Magic Mushroom Mocha Frap - The First Mess (vegan)pin it!

NOTE: “magic” mushroom is the operative/catchy title for this recipe. While I think the flavour and combo here IS magical, I use medicinal/non-hallucinogenic mushrooms here :)

Hey it’s been a little while! I thought I’d casually pop in with a happy hour post. We have a holiday weekend over here and some very chill plans in place. My man did a boys trip camping thing last night, so Cleo and I relaxed big time. We’re having friends over for grilled pizza and a large communal s’mores cookie tonight (gonna work from this recipe). I think we’re going to the drive-in on Sunday night, and I’ll probably give in to a bit of work on Monday, but not before hitting up the pool at my parents’ place. How about you guys? Jam-packed or relaxed and restorative vibes this weekend?

While it’s fresh in my mind, I have to say thank you for all the support with my events in California last week. It was so great to connect with a bunch of people, to eat and drink all the good things, to celebrate my cookbook, to be reunited with Jess, Lily, Erin, Haley & Alana, and to finally meet Adrianna, Billy, Julie, Sara & Michelle. Ever-grateful for all the goodness that this life keeps having in store for me. Also, Mark and I squeezed in a trip to Disneyland, so I’m thankful for that too. Extra love to Moon Juice, Botanica, and Goop HQ for hosting us. I made a janky little grid of pics from my phone below if you want to catch some peeks of what went down ;)

Today’s recipe is a mash-up of a decadent mocha frap, but with the calm sensibility of medicinal mushrooms, lush and lovely coconut whip, and an herbal coffee variation if you don’t eff with caffeine. I post my wild and wonderful potions with superfoods, herbs, adaptogens, and medicinal mushrooms on Instagram stories a lot, and I tend to get some questions about the effects of it all. I’m not comfortable saying anything definitive outside of recommending that you do your own research, and that you’ll probably notice the greatest benefit with small doses over a long period of time.

For me, medicinal mushrooms have brought a new level of mental stamina to my everyday life. I’m pretty scattered/always jumping from one thing to the next. Mushrooms help to bring the focus in my day-to-day, and I find that my interactions with others are richer and more clear-eyed as a result. Everyone is different though! I source my powdered chaga, reishi, and cordyceps from Moon Juice.

Since this is the TFM happy hour, I’ve got a few links for things I’m into lately. Enjoy! Much summer love to you all.

In my summer book bag right now: Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington, The Strays by Emily Bitto, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I’ve just finished: The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry, Invincible Living by Guru Jagat, and The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. I also have Elemental Energy on my coffee table.

This thermal spring water spray by Avène. So nice to have in a beach bag for a hydrating and refreshing spritz. This brand in general has been a lifesaver for my sensitive skin. After Christmas last year, I broke out in this strange and annoying rash (TMI?), and the only thing that brought me back was their oil-based soap and lipid replenishing cream.

I watched the documentary A Plastic Ocean on Netflix a few weeks ago and it moved me to tears. What we do to this planet, we do to ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and forever on. We don’t have several lifetimes to figure this out. The time to act and lessen our footprint is right this second. Once you’re done watching it, some tips from mindbodygreen for getting started with a plastic-free/reduced plastic life may be a helpful next step.

25 years later and A League of Their Own is, to me, still the best sports movie ever made. “Most sports movies featuring men include some love interest to fill the token female role; A League of Their Own doesn’t operate with this constraint.”

This Golda Topanga Love Atmosphere Mist with hiba wood oil is so enchanting. I picked it up at this little shop in Venice last week. It’s also an excellent natural bug repellant, which is key for those evening porch hangs.

The Anti-Inflammatory Cheat Sheet.

I really loved this conversation between Jess and Julie Piatt on The One Part Podcast. Julie’s podcast, Divine Throughline, is also an incredible, loving, and heartfelt spiritual lift.

POPSICLE WEEK! I want these vegan banana pudding ones so bad.

If you read or check out ONE thing that I’ve linked to today, make it this piece from The Numinous on healthcare vs. the elitism of the wellness industry. “…the time is surely NOW to dedicate more of our precious life force energy to figuring out ways to make the conversation about wellness more accessible to all.”

One more thing! Next week, on the evening of July 5th, I’m participating in a discussion panel after a screening of Dream, Girl, an inspiring film about female entrepreneurs and the next wave of leadership. This event will be held at Warehouse in downtown St. Catharines. Tickets are $15 and can be found HERE or via the Facebook event page HERE.

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NOTES: You can use a combination of whatever mushroom powders you like, but be advised that a higher quantity of chaga powder can be quite bitter. You could go ultra decadent on this and use full fat coconut milk too! You could also totally do this without the ‘shrooms :D

1 teaspoon mushroom powder of choice (reishi, chaga, cordyceps, or a mix)
2 teaspoons cacao powder
½ teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract/powder
¼ cup cold brewed coffee (or cooled herbal coffee substitute, such as this one by Mountain Rose Herbs)
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 pitted Medjool dates (or 3 Deglet Noors)
1 cup ice cubes
dollop of coconut cream (from the top of a full fat can of coconut milk)

In an upright blender, combine the mushroom powder, cacao powder, mesquite powder, vanilla, coffee, almond milk, dates, and ice. Blend on high until frothy and combined. Serve with a dollop of coconut cream on top, if desired.

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  • suzanne01/07/2017 - 8:50 am

    love your book, bought it even though I own hundreds already. thanks for the creativity and thoughtfulness.just want to mention that Mountain Rose Herbs is a great resource for mushrooms and other adaptogens as well as spices and their essential oils and hydrosols are fantastic as well.ReplyCancel

    • Laura01/07/2017 - 10:05 am

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I recently got to try a bunch of goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs, and saw that their mushroom selection was robust. I’m pretty stocked up with Moon Juice ones for now, but next time I’m out, I’m going to try MRH. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Valentina | The Blue Bride01/07/2017 - 9:55 am

    How many interesting links! The Plant Paradox could be my next purchase, it sounds perfect for me right now.
    Anyway, I have been having mushroom powder in my wish list for months now, it’s time I finally buy some! I see that you use a lot of powders from Moon Juice : would you recommend their (Cordyceps/Reishi/Chaga) or some other brand? Thanks ^_^ReplyCancel

    • Laura01/07/2017 - 10:08 am

      Hi Valentina! It really is an interesting read. I kind of took bits and pieces from it, rather than adopting his program as a whole. The reishi powder is my personal favourite for sure, so I would recommend that as a great entry point. I have heard that both Mountain Rose Herbs and Sun Potion are also great mushroom sources. And Four Sigmatic does some great blended mushroom products for beginners. Hope this helps :)

  • Ashley01/07/2017 - 10:27 am

    Medicinal mushrooms are NOT magic mushrooms…you may want to change your title for this post, unless you want people to be expecting hallucinogenic psilocybins! A little different ;)ReplyCancel

  • Diana01/07/2017 - 10:59 am

    I bought my first adaptogen mushroom blend to use in your hot cocoa recipe, and I’ve been loving it ever since! Trying this asap!
    I’ve been using a blend from Wild Rose, a brand which I can find easily at my local health food store here in Canada.
    Cheers for the long weekend and Happy Canada Day!!ReplyCancel

  • Billy01/07/2017 - 11:29 am

    xoxo, thumb sauceReplyCancel

  • Erin02/07/2017 - 10:01 am

    This mushroom frap sounds amazing, definitely will be trying it soon! My fave mushrooms to use are cordyceps, reishi and chaga, and I’m a hug fan of either Sun Potion or Four Sigmatic – they both have super high standards for what they use and how they process. Will need to try Moon Juice ones soon though to see how they compare!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker03/07/2017 - 9:56 am

    Ahh girlfriend you are TOO kind for including my link to that cookie! It’s probs one of my favorites, so enjoy! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder07/07/2017 - 1:12 pm

    Yay! Welcome back lady :). So sad I couldn’t make the drive up when you were here in CA, but loved following along and seeing all of the fun you were having! Hope you’re enjoying all the summer beauty in your neck of the woods so far. I swoon every time you show a snap of your luscious porch hang scenes. Also, this drink looks so dreamy! xxReplyCancel

  • Sophia08/07/2017 - 11:32 am

    OMG that looks so yummy and the shrooms are on my want-to-try-list for quite a long time now. Time to get them! When you’re saying you recommend small doses over a longer period, for how long have you been taking them until you could say that you noticed a difference? And do you take them daily? Sorry, I’m one of those who need to know everything before even trying it herself :D
    I loved your Podcast with Jessica Murnane and it’s so cool that you recommend environmental related documentaries, thanks so much for sharing and for being such an authentic inspiration. I have to leave more comments instead of just cooking your recipes all the time :DReplyCancel

    • Laura11/07/2017 - 7:44 pm

      Hi Sophia!
      Thank you so much for this comment. I’ve been taking mushroom powders (along with a few other herbs/powders) for 8-ish months now I think? I take some form of mushroom almost daily and I really tapped into the effects about 3 months in. I think it’s great that you want to know every possible aspect before you jump in! As you read more, you might be able to reason which types are a better fit for you and your life, which will make for a much more exciting/positive experience in the end. All the best on your mushroom journey ;)

  • Yael Tamar11/07/2017 - 9:50 am

    Awesome recipes in your cookbook. And this one is wonderful i never used Mushroom so far in these kind. Definitely will give a tryReplyCancel

  • Sherry13/07/2017 - 11:22 pm

    Oh thanks for this, Laura –– I made a slight variation (sans coconut cream) and it was delish! I did want to ask you just a bit about the shrooms: I noticed that here and in your previous adaptogenic hot cocoa you used powders; I have been using extracts/tinctures –– do you know if there’s a real difference (or maybe more to the point, what’s significant about the difference)? I’ve been wondering! I put some of Giddy Yoyo’s reishi extract in this bevvy… thanks for any thoughts you might have! I assume you have chosen powders over extracts deliberately and am curious as to why.ReplyCancel

    • Laura25/07/2017 - 1:53 pm

      Hey Sherry,
      I’m honestly not sure on the difference between tinctures/extracts and powders in terms of potency or effectiveness. I only gravitated to powders because they were the first form of medicinal mushrooms available to me, and I’ve kept at it in this form ever since. If I try the tinctures and enjoy them, I’ll definitely discuss it here in the future.

  • Dana28/04/2018 - 10:32 am

    I always like to leave a comment on recipes I’ve made and loved, so here I am! I’ve made this several times and it is such a TREAT!! Thank you for the feel good beverage!ReplyCancel

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