Carob Chaga Latte / by Shelby Stewart

Carob Chaga Latte

Why you should drink this:

Carob is an evergreen flowering shrub belonging to the pea family and can be found in heath food stores in the form of a powder or small chips. It is often used as a substitute for chocolate as it has a similar flavour and is naturally sweet! Unlike chocolate it contains no caffeine so it can be consumed morning or night. The tannins in carob contain gallic acid which is ananalgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic. Carob aids digestion, lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps keep your bones strong with it’s high levels of phosphorus and calcium.

Chaga is a type of mushroom that grows on birch trees and is quickly becoming recognised as one of the world’s superfood leaders. It has the highest level of antioxidants of any food which is important for counteracting free radical damage.It is also an excellent source for vitamin D, vitamin K, multiple B vitamins, and minerals like iron, calcium, copper and zinc. Its various other constituents include betulin and betulinic acid, responsible for much of its positive effects, as well as flavonoids, polysaccharides and other phytonutrients. Consuming chaga will help keep your immune system strong, keep your skin healthy, alleviate stress as well as aid liver function and cardiovascular health. You can find chaga at any heath food store.

Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is a particularly unique oil. It does not contain any omega 6’s and is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’S) which are special short chain fatty acids that doesn’t require bile salts for digestion.They diffuse passively from the intestines into the blood and do not require modification before being used as energy for your cells. Because of this consuming the oil is said to help your body burn fat. In addition, it has many antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties and is high in copper iron and selenium which are minerals important for a fast metabolism!

What you need: serves 1

- 1 heaping tbsp Carob
- 1-2 tsp chaga

- 1 tbsp coconut or MCT oil
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 ½ cup milk of choice (see post on how to make your own almond milk)
Stevia, maple syrup or honey to taste
- blender/vitamix/magic bullet

What to do:

- In a mug or small measuring cup combine chaga and carob
- Pour hot water cover mixture and stir until well combined, making a thin paste
- Heat your milk in a pot with the coconut oil until mixture is just too touch
- Pour all ingredients into your blender including your sweetener and blend for 30 seconds until frothy

Note: It is important to consume chaga mushrooms hot in order to receive all of their benefits :)

Recipe by the lovely Jamie Owen, she is constantly mixing up healthy & delicious things so make sure you get around to following her on instagram. 
Photos by Shelby Stewart