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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paleo lemon cake with smashed raspberries

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It was a baking kind of weekend last week and instead of making another raw cake or something chocolatey (which I often tend to do), the Sydney winter chill called for something nourishing and baked.

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raw matcha green tea vanilla cake

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I was recently inspired by this Matcha Vanilla Raw Vegan Cake recipe I found online for a friend’s Japanese-themed birthday party. I just modified the proportions and reduced the number of ingredients to suit my taste.

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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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the farm at san benito, philippines

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

The Farm is like one big nursery for adults: you’re nourished with good food, nurtured and pampered like a baby, massaged in coconut oil from head to toe, and by the end of it, you feel as if you’ve just had five days’ worth of Sundays.

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i’m off on a wellness holiday!

Image via The Farm

Image via The Farm

I’m going back to the Philippines (my birth country and second home) for two weeks. I’m staying at a holistic spa resort called The Farm and then making the most of the summer for the rest of the time I’ll be there.

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healthy holiday: tao philippines expeditions, palawan

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I love the idea of a healthy holiday because it means you come back without having to feel like you have to detox or make up for the time you’ve spent being overly indulgent (well, at least that’s how I feel anyway!).

The Tao Philippines Expeditions boat trips aren’t exactly known for being a ‘healthy holiday’ (which is often the name given for yoga, detox or beach spa-type destinations), but more of an off-the-beaten track adventure. You get plenty of sun, sleep, healthy fresh food from the ocean, an abundance of exotic fruit and endless chances to snorkel, swim, kayak or explore different islands every day.

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peninsula hot springs, melbourne

Image via Peninsula Hot Springs

Image via Peninsula Hot Springs

This is a visit of absolute self-indulgence, pampering and relaxation.

Peninsula Hot Springs had been on my ‘to go’ list for a while. I went with a few girlfriends (one who’d already been there and is also a keen spa goer) just after Christmas.

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