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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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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five recipes you’ll never believe are raw

Raw zesty lemon cheesecake

Raw zesty lemon cheesecake

Ever since I’ve discovered raw food (especially raw desserts) I’ve been on an endless search for combinations of healthy ingredients that result in dishes that taste absolutely out of this world. I get a lot of inspiration from a lot of healthy chefs and authors and from around the web, so I thought I’d share the ones I just can’t get enough of.

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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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my happy foods

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It’s hard to go back to eating like I used to. Think: Baker’s Delight white chocolate chip and blueberry scones for breakfast, a kebab for lunch and several rows of Lindt chocolate as a snack. (I know right, what was I thinking?!) You can read more on my transition to becoming healthy here.

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