If you love the rich, creamy experience of drinking a latte but want a healthier option with an added, vitality-boosting bang for your buck, our latte range is for you.
By the way, while the word ‘latte’ may make you think our recipes contain coffee and dairy, they don’t: we use coconut milk powder to make our lattes deliciously creamy and naturally energising superfoods for an energy boost, including Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chaga, green tea, turmeric and cacao.
What is a Mushroom Latte?
A mushroom latte is thick and creamy, just like a regular latte – but it has added benefits thanks to a synergistic blend of superfood ingredients. These foods are packed with nutrients that are believed to have specific health benefits.
At Cheerful Buddha, we focus on the nutritional value and lesser-known additional benefits of adaptogenic mushrooms. All our latte recipes champion these small but mighty superfoods, giving you a choice of latte blends without guilt.
Read on to discover more about the ingredients we’ve included in our potent superfood lattes.
A Colourful Attraction
Our lattes don’t just deliver great nutrition – they also look divine. From our vibrant green matcha latte to our Turmeric Lion’s Mane latte, these instant drinks look as good as they taste.
Our Popular Recipe
Our latte recipes are the result of extensive research and tasting. The star of the show is adaptogenic mushrooms, these superfoods bring a range of benefits while creating a delicious drink when combined with additional ingredients.
By combining all of these powerful ingredients, we’ve created blends that are more than the sum of their parts. The rich and creamy texture of coconut milk or coconut milk powder forms a perfect base for each drink, then we’ve added a unique blend of superfoods designed to be restorative, give you a jitter-free energy boost, and support everything from cognition to cell health.
Get to Know Our Three Mushroom Latte Recipes and an Alternative
Our mushroom latte recipes are built around nootropic mushrooms, adaptogens and antioxidants. Meet our three blends.
Coconut Milk Powder, Chaga Mushroom Extract, Lucuma Powder, Ginger Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Ashwagandha Root Powder.
Ceremonial grade Matcha green tea, Coconut Milk, Reishi Mushroom Extract, Ashwagandha Root Powder, Inulin.
Coconut Milk powder, Turmeric powder, Lion's Mane Mushroom extract, Lucuma powder, Cinnamon powder, Ashwagandha Root Powder.
An Alternative in Our Non-Coffee Mushroom Range
If you’re looking for another alternative to mushroom coffees or latte blends, we also offer a deliciously indulgent hot chocolate option for another hot, non-coffee choice. Our Cacao Bliss Superfood Hot Chocolate is packed full of the benefits from Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushrooms, as well as Cacao, Lucuma, Turmeric and Ashwagandha Root Powder.
The Benefits of Our Ingredients
Get the low-down on each ingredient that goes into our latte range.
1. Coconut Milk Powder: Creamy And Nourishing
Coconut milk powder gives our lattes their delicious creamy texture and delivers plenty of healthy fats and nutrients. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut milk powder give you an energy boost and can support weight management. Coconut milk powder also contains essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, potassium and magnesium, to promote healthy skin, boost the immune system, and support muscle function.
2. Chaga Mushroom Extract: The Immune Booster
Chaga mushroom, also known as the "King of Mushrooms," has been used for centuries for its reputed medicinal properties. Rich in antioxidants, it may help strengthen the immune system and protect the body against harmful free radicals. Chaga is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and may lower blood sugar, but more research in humans is needed.
3. Lion's Mane: Boosting Your Brain
Lion's Mane is a distinctive mushroom with cascading white spines, resembling a lion's mane. It’s been prized in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Lion's Mane has been linked to improved cognitive function and brain health: it contains compounds that may stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein that’s important for the growth and maintenance of brain cells. This can lead to improved cognitive function, memory, and overall brain health. Studies suggest that Lion's Mane may help to combat symptoms of anxiety and depression and that it has neuroprotective effects, potentially offering benefits in the management of conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
4. Ginger Powder: Zing for Your Health
Ginger has long been revered for its distinctive flavour, but it’s also used to support health, and ginger powder concentrates its benefits. Its active compound, gingerol, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, making it excellent for relieving sore muscles and combating oxidative stress. It’s also used to relieve the pain of arthritis. Ginger can soothe the stomach, reducing nausea and supporting digestive health – and it may also be good for your heart.
5. Cinnamon Powder: The Warming Spice
Beyond its captivatingly sweet and warm aroma and taste, cinnamon powder has the potential to support good health too. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and may support heart health and improve insulin sensitivity. It may also fight bacteria and fungal infections, but more research is needed. On top of this, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, making it a valuable ingredient if you’re worried about diabetes or want to maintain stable energy levels.
6. Ashwagandha Root Powder: Adaptogen for Stress
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress and stay in balance. Also known as Indian ginseng, it’s used to combat stress, boost concentration, calm the mind and combat fatigue. It may also reduce swelling, lower blood pressure and combat insomnia.
7. Matcha: Energize, Focus, and Detoxify
Originating from Japan, matcha is a vivid green powdered tea made from shade-grown green tea leaves. Unlike traditional green tea, which is made by steeping the leaves, discarding them, and drinking the liquid, matcha is consumed whole, which means no nutrients are lost. Matcha is packed with catechins, antioxidants that help to fight oxidative stress and free radicals in the body, helping to protect cells from damage and potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Matcha is used to boost concentration and alertness without the downsides of caffeine: L-theanine, an amino acid present in matcha, synergises with caffeine to provide a sustained and calm energy boost, without the sudden fall in energy levels you can experience after drinking other drinks that contain caffeine.
8. Reishi: The Skin and Sleep Enhancer
Reishi, also known as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality, has played a long role in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s an adaptogenic mushroom that is believed to give your skin a healthy boost, while also enhancing your sleep and combating fatigue, helping to improve your mood.
9. Inulin: Nourishing Your Gut
Inulin is a soluble dietary fibre that occurs naturally in certain plants, such as chicory root. It serves as food for beneficial gut bacteria, helping to maintain a healthy gut biome. A balanced and diverse gut microbiome is key for digestive health and is also linked to overall well-being. As well as being a prebiotic (an ingredient that boosts the growth of beneficial gut bacteria), inulin has been linked to weight loss, improved mineral absorption and blood sugar regulation.
10. Lucuma Powder: Nature's Sweetener
If you have a sweet tooth but want to keep your blood sugar under control, lucuma powder is a great option. Dubbed the "Gold of the Incas," this Peruvian fruit is a natural sweetener with a low glycaemic index. It has a caramel-like flavour and as well as being delicious, it’s also rich in antioxidants and nutrients including potassium, riboflavin and niacin.
How to Make a Mushroom Latte
Making a Cheerful Buddha Mushroom Latte couldn’t be easier.
- Our latte recipes contain coconut milk for creaminess, but if you want extra creaminess, get some milk (dairy or non-dairy) ready to add to the blend.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of latte powder thoroughly in a small amount of hot water or milk first, until you obtain a creamy mixture.
- Top up with more milk or water and stir for a smooth and delicious drink.
Feeling adventurous? You can also use our nourishing latte mixes in:
- Porridge – just add a teaspoon to your usual recipe
- Smoothies – blend up with your chosen fruits and veg
- Shakes – simply make up a teaspoon of powder with a little hot water then add to your shake
How do I make mushroom lattes?
We recommend mixing 1 teaspoon of latte powder thoroughly in a small amount of hot water or milk first, until you obtain a creamy mixture, then top up with more milk or water for a smooth and delicious drink.
When we created our range of mushroom lattes, our aim was to create blends that were as healthy as they were versatile. So, if you’re craving a more indulgent sweet drink, we’d recommended using natural low-glycemic index (GI) foods to accompany our blend. Foods such as agave, stevia, or monk fruit to get your fix of sweetness without compromising on the nutritional wholeness of the drink.
What can I drink instead of a latte?
Other healthy drink options include our coffee blends which combine nootropic mushrooms with premium coffee. We also have an indulgent hot chocolate mix for you to enjoy too. Find out more here.
Are mushroom lattes safe?
Certain ingredients, such as Reishi mushrooms, are not recommended for certain groups of people, so always check with a health professional before using our mushroom lattes.