I admit that this title is total mushroom thirst bait. But deservingly so. These cookies are chock full of Chaga, one of my favorite fungi. It’s a wonder ‘shroom.
Chaga is nutrient-rich (think vitamins B and D, zinc, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium) and anti-inflammatory by nature, and thought to be anti-aging—it’s a power antioxidant—and an immune-supporter—by promoting the formation of immunity-regulating proteins.
Like its brothers, sisters and cousins of the fungi world, Chaga has an earthy taste to it. Its general essence is not unlike coffee, really, which is probably why it plays so nicely with cherry and chocolate flavors (note that Chaga is not caffeinated, however). The coconut oil that is this recipe’s fat component adds a little extra taste profile that is a nice complement to this cookie’s other ingredients (I personally love a coconut-chocolate pairing).
Though fungi are noted for their vast communication networks and information sharing underground, I finished this entire batch myself, and did not share a bit.
Chaga Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
¾ cup coconut sugar
½ cup coconut oil, melted
1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 2 ½ tbsp. water)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups gluten free 1:1 flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp salt (I prefer a flaky sea salt, such as Maldon)
¼ - ½ cup dried cherries
¼ - ½ cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Create flax egg by mixing ground flaxseed and water and allow to set for at least five minutes.
Melt coconut oil by placing jar in hot water in the sink. Add coconut oil to coconut sugar and stir to combine.
Mix vanilla extract and the flax egg into the wet ingredients.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and Chaga in a small bowl.
In two or three parts, pour the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix them together gently. If the mixture seems too oily, add more flour.
Add dried cherries and chocolate chips.
Using hands, a spoon, or cookie scoop, create balls with the dough and add to line pan.
Bake for about 12 minutes. Makes 20 cookies, depending on size.
Images by Alice York