Strawberries and Cream with Figs Cheesecake


This recipe is dedicated to my lovable and ferociously charming nephew, Logan.  I made this for his 5th birthday. He’s a big fan of all things sweet, zebra, and the color red.  With this in mind, I designed this cake accordingly.

Since my good friends at Melissa’s Produce sent me dried figs and the sweetest Harry’s Berries strawberries, I wanted to put them to good use in this recipe. I threw some figs into the crust mixture and I’m so glad I did because the combination of cheesecake and this crust was more enjoyable than my typical vegan cheesecake date-nut crust.  I grew up loving Fig Newtons, so the texture of the figs in this crust is quite nostalgic for me.  I also added strawberries to the cheesecake, which not only produced a gorgeous color and design when sliced into, it also compliments the dried fig.  Dried figs and strawberries together make a lovely flavor combination.

To give Logan some zebra stripes on his cake, I drizzled on some chocolate magic shell, and then decorated it with freeze-dried berries and a dried fig slice.  Not only is this cake pretty, it’s incredibly delicious!

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


Strawberries and Cream with Figs Cheesecake

Serves: 8

Time: 1 day

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R




1/4 cup raw almonds

¼ cup raw pecans

1/4 cup soft Medjool dates

¼ cup dried figs

¼ tsp sea salt



1 ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours, overnight is best

2 lemons, juiced

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup raw coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup raw coconut nectar (or maple syrup)


Other Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries


Chocolate Magic Shell, optional:

6 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

6 Tbsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp coconut nectar (or maple syrup)

1 tsp vanilla extract

4-5 drops stevia


Optional Toppings:

Freeze-dried berries

Fresh or dried figs

Cacao nibs



1.  Place nuts, dates, and figs in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop to your desired fineness.  I prefer a finer crust over a chunky one.  Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands.  If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect.  If not, try to mix it with your hands until the mixture comes together.  Scoop out crust mixture into a 6”x6” square pan, lined with parchment paper. Or you can use a 6″ spring-form pan (if you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a 6-inch cake round lined with plastic wrap) or line a cupcake tin with plastic wrap to make 6 tartlets.  Press firmly, making sure that the edges are well-packed and that the base is relatively even throughout.

2.  If the coconut oil is solid, place the oil in a small saucepan on low heat until it becomes liquid.

3.  In the blender, place all of the filling ingredients except for the berries, and blend on high until very smooth.  This may take a couple minutes.

4.  Pour about 2/3 of the mixture into the crust and smooth with a spatula.  Add the berries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth.  Pour onto the first layer of filling and smooth with a spatula.  Place in the freezer until solid, about 3 hours.

5.  To serve:

a)  The cake- Remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating.  Run a smooth, sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices.

b) The tartlets- Remove the tartlets from the freezer 30 minutes before serving and remove plastic.  Place them on a plate and serve when defrosted topped with fruit.


6. Prepare the magic shell in a small bowl. Combine all of the ingredients, whisking them together with a fork. Sweeten to taste. Either use a spoon or a piping bag, or a plastic sandwich bag to add the magic shell to. If using a piping or sandwich bag, with scissors cut a small piece off the tip of the bag and then drizzle over the cake as you wish. Since the cake is cold, the chocolate will solidy quickly. Decorate thereafter with whatever toppings you chose to use. and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Store in the freezer if you don’t plan to eat it all in one night.





(Note: Crust will appear thinner when you make it.  I took these photos after I decided to make a thinner crust.  It’s better with a thinner crust!)

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CocoKind Skincare Instagram Giveaway!


It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!! I’ve tried many natural, paraben-free, and organic skin care products, but only a few have helped my skin stay clear and supple. Today, I am excited to announce that I teamed up with CocoKind, my favorite natural and organic skin care company. We want you to experience just how effective their natural skin care products are, so we are offering you a chance to win two of their newest matcha products!

To enter our contest:

1) Like my Instagram post

2) Follow @yvonne_deliciously_vegan and @cocokindskincare

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends in the post’s comments section

You may enter ONCE A DAY! Contest is open to US residents only and ends on Thursday, September 3rd at 11:30pm PST. Good luck!

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Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce



Which fruit are you enjoying most right now?  I’m really loving these green  Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce!!

They’re plump, a good amount of juicy, not terribly sweet or sour, a perfect cooling snack for this warm #LosAngeles weather, and as Goldilocks would say, these are “just right!”. If you see them at the market, make sure to pick some up! You’re gonna love ‘em!

Bracelets are from The Veggie Republic. For every bracelet sold, The Veggie Republic donates 5lbs of fresh produce to families in need! #FarmToArm

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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!


Find Emily of Gluten-free With Emily Everywhere:

Gluten Free With Emily on social media

Instagram @glutenfreewithemily

Twitter @emilyglutenfree

Facebook Gluten Free With Emily 


Find Yvonne of My Eclectic Kitchen Everywhere:

Instagram @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

Facebook My Eclectic Kitchen App

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Twitter My Eclectic Kitchen

Pinterest MyEclecticKtchn

Snap Chat: YvonneArdestani

Periscope: MyEclecticKitchen


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Whole Foods Market Torrance – Live Cooking Demo and Hands-on Wrap-Making Class


Have any plans for this Thursday?!

Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm, I’d like to invite you to join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live “cooking” demonstration and hands-on wrap-making class! I  will be teaching how to make nutrient-dense, plant-based vegan wraps perfect for lunch and Summer picnics!

Learn how to make quick, delicious, and satisfying wraps!

What’s on the menu?

1⃣ Savory Wraps

2⃣ Dessert Wraps

Space is limited, so reserve your space today!

All participants will get to make their own wraps.  They will also receive a goodie bag filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce!

Click here to register,

Hope to see you there!!!

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Hands-on Cooking Class – June 27, Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks


What are you doing on Saturday, June 27th? Join me in a hands-on cooking class at Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks!  I will be teaching students how to make 3 courses.

1) A starter cheese course with gluten-free crackers and farmers market veggies

2) A comforting “meat”loaf with cauliflower purée, gravy, and a side vegetable

3) A delicious and easy dessert, chocolate chai cookies

I will not only teach you how to make the food, you will be able to make the food yourselves, and learn how to plate it, too.  At the end of the class, we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor together and/or you can pack whatever you don’t eat home with you.

Attend the class on your own or make it a date with a special someone–a fun activity while learning some cooking skills from trained chefs!

I teamed up with some of my favorite culinary instructors (Chef Caren Watts and Chef Andy Pastore) from my time at Le Cordon Bleu to bring this special organic, plant-based, whole foods, vegan class to you!

The skills you learn can be applied to your next dinner party or just in your every day life in the kitchen.  I hope you will join me!

Space is limited, so sign up today!  Sign up using this link here,

Hope to see you there!!!


More on Comfort Food…

Comfort Food’s classes are taught by industry professionals with a background in culinary education.  Our goal is for everyone to improve their skills and have a better understanding of food and cooking.Comfort Food is a modern cooking school for the home cook and the professional alike.  Our classes appeal to cooks of any skill level.  But one thing remains the same: the caliber of education you will receive is on par with the culinary education at some of the top culinary schools in the country.

Our industry-trained chefs teach hands-on classes in a variety of time schedules to appeal to the busy, yet serious cook.

Our step-by-step approach brings the professional kitchen to you, to build skill level and confidence in whatever you are cooking.

Fully interactive classes allow you to get your hands on every aspect of the day’s lesson with guidance from the instructor.

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market – NOSH section.



One of my favorite places to buy food, health, and beauty products is the Grocery Outlet. You don’t need to cut costs on daily essentials, like healthy food. You can eat organic, healthy food cost effectively.  Grocery Outlet offers consumers high-end, name-brand products at a fraction of the cost. See what deals I got during my recent trip! Click the photo, above, to watch!

There are several locations throughout the United States. Click here to find a store near you.  Unfortunately, a Los Angeles location will not open until the end of this year, so I have to stop in whenever I visit Northern California or San Diego.  On my most recent trip to San Diego, I stopped in at the Grocery Outlet where they have an expanding NOSH section. NOSH is Grocery Outlet’s acronym for Natural, Organic, Specialty and Healthy foods.  If you’re not familiar, let me fill you in.  The NOSH section doesn’t only include food.  It also includes health and beauty products, such as organic lotions, shampoos and conditioners. Other top selling products are the organic protein powders and fitness supplements.  What I love most about the NOSH section is the organic produce and how they always carry my essential kitchen staples: organic quinoa, chia seeds, kale chips, organic tortilla chips (for the hubby), coconut oil, shredded coconut, nut milks, coconut water, and nuts.

If you shop at Grocery Outlet - an extreme bargain retailer – rather than pricier natural food stores, you can save up to 70% more on groceries and other products compared with shopping conventional retailers exclusively.  I love that because it creates a lot of savings for me!  How is this possible?  Grocery Outlet is able to provide huge savings to its customers because product manufacturers often sell overstock products or products with packaging changes to Grocery Outlet.  For example, some brands may roll out holiday packaging for a limited time during that season.  However, once that season is over, they may have an overstock of items with the holiday packaging that are still high quality and are looking for a home on store shelves – that’s where Grocery Outlet would come in.  At Grocery Outlet you don’t have to wait for the sales, they are continual and customers always know they are going to save 40-70% off on the same brands and products featured at traditional stores, including natural, organic, specialty and healthy items.

More about Grocery Outlet in general. They carry refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, organics, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over- the-counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts.  I recommend stopping in and checking them out!

Notable deals:

Item                                               Grocery Outlet      Elsewhere

Quinoa Milk                                $1.49                       $ 2.99

Oat Milk                                         1.29                         2.49

Walnuts                                         3.99                         4.99

Pecans                                           3.99                         8.19

Coconut flour                               3.99                         11.99

Maple Syrup                                6.99                         9.99

French Green Lentils                3.99                         7.99

Jug of Maple Syrup                  12.99                        17.99

Chia Seeds                                  4.99                         14.99

Nature’s Path Qia Bars            2/$1                        2.29

Kale Chips                                  2.99                          6.99

Glutenfree Pancake Mix        3.99                          6.99

Glutenfree All-Purpose Flour 3.99                        6.99

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta 1.79                    3.19

Gratify Gluten free Crackers 1.99                          4.99

Organic Dried Cranberries 1.49                            3.99

Organic Tropical Fruit Sauce 1.99                       4.99

Coconut Water                       1.99                           3.99


As a treat for my followers, I will be holding a giveaway for 2 $50 dollar gift cards from the Grocery Outlet.  See my Instagram account for details!  Username @yvonne_deliciously_vegan.

I hope you learned more about the Grocery Outlet and make a visit soon!


Disclaimer: This post was courtesy of the awesome people at the Grocery Outlet, who provided me with gift cards for my shopping experience.  Of course all the opinions are of my own and I wouldn’t share those opinons unless I truly loved it.

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Live Cooking Demonstration at Whole Foods Torrance


On Thursday, April 30th at 6:30pm, join me at Whole Foods Torrance for a live demonstration!  I will be teaching participants how to make fool-proof, plant-based vegan recipes perfect for Spring and Summer picnics and potlucks!  Jump into Spring and be ready for Summer with these nutrient-dense, tantalizing, and simple Spring delights!

What’s on the menu?

-Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

-Cranberry and Dill Vegan “Goat Cheese”

-Snackers Crackers

-Chocolate Chai Cookies


Space is limited, so reserve your space today!  Click here to register for the free class!  All  participants will receive a My Eclectic Kitchen organic cotton tote bag, filled with a baked treat made by yours truly, free recipes, and goodies from Navitas Naturals and Melissa’s Produce.  In addition, every participant will receive another exciting surprise gift.  Find out what it is when you get there.  Hope to see you!!!

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Vitamix Giveaway!

vitamix giveaway

Hello everyone! My Instagram friends @ilovetoeatplants,@plantstrong_mom, and I teamed up for an Amazing giveaway contest!  We are all Huge fans of our Vitamix blenders and use it daily to make our healthy staples, so this contest is especially exciting!

We are giving away a Vitamix 200 Professional Series, 11-Speed Blender! That’s right, a Vitamix!

How can you win? Enter the contest via Instagram.


1) Like and Repost this photo
2) Follow and Tag:
3) Tell us why you’d like to win
4) Add Hashtag

The contest is open worldwide and you may ENTER ONCE A DAY! Contest ends Sunday, March 29, at 11pm PST. Reminder: you will need to repost this photo and tag it. We will select the winner randomly via the hashtag #PlantstrongGiveaway

Get posting and good luck!


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Giveaway Contest!


My friend Gina Ragnone owner of vegan restaurant Falabar and Gigi’s Remix, and I partnered up with some of our favorite brands to bring you this amazing giveaway! (No re-posting necessary!)

One lucky winner will receive:

- $150 Carbon 38 Gift Card

- $50 Whole Foods Gift card

- 5 bags of our favorite snack, Gigi’s Remix

- Yvonne’s MyEclecticKitchen iTunes recipe App or eBook


Here’s how to win. In Instagram, simply:

1) Like this post

2) Follow:






3) Tag 3 friends

4) Tell us why you’d like to win!


The contest is open worldwide and you may ENTER ONCE A DAY! Enter here or on granolabitch’s posts. Contest ends Wednesday, March 18 at noon, PST.


Good luck!

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