Reishi, one of the most popular adaptogenic or "functional mushrooms" has been used as a natural plant medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries. And also in the Western world, people have use adaptogenic mushrooms to strengthen their immune system or simply find a cheap coffee replacement (which apparently happened in Finnland during World War Two).
I've been experimenting with adaptogenic mushrooms for quite some time with great excitement. Apart from the healing benefits, functional mushrooms, such as Reishi, add an amazing flavor to many cream desserts and harmonize wonderful with chocolate. One of my latest discoveries is the combination of Reishi, Coconut and Chestnut. I promise, you will love this adaptogenic dessert cream which I share with you in the following.
All you need is a high-powered blender, such as this economic version I love from Ninja or the classic high-powered blender from Vitamix, organic mushroom powder and a few other basic ingredients which I listed in the ingredient list below.
My "Go-To shops" for natural & reliable functional mushroom powder are Sunday Natural and Terra Elements. I used this Reishi powder for this recipe.
The (dessert) sky is the limit! :) You can use this adaptogenic Reishi-Chestnut cream for pretty much every dessert. It works as a cake filling, as a waffle topping or, as you can see in the example below, as a morning breakfast cream in which I replaced the classic pancake with a deliciously healthy roasted sweet potato.
If you choose to use the cream as a filling, make sure to follow the notes on additional coconut cream below. The cream by itself is pretty solid, especially after cooled in the fridge. To liquidize it, I suggest to mix it up with additional coconut cream before serving.
Fascinated by the world of adaptogenic mushrooms, I wrote a few super interesting articles covering everything I learned about the natural plant medicine. If you're as curious as I was when I took a deep dive into the world of functional mushrooms, I recommend my adaptogenic mushroom 101 article which covers pretty much everything from the definition of adaptogens to the unique differences between adaptogenic, culinary and psychedelic mushrooms. More details on how to integrate the superfood into your diet, can be found in this article. Here I explain how to use Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lion's Mane on a daily basis.
I hope you enjoy your this creamy adaptogenic mushroom dessert with Reishi and Chestnut as much as I did when I tried it for the first time. Like always, I would love to see your delicious result and repost it on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to the recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form.
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