When it comes to edible mushrooms, we think most are pretty magical. That said, there are some mushrooms that really soar above the rest when it comes to health benefits. In honor of Day of the Mushroom, we’re celebrating functional (aka medicinal) mushrooms.
This is a class of mushroom known for their adaptogenic qualities — that is, their ability to increase the body’s resistance to stress. On top of that, they can also optimize other physiological systems in the body. Depending on the mushroom they’ve been shown to promote immunity and relaxation, enhance cognitive function and energy, and more.
Functional mushrooms are becoming more and more available in ready-to-use tinctures and powders. We’re partial to the latter because powders can easily be added to food. Many mix them into their morning coffee, but why stop there? The convenience of having mushrooms as a powder means they’re super easy to add to just about any recipe. So why not elevate your breakfasts and supercharge those baked goods? We’ve got all the recipe inspo you need right here.
We’re sharing 14 recipes that incorporate our favourite functional mushrooms. All of them sweet, nourishing, and oh-so indulgent you won’t even believe you’re eating mushrooms.
You’re one bite away from pure bliss.
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These are the epitome of “donut worry, be happy.”
(Photo from Seasons Healings)
Nut butter, chocolate and reishi have given ménage à trois a whole new meaning.
(Photo from Natural and Nurtured)
One word of advice? Enjoy this immediately.
(Photo by Laura Wright)
immunity support, antioxidant, adaptogenic
The perfect blend of chocolate, chaga, and chewy cookie perfection.
(Photo from Living Minnaly)
Chaga turns this sweet treat into an immune boosting breakfast!
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Double the chocolate, double the goodness.
(Photo from Whole Hearted Eats)
cognitive support, adaptogenic
Pro Tip: For an extra brain boost, add some lion’s mane to these matcha fueled bites.
(Photo by Jass Stupak)
Trust us, this mushroom likes white chocolate just as much as you do.
(Photo from The Joya Life)
Add a scoop of lion’s mane for some mushroom-espresso double focus action!
(Photo from The Joya Life)
energy support, adaptogenic
All the energy of a caffeine buzz — without the caffeine.
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Just 1 tablespoon of cordyceps powder is all you need to turn these into the ultimate flower power pre-workout snack!
(Photo by Natalia Vanthienen)
Pick Your ‘Shroom
Who knew mushrooms could hide in such a velvety bowl of chocolate?
(Photo from Golubka Kitchen)
Mushrooms are life changing in every recipe, and this latte is no exception.