If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to say you’re into hummus, and you’re probably intrigued by what could possibly turn quick, easy to make, standard hummus into a “powerhouse” recipe. The secret is………………. MUSHROOM!
Unless you’ve been under a rock (or you’re not a foodie), you’ve probably heard about the impressive health promoting qualities of “functional” or “medicinal” mushrooms. Wondering how to incorporate them into your diet? I propose hummus as an ideal candidate.
Hummus is a creamy, unctuous, legume pate, perfect for masking sleeper ingredients, like the rooty, woodsy flavors of mushroom. But how do you pack hummus full of mushroom goodness without changing the texture and flavor? Mushroom powder is the answer!
Mushroom powder allows you to add the properties of one or more types of mushrooms, resulting in a delicious hummus tailored to your health promoting needs without changing the flavor or texture of the hummus itself.
I am a big fan of Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) but there are many varieties of mushrooms that boast impressive qualities, such as Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Maine, Cordyceps, Shitake and Maitake. These mushrooms are used for a variety of issues ranging from improved cognition, improved gut bacteria, improved digestion, immune boosting, increased energy, cancer fighting and adjunct to cancer treatment, to cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar lowering effects.
Add a sprinkle and a dash of this impressive ingredient and poof……you’ve taken the hummus we all know and love and turned it into Powerhouse Hummus!
Tips for using mushroom powder:
- Buy organic mushroom powder whenever possible.
- Buy high-quality powder, capsules or extracts from a trusted source. I like Mountain Rose Herbs, Gaia Herbs and Host Defense Mushrooms.
- If buying powder in capsule form, make sure there is NO more than 5% natural filler, such as rice starch.
- Store in a cool, dry, dark area.
- Mushroom products containing fruiting bodies, triterpenoid compounds and polysaccharides are superior to ones only containing mycelium.
- I recommend using mushroom powder in this recipe but feel free to experiment replacing the powder with mushroom extracts added to the water content in this recipe, or using mushroom “tea” in place of the water content.
- While these mushrooms are widely considered safe with low to no side effects, I encourage you to do a little research into the properties of these mushrooms to determine which could benefit you and/or consult a qualified health practitioner before adding them to your diet. The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only and not intended as health or medical advice.