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Raw Superfood Truffles demo at LA Cookie Con with Melissa’s Produce

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On Sunday, January 25th, Los Angeles debuted its very first LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show.  When I was invited to give a live “cooking” demo at the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry party, I could not turn down the opportunity.  As many of you know, it is my mission to prove to all that vegan and gluten-free food can be absolutely delicious while still being nutritious.  I had two demos—one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I was happy to have broadcast my message twice!  I was also thrilled that vegans and non-vegans alike loved my Superfood Truffles and came back for seconds and thirds!

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Many thanks to Nancy Tei, the organizer of the event, for inviting me to demonstrate how to make a raw vegan and gluten-free dessert to the public, and a big thanks to my friends at Melissa’s Produce for providing all of the delicious and nourishing ingredients to make my Superfood Truffles.  Additionally, I want to thank all those who stopped by to watch my cooking demos and asked great questions about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and eating raw until 4 o’clock.

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Melissa’s Produce made this such a positive experience for me.  The Friday before the event, I met up with Nancy Eisman and Sara De Leeuw at the Melissa’s Produce test kitchen to prepare samples and prizes to give away at the convention.  Nancy works on various projects at Melissa’s Produce and writes for the Melissa’s Produce blog, Plantbased411 blog as well as her own blog, Adventures with Nancy Rose.  Sara is a Master Preserver, instructor, and the creator of the My Imperfect Kitchen blog.  One thing I miss about working in a professional kitchen is having coworkers and getting to know one another as we complete our tasks.  I had so much fun rolling my hundreds of truffles while getting to know these lovely ladies at the test kitchen.  I felt that we clicked right from the start, so that was a great feeling.  On the day of the convention, Nancy and Sara were some of my biggest cheerleaders–I cannot thank them enough for their support!

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Sara also demo’d at the convention.  She made the most amazing Chocolate Chile Bark with Pepitas and Blood Orange Zest.  It is the Best chocolate bark I have ever tasted!  The recipe can be found on her blog or in the Melissa’s Produce The Great Pepper Cookbook.

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Meanwhile, Nancy distributed Melissa’s Produce Clean Snax to the public.  They come in four flavors: almond, coconut, cranberry, and pumpkin.  They are bee-gan (which means they contain honey).  My husband, who considers himself plant-based, enjoys this snack.  He usually picks up the snack at the Staples Center when we attend Clippers games, and he enjoys the pumpkin flavor most.

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Now, let me tell you about my Superfood Truffles.  The recipe is actually a collaboration.  When Nancy Eisman and I discussed ingredients I needed in order to make my Goji-, Cranberry, Coconut Truffles recipe, Nancy suggested I add some cacao nibs to make it a little chocolatey.  At first I was not keen on the idea, but Nancy really believed that it was a great idea since so many people who love cookies and pastries also love chocolate.  We gave it a try—added it into the recipe and, oh my, they turned out even better than the original.  So delicious.  The cacao nibs add a nice crunch factor and deep chocolate flavor to the truffles.  That is how the Superfood Truffle was born!  I’m so glad I met Nancy.  Not only is she down-to-earth and fun, without her I wouldn’t have my Superfood Truffles recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as a snack or dessert!

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Melissa’s Produce and goods can be found in the US, in major grocery stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Vons, Ralphs, and the list goes on.

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Superfood Truffles

Servings:  15

Time:  20 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/2 cup for rolling

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup dried goji berries

3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut nectar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch fine sea salt

1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions

1.  Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the cacao nibs to a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine until you reach a texture of your liking.  More texture is better than being over-processed.  You still want to see chunks of the dried fruit.

2.  Pour the mixture into a medium bowl.  Add the cacao nibs and stir to combine, using clean hands or a silicone spatula.  Make sure the cacao nibs are evenly distributed!

3.  Line a quarter-sheet pan or tupperware with parchment paper.  Scoop out 1.5 Tbsp-sized truffles, round them out with your hands, then roll into coconut flakes and place them onto the lined sheet tray or plate.  You should make about 15-18 truffles.  Refrigerate immediately until hardened, about 15-20 minutes.

Note: These truffles are best eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

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Clean Eating Magazine Feature

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I am honored to have been recognized by Clean Eating Magazine as a chef who is dominating the web!  Your support, positive feedback, and moments like this make what I do so worthwhile.  Thank you to my readers and a big thank you to Clean Eating Magazine for the feature and interview.

Click here to read my full interview and to get the recipe for one of my favorite desserts, the decadent Chocolate Truffle Cake!  Yes, it is vegan and free of gluten, soy, and refined sugar!  If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you soak raw cashew now!

Pick up a Clean Eating Magazine at a Whole Foods Market near you!

 

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Live demo at 1st Annual LA Cookie Convention

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Join me on January 25th at Los Angeles’ first-ever LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show!  I will be showing the non-vegans and those who eat gluten just how delicious vegan and gluten-free sweets can be!!

I will be doing two raw vegan dessert demonstrations using ingredients from Melissa’s Produce at 10:30am and 3:30pm!

The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show–the West Coast’s biggest baking and pastry convention, will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Don’t miss out on samples of cookies and sweets galore!  Get your tickets today by clicking here.  Hope to see you there!

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What’s Up? Magazine Feature – Morning Tonic Recipe & App of the Week

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I am delighted to have my Morning Tonic recipe featured in What’s Up Magazine’s Food Newsletter Column by Rhea Torreon, and named Drink of the Week!   This special hot beverage is something I enjoy almost every morning.  It’s my version of warm lemon water, but cranked up a notch with the addition of turmeric and cayenne pepper.  There are so many benefits to drinking warm lemon water.  In doing so, it initiates the production of digestive juices and gives my digestive process a nice kick start for the day.  Learn about the many benefits one can receive from my special concoction in her article, and get the recipe too!  Click here for the article.

Another exciting tidbit.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I failed to notice that the My Eclectic Kitchen App was also featured as the App of the Week in December by What’s Up? Magazine!  I was very pleased about the write up. See why the My Eclectic Kitchen App was named App of the Week in the article, here!

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Photos by Rhea Torreon.  To subscribe to Rhea Torreon’s Food column, go to www.whatsupmag.com, click on the subscribe link at the top, then click on the E-Newsletter link, and finally enter your email and check the box for What’s Up Food.

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Ka’Chava Giveaway

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Happy Monday!  

I have another Instagram Giveaway for you, and good news, no re-posting necessary!

I teamed up with my friends at Ka’Chava to give away a 30.95 oz. container of Ka’Chava valued at $69.95!

When I’m short on time or am out and about, Ka’Chava is a real timesaver. What I love about Ka’Chava is that it’s all-in-one nutrition and it tastes great.  It contains a protein blend, fiber blend, omega 3 efa, antioxidants, probiotics, super-greens, adaptogens, and essential vitamins and minerals.  It is also vegan, gluten-, soy-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I’ve enjoyed Ka’Chava in a delicious chocolate, peanut butter, and banana shake twice for lunch, and it was so good.  Not only did it taste like a decadent chocolate malted milkshake, it sustained my energy levels, I wasn’t hungry until dinner, and I experienced great mental focus.  I posted my creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ka’Chava Shake recipe on my blog last week, if you’d like to try.  I know you’ll love it.  Finally, here’s how to win.

In Instagram:

1) Like my giveaway post and follow @kachavatribe & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan
2) Tag 3 friends
3) Tell us why you’d like to win!

You may enter once a day! The contest is open for one week, until Wednesday, January 14, 11pm PST.

Good luck!!!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Ka’Chava Shake

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As a blogger, I receive many requests from companies to sample products.  Believe me, I have been sent many a protein and shake powder.  The honest truth is, I never enjoyed a powdered protein or shake until I tried Ka’Chava – The Whole Body Meal chocolate shake powder.  It truly is delicious!

With my busy schedule, I sometimes don’t have time to make lunch.  Although I do prefer eating whole foods, sometimes I don’t have time to hit the market, prepare a meal, chew on a ton of fruits and vegetables, especially when I’m on the go!  What I love about Ka’Chava is that it’s all-in-one nutrition and it tastes great.  It includes a protein blend, fiber blend, omega 3 efa, antioxidants, probiotics, super-greens, adaptogens, and essential vitamins and minerals.  It is also vegan, gluten-, soy-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives.  I’ve enjoyed Ka’Chava in a delicious chocolate, peanut butter, and banana shake twice for lunch, and it was so good.  Not only did it taste like a decadent chocolate malt milkshake, it sustained my energy levels, I wasn’t hungry until dinner, and I experienced great mental focus.

All you need to do is mix 2 scoops of the powder with non-dairy milk or filtered water and it makes a great meal.  The times I made a Ka’Chava shake, I had enough time to throw ingredients into a blender.  I decided to add more ingredients to the mix because I had this after an hour-long workout and wanted to add a wee bit more protein, plus I enjoy the peanut butter chocolate combo and the texture of frozen banana.  Boy, was it a perfect post-workout treat/lunch!

Ka’Chava was designed for athletes and health purists and is loaded with plant-based proteins and powerful superfoods.  If you find yourself on the go a lot, but want to still maintain good health, I hope you give Ka’Chava and my shake recipe a try.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy the taste and health benefits!

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Ka’Chava Shake

Servings: 1

Time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 cup filtered water

2 scoops chocolate Ka’Chava

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1/2 cup ice

 

Garnish (optional)

1 Tbsp dried mulberries

1 Tbsp cacao nibs

1 Tbsp dried coconut shreds

1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses

 

Directions:

Combine all of the smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth.  Top with garnishes if you desire.

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Happy New Year!! Let’s start it with a Raw Revolution Giveaway!

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Thank you for helping make 2014 an incredible year for me! I am so grateful for all the love, encouragement, comments, positive energy, interest, and inspiration.  It was my readers and followers in social media that inspired my biggest project yet—the My Eclectic Kitchen app!  With your help, since its release in late June, the My Eclectic Kitchen app has consistently ranked in the top 100 food and drink charts on iTunes, out of about 5,000 apps!   That is a great achievement for me and I am so thankful!!!

The last part of the year was such a whirlwind. I can’t wait to get back into my test kitchen and come up with even more delicious vegan, gluten-, and soy-free recipes for you to try and share with your loved ones.  also currently working on a few other projects and am excited to share them with you in 2015!

May you have a fun and safe new year!  Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in 2015!

To kick off the new year, I want to give away one of my favorite things right now.

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I teamed up with my friends at Raw Revolution to give away an amazing sampler pack of my favorite Raw Revolution bars!!!  I will also throw in an organic cotton My Eclectic Kitchen tote bag!

Raw Revolution bars saved me during the holidays when I ran around town and needed some quick and clean energy!  Their bars are raw, all organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, and vegan.  Even better, they contain NO preservatives, artificial ingredients, refined sugars, or proteins!

Here’s how to win this giveaway contest.  In Instagram:

1) Like the Raw Revolution giveaway post and follow @rawrev & @yvonne_deliciously_vegan.

2) Tag 3 friends

3) Tell us why you’d like to win!

The contest is open worldwide and until Sunday, January 3rd, 11pm PST. You may enter once a day.

If you can’t wait until Sunday to get these bars, you can order via the Raw Revolution website and use coupon code MEKsave to save 15% on your entire purchase!  My favorite bars are the Chocolate Crave bars, by the way, so don’t forget to order a few of those!

I hope you enter the contest, try these bars, and enjoy them just the same!

Once again, may you have an amazing 2015!  May it be filled with everything you dream of and more!  Can’t wait to share so much more with you in 2015!!!

 

Much Love,

Yvonne

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