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
Stovetop with Pan, Hot Water Heater or Keurig (For Heating Water)
Liquid Measuring Cup
Whisk or Spoon
*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
Mug by Jeremy Ogusky, Creator of Ogusky Ceramics (based in Jamaica Plan, MA)
- Heat water as desired.
- Mix mushroom hot cacao mix with 1/3 cup hot water until evenly combined.
- Next, add in chocolate soy milk and mix until combined.
- Then, add in another 1/4 cup water (this helps reheat everything to the perfect temperature).
- Add in almond and vanilla extracts, and mix to blend everything.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon on top if desired.
- Enjoy warm! 🙂