3 More Ways You Can Use Chaga Powder

Chaga powder is an excellent source of ultra-healthy components that can help you maintain your health and well being. Antioxidants, betulinic acid, and melanin are just of the few beneficial compounds found in Chaga. Many people enjoy beverages, such as tea and smoothies made with Chaga powder.  We included a few of the drink recipes we love when we shared three great ways to use Chaga powder. If you are looking for new and creative ways (that aren’t drinks) to incorporate Chaga into your diet, here are three fresh ideas for you.

1) Chaga Chia Pudding

Chaga is often brewed as a tea, but not everyone loves a hot drink. When you want a healthy treat that is a little more substantial, try this Chia pudding from Sunshine Kate’s. After soaking, chia seeds make a gel like substance that when combined with other ingredients has a texture and flavor very similar to pudding, without any gelatin. You can combine any flavor or spice you enjoy with Chaga powder and chia seeds for a treat that your body will love. Mix the ingredients together and chill for at least an hour. Sunshine Kate’s recommends the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 1 Tbs Chaga powder
  • 4 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg and clove
  • 1 Tbs honey, optional to garnish
  • Garnish with goodies like crystallized ginger, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut flakes

2) Vinaigrettes

Chaga has the slightly earthy, vanilla taste that is an ideal complement for salads. You can mix Chaga into your favorite vinaigrette. Use a blender to get a smoother texture or simply stir it into the recipe. Vinaigrettes can be made from just about any combination of oil and vinegar. Binders such as mustard hold the ingredients together. If you haven’t made your own vinaigrette before, try mixing up this easy recipe:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tbs apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp Chaga powder
  • Diced green onions to taste

3) Chaga Soup

While Chaga makes an excellent tea, it can also make a delicious and unobtrusive soup stock. Healthy Delicious suggests making 4 cups of strong Chaga tea, which can be made by simply stirring ⅓ cup of Chaga powder into 4 cups of warm water. Use this stock as a back drop for other nutritious mushrooms. The following is a mushroom soup recipe from Healthy Delicious:

  • 4 pints of mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee or olive oil
  • 2-3 shallots, chopped
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 cups strongly brewed chaga tea

Sauté mushrooms and herbs, then add Chaga tea and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Garnish with:

  • Thick yogurt
  • Fresh parsley
  • Lemon zest
  • Truffle salt (optional)

 

Find Your Favorite Chaga Recipe

Chaga powder has so many uses beyond just tea. You can easily find new and creative ways to incorporate this superfood into your daily diet. Chaga has so many benefits for your health it is worth finding recipes you love. Then, it becomes simple to enjoy the well being that this amazing mushroom has to offer.