Friday, September 13, 2013

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars & a GIVEAWAY


One of my favorite things about blogging (other than being able to hopefully help people out) is that publishing companies often offer me up free review copies of their new cookbooks that have just or are about to be published!  When BenBella Books, Inc contacted me this time to check out the China Study Cookbook by T. Colin Campbell, PHD, I was super excited!

I read the China Study a few years ago – if you have not read this book please do.  It’s very eye opening.  From the website;

“In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Recognized as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease, The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by government entities, lobbies, and opportunistic scientists.”

After reading the book, I felt inspired to follow the ideas laid out in the book, I remember wishing that there were recipes at the end – so I could take steps towards living a more whole food, plant based life.

Fast forward a few years and they now have published a book that is the “Official Companion to the China Study” and I’m lucky enough to be able to share one of the yummy recipes with you & offer a giveaway for the cookbook for anyone in the US or Canada!

It was a natural choice for me to choose a peanut butter/chocolate recipe – because let’s face it – that combo cannot be beat!   Check out the recipe and see below for the giveaway!


No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Preparation time: 15 minutes | Chilling time: 1 hour

Makes 9 servings

These bars are rich, creamy, sweet, and satisfying—everything a dessert should be!

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 nondairy milk

1 cup nondairy chocolate chips

5 tablespoons rice or almond milk

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

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

3 | Spread mixture evenly into a 9 × 9 nonstick 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!


To Enter the Giveaway

Leave a comment telling me about your favourite plant based recipe OR why you would want to win this book!   That’s it!  One Entry per person*****

Contest Closes Wednesday September 18th at 8pm! Winner will be announced on facebook and have 2 days to provide me with their address!


  *****YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A BLOG TO ENTER!!  Just use the NAME/URL option and type in your name and your email address (which will never be shared!)


*Permission to publish recipe and use photo were given by BenBella Books, Inc


  1. I want this cookbook because I read the China Study & thought the same thing, there should be a cookbook! Also I LOVE cookbooks & am always looking for new ideas to play with.

  2. I would like this cookbook because I never heard of it before and you have never steered be wrong yet. Plus my first raw food item I made was Chocolate Ganache cake with fruit.

  3. I have two young girls and want them to eat "real" food. I would live this cookbook to give me more ideas on would make our family.

  4. I have heard great things about this book, I would LOVE to cook from it!

    I'm with you - chocolate + peanut butter is always good. My favorite plant based recipe? that is a difficult one, but my first thought is the tahini kale bowls I make - different every time, but always with vibrant flavors!

  5. My favorite plant based recipe is this:

    its an amazing 'milk'shake that is dairy free fresh and clean I LOVE IT!!

    I would love this book to start to learn more about eating dairy free other than just using soy milk or almond milk!

    Thank you for awesome blog!

  6. One of favourite plant based recipes is a smoothie that I have found on "Living Mint Green." I have not read the China Study yet but I have just bought it. The cookbook does sound interesting & maybe it will help me with some of my meals to make. The peanut butter chocolate recipe looks really good!

  7. I'm trying to add more real food to my diet!

  8. I would love to have this book, I am vegetarian now but want to be vegan. My favorite plant based recipe is Quinoa Black Bean Sweet Potato casserole.

  9. I would love to win this cookbook so I can add more delicious dairy free plant based recipes to our diet!

  10. I am getting so interested in introducing more plant based meals to my family. We had our first meatless meal and it was a success. I would love to read this book as I've heard so many great things about it.
    Plus those bars look so yummy!!

  11. my favorite recipe is the Caesar dressing and salad from young and raw

  12. Wow this looks really good. I have both of the forks over knives cookbooks, but the china study cookbook. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I have just recently finished reading the China Study and it has totally changed the way I look at food. I would love to when the book because I am looking for new ideas and recipes. Thanks for sharing!


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