The China Study Cookbook: Review and Giveaway plus No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe!

Peanut Butter Bars Square

I had all ready watched and was blown away by Forks Over Knives before I read The China Study. When I read the book, the evidence and data presented there by T. Colin Campbell, PHD and his son Thomas M. Campbell, was simply irrefutable. I felt my convictions about plant-based eating deepen even more. Certainly, the book confirmed all that I wanted to know and learn about eating for health (indeed nearly every single health issue you can imagine can be improved through a whole foods plant-based diet).

So, I gave the book to my sister-in-law, she read it cover to cover on a flight home to Switzerland. She and my brother and their family went plant-based almost immediately. The book then got passed around amongst her friends and family. Some of those people went plant-based. I’m sure those people shared the book with their loved ones. That’s what we do when we find something phenomenal that can change lives. We share it with those that are precious to us so that they can understand the real data behind the whole foods movement and experience the joy of good health.

French Toast

Dr. Campbell mentions in the intro to this cookbook that people always ask him what he eats, and that undoubtedly he would give people a limited answer that would disappoint those wanting to make real lifestyle changes. Now you can discover for yourself the real “China Study Diet” His daughter, Leanne Campbell is the author of the cookbook. I love that they’ve truly kept it in the family to show how the Campbell family does healthy vegan.

Broccoli Salad

On quick review of the cookbook I was delighted to see that the recipes used simple ingredients, that the meals would be easy and quick to prepare AND that they would indeed be flavorful, despite the fact that none of the recipes contain oil, very little of them use sweeteners (and when they do, they use natural sweeteners) and all of the recipes are low in sodium. Also, Nearly every recipe has a lovely photo (a huge plus in my book, I like to see what the food I’m preparing is supposed to look like).

Chocolate Cake

I especially enjoyed Leanne’s explanation about feeding a whole foods plant-based diet to children. Not only do they thrive, but indeed their diets are likely nutritionally superior to all of their peers. (My own children do very well on a plant-based diet).

Ceviche Beans

Now, lets talk about the food. My husband, who’s not much of a treat guy, thoroughly enjoyed both salads I tested out of the book and asked for seconds of each. My daughter loved the Coconut Curry Rice so much that she begged for the last of it on the second day. As for the desserts, well I was happily surprised that the Vegan Chocolate Cake was moist and tender, even without the addition of oil, oh and the frosting tastes like a delicious chocolate pudding. My pickiest and youngest eater ate 6 slices of the Favorite French Toast in one day. He wanted it for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (by then I had to make another batch). I couldn’t blame him, it was truly delicious.

Coconut Curry Rice

As for the No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars, well, we’ll just let the photos and the recipe do the talking. Enjoy.

Peanut Butter Bar Portrait

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These bars are rich, creamy, sweet and satisfying–everything a dessert should be! (recipe used with permission, of course).

  • 1 cup low-fat graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons rice or almond milk

1- Crush graham crackers in food processor. In a separate bowl, add walnuts, coconut and peanut butter. Stir in the crushed graham crackers.

2- Slowly add milk and mix. If mixture does not hold together, continue adding additional milk until all the ingredients stick together. However, don’t make it too soft, and, if necessary, use your hands.

3- Spread mixture evenly into a 9×9 non-stick baking dish.

4- In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips together with rice or almond milk over medium heat. Stir until smooth.

5- Spread chocolate mixture on top of peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until hardened. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Tip: These make a great holiday treat and should be used sparingly.

Peanut Butter Bars Top View

Buy The China Study Cookbook here. Get the Kindle Edition here.

Buy it on the Publisher’s Site, BenBella Books here

China Study Cookbook

For a chance to win a copy of this amazing cookbook, Click on the link below to enter the Giveaway! This contest is open to entrants in the USA and Canada onlyYou must also follow this blog by email or RSS feed to qualify. You have until Friday the 26th of July to enter!  I will notify the winner by email on Monday the 29th of July. GO!!

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111 responses to “The China Study Cookbook: Review and Giveaway plus No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe!

  1. Looking very nice Somer!

  2. Oh yum those chocolate peanut butter bars look oh so good! :-) Must give them a try!

  3. Wow I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book and with your glowing review, I know I have to now! Everything looks delicious Somer- amazing pics too!

  4. April

    I personally stopped being vegan because it simply didn’t fit my body type, but I still try not to overeat animal proteins/dairy because I don’t agree with the way the animals are treated and I don’t believe that too much of anything is good for you. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Chelsea

    I almost bought this the other day. My main motivation for being vegan has always been health. Veganism just really makes sense to me. Best decision I ever made!

  6. Thank you Somer, I love the China Study and now a cook book, that is fabulous!!!

  7. Laurie

    I would love to have this cookbook! My motivation for following a whole foods plant based diet is to do everything I can to be healthy, despite the terrible cancer genes my family has. 5 out of 8 of my immediate family have/have had cancer!! I now love to cook plant foods and many of my family members are now motivated to get on board!

  8. Trish

    My motivation for eating a plant-based diet is my health! I am mommy to 4 beautiful wee-gans and I want to live a long, healthy, disease-free life…and want the same for them!

  9. Corrine

    Animals first and foremost and then also my health and the environment.

  10. What a great post Somer, thank you for sharing this review- everything you made (as always) looks so amazing!

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  12. This cookbook looks great! simple and healthy but delicious, just what I need right now while I am working on my degree…
    Now, for the contest, as far as why I chose a plant based diet, I did it 13 (!) years ago for the animals. I was raised vegetarian and when I learned about factory farming I went vegan.

  13. Health. But, having a life-long compassion for animals has extended into the rest of my life :)

  14. Forks over knives was what really made me question my nutritional choices at the time. Shortly thereafter, I became vegan, and I’ve only found further evidence to support my decision. I have a few books that I need to finish reading, but once they’re out of the way, I plan to take on the book you mentioned. Seems like a good resource.

  15. Waw, what great & appetizing peanut butter chocolate bars! They rock! A must make! The other reipes look really tasty too!

  16. All the dishes you made from the cookbook sound so lovely, especially the ceviche beans! Chocolate always wins though, and those bars look too good to resist!

  17. sunnyshans

    Gosh, I must stop catching up with all my missed blog reading. There are way too many delicious looking recipes to try; this one trumps them all. Must make. Thanks for sharing. :)

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