Mushroom Glaze:

Directions: Preheat oven to 350˚. In a large bowl, mix all donut ingredients until a smooth batter forms. Gently spoon batter into the donut pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked all the way through (toothpick trick to test readiness). Let cool for 10 minutes.

*For complete recipe with donut glaze topping: download the complete Real Mushrooms Recipe Guide

#5. Main Dishes (stews; soups; pasta)

Versatile and flavorful, mushrooms can be a nice, earthy addition to main dishes, as well as soups, stews and pasta. This recipe features lion’s mane, which is used to support healthy brain function*.

Creamy Lemon Butternut Squash Lion’s Mane Pasta

Directions: In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes until translucent. Add one clove of the diced garlic, and cook for a minute longer. To the large pot, add vegetable broth, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer – reduce heat if the mixture comes to a full boil.

Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Add in butternut squash and fresh rosemary, cook while tossing frequently to heat & soften slightly – approximately 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, add the butternut squash to the coconut milk mixture, but reserve the frying pan – you will use it again!

Add the tapioca flour to the “noodle” and sauce mixture, stirring periodically. Continue cooking for 15-20 minutes, or until the “noodles” have softened to your desired firmness. While the “noodles” cook, tear the lion’s mane into bite-sized pieces. Heat the frying pan you had set aside on medium heat. Once heated, add the lion’s mane. Dry cook in the pan for a moment or two, or until any water released from the mushrooms is reabsorbed. Once any water is reabsorbed, add the last tablespoon of oil and the remaining clove of diced garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until mushrooms are golden brown – about 10-15 minutes.

Once your pasta has reached desired firmness, serve into bowls, and top with a generous heap of the cooked mushrooms and a sprinkle of lemon zest. Enjoy!

Find the recipe here!

#6. Topicals (creams, salves)

Mushrooms can have soothing properties making them a great addition to DIY skincare products. Promote healing by adding mushroom powder extract to creams and salves. This topical features chaga, which is used to boost digestion and help clear skin.

Chaga Skin Cream Recipe with mushroom powder

Chaga Skin Food

Chaga Skin Food

Directions: Using the double boiler method. Add the shea, cacao, and coconut oil. Melt at low heat until everything is mixed just right. Be mindful not to turn the heat up too much!

Next, add your desired essential oils and Chaga powder extract. Use a whisk to combine everything nicely. Once you have done so. Pour into a small mason jar or some other fun creative jar you intend to use! Store in the refrigerator. It will need at least 2-4 hours to solidify. You can then store it at room temperature. This will keep for roughly a couple of years.

Chaga Mushroom Powder

Chaga extract powder is great in soups, teas, smoothies, and salves alike

These 6 ways to boost your mushroom intake using mushroom powder extracts can elevate your health. From drinks and desserts to dinner and skincare, be sure to use Real Mushrooms, a high-quality product with no grain fillers. This means real nutrition with every use.

So – what do you think? Did we miss anything on this list? Leave us your comments below!

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DIY Mushroom Coffee Types

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Our version of this internet trending recipe comes with a skin-rejuvenating, antioxidant-boosting, immune system regulating, and happy-digesting twist! This Dalgona Mushroom Coffee recipe uses one of our favorite mushroom powder extracts: Chaga.

Maybe you’ve seen Dalgona Coffee sweeping the web (I mean, who hasn’t?!). Maybe you’ve been wanting to try it but don’t want the jolt of jitteriness, acidity, and digestive consequences that can follow coffee consumption. Maybe you’ve been searching for a healthier version to try. Or maybe you’ve been enjoying this treat as a daily quarantine staple to replace your love of fancy coffee store beverages.

Whatever coffee boat you’re in, Real Mushrooms’ Dalgona Mushroom Coffee (vegan and paleo) will be sure to please. You get all of the delicious factors with the added health benefits of the functional mushroom known as Chaga, while lessening the wiry coffee sensation.

A deep dive into the world of Chaga

Let’s talk Chaga. Specifically, let’s talk about Chaga’s ability to help offset some of the possible downsides of drinking coffee:  indigestion, gut irritation, and increased stress and anxiety.

Chaga has the unique ability to nurture and help grow beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome. It does this because it’s loaded with prebiotics and polysaccharides. When those beneficial bacteria are nourished, they can do what they do best - help you and your digestion in top-notch condition. And not only that, when your digestion is running more smoothly, your skin tends to look smoother too. As an added bonus, Chaga, like the other mushroom extracts in our lineup, helps to support the immune system.

Chaga grown on birch trees

Chaga generally grows on birch trees in colder climates and can take 3-5 years to reach the ideal harvesting size.

Chaga for Skin Health

So, not only can Chaga rejuvenate your digestion, but also your skin. And you know what else is great for skin health? Antioxidants and melanin! Antioxidants can help protect your skin by limiting that skin-damaging free radical production and Chaga is rich in them. Melanin, which is concentrated in the outer black layer of Chaga, is beneficial for skin health too. Gut health, skin health - check, check! Now onto the big whopper of stress.

Chaga Mushroom Powder

Add Chaga to your Dalgona Coffee to boost your gut and skin health!

Chaga for Stress

Drinking coffee, for some, can make stress management more difficult —so let’s talk about the word adaptogen. Now the world of adaptogens is as trendy as Dalgona Coffee - and Chaga is indeed an adaptogen.

If you get quality-grown medicinal mushrooms with no added fillers like starch, mycelium, or grain of any kind - we’re talking 100% organic mushroom extract, then this adaptogenic fungi can indeed be a wonderful and beneficial addition to your diet. While certainly not being a cure-all, they can live up to the hype. And as such, taking on its adaptogenic role in the Dalgona Mushroom Coffee, Chaga can naturally support your adrenals. Happy adrenals = happy life, or rather the ability to live a thriving life where you can naturally adapt to life’s stressors.

Here at Real Mushrooms, we only offer 100% wildcrafted Siberian Chaga that contains all its non-water soluble components, so you experience that maximum adaptogenic potency.

Depending on your genetic factors and lifestyle, you may have no problem metabolizing the caffeine in coffee. That’s great! But, for the rest of us, the addition of Chaga to our coffee might be an idea worth your time. And even if you do great with coffee, then Chaga in your daily morning beverage would still be worth it for all of the health benefits mentioned above. And what better way to try it out then to enjoy the latest Internet sensation: Dalgona Coffee.

Dalgona Mushroom Coffee Recipe

Tools you’ll need

Recipe Substitutions

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
Cook Time: 0

Dalgona Chaga Mushroom Coffee

Chaga powder, instant coffee, sugar, hot water, and milk are all you need to create your delicious drink!

Ingredients

Instructions

Enjoy mushroom coffee in good health

Let’s face it, life can feel like a roller coaster, with unpredictable turns making your stomach drop and giving you whiplash. The solution? Whipped Chaga Coffee, of course! Ok, all jokes aside. Truthfully, life won’t slow down, but how you approach it can. There’s so much to digest in the world, apart from what you put into your mouth. Emotions. Thoughts. Uncontrollable circumstances.

But you have the amazing power of free will. You can choose how to show up to life’s ride, you can choose what thoughts you want to believe, and you can choose what foods you put into your body. And, we as a mission-focused company fully believe that you deserve the best - we believe in providing you real, powerful ingredients like organic functional mushrooms that can help support you on that roller coaster ride; to make it a little less bumpy; to help you adapt to those unpredictable turns a bit better; and to help offset the ride's stressful impact as adaptogens like Chaga can do.

So, take a moment to just be - still. Sip your Dalgona Mushroom Coffee, choose how you want to show up in the world, choose beneficial thoughts, and choose beneficial foods.

Whipped Chaga Coffee

Try any of our mushroom extracts in a Dalgona Coffee creation of your own!

Easily give your other recipes a power boost

The Internet is flooding with those dreamy pictures of Dalgona Coffee and we at Real Mushrooms would love to see your unique spin on it! If you don’t want to use Chaga, perhaps try out another functional mushroom. There are wonderful options, each with their own unique profiles and benefits. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. Bottom line, just have fun, get creative, and show off your work!

Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via insta @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for any Real Mushroom product of your choice!

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