Chaga Chai Tea Latte

I love coffee. The smell, the ritual, the socialization, and all of the different drinks (make mine a mocha!)... but my body doesn't. 

The caffeine goes straight to my head giving me a headache and not allowing me to sleep. That plus the fact that I found out I was highly allergic to the bean itself, I prefer to limit my consumption. My friends and family appreciate it too. 

I'm not going to tell you to replace your morning coffee with this beverage; however, I will hand it as an option. It's one of my favorite warming drinks, perfect if you can not have coffee, but want something deeply satisfying and nutritious, or if you have a lover who loves coffee and you wish to partake in the morning ritual.

Chaga, a medicinal mushroom grown on birch trees, is seasonal in the fall months and easily stored for months later by drying and grinding into a coarse or fine meal. Immune boosting, an antimicrobial and an antiviral, this mushroom, whether in tea or tincture form, is one to having in your herbal pantry in the colder climates.

If you know a forager or find it at your local farmer's market, that's the best way to grab it. I'm lucky to have a friend who's a forager and will grind a cup or two up for me before leaving in the winter, and a friend who owns her own herbal tea and elixir company which has an incredible tea blend with chaga and chai spices.

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Whichever way you choose to make this, enjoy the warmth! I look forward to having many more coffee erm chai dates with you on this little website in the future!

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1-2 cups brewed chaga tea, warm
1 cup cashew milk, or any milk you prefer
1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 medjool date or 1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional, but nice if you don't have a chai blend
splash of vanilla extract, optional, but nice if you do not have a chai blend

Add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth and frothy.

Be careful when blending warm liquids! Start blending slowly and gradually add speed as warm liquids expand and can burn upon contact.