When I heard that Rich Roll and Julie Piatt were coming out with a cookbook, I was super excited. Rich Roll and Julie Piatt are amazing leaders in the plant-based lifestyle world and their down to earth personalities, authentic style, and general peaceful dispositions make these two an inspiring pair.
If you aren’t familiar with this amazing duo, they’re great role models and super swoon worthy. Rich Roll is a vegan ultra-endurance athlete (AHEM, who says you can’t get enough protein being a vegan?), who is famous for a variety of achievements, one of which is his awesome podcast which regularly sits on the iTunes top 10 list! When I say Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athelete, that’s an understatment, he’s more like a superhuman. He completed what is called the Epic 5 Challenge, which is quite the feat. It consists of 5 ironman-distance triathalons on 5 islands of Hawaii (and here’s the kicker) in under a week. Not only that, he’s an amazing motivational speaker. I can tell you firsthand, his speeches are engaging and inspiring. I was lucky enough to speak with him briefly at VegFest DC back in 2013, and he’s one of the nicest and most authentic people I’ve ever met. Plus on top of all these amazing achievements, he’s even made it onto PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarians list (meow!)! He’s not just a hotshot in the vegan world, Men’s Fitness Magazine, named Rich as one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World,” so I think you get the idea. But his plant-based lifestyle stemmed from an amazing story of transformation. Rich shares his story on his site, and you can read it here!
Now if you aren’t familiar with Julie Piatt, aka Srimati, she’s a wonder woman. Julie Piatt is a plant-based chef, singer, songwriter, mother of 4, and spiritual guide. Julie Piatt has a deep connection with the food she eats, that I find both inspiring and something I’d love to achieve. I think, too often, it is easy to overlook the power of plant-based foods and the power of food as a healing property, and Julie Piatt is an expert in the art of using food as medicine, which The Plantpower Way gives amazing insight into. Julie Piatt also happens to be an experienced yogi, so I’d say she’s an official “Renaissance woman” herself! Check out her site here!
But to say that The Plantpower Way is a cookbook is oversimplifying, this is a lifestyle guide. The book is co-written by the duo and gives tips on raising a family, keeping yourself centered, and living a life aligned with peace and the earth. But not only does the book share incredible, non-processed, whole food based plant-based recipes, the book also gives an intimate glimpse into the world of their family.
I get a ton of questions from you all about how to raise a plant-based family and how to maintain a plant-based lifestyle with a family and the growing needs of a family, and guess what, Rich Roll and Julie Piatt, are superheroes. Their family is awesome, healthy, happy, and all plant-based! The Plantpower Way sheds light on how to cook with a family (i.e. they avoid onions for various reasons, but one of which is that the kids dislike them!), so I cannot recommend this book enough to give tips on having a plant-based family.
I love this cookbook and all the lifestyle tips, needless to say it’s my favorite cookbook of 2015! Every recipe I have tried has been healthy, delicious, simple, clean, and a success! Since reading about their lives and seeing their awesome photos of the meals they eat, their family outings, and activities, it’s inspired me to incorporate more whole, raw based foods into my diet. Although the book isn’t primarily raw, it gives a lot of great raw recipes and easy-to-digest recipes, which I’m leaning more towards recently. I’m cleaning up my act over here at VegetarianSnob, and thanks to the inspiring words of Rich Roll and Julie Piatt, it’s been going very well!
And of course, of all the recipes I could’ve picked, I’m going with their chocolate peanut butter cookies. This recipe might not be the healthiest recipe in the book, but it was way too delicious not to share! But to give you another example of their awesome whole food recipes, their raw tacos are amazing, as are the cacao enchiladas, but you’ll have to get the book to try those out ;).
For this recipe, just watch your liquid to dry ingredient ratio. My peanut butter was a little more oily and so I used less water and added oats to mine to thicken the dough to create those drop cookies, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for texture. Also, the recipe calls for pure cane sugar, but just keep in mind your peanut butter might contain sugar already (mine did), so you will want to adjust that amount! Also, feel free to use other sweeteners, such as coconut sugar! But these babies are super simple, vegan, gluten-free, and packed with flavor!
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 1 cup organic, natural-style crunchy peanut butter
- 1¼ cups organic sugar
- 2 teaspoons high-quality vanilla extract
- ½ cup of rolled oats (optional, my addition)
- 1 bar Mayan dark chocolate or high-quality organic specialty chocolate (vegan)
- 1 teaspoon large-grain Celtic sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cookie sheet with the coconut oil using a paper towel.
- To make a flaxseed egg, mix the ground flaxseeds and the filtered water. Let stand for 2
- minutes and then whisk until the mixture has an egg-like texture. Add more filtered water as
- needed to get the consistency of an egg.
- In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter and sugar, flaxseed “egg,” and vanilla with clean
- hands until well combined, add in your oats (if using).
- Roll 1½ tablespoons of the mixture into smooth balls and place about 1" apart on the
- prepared baking sheet.
- Press flat using a fork, making a lined pattern on the cookies.
- Press one square of dark chocolate in the center of each cookie. Strategically place large sea
- salt crystals on top of the cookies.
- Bake, until golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool until they are slightly warm.
- Carefully transfer to a serving plate using a spatula
But as a gift to you, and the generosity of the publishers and Rich Roll and Julie Piatt, I have 1 copy to give away to a lucky winner! Yep, this lil baby could be yours ;). Enter today by filling out the little Rafflecopter app below, don’t forget that you can have multiple entries, so keep sharing for more entries! This giveaway is limited to US residents only. The giveaway starts on Thursday, April 30 and will run 1 week, until Thursday, May 7th, 2015 11:59 pm, so be sure to enter ASAP to ensure an entry! I will randomly pick a winner and contact them via email! If you don’t feel like testing your luck, then buy your copy today!
I hope you go out and get this book and it brings you as much joy as it’s brought me!
If desserts aren’t your thing, this cookbook is filled with a huge array of recipes from smoothies to juices, appetizers, entrees, and sides, and all the recipes are healthy and easy to prepare! Go get this book!
Full Disclosure: Although I received a free copy of the book for review and giveaway, I am not affiliated with Avery Books nor the authors, nor did I feel obligated to write a review or positive review in exchange. I am just an exploring vegan excited to share all my vegan-y discoveries with whomever may want to read! Read more about my philosophy on product reviews here. Please note that if you buy a product through my links, I receive a small percentage from Amazon.