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.
Favorite Mushroom Powder Recipes from Real Mushrooms
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.
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.
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.
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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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*.
Directions: Combine all ingredients with a 1/2 cup of filtered water and blend. Add more water to thin.
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!
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)
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.
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.*
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.
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.
(Source: Real Mushrooms Recipe Guide)
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!
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.
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.
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:
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
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*.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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