Mushroom Cacao Latte & Chai Blue Lotus Chocolate
This indulgent and seasonally inspired pairing creates a warming, soothing effect in supporting deep internal nourishment. Adaptogens are known to help restore the mind and body from stress, illness, deficiency and overall imbalance. Both of these recipes include selective adaptogens to support improved adrenal and immune function, enhanced levels of dopamine, reduced anxiety and hormonal balance.
This Mushroom Cacao Latte was the recent brainchild from my monthly Boketto & Be Well series, served alongside this insane CBD Loaf and swirled cashew butter. It's the modern day hot chocolate, for sure. I love the potency of this adaptogenic mushroom superfood blend, which contains seven various organically grown and wild harvested mushrooms + heirloom cacao. Each mushroom is known for a signature property: Reishi for healing the lungs, Chaga to support healing from tumors and radiation, Lions Mane to support brain health, Shiitake as an "anti-aging" tonic and to support the reproductive system, Maitake to reduce cholesterol and burn accumulated toxins and fat, Agaricus to help treat cancer and type 2 diabetes, and Cordyceps is as an immune and blood protecting source.
The Chai Blue Lotus Chocolate is a warming, meditative chocolate intended to melt in your mouth or as a quick remedy in moments of stress to simply chill out. Refined sugar may potentially cause damaging effects on the endocrine system, in which case those sugars feed estrogen and may lead to hormonal imbalances. For women suffering from severe PMS and estrogen dominance, added sugars are no bueno. It's non-negotiable around here, which is why you won't find any in this recipe. And while raw cacao is a slight stimulant and should be consumed in moderation, it contains essential traces of magnesium, which most women are deficient in. This is why we tend to “crave” chocolate during PMS, when in actuality, our body is craving the magnesium in it. I love making variations of raw chocolate in batches to store in the fridge for moments when PMS strikes and I prefer a more blood-sugar stabilizing and nourishing option (that tastes better than any store bought bar, in my opinion).
Medicinal Mushroom Cacao Latte
1 cup hot water or steamed milk of choice
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
2-3 tbsp coconut cream powder
1 tsp adaptogenic mushroom superfood blend (alternatively, use your favorite medicinal mushrooms available in your home apothecary, including chaga, cordyceps and reishi)
Optional to add a dash of rhodiola for subtle brain activation and focus + a generous spoonful of coconut butter or ghee for beneficial, nourishing fats.
Blend all ingredients together in a high-powdered blender, adapting as necessary for desired taste and texture. Serve hot and sip slowly.
Chai Blue Lotus Chocolate
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp blue lotus tea
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao butter, melted
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp seasonal chai blend
3 tsp maca powder
1 tsp mucuna
1 tsp ashwaganda
Few dashes of nutmeg
In a saucepan, gently heat and steep blue lotus tea in maple syrup, approximately 10 minutes, to create a caramel-like infusion. Set aside to let cool.
In a separate pan or double boiler, melt coconut oil with cacao butter until silky smooth texture is achieved.
In a large bowl, strain maple syrup "caramel" sauce to separate from blue lotus tea*. Add melted coconut oil and cacao butter, raw cacao powder, spices and herbs. Taste and adjust accordingly based on personal preference and desired consistency (adding more coconut oil as needed for a thinner chocolate). *Save steeped blue lotus tea leaves to reuse and create a cozy, slightly sweet bedtime tonic or tea.
Pour chocolate mixture on to a parchment lined baking sheet and set in the refrigerator to cool. Garnish with additional blue lotus chai leaves as the chocolate sets. Once chocolate is completely set, break into raw, imperfect chunks and keep cool until ready to enjoy. Let chocolate melt in your mouth as you indulge.