• Gretchen Spetz, MS, RDN, LD

4 Weeks of Functional Foods Digest #3

This week focuses on some unique additions to your kitchen - maca root, cacao powder, and coconut milk. Turn these superfoods into a breakfast smoothie or indulgent dessert!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie

makes 1 serving


1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp flaxseed

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder

1/2 tsp maca powder

1 serving unflavored collagen protein powder (I like Vital Proteins or Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate)

½ banana (ideally frozen)

1 tsp raw honey (optional)


  1. Blend all ingredients together. Pour and enjoy!

Easy Chocolate Mousse (dairy-free)

Makes 8 servings


2 cans coconut cream or 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk

2 tbsp powdered sugar

3 tbsp cacao powder

Pinch of salt

2 squares of dark chocolate (70% or higher), shaved


  1. Place cans of coconut cream or coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. This will allow the fat (cream) to harden so it can be whipped.

  2. Open cans and remove the white solid cream. Place in a medium or large bowl.

  3. Add the sweetener and beat on high using a hand mixer until it has a smooth texture and stiff peaks form.

  4. Fold in the cacao powder, chocolate shavings, and salt.

  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve!

#functionalfoods #dairyfree #breakfast #dessert

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