Below are our favorite chaga recipes for you to try and enjoy at home.
Before you get started, you will need some chaga. If you plan on buying some chaga, please check out our comprehensive Chaga Buying Guide.
Alternatively, if you plan on harvesting your own, please check out our Chaga Harvest Guide.
1. Simple Chaga Tea
- Chaga chunks
- Maple syrup or Honey
Using Whole Chunks
- Break up the chaga into smaller chunks, roughly 1 inch in size.
- In a 1 liter pot of water, drop in a small handful of chaga chunks and bring to a boil.
- Let the chaga chunks simmer until the water turns a reddish-brown color, or at least an hour to extract more of the bioactive ingredients.
- Strain the tea into a mug and add some maple syrup or honey to taste.
You can reuse the same chaga chunks several times before they start to lose their strength. Simply put them in a mason jar without a lid, and store in the fridge.
If like me, waiting at least an hour is too long for you, follow the steps below for a quicker alternative.
- Grind one, roughly 10g, chaga chunk into powder using a blender or coffee grinder. I like to use my spice & nut grinder.
- Place, at least, one heaped teaspoon (two if you like a stronger tea), into a regular tea infuser. I use my Bodum teapot which has a built-in infuser.
- If using a separate tea infuser, place it into your favorite mug and pour in roughly 400ml of hot water (I set my kettle to 200°F via a preset button). In my case, I pour the hot water into my teapot because it has a built-in infuser.
- Let the Chaga and hot water steep for at least 5 minutes, but the longer the better to extract more of the bioactive ingredients.
- Remove the infuser (or in my case, pour the contents of the pot into a mug) and enjoy.
Remember, you can always add maple syrup or honey to taste.
Please note that the tea made from the two methods above is required for the Latte, Smoothie and Frosty recipes below.
2. Chaga Chai Latte
- In a pan, bring to a boil 1 cup of chaga tea (see Simple Chaga Tea recipe above) with the spices below and simmer for 5 minutes:
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A few green cardamom pods
- A few black peppercorns
- A few cloves
- 1 slice of ginger
- Add half a cup of milk to the pan and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and strain into your favorite mug.
- Add some maple syrup or honey to taste.
3. Chocolate Chaga Smoothie
- Combine the following in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Half a slice of frozen banana
- 1 cup of frozen berries
- 1 cup of cold chaga tea (see Simple Chaga Tea recipe above)
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Optional: A pinch of cinnamon and/or allspice
Pro Tip: Add more chaga tea if the consistency is too thick.
4. Chaga Maple Frosty
- Blend all the ingredients below until creamy and the ice breaks down.
- 1 cup of chilled chaga tea (see Simple Chaga Tea recipe above)
- 1 cup of ice (small cubes)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp crushed almonds or pecans
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional: blueberries, but cut back on the ice
5. Chocolate Chaga Elixir
- Blend all the ingredients below in a high-powered blender until you have a creamy hot drink.
We hope you enjoyed reading through, and hopefully trying, the delicious chaga recipes above.
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