Mother Nature’s Hot Cacao: Cacao Mix with Reishi Mushroom Extract, Sweetened with Almond and Vanilla Extracts, Blended with Chocolate Soy Milk

mushroomhotcocoa

I’m always intrigued by trying something new, especially when it comes to food. I feel like it’s a way for me to “travel and explore” in a sense between vacations and adventures. A few years ago, I started seeing mixes popping up here and there for “mushroom hot cacao”. Although it sounded really interesting to me, I was skeptical. Reviews written always seemed to go one way or another – they loved it or they hated it. A lot of companies claimed too that the mushrooms in the hot cacao mix had special “healing powers” and what not. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. However, one thing I do know is the drink is delicious, low in sugar and calories, caffeine free, and it kicks my craving for something sweet after dinner. It’s definitely a relaxing way to end the day, and I have found that enhancing the hot cacao mix with a few simple touches can both make the drink last a little longer and also make it a little sweeter (kicking any potential bitterness). Definitely worth the try if you are feeling adventurous!

Makes 1 Cup (Can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.)

Recipe by © Alysha Melnyk 2018

Kitchen Tools:

Stovetop with Pan, Hot Water Heater or Keurig (For Heating Water)

Liquid Measuring Cup

Measuring Spoons

Whisk or Spoon

Ingredients:

*Disclaimer – I am including certain brand names of things I use (just because they are personal favorites of mine), but feel free to use whatever brand you like, is the cheapest, is on sale, what you have on hand, etc.*

1 Packet (6 grams) Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix (I used Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix Chill Out Vibes with Reishi for this recipe)

1/3 Cup Hot Water (To Add Initially to Blend the Powder Evenly)

1/4 Cup Chocolate Soy Milk

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1/2 Teaspoon Pure Almond Extract

1/2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Optional: Cinnamon for Topping

Featured Artists/Products:

Mug by Jeremy Ogusky, Creator of Ogusky Ceramics (based in Jamaica Plan, MA)

Instructions:

  1. Heat water as desired.
  2. Mix mushroom hot cacao mix with 1/3 cup hot water until evenly combined.
  3. Next, add in chocolate soy milk and mix until combined.
  4. Then, add in another 1/4 cup water (this helps reheat everything to the perfect temperature).
  5. Add in almond and vanilla extracts, and mix to blend everything.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon on top if desired.
  7. Enjoy warm! 🙂

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