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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guest recipe: strawberry-coconut chia breakfast pudding

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Who can’t resist a ‘dessert for breakfast’ recipe? This piece of goodness is from Prevention’s new Sugar Smart Diet book that contains loads of low-sugar recipes. Great healthy inspo if you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff. This Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast is my favourite out of all of the recipes because it contains some of my favourite ingredients.

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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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raw salted caramel cake

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If there’s one thing I love about healthy food, it’s being able to recreate naughty desserts with raw, wholefood, delicious ingredients.

Some of my faves include The Farm‘s Healthy Chocolate Ice-Cream, 5-Minute Choc Avocado Mousse and my Very Chocolately “Cherry Ripe” Smoothie. You wouldn’t really want to go back to the regular versions of these treats because they’re all dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan, which means you’re more likely to feel satiated and energised, rather than having to go through a sugar roller-coaster.

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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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thai salmon with cucumber relish

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How epic does this salmon dish look? It can easily become a weekly go-to meal because it takes literally less than 20 minutes to make. Also, it’s amazingly refreshing because of the herbs and salmon is a superfood; packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12). Best thing, it’s just absolutely yummy 🙂

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book review: clean living fast food

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Clean Living Fast Food by Luke and Scott

The lowdown:

A simply illustrated, easy-to-follow cookbook full of comfort food and much-loved favorites given the Paleo (free of wheat, sugar, dairy, grains, yeast and gluten) makeover.

Recipes include pizza, ice-cream, various desserts (lots of chocolate ones), doughnuts, burritos and fish & chips. Highly appealing for the time-poor but healthy cook. Not a book to be left for display on your coffee table as there’s so much do-able (not just for show) healthy food inspiration, and recipes can be tweaked to suit your needs.

On the downside, not a lot of cuisines represented here, and there are only several breakfast ideas. Still, a great book if you’re not a devoted Paleo follower, or haven’t even heard of Paleo for that matter!

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

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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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