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I do love a nice cup of warm coffee in the morning, but I don’t want to be addicted to it. But I never thought it was possible to find a coffee substitute that would actually taste good AND be healthy.
The non-search for the perfect substitute for coffee
While I was not actively searching for a coffee substitute, because I didn’t even think that was possible to exist, The Universe got in charge and introduced me to Nabalo‘s Instagram account. Soon after I won a giveaway she was promoting, and got sent home a bag of chaga mushrooms, an immune-boosting superfood, I had never heard about before.
Chaga mushrooms were unknown to me until then, but I was apparently missing out on something grand here. Some of the said benefits of this kind of mushrooms are:
And it is often used as coffee substitute! Bingo!
On my explorations of how coffee can be taken in a more healthy way, I got across the Bulletproof coffee, which claims (is proven?) to enhance your brain function by adding a small amount of fat (grass-fed cows butter originally – but I believe vegan will do fine- and coconut oil or brain octane oil) to your coffee. Some of the benefits of the traditional bulletproof coffee are (according to the inventor of the recipe, David Asprey):
Combining the bulletproof coffee with the Chaga mushroom, we have a great coffee substitute and my most recent favorite morning drink: The Chaga Bulletproof Coffee!
Here are all the ingredients:
1,5 tsp of Chaga powder (or the equivalent in mushroom chunks)
1 tsp of organic grass-fed cow’s butter
1 tsp of coconut oil (or brain octane oil)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of vanilla (I’m using bourbon vanilla powder)
Nut milk of choice
1 or 2 fresh dates to sweeten
Chaga Coffee Alternative Recipe
How to make it – 3 simple steps
Step 1. Boil the Chaga for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
(Some people say that you can boil them for two hours, but since I don’t want my morning coffee to take 2 hours to makes, I cook them just for 15 minutes and reuse them for a couple of times.)
Step 2. After that time, I add a little bit of the Oatly milk for coffee to warm it up.
(This is not an ad to Oatly, I just really like their stuff!) Then join all the ingredients in your smoothy maker and let it blend for at least 20- 30 seconds.
Step 3. Use a drainer to retain any small pieces of the Chaga and dates and enjoy this deliciously creamy and healthy alternative to coffee!
If you don’t have any Chaga mushrooms, you can also try everything with regular coffee instead, and feel the difference between everyday coffee and this superfood version.