Luscious Reishi Chocolate Milk

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 2 votes

Reishi chocolate milk is rich and sweet with a coconut and raw cacao base. The earthy reishi mushrooms go undetected in this chocolate blend.

An overhead shot of two glasses of reishi chocolate milk set amongst some greenery, a jar of cacao powder, some amethyst crystals, and a small bronze bowl of sea salt.

It’s been a little while since I posted one of these, oops! And juuuust when I managed to get my act together to do one, my desktop computer (with all of my photo editing programs) fizzled out and died. So if the photo here looks different, it’s because I shot it with my normal camera, imported it to my partner’s computer, emailed it to myself, edited it with the VSCO and Afterlight apps on my phone/iPad, re-sized it with another app, emailed it to myself again, and then finally put it here. I know that the image quality isn’t perfect, but I think it’ll do for now/until I get my main computer fixed. You can’t knock the determination!

When we go on our little USA day trips and pop into some of the fancier grocery stores, I always pick up this super rich vegan chocolate milk with reishi mushroom extract. I’m telling you, it tastes like real dairy chocolate milk! Looking at the ingredients, I knew that I could easily do a DIY version. A couple health food stores in my area sell reishi mushroom products now, which is so neat. If you’re interested in the possible benefits, check out this page. Anyway, we’ve got a busy long weekend ahead. Waving from that juicy summer mid-point. It goes by so fast, right?!

The plant-based guide to hot-smoking. Sign. Me. UP!

How to start a cookbook club! So fun. I would totally do this with a bunch of plant-based books.

Truth bombs about dry shampoo and scalp health. Just wash your hair! (but not too much)

It’s not just food waste that’s a problem. Think about the water, land maintenance, labour, and other resources that go to waste in the process. The demand for “perfect” fruit and vegetables puts major retailers in a powerful and dangerous position.

A familiar strategy for helping shelter dogs get over their anxiousness :)

So, is red wine actually better for you? This series on Food & Wine features great illustrations from my cousin!

Resilience is about how hard you re-charge. “…rest and recovery are not the same thing. Stopping does not equal recovering.”

What do black holes sound like?

A little spirituality for your summer reading list. Then a little bit of business/career inspiration too. I just finished WELLTH by Jason Wachob, and it was a nice, light and basic read.

I hope that this coffee cup concept takes off. Plus a documentary with Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall could never be bad. Side note: River Cottage Veg is still one of my favourite cookbooks.

Every outfit from Sex and the City. Yesssss!

Luscious Reishi Chocolate Milk

Reishi chocolate milk is rich and sweet with a coconut and raw cacao base. The earthy reishi mushrooms go undetected in this chocolate blend.
5 from 2 votes
luscious reishi chocolate milk - The First Mess
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 ½ tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon reishi mushroom powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup water



  • This recipe originally calls for reishi mushroom powder, but I love using the reishi tincture from Rainbo Mushrooms these days. 


  • Combine the cacao, salt, reishi powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, and water in an upright blender. Blend the mixture on high speed for at least a full minute. Serve the reishi chocolate milk as-is or over ice.

30/07/2016 (Last Updated 07/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, coconut milk, creamy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, oil free, refined sugar-free, snack, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Laura

    5 stars
    Super tasty! A must try!

  • Marta Kulesza

    Let me just say your food photography makes me drool. I hate when technology fails on us. It happened to me a few times too. Kudos to you for still pulling it off though! :)

  • Terri

    Thank you for replying laura, I can’t wait to make it.

  • Terri

    Hi laura. Which reishi powder did you use for this. Thanks.

  • Anna

    This looks so yummy! I always think of sweet drinks for breakfast, I love this idea of having milk. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    The first thing I saw when I came to this post was the photo, and I was thinking that it’s one of my favorite shots of yours in the entire blog. So I was insanely surprised to read that you edited it on your iPhone/iPad! You’d never guess that it wasn’t professionally done! Just stunning, Laura <3

  • Sherry

    Laura, thank you for this post: I love the timing! I just ordered some reishi (after reading about its benefits on –– but it’s in extract form (from Giddy Yoyo!) rather than powder. Have you tried extract? I wonder how much I would use to try your recipe, which must be just delish!

    I think your photo looks lovely! Thanks as always for the visual feast.

    • Laura

      Thanks so much for this comment, Sherry! Going to order some of this extract soon because I’m a huge fan of Giddy Yoyo :) Their recommended dosage on the site is 1/2 a dropper, so I’d probably use that (or a little less) for this drink.

  • jon

    Oh I haven’t had reishi in a while I will have to get some and give this recipe a go. Looks delicious!

  • Claudia

    Reishi is a great adaptogen and very good for you.
    Not a huge fan of the EO article, there is no mentioning (or i missed it) that they should never be used neat on the skin (without carrier oil) but always diluted. Same with using them in a bath! Oil and water don’t mix, therefore if you just put a few drops in bathwater they will float on top and depended on the oil, you could get a lot of oil directly on your skin. dilute in carrier oil or salts before adding them to the water!
    Not sure what is going on right now but my 6 year old LED TV suddenly went white yesterday, I don’t even watch much TV! grumble…

  • Tuulia Talvio

    Yay for Four Sigma Foods Reishi! It’s Finnish and it’s super good! :) And I love the photo, really. Isn’t it weird that usually the photos we ourselves think are really off, are actually the ones that are super pretty? Anyways, thanks for the inspiring reads, as always! xo

  • Jodi

    This is one awesome list, Laura. And the fact that there was a little mention of River Cottage Veg totally made my day. I almost forgot about that book entirely. It’s a classic. The computer-app-editing-emailing saga made me smile – seems so silly but it’s so true. Hope you had a good long weekend – long live rosé. x

  • Celeste | The Whole Serving

    Looks amazing and I must try the mushroom powder. I’ve seen it but never have given it a try, maybe time to change that.
    Thanks for this lovely recipe.

  • Chelsey @ Chelsey Crafts

    Loved that article on resilience and recharging!

  • renee (will frolic for food)

    love the purple plant + amethyst + purple tones in this photo! i couldn’t even tell it was “lower quality” it looks great. i’ve been SUPER into reishi lately and you know i love rebbl choco reishi milk! my local whole foods stopped carrying it, bummer, so now i guess ill just have to make your version! love your links, as always. that SINC instagram… lol thanks for that I’m loving it!

  • Dawn

    Love the idea of a cookbook club and the Wellth book sounds like something I would read. Lovely photo (as always)!

  • Ashlae

    Loving this dreamy concoction. babe. And YES TO JUST WASHING YOUR DANG HAIR. I’m patiently waiting for the dry shampoo phase to pass.

  • Stephanie Park

    Ah this looks beautiful and delicious! I tried a reishi drink when I went down to Tulum earlier this summer and loved it. Definitely going to be trying this xoxo

  • Pia

    Like most, I have never heard of resishi before, but it sure sounds interesting. Does it taste like anything too, though, or did you simply add it give this beverage a nutritional boost?
    Also, that’s a great bunch of links you’ve provided us with this weekend, so thank you!

    • Laura

      Hi Pia!
      Reishi is a mushroom, so it’s definitely earthy, but not definitively savoury or anything. A lot of people drink it whisked with hot water as a coffee replacement. I just like the effect it has combined with the light caffeine buzz of cacao.

  • valentina | sweet kabocha

    Omg this photo is gorgeous! Anyway, I know the healing benefits of reishi but I’ve never tried it. It’s time to!
    xo have a wonderful weekend

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation

    I have a thing for Hugh and his book IS my all time fav. Like, ever!
    Thanks for this awesome list.