I found this strange recipe in the book Healing Mushrooms by Tero Isokauppila. When I first read the ingredients, it sounded bizarre and too healthy, so I had no expectations that it would be tasty. I just had to try it.
For starters, it has a full tablespoon of spirulina (3 times the amount I’ve tried to choke down in other recipes), along with olive oil, honey, berries, and seeds. And it makes your mouth green as you’re eating it.
But the surprising part is that I actually loved the taste, and I can’t stop having this for breakfast. The olive oil and dense plant protein keeps me full for about 3-5 hours. It’s also a great change from my usual hot grain breakfast, which I can’t be bothered with when it’s hot and humid. Right now at the peak of pitta season, my body craves raw food, fresh fruit, and the bitter and astringent tastes that come from spirulina, adaptogenic mushroom elixirs, and cacao nibs.
Here is Tero’s recipe, with suggestions for swapping some of the heating ingredients for cooler alternatives during hot summer days, such as cooling coconut oil that naturally grows in hot climates for its balancing properties.
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil—mine is perfectly melted in our AC free apartment kitchen)
2 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup, honey is quite heating and best for spring)
1 teaspoon healing mushroom of your choice such as chaga, reishi, or cordyceps, or any supplement you prefer (when I ran out of reishi and chaga I started using maca powder)
1 pinch pink salt
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2 cup room temperature water
Toppings: cacao nibs, raw walnut pieces, sunflower seeds, pepitas, blueberries, strawberries, chopped fresh figs
In a cereal bowl, add spirulina, oil, sweetener, mushroom powder, salt, hemp seeds, and whisk with water.
Add toppings, and eat with a spoon!
To go version: I like to eat this weird algae bowl in the privacy of my own home, but I’ve found it’s super easy to enjoy on the go. Just fill up a glass jar with all the ingredients except water and bring to work. Then add the water and give a good stir. BYO spoon too!
Note: This is raw and crunchy. Notice how your body digests this bowl. For sensitive digesters or people with vata vikriti (high vata causing disruptions in digestion) this might cause excess air in the GI and not be ideal for you. People with balanced agni (digestive fire) will do well with this hearty vegan breaky.