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Apple Pie Cake with Chocolate Cashew Filling (V, GF)

October 20, 2017
Apple Pie Cake with Chocolate Cashew Frosting - vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free! A delicious fall cake that is actually good for you. Packed with flavor, and also with superfoods! | thehealthfulideas.com

This post is sponsored by iHerb. All opinions are my own.


Hello, friends! I’m officially back and I have the perfect fall recipe for you! This vegan Apple Pie Cake is absolutely scrumptious and I’m happy to be sharing the recipe with you today. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up (unless you’re in Canada like me, that is) — it can be something you bring for dessert for those folks who don’t believe vegan desserts can actually taste good. ;)

Speaking of Canada, it’s been getting cold lately and although I’m actually quite happy about that, whenever it gets colder (or in general because let’s be real, I’m a lazy human being) I like to shop online. Back home in Prague, I used to order even groceries online. It’s such a time saver! You know I’ve talked about iHerb several times in the past and you know how much I love to shop on their site. You can check out my Top 10 Superfoods post from 2015 where I talk about my favorite superfoods and link the products on iHerb. (2015? wow, the time flies!) That post pretty much revolves around chocolate and I actually use three of the superfoods from that post in the frosting/filling for this cake! It’s cacao powder, lucuma powder, and mesquite powder. Come to think of it, you could use some maca powder too in this for a little energy boost. I absolutely LOVE adding superfoods to my daily meals and sneaking them in when no one expects them is my favorite thing to do.


One of the reasons I shop on iHerb is the sheer volume of the products they have available. There are over 5,000 grocery products AND they ship to over 160 countries which is A+ in my book, mostly because until a few months ago, I lived in the Czech Republic and couldn’t get certain products any other way. Their customer service is amazing too, I have to mention that. They offer support in 10 languages and when I had a problem with something being torn or broken in the package, they refunded me the money no questions asked.

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Roasted Okra Quail Eggs and Herbed Quinoa Bowl

August 10, 2017
Roasted Okra, Quail Eggs, and Herbed Quinoa Bowl (vegetarian) - because bowl food is the best! Easy to make and really good for lunch, dinner or even breakfast! | thehealthfulideas.com

Well hello there! Long time no see. I’m sorry for being MIA for so long. I’ve been posting on here but I’ve been totally inactive on social media (apart from when I’m promoting new posts) and I miss it so much. Until last week I was managing to post one post a week on here even though I had no home internet which made things extremely difficult, especially when everything you do is online. I had my phone data and any wifi connection I could find but it’s just not the same. I admire how some people can just sit at Starbucks for and work because I just can’t concentrate with so many people around me.

Not having the internet at my fingertips at home has some upsides (well just one) – I‘m able to be more productive when I’m writing a blog post because no internet = no distractions, just a blank canvas. It’s been so frustrating not being able to go online, though. For over two months now! Wow, has it really been that long? You don’t realize how used to and addicted you are to the internet unless you’re without it for so long. You’d think I’d be more productive without it as a distraction but I’m not because all I can think about is how to finally get it.


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Thai Power Bowl with Wild Peanut Butter Dressing

July 27, 2017
Thai Power Bowl with Wild Peanut Butter Dressing (vegan-gluten-free) - delicious salad bowl with colorful quinoa, roasted vegetables, spinach, avocado, carrots, bell peppers, and the most amazing dressing! | thehealthfulideas.com

I wanted to talk all about this Thai Bowl with (the most delicious) peanut butter dressing but to be honest, the thing I’m most excited about today is the fact that I might FINALLY have home internet soon. Yes, THAT’S RIGHT. It’s been exactly three months since I moved here and exactly two since I’ve been without the internet (apart from the few GB on my phone – but who are we kidding that’s nothing).

A little backstory – I was staying at an Airbnb the first month which had wifi but then I moved into my own place and getting internet was a much bigger struggle than I thought it was going to be. I actually ordered it within the first few days of living here but they cancelled it saying it’s not available in my building after all and I couldn’t get it from anywhere else because everyone needed me to have a Canadian credit card which I didn’t have. Then I asked the bank but it turns out I can’t get a credit card if my Visa is shorter than one year which it would be even if I applied for the credit card the very next day I arrived in Canada. What a pickle. At the end, I found a company that doesn’t need a credit check and that was available in my building – bingo! They’re coming by to install it on the 29th and I believe me I couldn’t be more excited about it – it’s been WAY too long and being on the hunt for wifi 24/7 is not fun I tell you.


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Hazelnut Oatmeal with Caramelized Pistachios and Figs

July 20, 2017
Hazelnut Oatmeal with Caramelized Pistachios and figs (vegan, GF) - delicious simple oatmeal. Filling, comforting, satisfying, and absolutely scrumptious! Super easy recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Just when you thought I was going to post a refreshing summer smoothie, I come out with yet another oatmeal recipe. Hazelnut oatmeal is my new obsession and it will be yours too when you try it, especially with the caramelized pistachios.

In case you’re new here and you don’t know about my oatmeal obsession yet, here is a post that speaks for itself – 21 Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try. Those are all recipes I shared on my blog. I can’t believe I’ve shared so many considering the fact that I tend to eat the same version every single day lol. My favorite version is oats, blueberries, cherries, acai, cacao, chia, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice, a few drops of Luo Han Guo for sweetness, and I sometimes add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil. I know, the weirdest combination of flavors but I swear it works!


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Chickpea Flour Crepes with Tahini Chocolate Sauce and Chia Jam (v, gf)

July 13, 2017
Chickpea Flour Crepes with Tahini Chocolate Sauce and Strawberry Chia Jam (vegan, gluten-free) - you won't believe these are actually vegan! SO delicious, fluffy, soft, and sweet. Brunch staple and my absolute favorite crepe recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com

Oh hi there! I can’t believe it’s actually Thursday again. It’s as if the time moves quicker here in Toronto. I’ve been here for over 2 months now which is crazy because it totally doesn’t feel like it. Though, I’m sure that if I listed all the things I’ve done and dealt with here, I’d be surprised I even fit it all in into two months. Either way, today is the day I share these chickpea flour crepes with you!

I shot these pictures back home in Prague but I can remember it like yesterday. These were so good. SO good. If there’s one recipe you should try from my blog, it’s these Chickpea Flour Crepes. Tbh, there’s probably a dozen other recipes I’d say this about but for right now, my no.1 are these chickpea crepes.


I gotta say, figuring out a gluten-free, vegan, AND processed sugar-free crepe recipe is quite the science project. You keep mixing ingredients together, vigorously testing all kinds of variations with messy results but then one recipe magically works out and it’s the most joyous moment.

And yes, savoring a plate of those beautiful crepes with homemade jam while still covered in flour and batter is mandatory in this kind of a situation. ;)

Chickpea Flour Crepes with Tahini Chocolate Sauce and Strawberry Chia Jam (vegan, gluten-free) - you won't believe these are actually vegan! SO delicious, fluffy, soft, and sweet. Brunch staple and my absolute favorite crepe recipe! | thehealthfulideas.com Continue Reading


Cranberry Maca Baobab Energy Bites

July 6, 2017
Cranberry Maca Baobab Energy Bites (raw vegan) - these energy balls are PACKED with superfoods and nutrients! Sweet, tangy, and delicious! | thehealthfulideas.com

Ah, snacks. They’re the best, right? To be honest, lately, I just snack on stuff throughout the day instead of having three big meals. I know I’m not the only one, though, and that’s why I’m bringing you these Cranberry Maca Baobab Energy Bites today!

These were a long time coming and to be honest I didn’t even plan on creating this exact recipe. I did get inspired by my favorite energy bar but at first, I wanted to make a cranberry cherry baobab smoothie (no idea what that would taste like – I never actually tested it) but somehow I ended up with these energy bites instead. The results were delicious and that’s why I decided to share them here with you this morning.


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Hazelnut Carob Granola

June 29, 2017
Hazelnut Carob Granola (vegan, GF) - delicious granola made with oats, hazelnuts, coconut oil, maple syrup, and carob powder. Easy to make and perfect on yogurt for breakfast! | thehealthfulideas.com

I have a secret to share with you today. I’ve developed a thing for hazelnuts in the recent months. First and foremost, there’s the Healthy “Nutella” I shared with you almost two years ago which I still love just the same. Then I shared this awesome French Lentil Broccoli Salad which was my first venture into savory hazelnuts (next up is dukkah which I can’t wait to try to make). Then I made these Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge Bites during Christmas and they were totally to die for! I shared And today I’m happy to give you a forth hazelnut favorite of mine – this hazelnut carob granola.

It’s vegan, gluten-free, and there’s no banana in it to bind it (I’ve been feeling kind of meh about mashed banana granola lately). Banana-free granola is so much crunchier! The perfect snack or yogurt topping. ;)


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20 Vegan Early Summer Recipes You Will Love

June 22, 2017
20 Vegan Early Summer Recipes You Will Love - early summer is the perfect time for delicious recipes with asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, sour cherries, radishes, peas, and more! | thehealthfulideas.com

This year has been going by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s almost the end of June! I feel like it was only weeks ago when I was deciding what to pack for my move to Canada. To think I’ve been here for almost two months already. Wow. It’s been exciting and terrifying at the same time but more about that later. Today i’m going to share 20 vegan early summer recipes I think you’re going to love. Some of these are my own recipes and some of them are recipes from other bloggers. You can click either on the title of each recipe or the photos to go to the original post.

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Chickpea Crepes with Roasted Vegetables and Tzatziki

June 15, 2017
Chickpea Flour Crepes with Roasted Vegetables, fresh vegetables, and homemade sheep tzatziki! With a vegan option too! | thehealthfulideas.com

When you say Tzatziki, I immediately think of Greece. Especially that one summer trip to Rhodes with my mom around 2008. We stayed for over a week in this sleek hotel in Ixia and I would put a big scoop of tzatziki on my plate every night at dinner as if it were to disappear the next day and I could never eat it again. And well, after that I’d proceed to try all the desserts, of course.

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