overnight chocolate oats

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Here’s a super quick breakfast in a jar recipe for you: overnight chocolate oats… 🙂

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raw chocolate velvet smoothie

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Who needs to buy a chocolate milkshake, thickshake or ice-cream drink concoction when this healthy smoothie tastes SO MUCH better and it’s good for you (you’ll be satisfying your chocolate craving while sneaking in some veggie goodness thanks to the baby spinach. Plus, blending the chia seeds makes them more easily absorbed in the body).

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paleo chocolate mousse tart

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WARNING: This is one seriously addictive dessert. Avoid eating it while trying to making it!

As with all the raw (no-bake) or healthy treats featured on this blog, it’s refined sugar-free, dairy-free and wheat-free.

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not another chocolate smoothie

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I thought I’d write a quick post on this hugely popular pic I posted up on Instagram recently. If you’ve been reading my posts long enough (thank you! x), you’ll know it’s no secret that I love raw cacao. I can’t get enough it. Some of the ways I’ve used the raw chocolate goodness is in pancakes and porridge.

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healthy chocolate ice-cream

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This is heaven in a bowl. It’s also a never-fail recipe courtesy of The Farm, San Benito, in the Philippines. I’ve run their recipes before, but I thought to share my absolute fave in time for Easter. Like most of the recipes on this blog, it’s wheat-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and 100% delicious – just as rich, decadent and creamy as the store-bought kind. Yep, even ice-cream lovers won’t be able to tell it’s not really ice-cream! Bonus: it’s super healthy as it’s rich in healthy fats, vitamins, antioxidants and magnesium 🙂

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five yummy ways to use cacao

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My friend’s version of my raw cacao treat! Yum yum 🙂

 

If there’s one ingredient I always have in my kitchen, it’s raw cacao. It’s versatile, delicious and a real superfood.

While it looks like the packaged chocolate powder you buy in the baking aisle of the supermarket, what I’m referring to here is the raw grounded stuff you get from cocoa beans. It’s what gives chocolate it’s flavour – like vanilla bean for vanilla ice-cream or the spices that make curry powder.

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guest recipe: raw chocolate, caramel and banana ice-cream bars

Image via Kate Levins

Image via Kate Levins

I can forgo a lot of things – wine, cheese, pasta, hot chips (hmm, is that even normal?!) – but you’ll be hard-pressed to find me going without some form of raw chocolate (aka cacao) treat.

As mentioned in a previous post, cacao is a superfood, packed with antioxidants and many essential minerals, including magnesium, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and phosphorus.

*A little side note: when you buy chocolate, generally the darker the chocolate is, the more cocao and less sugar it contains. That’s why chocolate with 70% cocoa or more will taste more intense (or bitter) than milk chocolate. A lot of commercial cacao powders – and chocolate confectionery and foods, for that matter – are the same. They’re not pure cacao. They often contain sugar, emulsifiers and other additives.

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the posts you liked in 2014

My dream blogging space / Image via favim.com

My dream blogging space / Image via favim.com

Health is My Oyster has turned 1 years old! It’s been so much fun blogging my health and wellness experiences in the past year, as well as sharing posts from like-minded bloggers. I didn’t realise, until now, how much I loved posting about raw chocolate (aka cacao)! Or that as much as I love sharing healthy recipes, reviews and health destinations are also popular categories.

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