Chaga Chai Latte (paleo, keto, & vegan options)Originally published on May, 14th 2018. Last updated on April 28th, 2021 Skip to Recipe
One of my favorite go-to drinks for getting my medicinal mushrooms, is to make myself a chaga chai latte. This latte provides a wonderful source of medicinal mushrooms that tastes amazing, warms the soul, and is an absolute joy to drink. The best part? Whatever lifestyle you choose, vegan, keto or paleo, all of the options are equally as enjoyable!
Before we dive into the magic of this chaga chai latte, I have to give credit to my friend Christy who deeply inspired me to create this recipe. Christy runs a local, small, hand-crafted kombucha company called Bless∙ed Booch here in Laguna Beach, CA. She creates a Chaga Chai Kombucha flavor that, when I tried it, I fell in love with it. I was instantly inspired to develop a warming adaptogenic latte that highlighted the complementing and magical flavor notes of chaga and chai.
Chaga and Chai, Two Magical Ingredients!
So what makes this chaga chai so magical? The main ingredients themselves! Let’s start with the complementary flavor notes. The chaga has a subtle earthy taste, think like nuts. The chai on the other hand is vibrant and full of spice. Combined they make a soothing, nourishing latte.
But that’s not even the best part! You get a warming soothing latte with all of the medicinal values of the chaga mushroom and the warning properties of the chai tea. According to WebMD, chaga contains “Beta-D-glucans”, which “balance your immune system. This means that they can stimulate your immune system when you need a boost and down regulate it when it is overactive.” With the delicious flavor notes and healing properties, you can start to see why I love this chaga chai so much!
When is the best time to enjoy a Chaga Chai Latte?
Honestly, you can enjoy a chaga chai latte at any time. I personally enjoy drinking the latte in the morning instead of coffee. I personally don’t even drink coffee, but my partner does. Making this chaga chai latte allows us to connect during a morning ritual and warm drink.
I’ve also enjoyed sipping on a chaga chai latte in the afternoon. Sometimes you just need a warm, sweet pick me up. If it’s raining out, I enjoy having a warm drink and listening to the rain. It’s quite relaxing! Since there is no caffeine in some herbal chai blends, you can make this cup whenever.
The Soul of the Latte
The chaga and chai spice are the most pronounced ingredients in the chaga chai latte. However, all of the other ingredients are delicious as well! By default, I only use plant based milks. However I do add collagen peptides, so if you are following a vegan lifestyle, make sure you use vegan collagen peptides.
To thicken up the drink I add a little bit of coconut butter. This gives a subtle hint of sweetness and really makes the latte creamy. I then sweeten my chaga chai latte. If you are paleo, maple syrup is the preferred sweetener. Keto friendly folks will prefer stevia or raw monk fruit.
A Little More About the Chaga Mushroom
The health benefits of Chaga Mushroom are literally unmatched. Some say, that the Reishi mushroom is the queen of mushrooms. That leaves chaga as the king. Chaga is a regenerator, and helps to soothe inflammation in the body while balancing the immune system. Those who experience a high level of stress can benefit from it’s anti-stress properties as well.
Responsibly sourcing your Chaga Mushroom
Because of chaga’s highly sought after healing properties, it’s important to ethically and responsibly source your chaga. When we consume and forage plants from the forest, it is our responsibility to also make sure that we harvest, and consume responsibly. That means never taking more than needed and never harming other plants in the area.
Wild-harvested and foraged Chaga Mushroom is currently on the endangered list. So please when you are purchasing your chaga, make sure that the brand grows and sources sustainably. I trust and source my Chaga mushroom (or any mushrooms such as Reishi) from Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs follows the most sustainable practices and sells only the highest quality ingredients.