New Video and Giveaway with Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily




Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily and I made my Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe together in a new episode on her YouTube channel, Gluten-free with Emily. Mind you, it is my VERY FIRST live-ish video. There are some awkward moments where I struggle to find the right words, but I’m workin’ on it!  ;)

We want you to experience just how delicious the Chocolate Truffle Cake is, so we are going to give away not 1 but 2 prize packs. Each prize pack includes all of the ingredients to make the decadent yet simple Chocolate Truffle Cake! We’re even including a few cooking tools for your cooking pleasure.

Here’s what will be included in each prize pack:

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Raw Almonds

Melissa’s Produce Dates, Vanilla, Pecans and Fresh Toppings

Big Tree Farms Coconut Nectar

Kelapo Coconut Coconut Oil

Fat Daddios 6-inch round Spring Form Pan


To enter our contest in Instagram, simply:

1) Like this giveaway post

2) Follow @GlutenfreeWithEmily and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends


You may enter ONCE A DAY!

You may even enter on YouTube to double your chances to win!

To enter on YouTube, simply:

1) Leave a comment on the YouTube Video. Tell us what you are doing to keep healthy this summer!


Contest is open worldwide and ends on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30pm PST. Good luck!


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Chocolate-dipped Strawberries (and other fruit)


When you want to do something thoughtful and delightful for your sweetheart or for yourself any time of the year, try this super easy treat.  You can use this recipe to dip any fruit that you wish, from strawberries, mandarin oranges, to kiwi, and pineapple!


To add a little more excitement, sprinkle on some hemp seeds, chopped pistachios, walnuts, goji berries, or a combination of them all.  You probably already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen, so get  up and whip these up in no time!


Have fun with it!!  Dip other fruits in chocolate!  My chocolate-dipped mandarin oranges were so delicious.  By the way, I decided to dip oranges, too, because I found both the strawberries and these delicious mandarin oranges at my local Farmers Market.  If I saw a pineapple or kiwi, I would have dipped them in chocolate, too!  If you try it, please let me know how they turned out!  Hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!


This recipe was inspired by ingredients that Nutiva brand and Vitacost kindly sent to me.  At Vitacost, you can find a variety of Nutiva products, from hemp seeds, chia seeds, to hemp proteins and coconut oil.  Click here for a full list of Nutiva brand products at Vitacost.  Also, click on the ingredients links to purchase the same ingredients I used to make my Chocolate-dipped fruit.  



Chocolate-dipped Strawberries (and other fruit)


2 cups strawberries, rinsed and dried (mandarin orange segments, pineapple, kiwi)

Optional Toppings:

Nutiva hemp seeds

pumpkin seeds, chopped

walnuts, chopped

pistachios, chopped

goji berries, chopped


4 Tbsp Nutiva Coconut oil, melted

4 Tbsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp coconut nectar (or maple syrup)

1 tsp vanilla extract

4-5 drops stevia liquid


1.  Rinse strawberries in water then wipe dry.  Alternatively, peel a mandarin orange and peel it so you get segments.  Chill in the refrigerator.

2.  Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.

3.  If you choose to coat your chocolate-covered fruit with toppings, prepare your desired toppings, about ¾ cups worth.  Mix the toppings and place them onto a plate.  Set aside.

4.  Prepare the chocolate in a small bowl.  Combine all of the ingredients, whisking them together with a fork.  Sweeten to taste.  Put a large spoon in the bowl and place the plate with the toppings next to the bowl.

5.  Retrieve the fruit from the refrigerator.  You will need to move swiftly as you coat the fruit and dip or sprinkle them with toppings.  Please read the following instructions before coating and dipping the fruit.  With one hand, hold the fruit over the bowl of chocolate.  Using the spoon, pour the chocolate very quickly over the fruit, turning it to coat completely with chocolate.  Before the chocolate freezes, dip the fruit in the topping, rolling it to cover the chocolate with as much topping as you can.    As you roll it, use your empty hand to sprinkle more crunchy topping onto the chocolate.  Alternatively, just sprinkle the toppings on.

6.  Place the finished dipped fruit onto the half sheet pan and place them in the refrigerator immediately until set and ready to eat.

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The “My Eclectic Kitchen” App has Arrived!!!



Hello Friends!

I have some very exciting news!!!  The My Eclectic Kitchen cookbook app is now available for sale on iTunes! Download it here!

In the app, you will receive 120 delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes.  Search for recipes by food-type, diet (raw, nut-free, soy-free), ingredients, or by photo. Updates will be made regularly, which means that you will receive recipes as I create them!  You can find useful resources and tips, such as how to properly soak nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes; vegan and gluten-free substitutes for common cooking ingredients; most commonly used kitchen equipment; kitchen staples; and suggested articles on family, home, garden, food and drink, mind, and body.  You can even watch my cooking videos, index your favorite recipes, and shop for kitchen equipment and ingredients!

The app is not only for those with vegan and gluten-free diets, but also for those who are looking to eat healthier without compromising flavor.

It has been a true pleasure creating and sharing my recipes with you. Thank you so much to all of my readers for your continued love and support!  You help make my job of developing nutritious, gluten-free, and vegan recipes a labor of love!

Made with Love,











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2-Minute Miracle Oat/Flax Bread


If you have not yet read my 3-minute miracle bread post, you are definitely going to think this 2-minute bread recipe is crazy.  Let me tell you, it is crazy…crazy good!

Before I begin, I want to share that I happen to be married to a very picky eater.  Please do not get me wrong, Peyman is open to trying just about any type of food.  He just has a very discriminating palate.  One of the recipes that Peyman enjoys is my 3-minute miracle bread recipe.  Since it is made of primarily almond flour, I have always felt that it contained too much fat for regular consumption.  In my never-ending quest to discover and create healthier recipes, I researched and tested other bread recipes.  As my test guinea pig, Peyman did not particularly like any of the breads.

For a while, I was at a loss.  It was not until I was testing a dessert recipe, that I experienced an “aha!” moment.  While I was substituting sorghum flour with oat flour, I realized that I could probably use oat flour to create a quick-to-make bread.  I tested this idea one night while making veggie burgers for dinner, and I am proud to report that my quick-to-make oat/flax bread was a success.  Peyman loved it!

I am so grateful to have Peyman beside me on this journey.  Although Peyman does not suffer from gluten intolerance like me, he is willing to support me and sacrifice for me.  Since I eliminated gluten in my diet, I can breathe better and my skin has improved tremendously.  The little changes that we have made in our diet have been positively life-changing!

We enjoy this bread as a burger buns, slathered with dijon mustard, ketchup, crisped veggie burger patties, accompanied with sliced tomatoes, onions, and pickles. So good!

I also enjoy this bread, sliced in half and toasted on a griddle and smothered with my mixed berry chia jam. Yum!

I hope you find 2 minutes to enjoy this bread, too!


If you’re not sure if you’re gluten-intolerant, here’s a slide to help you out.  My IG friend, Natasha Gildea posted this and I thought it was something great to share!


Now, finally, here’s the recipe I’ve been talking about!


2-Minute Miracle Bread

Serving size: One bread = 2 slices

Time: 5 minutes


Dry Ingredients:

1/2 cup of gluten-free oat flour (I pulverize gluten-free oats in my blender to make oat flour )

2 tsp of coconut flour

1/4 tsp of baking soda

1 1/2 heaping tsp coconut sugar (or 2-3 drops liquid stevia)

A pinch of sea salt


Wet Ingredients:

3 Tbsp of flaxseed egg (or 1 Tbsp of flax meal mixed with 3 Tbsp of filtered water)

1 Tbsp of filtered water

1 Tbsp of coconut oil (melted) or grapeseed oil (just a smidge less than 1 Tbsp)



1. In a small bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix.  In center of the bowl, create a well and add the wet ingredients.  With a fork, incorporate the dry into the wet ingredients.  Mix well.

2. Spray coconut oil or non-stick cooking oil in a large ramekin, small bowl, or Pyrex glass bowl.  Spoon the batter into the bowl and flatten.  It may help to have slightly wet fingers when pressing down on the batter to remove holes and to even it out.

3. Microwave the batter for approximately 2 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. If it feels too gooey, microwave for an additional 15 seconds. 2 minutes is always perfect for me.

4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and flip over onto a plate or cutting board.   It’s important to allow it cool for about 2-3 minutes before slicing.  Slice with a small serrated knife.

*Alternatively, you can bake this bread in a preheated 375F oven.


You can eat as it is, as we did, or toast in a toaster (make sure it’s completely cool first though), toaster oven, or on a pan or griddle with a little oil.


Before being heated in the microwave


After being removed from the bowl. Remember to let it cool before slicing!
Sliced oat/flax bread


I hope you enjoy this recipe.  Please let me know how yours turns out!  Bon appetit!

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