Written by: Rick Benson, DO – Last Updated: Jan 2019
In this article, you will find the best Chaga recipes, where you can be creative with this superfood.
Chaga is a very powerful superfood, but there are too few Chaga recipes online on how to prepare it. We’ll write about the most popular Chaga recipes here. Remember, there’s no right or wrong – there’s nothing that can ruin the taste or flavor of Chaga. Therefore, you should use your imagination and practice.
In this writing, you will find:
- Chaga tea (3 different recipes)
- Chaga Ice Tea recipe
- Chaga Coffee recipe
- Chaga Chai Latte recipe
- Chaga Smoothie recipe
- Chaga Muffin recipe
- Chaga Lemon-water recipe
- Chaga Ice cream recipe
- Chaga Cuba Libre recipe (alcoholic)
- Chaga Tincture recipe
Let’s start with the most popular recipes for Chaga tea.
Chaga Tea Recipes
Making tea is the most popular way to consume Chaga mushroom. These recipes are quite easy to do for beginners too. So, let’s check, what are the different Chaga tea recipes.
Traditional Chaga Tea (Cup Method)
Time: 10 minutes
1 teaspoon of ground Chaga, maple syrup or honey, lemon
This recipe is the one we use almost every time. It is the fastest, easiest way to consume the Chaga, and the method is fool-proof. Let’s see the steps:
- Take a teacup with an infuser or filter.
- Take one tablespoon (or two, if you like a stronger taste) of ground Chaga mushroom powder. If you haven’t prepared the Chaga, you should just grind it for best results in quick tea. You can read about preparing Chaga here.
- Bring the water to a boil, and pour the hot water onto the Chaga. Cover it, to keep the heat in, and let it steep for 5-10minutes
- Take the filter out.
- Add honey, maple syrup or anything sweet and natural. Sugar can be added too if needed. If you add a slice of lemon, it will give you an interesting sour taste.
Chaga Tea (Pot Method)
The first recipe was good for 1 person. However, if you need to make Chaga tea for many people, then you need a better recipe. This is good if you have a bunch of friends and you want to make a Chaga tea for all of them.
Also, if your Chaga is still in chunks and not ground, then you can use this recipe. You don’t need to grind the chunks.
Time: 45 minutes
3+ Chaga chunks or teaspoons of Chaga powder; maple syrup or honey, lemon
- Take 1-2 Chaga mushroom chunks of 1″ (or powder) for each. If you are by yourself, see the buying guide.
- Put them in the pot, bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes
- Remove from heat, cover, and let it soak for a few minutes. Pour into a cup.
- Add honey, maple syrup, lemon or whatever you prefer.
Chaga Ice Tea Recipe
This one is our favorite summer recipes. There are two types of people in the world – one type likes hot food and drink in summer, the other type doesn’t. We personally prefer cool cold drinks on hot days. Hot drinks just make you sweat and raise your core body temperature, and perhaps lead to dehydration.
What could be better than a cooling, healthy drink on a hot summer day?
Let’s see the Chaga ice tea recipe.
Chaga powder (1 tsp for every drinker); maple syrup, honey, lemon, ice cubes
- Make Chaga tea (use the steps described above.)
- Add sweeteners and let it cool for 15-30 minutes.
- Pour in a container
- Put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes (Don’t forget it! If you are likely to forget, you can put it in the fridge, but it will take longer)
- Add ice cubes, lemon, straws
- ENJOY your Chaga ice tea!
Chaga Coffee Recipe
This recipe is quite cool despite the fact there are not many Chaga coffee recipes online. It’s a shame because coffee is such a popular drink for most of the people nowadays. By itself is neither good or bad for you. However, we can transform it into a healthy drink, without changing the flavor. How?
Everything should be healthier, so why not coffee?
Let’s see the Chaga coffee recipe.
Time 5-10 minutes
Ingredients: Coffee, Chaga powder.
- Take your ground Chaga. If you don’t have ground Chaga, see the buying guide.
- Add one teaspoon to one cup of coffee
- Let it simmer
- ENJOY your Chaga coffee!
As you see, it’s not really Chaga coffee, because the flavor comes from the coffee beans, not from Chaga. So, the coffee taste will dominate the Chaga taste. You may sense a slight woody/mushroom flavor or none at all. It depends on the coffee and the dryness of the Chaga too. However, I like the earthy taste of Chaga mushroom. If you don’t like it, you can easily hide it with lemon.
Chaga Chai Latte Recipe
One reader wrote us a chai latte recipe. We were no big fans of chai latte but we gave it a try. The taste is like Chai Lattes, but with the -mushroom taste from Chaga that isn’t bad. If you like chai latte, feel free to try it out.
Makes: 1 serving
Time 5-10 minutes
Ingredients: 8 oz of chai tea, 4 oz , 2 teaspoons of Chaga powder, 1 tablespoon of coconut and cinnamon, sugar to taste
- Put everything together in a blender
- Blend until smooth
- ENJOY your Chaga Chai latte HOT or ICED!
Here are some options you can alter – sugar, honey, or maple syrup can all be added to the amount you like best.
Well, Chaga taste is known for its woody-mushroom taste, and as a flavoring in deserts, you would get the same. Therefore it does not necessarily enhance the flavor of every desert. However, you can mix it into good things to make them healthier. Let’s look at these ideas:
A Chaga smoothie can be made from whatever you like. Chaga mushroom doesn’t have to be the leading taste for the recipe, so you can use any main component you like.
If you’re making a Chaga smoothie, sky’s the limit! Feel free to use whatever components you like!
Here is one Chaga smoothie recipe we tested and can recommend.
Makes: 3 servings
Time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients: 1 cup coconut milk, 1 banana, 1 mango, 5 large strawberries, Chaga tincture
- Put fruit and coconut milk in the blender (add ice cubes if you like)
- Blend until smooth
- When nice and smooth, add 15 drops of Chaga tincture and blend.
- ENJOY your Chaga smoothie
We like this one. The Chaga tincture adds a strong flavor and you can play with the dosage. You can always try any other smoothie recipes you like.
If you want, you can also add different seeds.
Chaga Muffin Recipe
You can actually make Chaga muffins too. It’s not hard at all. You can use your own favorite recipe. There are no ingredients in Chaga that would ruin a good muffin taste, so feel free to try your own recipes.
We have tested this Chaga mushroom muffin recipe, and can recommend it:
Makes: 12 muffins
Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour; 3 teaspoons baking powder; ½ teaspoon salt; 1 cup honey; 1 egg; 1 cup of milk; ¼ cup vegetable oil; 6 teaspoons of Chaga extract/tincture.
- Preheat oven to 400o F (or 205o C)
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar
- In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Stir in the milk and oil.
- Pour the liquid into the large bowl (with the flour and other ingredients). Add the Chaga tincture or extract and gently fold the ingredients together with a fork until moistened.
- Pour the batter into paper-lined muffin pan cups.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown
- ENJOY your Chaga muffins!
Chaga Ice Cream – Chocolate recipe
Yes, you can also use Chaga mushroom on ice cream. The great thing about this is that you can turn what is generally not so good for you (but delightfully sinful) into a healthy superfood full of antioxidants. Like always, use your imagination, there’s no right or wrong to make Chaga ice-cream.
Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Ingredients: 3 bananas; 4 oz chocolate; 1 cup cream; 1 teaspoon organic cocoa powder; 2 tsp Chaga extract or tincture.
- Mix everything in a blender until smooth
- If you want a smoother product, add real cream and sugar, and prepare in an ice cream maker.
- ENJOY your Chaga ice-cream!
Feel free to try out your own recipes. It would be a good idea to ask your grandparents how they made ice-cream. The ice-creams then were much better than today. Of course, the milk was richer too.
REFRESHING CHAGA MUSHROOM RECIPES
Sometimes you just want something cool and refreshing on a hot day. There are several recipes that you can combine with Chaga mushroom. Let’s have a look at those Chaga recipes:
Chaga Lemon-Water recipe
The Chaga mushroom Lemon-Water recipe is quite simple but good on a hot day. If you are inviting friends or you are working together outside in the hot sun, have a carafe or pitcher full of lemon-water.
Makes: 5+ servings
Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: 1 lemon, ice cubes, water, Chaga extract.
- Take big pitcher or carafe and fill to ¾ full with water
- Cut the lemon into wedges, put ½ the wedges into the pitcher, and squeeze the juice from the other ½ into the water
- Add Ice cubes.
- Add 5 tablespoons of Chaga tincture or extract and stir.
- ENJOY your Chaga Lemon-Water
As you see, this recipe if very easy. It’s so refreshing on a hot summer day. It takes less time than other Chaga recipes. If you prefer, you can replace the lemon with lime.
Let’s go ahead with Chaga recipes. Now you’ll find one, which contains alcohol.
10. Chaga Cuba-Libre Cocktail Recipe
The Chaga Cuba-libre recipe is one we in Chaga101 invented. in our tincture gives it a nice flavor. So why not make a drink of it? Well, the recipe is simple.
PS! You should not fool yourself into thinking that just because you add Chaga mushroom to your alcohol, you can drink with no consequences. Drink responsibly, and of course, it is not for kids. But if you don’t have a drinking problem, then this is a delicious recipe.
Makes: 1 drink
Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: Rum, Coca-Cola (or other Cola), 1 Lime, Ice cubes
- Squeeze ½ of the lime into the bottom of the glass
- Add 4 tablespoons of Chaga tincture/extract
- Add 2 ounces of rum
- Add cola, stir and add Ice cubes
- ENJOY your Chaga Cuba-Libre!
It’s the first alcohol Chaga recipe online. Yes, the tincture is made of alcohol but you don’t drink the tincture.
The taste of this cocktail in stronger than the ordinary Cuba Libre. The Chaga mushroom gives it a stronger aftertaste and depth. Feel free to experiment with different rums to get most out of this recipe.
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These recipes can anything from super ordinary to super fancy. The sky’s the limit.
Happy Chaga consuming!