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

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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,

Yvonne

 

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How To Make Monster Cookies YouTube Video

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that we know and remember.

On this special day, I made a new YouTube video.  I made it so that everyone can see just how easy it is to make Monster Cookies.  Monster Cookies are chunky and chewy, and loaded with oatmeal, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, and coconut.  They  are vegan, gluten-free, and oil free, and are sure to take the monster out of anyone and set them in an oh-so-good mood.  Click the photo, above, to watch the video and for the complete recipe, click here.

Also, I invite you to subscribe to my new My Eclectic Kitchen YouTube channel and to ‘like’ my videos. ;-)

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

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Fudge Brownies

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This brownie recipe is what I would consider a classic fudge brownie.  It is comparable to one of my childhood favorites–Betty Crocker walnut brownies.  The differences are that it is made from scratch (not from a box), vegan and gluten-free, and there is not any cholesterol.  Since there is quite a bit of coconut sugar in this recipe, I cannot say that these brownies are healthy.  For all those who miss their pre-vegan and gluten-free days brownie, this is dedicated to you!  Always feel free to substitute the sugar with erythritol to make this sugar-free, and it should taste just as good!

Make brownie pops with this recipe!  Or if you have vanilla ice “cream,” make yourself a brownie a la mode, create a chocolate brownie ice cream by throwing in pieces of this brownie, or just enjoy these brownies just as they are!

Happy eating!

This recipe was inspired by ingredients that Vitacost.com kindly sent to me.  Click on the ingredients links to purchase the same ingredients I used to make my classic fudge brownies.  Click here for Vitacost.com savings.

 

Fudge Brownies

Servings: 9

Time: 3-4 hours

Brief:  This is a classic fudge brownie recipe. It’s reminiscent of a Betty Crocker chocolate walnut brownie, only this is vegan and gluten-free!

Diet: V, GF, DF, SF

 

Ingredients:

Wet:

2 ½ Tbsp flax meal

1/3 cup plus 1 ½ tsp filtered water

1 ¼ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted*

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup coconut sugar

*Make sure the coconut oil is melted when you measure it.

 

Dry:

½ cup sorghum flour

2 Tbsp brown rice flour

2 Tbsp arrowroot flour

¼ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp xanthan gum, optional

 

Other Ingredients:

½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 7”X7” or 8”x8” square pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and filtered water. Mix and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.

4. a) Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil into a large heat-safe bowl that can sit right over a small saucepot with very lightly simmering water.  Stir the chocolate and coconut oil with a silicone spatula until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat.

b) Alternatively, in a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut oil and chocolate chips and melt in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds until melted.

5. Stir well, add the flax mixture, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar.

6.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir well to combine.  Fold in the roughly chopped walnuts.

7.  Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and place a piece of parchment paper at the top and flatten it out with your hands or with a roller until smooth and even.

8. Bake for 30 minutes.  When you pull it out of the oven, it will be sizzling and bubbly, and will seem like it’s not fully cooked.  Don’t worry about that– it’s normal and will set as it cools and chills.   Do not slice into it.  I repeat, do not slice it yet because it will fall apart and crumble.  Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for about 1 hour.  When they are completely cool, place the brownie pan into the refrigerator until they are cold.  This makes them easier to handle and easier to cut.  I usually cool them overnight.  Once they are completely cold, remove them from the refrigerator and holding onto the parchment paper transfer them onto a cutting board.  Cut 9 square pieces or smaller pieces.

9. Best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and eaten cold!

 

 

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“Put Out The Fire” by Cat Ruehle – eGuide Review

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I was recently given the opportunity to read Put Out The Fire! Diet and Wellness Guide, which was written by Cat Ruehle who is a qualified holistic health coach, blogs at http://catherineruehle.com, and is the author of Let Us All Eat Cake (Ten Speed Press).  Her fun and upbeat writing style draws her readers into the total-body wellness guide.

In Put Out The Fire! Diet and Wellness Guide, Cat begins by describing her life at the peak of her 20-year career in the culinary world.  She owned a successful bakery and cake studio, was a regular on the Food Network for making gorgeous and elaborate multi-tiered cakes, and was endlessly courted for multiple book and TV projects.  Then suddenly, her life turned upside down.  Cat was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling and painful autoimmune disease, and could no longer pick up her cup of coffee much less make her beautiful creations.  After her doctor proposed to treat her autoimmune disease with a lifetime of toxic medicines, Cat decided to take control over the disease.  In her desire to “put out the fire” of her chronic disease, she spent innumerable hours researching on how to heal her body and mind.  She overhauled her diet and lifestyle by removing trigger foods, and embraced a more holistic and balanced approach to wellness.  By doing so, she has turned her life around, become symptom-free, and is now a certified holistic health coach and wellness foodie.

This 100 + page guide contains the plan Cat used to cure her incurable autoimmune disease and to find a well-nourished life.  This same plan has also improved lives of her clients through diet and lifestyle changes.  Put Out The Fire! Diet and Wellness Guide not only helps its readers create an individual plan for life-long wellness in 8 weeks, but also has more than 40 great recipes and a meal plan.  One of my favorite parts of the guide is in the Wellness Toolkit — the “sanity savers” tips that will help me stay on track when traveling and eating out, and for food preparation.

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After reading Cat’s book, I realized that we share a very similar food philosophy– eat what makes me feel alive and well.  We also share similarities in our daily habits.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to change your lifestyle and take control of your life, I recommend reading Cat Ruele’s Put Out The Fire! Diet and Wellness Guide.  Find it here, http://catherineruehle.com/e-guide/ !

 

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Introducing The My Eclectic Kitchen YouTube Channel!

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Greetings, Friends!

I started something pretty exciting, a My Eclectic Kitchen YouTube channel!  This channel will be linked to my cookbook app and website!

I am very excited about the release of the ‘My Eclectic Kitchen’ app this month as well as my newly established YouTube channel!

Check out my first videos, below, and feel free to subscribe!

Note: If the picture quality is blurry for you, adjust the viewing settings. It can be watched in HD.

 

How to Make Banana Crunch Pops

 

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How To Line A Loaf Pan With Parchment Paper

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