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Homemade Energy Gel with Chia & Cordyceps from Four Sigmatic

Cutting board with chopped beets with small bowls filled with other botanical ingredients.

Outdoorsy athletes can be a funny lot. We claim to value nothing more than immersing ourselves in the natural world, yet some of the snacks we use to fuel these adventures are many, many steps removed from anything that grows from the earth. Lots of popular power bars and energy gels contain an unsettling amount of processed sugars and synthetic preservatives, and the individually wrapped servings generally end up in a landfill (that is, if they don’t escape from your pocket and out onto the trail). For these reasons, I’ve been working on finding my own homemade alternatives to power my activities, finding success with some DIY energy bars and now this energy gel recipe from Four Sigmatic.

Borrowed from Four Sigmatic founder Tero Isokauppila’s book Healing Mushrooms: A Practical Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health, this simple and tasty recipe has all the whole food nutrition you need to take on your next athletic feat. It contains the natural sugars of beets and raw honey, the fiber and protein of chia seed, and the adaptogenic qualities of cordyceps mushroom powder. Cordyceps have traditionally been used in Tibetan medicine as a tonic to improve energy and endurance, and they also support healthy immune system functioning. Check out Tero’s book for more amazing recipes like this one!

Clamp jar with deep red paste surrounded by camping gear and accessories.
Superfood Sports Gel Recipe with Cordyceps and Beets

Makes about 10 energy shots.
Active Time: 30 minutes



  1. Put beets and water in small sauce pan, cover, and bring to a boil. Cook beets 20 to 30 minutes until very tender.
  2. Discard water. Use an immersion blender to puree beets, then let cool to room temperature. 
  3. When beets have cooled, add chia seeds, honey, cordyceps powder, and salt. Use immersion blender to puree until mixture has reached a gel-like consistency (adding water as needed).
  4. Store gel in a sealed glass jar in refrigerator for up to several weeks. Eat a spoonful straight when you need extra energy or before a workout.

Immersion blender mixing deep red beet and chia paste in a clear glass bowl.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t have an immersion blender? A food processor works great, and a regular blender will also work (although the mixture might be a bit thick for some blenders to handle).
  • You can also portion the gel into mini sealable bags to take along with you on a run, hike, or other adventure. Gel in a pouch can be squeezed into your mouth or onto crackers for on-the-go snacking. The bags that many of our 1 oz. herbs come in would be great for this re-purpose! Just make sure you carefully store your bags after use so as not to litter!


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Written by Jana on December 14, 2018

Jana DiSanti is a marketing writer, editor, and strategist who holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability. She has also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and enjoys exploring techniques that help people change their everyday behaviors to make better use of our precious environmental resources. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! She firmly believes that rethinking our food systems is essential for worldwide human and ecological health, and she is thrilled to help support Mountain Rose Herbs in providing responsibly sourced herbal offerings to its customers. Off-work hours will find her hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, volunteering at her local farmer’s market, or cooking, gardening, and corralling chickens at home.

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