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Paleo Special Brownies

Marisa Chaela of MissFitandNerdy has put together a delicious brownie creation that contains the heart-healthy benefits of cacao and the adaptogenic enhancing benefits of Reishi mushroom and Ashwagandha.

This yummy treat would serve will with some grass-fed vanilla ice cream and/or coconut based ice cream depending on your preferences!

Did you know that Reishi mushroom naturally has a bitter taste to it?! This is in part due to the high triterpenes present in Reishi mushroom. This mushroom pairs beautifully in cacao themed desserts and tonic drinks. We definitely recommend adding our Reishi extract to your desserts as well as tonic drinks too! Let’s jump into the recipe below:

Paleo Special Brownies

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

-½ cup coconut oil
-½ cup + 1 tbsp cacao powder
-60 g chocolate
-20 g cacao butter
-½ cup honey
-½ cup maple syrup
-½ tsp vanilla
-3 eggs
-¼ cup + 2 tbsp coconut flour
-¼ tsp baking soda
-¼ tsp salt
-1 tbsp real mushrooms reishi 415
-1 tbsp ashwagandha

Optional: crushed pecans, cashew butter, chocolate chips

Directions

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

Chaga Skin Food

We all love and adore adding our medicinal mushrooms to our favorite meals, coffee, tea, smoothies, chocolates and beyond! Well, another upcoming trend that I’m sure many of you are well aware of is beauty care products that use medicinal mushrooms like chaga, reishi, maitake, shiitake, and tremella. I have been intrigued by this idea for some time of adding mushroom extracts to body care. I felt inspired and curious to explore this idea some more!

This first edition is a classic skin balm that can serve many applications. It’s rich in shea, cacao butter, and coconut oil. These stable and soothing fats help nourish and moisturize dry skin. The addition of Chaga, which contains these unique compounds called SOD (superoxide dismutase) and melanin, which further boosts its skin nourishment and protective factors from everyday stressors like environmental toxins, UV light, dehydration, and nutrient-poor food. This skin food can really help during those times when you are putting your skin through the wringer! I hope you like it! If you make it be sure to tag us. We would love to see it! :)

Chaga Skin Food

  • 9 Tbsp shea butter
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp cacao butter
  • 10 drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil (feel free to experiment with different essential oil blends here!)
  • 2 tsp Real Mushrooms Chaga extract

 

  1. 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!
  2. Next, add your desired essential oils and chaga powdered 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 a 2-4 hours to solidify. You can then store at room temperature. This will keep for roughly a couple of years. ENJOY!!

Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie

Here is a festive and nourishing smoothie to fire things up this holiday season! You’ve got many things going for it. It contains cashews, which are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats. Cashews are rich in minerals like copper, manganese, and magnesium. This smoothie is infused with Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders, which contains 5 key medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, maitake, shiitake, and turkey tail) known to support/boost our immune system.

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!?

Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie:

-2  to 3 Tbsp raw, organic cashews or pecans
-1 Tbsp cashew butter
1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders
-2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (aim for 70% cacao content)
-1 tsp peppermint extract
-handful of fresh mint
-1.5 Tbsp cacao nibs
-1 Tbsp cacao powder
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1/8 tsp ginger
-dash of cayenne
-3 medjool dates
-1 scoop of ideally chocolate mint protein flavor or vanilla protein (plant-based protein or grass-fed whey or grass-fed beef protein can work here)
-1.5 cups unsweetened coconut milk
-1/2 cup cold brew coffee
-1/4 maple syrup or coconut nectar
-Roughly 2 cups of ice

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

 

 

Beet Mint Smoothie

Do you have any beets laying around the kitchen that need some love?! You are in good hands here!! Nettie 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!!

-½ cup steamed beets

– ½ cup purple cabbage

– ½ cup dark berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a berry blend works well here!

– sprig of fresh mint (peppermint or spearmint works here!)

– 1 tsp Real Mushrooms Lions Mane

– 1 tsp Vitamin C powder (Acerola cherry based)

– 3 Tbsp hemp seeds

 

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

Reishi Bounty Bars

Daisy has outdone her self with this delightful and nourishing bounty bars with a potent immune-boosting mushroom known to support the mind, body, and soul. If you make these be sure to tag @daisy_scoopwholefoods and us @real_mushrooms!! We would love to see to how your bounty bars turn out!!

– ⅓ cup coconut milk
– ¼ cup coconut butter
– ¼ maple syrup
– 2 cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut
– 2 tsp of Real Mushrooms Reishi 415
– 200 grams of dark chocolate mixed with 1 Tbsp of reishi 415


To make, gently heat ⅓ cup coconut milk in a pot, add ¼ cup coconut butter, ¼ cup maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Once smooth and well combined, add 2 cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut and optional 2 tsp Real Mushrooms Reishi 415. Scoop into the lined loaf tin, flatten and place in freezer for 1-2 hours. Next, melt down 200g of dark chocolate with 1 Tbsp of Real Mushrooms Reishi 415. Slice your solidified coconut mixture into 7-8 bars, then gently dip into melted chocolate and coat using 2 forks. Let excess drip off as much as possible. Place on baking paper, drizzle leftover chocolate over the top of all bars, then place in the fridge to set. Enjoy! :)

Turkey Tail Immune Boosting Smoothie Bowl

Do you find yourself having a hard time incorporating Turkey Tail mushroom into your everyday routine? Well, you are in luck here. This recipe tastes delicious and delivers an immune boosting punch whether you are having this as a post-workout meal or decadent dessert. Either route is sure to deliver here! Recipe details below:

 

  • 2 to 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp of organic peanut butter
  • 3 to 5 Tbsp of coconut cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2  cup of coconut, almond, hemp milk (add more or less to improve the mixability in the blender)
  • A handful of coconut shreds
  • 1 scoop of organic plant-based or grass-fed whey protein powder of your choice
  • 1 tsp Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail Mushroom extract
  • 1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder

 

Feel free to get fancy here and use any kind of topping of your choosing depending on what you have available. Add everything to the blender and blend till desired consistency!! ENJOY ;)

 

Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie

While this recipe may be a little on the early side of fall themed recipes. This recipe from Chris Swirski of @beetingtheodds is so worth making no matter the time of year! In all honesty, you can never have enough fall-themed recipes in my opinion! So even if you don’t have the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew on deck. You can easily make up your own brew here to mimic this recipe quite well. That is the beauty of this! We hope you enjoy it! ;)

 

– 1 cup @calfiafarms Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew
– 1 tsp Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders
– 1 banana
– ½ cup pumpkin puree
– ½ uncooked whole grain oats
– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
– ice

***Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour and enjoy!***

Medicinal Chocolate Bark

Medicinal Mushrooms are the perfect companion to boost the health factor of homemade dark chocolate. The natural earthy and bitter flavors of mushrooms compliments the notes of dark chocolate so well. The biggest thing to make sure here is that you select at least 70% or richer cacao to take of advantage of the polyphenols present in chocolate. Plus, these bark/bars will naturally be lower in sugar and dairy. This wonderful recipe by Heather Hendricks shows just that! ENJOY!!!

Ingredients:

 

Base-

– ½ Cup Cocoa Butter

– ½ Cup Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp Real Mushroom Reishi Powder

– 1 tsp Acerola Powder

– 1 tsp Maca Powder

– 2 Tbsp Cup Pure Maple Syrup

– 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Pinch of real salt (optional)

Extras-

– Raw cacao nibs

– Hemp Seeds

– Goji Berries

– Pumpkin Seeds

– Sunflower Seeds

(goji berries, sunflower & pumpkin seeds pre-crushed separately using a ninja/blender)

Directions:

  1. Melt cocoa butter on stovetop in a double boiler (or glass bowl over a pot).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix Reishi, Acerola, Maca (or other superfoods of choice).
  3. Once cocoa butter is melted, add cacao, maple syrup and salt. Whisk together well.
  4. Once blended, remove from heat and add the Reishi, Acerola, and Maca powders. Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into parchment paper-lined containers.
  6. Add your extras as desired (seeds, nuts, fruit, etc.). Stir in with a fork and add more as a topping if desired.
  7. Place in the fridge or freezer. Takes about an hour to set. Continue to store in fridge or freezer.

 

Fungi Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve always been a fan of chia seed pudding. However, I found myself getting stuck in a rut with making the same chia seed pudding over and over again. I decided to spice things up a bit and boost it with some raw cacao and medicinal mushrooms. If you are looking for something new, different and just as healthy if not more potent. Give this a recipe a try!

2 cups full fat coconut milk

– 3 tsp ceylon or cassia cinnamon (I recommend Ceylon cinnamon here!)

– ½ cup chia seeds

– ½ tsp vanilla or peppermint extract

– 2 to 6 drops of stevia or liquid monk-fruit sweetener (depending on your sweetener preference you like)

– ¼ cup raw cacao powder

– 1 tsp Real Mushroom Cordyceps-M

– 1 tsp Real Mushroom Reishi 415


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! Enjoy :)