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Mushroom Dirty Chai Recipe (Recipe by Iris Suurland)

Level:EasyTime:10 mins

Description

Who said spiced chai is reserved only for fall? As I work on my tan under the warm sun, let's embark on a flavorful adventure that combines the cozy notes of chai spices, the boldness of coffee, and the nourishing power of mushrooms - introducing the mushroom dirty chai. This elixir is a fusion of beautiful flavors, suitable for every season, and crafted to awaken your senses and nourish your body.

Before we delve into this recipe, let's pay homage to the allure of chai spice - a timeless blend that has delighted tea enthusiasts for centuries. Traditionally composed of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black pepper, chai spice dances on the taste buds with its aromatic and warming notes. Beyond its irresistible flavors, chai spice brings a host of health benefits, including improved digestion, anti-inflammatory properties, and antioxidant support.

Now, brace yourself for a delightful fusion that combines the essence of chai with the captivating power of mushrooms. I use mason’s mushroom blend because the more mushrooms the better and this one has eight of my faves. And let's not forget our favorite bean, Coffea arabica, which turns this concoction into pure magic. The boldness of coffee, the earthiness of mushrooms, and the spiciness of chai.

For me, blending chai spices and mushrooms is more than just a culinary experiment; it's an intimate connection to the wisdom of ancient rituals that have withstood the test of time. As I brew my drink, I can't help but feel a profound sense of reverence for the centuries-old traditions that have cherished these ingredients.

The aromatic chai spices, evoke images of distant lands and age-old ceremonies, where these fragrant spices were celebrated for their alluring flavors and medicinal properties. As I sip the spiced elixir, I feel as though I am participating in an ancient rite, passed down through generations, connecting me to the shared experiences of those who came before.

The inclusion of mushrooms in this blend adds another layer of significance to the ritual for me. Mushrooms have been revered in diverse cultures for their healing and adaptogenic powers, treasured by wise healers and medicine practitioners throughout history. Incorporating mushrooms into my daily routine feels like a harmonious union with the past, embracing the natural bounty of the earth in a cup.

I am reminded of the interconnectedness of humanity, how across continents and centuries, we have found solace and comfort in the same simple pleasures.

 

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Ingredients

Core Ingredients

Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed coffee (or double shot espresso)
  • 1/2 cup milk (or plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice blend (store-bought or homemade)
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, a sprinkle of chai spice

Method

Step 1

In a saucepan, combine the brewed coffee, mushroom powder, almond milk, and maple syrup.

Step 2

Stir in the chai spice blend and heat the mixture over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature.

Step 3

Blend in a high speed blender and pour into your favorite mug.

Step 4

Top with optional whipped cream, or a sprinkle of chai spice.

Step 5

Sip and savor the flavorful and nourishing experience.
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