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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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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very chocolatey ‘cherry ripe’ smoothie

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Love your Cherry Ripe bar? So do I. This is a healthy smoothie version that tastes exactly like the decadent treat, so much so it tastes-like-dessert… and you can have it for brekky! Bonus: it’s choc full of protein and healthy fats (from the nuts), fibre and phytonutrients (from the baby spinach) and antioxidants (cherries and cacao). Cherries also contain vitamin C and are a good source of soluble fibre called pectin that helps control blood cholesterol levels.

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three chocolate recipes you’ll never feel guilty about

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Using nature’s chocolate in its purest, most raw form, cacao, these recipes will make you think twice about eating chocolate bars and other packaged treats you buy at the supermarket. Why? Cacao is a superfood, packed with antioxidants and many essential minerals, including magnesium, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and phosphorus.

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hot chocolate porridge

Breakfast in less than 10 minutes!

Breakfast in less than 10 minutes!

This is my modern and healthy take on a traditional Filipino recipe called champorado, which is essentially a sweet chocolate rice porridge. If you love oats, but aren’t that keen on mixing it with chocolate, you might like to try my Yummy Strawberry and Chia Bircher Muesli instead.

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choc-chia ‘brownie’ balls

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As you can probably tell from a lot of the recipes from this blog, I love to make healthy versions of naughty treats. Some of which include my 5-Min Choc Avocado Mousse and Raw Coconut, Lime and Strawberry Cheesecake. This recipe is a protein-packed and decadently rich version of your traditional brownie recipe, without refined sugar, gluten and dairy. Just add more or less peanut butter or raw cacao powder depending on how nutty or chocolaty you like your brownies to be! I find that a lot of people who aren’t used to healthy treats need more sweetness so add in some raw honey to suit.

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