Brain Stimulating Mushroom Drink Recipe
In this NB we are highlighting the fantastic qualities of fungi… Did you know humans are more closely related to the mushroom kingdom than the animal or plant kingdom?? If not, read on…
And enjoy the fab, brain-stimulating recipe we’re sharing with you that comes from the stellar Ocean Robbins and his collection of 20 recipes called “Mouthwatering Mushrooms”.
Mushrooms have been valued and used as food and medicine all around the world and across cultures for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians considered mushrooms to be plants of immortality and recognized them as a gift from the god Osiris.
They valued mushrooms so highly that only the royals were allowed to consume them — commoners were forbidden to touch, much less eat them. Mushrooms have also been widely used in Chinese medicine, showing up in one of the earliest and most important books in the discipline, The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica (a translation of the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing).
Although mushrooms are now one of the most widely available and popular plant foods, technically, they’re not plants at all. Mushrooms are fungi — and fungi are part of their own kingdom, just like plants and animals. As such, mushrooms are in a league of their own, especially when it comes to their health benefits.
Perhaps surprisingly, humans are more closely related to fungi than any other kingdom. Some of the essential molecules in mushrooms have been present in the human diet for so long that our bodies now depend on them — which could be part of the reason why they’re so good for us.
With that in mind, here’s the recipe we promised:
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Looking for a warm, soothing, and calming beverage that will also stimulate your mind and support your brain?
Mind Milk contains plant-based ingredients that have been shown to support brain health, including the ability to improve memory, boost mood, and support cognition.
Ginger, matcha green tea (optional and fine to omit if you prefer caffeine-free), turmeric, cinnamon, and lion’s mane powdered mushroom come together to support your mind while awakening your taste buds and comforting your body.
16 ounces plant-based milk, unsweetened
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon matcha powder, (optional) see Chef’s Notes
1 teaspoon lion’s mane powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
2 dashes ground black pepper
2 pinches ground clove
2 dashes ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons tahini (optional) see Chef’s Notes
1. Add the plant-based milk, ground turmeric, matcha powder, if using, lion’s mane powder, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground black pepper, ground clove, and ground nutmeg to a small stovetop pot. Heat on medium heat until hot and steaming (but don’t let it scorch or boil), whisking continuously until all of the powders completely dissolve (about 1–2 minutes).
2. Once the milk is heated through, taste and adjust for additional ingredients. Consider adding 2 teaspoons of tahini for a nutty flavor and creamier texture.
Whisk again if adding, until the tahini is dissolved.
3. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
Chef’s Notes & Substitutions:
Use whole cinnamon, clove, ginger, and turmeric, instead of ground, by simmering them in the plant-based milk for about ten minutes and straining them out when serving.
Use almond butter or another nut or seed butter in place of the tahini. They’ll make the drink a little creamier and add a bit of natural sweetness without sugar.
If you don’t have access to tahini, this milk is still delicious. The tahini offers a nutty flavor and creamier texture. You could also try the milk first without the tahini to see if you enjoy it that way then try it with the tahini to see which you enjoy more.
Matcha tea contains compounds that may promote brain health, including caffeine. If you’d like to make this an evening beverage, or if you’re caffeine-sensitive, consider omitting the matcha. The lion’s mane, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon still offer lots of brain benefits!
Make it creamier
Unsweetened organic soy milk will result in the creamiest consistency among the most common kinds of plant milk.
Consider using four ounces of BPA-free canned light coconut milk in place of four ounces of the other plantbased milk.
Add some sweetness
The tahini gives this a little natural sweetness. If you’d like a bit more, add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup or date paste.
If you have a blender handy, you could add one or two dates and blend well for some natural sweetness. This will also ensure that the spices are well blended with the milk.
Store leftovers in an airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
You can get Ocean’s 20 mushroom recipes at no cost when you sign up to watch the free screening of the truly wonderful movie, Fantastic Fungi.
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When you download your copy of the recipe book you’ll get more amazing recipes, like…
Air Fryer Stuffed Morels…
Lion’s Mane Cakes…
Walnut and Lentil Stuffed Mushrooms…
The movie itself is really worth watching because as you’ll see, mushrooms really could be the key to healing the planet.
And remember the magnificent bio-network that was in the movie Avatar… Apparently that isn’t all fiction?? Whoa. The trailer actually gave me goose-bumps!
Let us know what you think of the recipe collection and movie!
The VegHealth Team