For many of us, mornings just wouldn’t be the same without our cup (or two) of coffee. Whether it’s a quick stop at your favorite café or brewing your own at home, this wake-up staple is a favorite among many to get a kick of energy to tackle the day ahead.
So where would mushrooms even come into play here?
What Is Mushroom Coffee?
In a nutshell, it’s a coffee replacement.
If you’re wondering why anyone would even consider such a thing, there’s quite a few reasons people might look to rethink their morning pick-me-up.
Coffee contains high amounts of caffeine, which can interfere with healthy sleep cycles, especially when consumed later in the day. Others may experience the 3 pm “crash” or sensation of losing all the momentum they gained while drinking coffee. Some may even deal with what’s called the “jitters” where you may feel scatter brained or on edge if you’ve had too much of the stimulant.1
Unlike traditional coffee beans, mushrooms don’t provide caffeine for a boost of energy. Instead, adaptogenic mushrooms like reishi and lion’s mane provide whole-body benefits by supporting a healthy response to stress. Reishi mushrooms interact with your adrenal system to help regulate stress hormones, while lion’s mane makes a mighty ally for memory and recall.2,3
If you’re looking for more than caffeine to keep you powered throughout your day, this recipe might be the wake up call you’re looking for.
How to Make Mushroom Coffee
While there are other fantastic fungi that work well in mushroom coffee like chaga or cordyceps, this recipe combines the recall powers from lion’s mane with energy-supporting reishi for a fresh start to your day without the crash later.
Worried about the flavor? Have no fear. We’ve included organic cacao powder, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt to bring a rich, chocolatey flavor without a bitter finish plus a better-for-you vanilla collagen creamer.
If you’re not quite ready to leave caffeine, you can also add black tea like chai as a base for some extra kick while still enjoying the mushroom benefits.
Let’s get brewing!
Brew Time: 5-7 minutes
Yields: 1 (8 oz serving)
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):
- Calories 90
- Fat 5 grams
- Carbs 5 grams
- Sugar 1 gram
- Protein 6 grams
- Your favorite mug
- 8 oz water
- 1 scoop Swanson Organic Reishi Coffee
- 1 tsp Gaia Herbs Mind Spring powder
- ¼ tsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer – Vanilla
- 1 bag of Tulsi Masala chai tea or 1 tsp of 500 mile chai loose leaf tea (optional for added caffeine)
- Bring water to a boil for 2-3 minutes and add to mug
- If adding chai tea for more caffeine, steep for 3 minutes
- Add dry ingredients and stir until dissolved (or use a milk frother to save time)
Feel free to play around with different flavors and ingredients that fit your taste. If you prefer not to use collagen creamer, you can also use oat milk instead or even coconut oil for some added MCTs. Whatever you choose to add to your mug, take note of how you feel throughout the day and see if mushroom coffee is a better alternative for you.
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Your friends at Swanson
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Wolf, L. K. (2013). Caffeine jitters. Chemical Engineering News, 91(5), 9-12.
- Lian-ying L et al. A preliminary review of studies on adaptogens: comparison of their bioactivity in TCM with that of ginseng-like herbs used worldwide. Chin Med. 2018; 13: 57. Published online 2018 Nov 16. doi: 10.1186/s13020-018-0214-9
- Mori, K., Inatomi, S., Ouchi, K., Azumi, Y., & Tuchida, T. (2009, March). Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844328