Chaga is consumed most often as a beverage. It is brewed or steeped to release all of its healthy components, so that your body can put them to work. The easiest, and to many people, the most satisfying way to drink Chaga is as a simple warm tea. The taste is earthy, slightly bitter, and there is a hint of vanilla. While many people enjoy these earthy tones that remind them of the birch forests of Chaga’s origin, others do not prefer the bitter notes. Many Chaga drinkers enjoy the tea, but like to look for alternative ideas to add variety to their Chaga routine. Here are some ideas for variations of Chaga tea:
Start with this Chaga Tea Recipe:
To make a Chaga concentrated tea that you can use as the base for many recipes, simply simmer Chaga chunks in a crockpot until they reach a desired concentration. You can simmer these chunks at a steady temperature for as long as 12 hours. The concentrate can then be stored in air tight containers in the refrigerator.
The easiest way to eliminate the slightly bitter taste, bring out the vanilla tones, and make the tea a little richer is to add almond milk and honey. Almond milk will thicken the tea slightly and add a complementary flavor. Honey will sweeten the drink just a bit, without overpowering it. These simple additives can make Chaga even more delicious.
If you crave a more complex drink try a Chaga chai. Chaga blends marvelously with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Try making a Chaga chai by brewing a more concentrated cup of tea along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Then add steamed or frothed almond milk to the concentrated tea. You can try different variations of this tea by using different combinations of spices.
When you are in the mood for a cold drink, Chaga can also be added to smoothies. Chocolate is a nice complementary flavor to Chaga. Chaga HQ suggests this delicious smoothy recipe: Blend ½ of a frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen berries, 1 cup of cold, prepared Chaga tea, and 1 Tbs. of cocoa powder. This smooth and creamy drink would be especially refreshing on a warm day.
You can even bake with Chaga! Chaga 101 suggests baking muffins with Chaga extract. Its flavor impact should be minimal, so you could try it with any muffin recipe you particularly enjoy. They suggest adding 6 teaspoons of tincture or extract. If you want to try a tested and proven recipe first, you can access their Chaga muffin recipe.
Experiment with Chaga Flavors
Don’t be afraid to experiment with Chaga to find a recipe you love. Blend Chaga with coconut milk, sweeten with Stevia or honey, whip it up into a delicious smoothy or freeze into a refreshing icy drink. All you need is prepared Chaga tea and your imagination. Finding ways to include Chaga into your daily routine can mean excellent outcomes for your health.
You don’t have to indulge in sugar filled, highly caffeinated, high fat drinks. Chaga is full of antioxidants, betulinic acid, melatonin, and other healthy compounds that can address ailments and offer preventative health. Keep some Chaga tea on hand all the time so that you can combine it with healthy ingredients and indulge in something that makes you feel great.