Dreamy Baked Bananas: Featured Recipe from “The China Study All-Star Collection Cookbook” (plus giveaway)!

Many years ago I read The China Study. It was before social media, before the surge of blogging, before the “rise” of the plant-based world. Yes, we are still quite a minority as vegans, but things are drastically different than they were 10 or even 5 years ago. Vastly different than 20 years ago when I began this journey. There is more awareness, more products, more online support, and more acceptance.

I remember feeling quite ‘alone’ as a vegan and a plant-based mom at that time. There was indeed information to support a plant-based diet for health, but nothing like the information available today. I was blogging, and did have that built-in community. But, in my day to day life and beginning to raise vegan children, I felt quite isolated in my choices. Nevertheless, I felt it was the best dietary choice. Not just for me, but for our growing children.

Then, I picked up a copy of The China Study. I read it whenever I could. I remember watching our eldest swim, indulging in another few pages every lesson. It was the most powerful book on plant-based nutrition that I had read. It solidified all of my beliefs, and empowered me to continue with my work. I recommended it to countless people through personal conversations and emails and on my blog (and still do). I felt everyone needed to read this book (and still do).

To this day, The China Study is a meaningful book for me. I hope to meet Dr. Campbell one day, because his work has certainly inspired my recipes, and influenced my evolution as a cookbook author.


You can imagine my delight when I was asked to contribute recipes to the new China Study Cookbook: All-Star Collection… I was STOKED! I have contributed some brand new recipes in this collection, as well as a few “oldies but goodies”. It’s quite an honor and privilege to be included in this cookbook. (Confession: There’s also a little piece of me that believes Colin and I are now BFFs. Shhh, don’t tell him!) :)

This book is by Leanne Campbell, author of the original TCS cookbook. In this second book, Leanne invites a selection of “all-star” plant-based chefs to contribute recipes. This offers quite a diverse range of dishes and recipe styles in one whole-foods, vegan cookbook. Flipping through the book, I’m in awe of the creative spirits we have in our plant-based world. You’ll find wonderfully delicious and nutritious recipes from folks like Ani Phyo, Chef Del Sroufe, Christy Morgan, Mary McDougall and John McDougall, MD – and more! The book features over 100 whole foods plant-powered recipes, with color photography throughout.

Here is a glimpse of a few of my recipe contributions, expertly photographed by Nicole Axworthy:

Mellow Lentil Sniffle Soup_1

Gingerbread Granola_4-crop

Creamy Fettucine_3


Today I’m sharing one of my newbie recipes in TCS All-Star Collection. One that I think you’ll really enjoy – my testers sure did!

Dreamy Baked Bananas. Baked bananas have always been appealing to me, irresistible in fact. They are typically baked in wads of butter (or margarine), and with so much sugar they can be sickly. This is a much healthier version, and possibly (albeit oddly) more decadent than traditional recipes. Whenever I make these, our girls squeal, and they try to wriggle in the kitchen to lick out the dish. Of course, I won’t have any of that behaviour! That dish is MINE. 😉

And now, it’s yours…

Dreamy Baked Bananas by Dreena Burton

Dreamy Baked Bananas

reprinted from The China Study All-Star Collection — link to print/share

It seems silly that something so basic, so “real,” and so effortless can taste so impossibly dreamy. But dessert food dreams do come true, and this one is especially memorable in the morning if paired with a nondairy ice cream. Serves 2-3

2 tablespoons macadamia nut butter (or raw cashew or raw almond butter)

1/4 cup nondairy milk

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

3 ripe bananas (but not overripe)

2 tablespoons raisins or chopped dates (optional, can substitute or add chopped nuts)

1–2 tablespoons coconut sugar for sprinkling (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the nut butter, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. It will be thick but should be smooth.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish or glass pie plate.
  4. Peel the bananas and slice in half lengthwise.
  5. Place banana slices in the mixture, then gently flip so both sides are coated.
  6. Sprinkle on the raisins or chopped dates, followed by the coconut sugar, if using.
  7. Bake for 17–20 minutes. Serve hot or warm preferably. While still good cooled, this dessert is definitely best a little warm—ice cream prefers it that way!

TIP: When I make this recipe, our girls polish off the entire dish in a blink. So I’d say it can serve three, but more likely two… or maybe that’s just in my house!

Before you zip off to bake those nanners, you have a chance to win a copy of TCS All-Star Collection! Leave a comment to enter, tell us what recipe you’d like to try from this cookbook. Or, if you’ve tried some recipes already, share your favorites! Contest rules noted in the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

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  1. Kirsten Pontarelli says

    I got the audio book and listened to The China Study. It was great to have it read to me while I was working. I can still hear key phrases and plan on listening again soon! I am all about those baked bananas! Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Janet Mertz says

    I am always using up leftover bananas as I like to eat them when they are a bit green but need to cook with the rest-this looks marvelous!!

  3. says

    Dreena: This just came out of the oven. It is to die for! I had no nut butters, so I googled and then made my own cashew nut butter. It was fun and easy. This whole recipe whipped up easily and the results are spectacular. We are delighted. Thank you so much! ~Nancy

  4. Georgina says

    Hi Dreena,
    Reading about that sense of loneliness being vegan is familiar. However, I was much luckier having access to resources like the Plant Powered Kitchen and your cookbooks. In fact, you are part of the Canadian power trio of vegan bloggers on whom I check everyday: you, Angela Liddon and Ricki Heller.

    The bananas sound delicious. Have you ever tried plantains? They are incredibly tasty, and they hold their firmness a little more than regular bananas. I will try your recipe with plantains this weekend, as my usual recipe is just to slice them and bake them on their own on a parchment lined baking sheet. I think your recipe is a winner. :-)


    • Dreena says

      Thank you for these kind words, Georgina. And, yes, love plantains, though I don’t use them very often and tend to use them in savory recipes. Hope you enjoy them in this recipe!

  5. Kim says

    My mother gave me The China Study almost 4 years ago now for a Mother’s Day gift. We were sitting at Ruby Tuesdays & I had just ordered steak & lobster, what was then my favorite dish. I’ve been vegan ever since. I don’t have a vegan cookbook and haven’t tried any of the recipes so it would be very exciting for me to have this. I like that there are no oils used.

  6. Linda Eliason says

    I would love to try your alfredo recipe. It looks amazing and it would be wonderful to serve to my family without the guilt of all that fat!

  7. Jo says

    I just had to tell you how lovely the baked bananas recipe is. My teenage daughter loved this and wanted more! It didn’t take long at all to make too which is great and uses things I always have in the house. Thank you.

  8. says

    I made the dreamy baked bananas for dessert tonight, adding dates & pecans to it, then topping it with some vanilla Rice Dream ice cream. We LOVED it! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  9. says

    The China Study changed my life too! I was happily eating milk and eggs and a vegan friend of mine loaned me the book. It’s all history from there, after I discovered you of course. 😉 thanks for all the great work you do! <3

  10. Jill Kovacs says

    This cookbook looks very good! I also love reading The China Study book by Colin Campbell. I was introduced to the book because it was posted on your blog, Dreena! Thank you!

    • says

      Sorry second half of my comment got cut off! Would love to try all the recipes in the new book starting with your scrumptious looking baked bananas :-) x

  11. Heather says

    I used the “look inside” feature on Amazon to check out the table of contents and the pineapple-cucumber gazpacho really jumped out at me. It sounds so summery!

  12. says

    Thank you for the delicious recipe. I made this for dessert last night and it was divine. We didn’t have any vegan ice cream, so I used some Rice Whip. It was good that way, but I will have to buy some vegan ice cream for the next time we make it . There will definitely be a next time.

  13. Sheila says

    As a 38-year vegan myself, I totally understand where you are coming from! And I’m virtually oil-free too (and need to find new recipes to share in my cooking classes), so I really appreciate finding great oil-free recipes! Baked bananas sounds absolutely fantastic! Photos are lovely too! Thank you for all the good you do for the plant-based whole foods community, Dreena!

  14. Valerie W says

    I think my kids will definitely like those bananas! I’d love to try so many of the recipes – I saw one that was peppermint-chocolate ice cream. Would like to start experimenting with vegan ice cream in our new ice cream maker. Thanks for the chance!

  15. says

    I already have a copy of this wonderful cookbook! I was blessed in being able to do a review. It’s one of my very favorites!!! So many great recipes.
    I haven’t had a chance to try out the baked bananas but, wow, they look amazing!!

  16. katy s says

    Awesome! I too loved reading the China Study..my good friend from college let me borrow her copy until I got my own. That friend’s father would give copies of the China Study to family and friends for Christmas! I can’t wait to try all of your recipes in the new TCS cookbook!

  17. Christina says

    Oh those baked bananas look–dare I say it?–dreamy! I am looking forward to making that dish next time I hear “what’s for dessert?” Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. JoAnne Sabin says

    I am eager to try the Dreamy Baked Bananas, but also the Lentil Sniffle Soup, and what looked like granola with blueberries. I am new to WFPB and am thrilled to discover a new cookbook! Like you, reading the China Study has made a profound impact on my life. I wish I had heard of it when it first came out. Thanks for all you do to help us newbies out!

  19. Mindy D says

    I adore Let Them Eat Vegan, so any Dreena recipe would be first on my list. Thanks for the opportunity for a giveaway!

  20. Laurie says

    Dreena, You are such an inspiration!! To think that you were plant-based BEFORE all of the support we have today and before you even read the China Study! I have benefited to much from your incredibly delicious recipes for years now! I can’t WAIT to try these bananas (so I’m not going to wait!!) and I would love to try many of the recipes from the book! Right now, I’m in the mood for some Indian food so perhaps the Aloo Gobi or the Apple Lentil Dal would top my list. :)

  21. says

    HI Dreena,

    Loved reading about how The China Studay was such a pivotal book for you so many years ago. It has been one for me as well. I LOVE this banana recipe–congratulations on being included in this newest of China Study cookbook winners. :)

  22. Gaby says

    I haven’t seen too many of the recipes, but those are def some all star chefs! These bananas look awesome…I might throw some rum on them too :X

  23. Linda says

    What an awesome giveaway! My kids love bananas, so I bet they’ll go nuts for your recipe; thanks for posting.

  24. Kathy Berman says

    I would love to try the dip with the sun dried tomatoes on top. The soup looks good also. I should start making soup. Smallish amounts of easy-to-make soup. I could control the sodium myself which would be great since I am super sensitive to it. And, I adore all the beautiful mis-matched silverware in the photos. Great pictures.

  25. says

    Oh my!! I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Campbell! Such a humble great guy! I am so excited about this cookbook, that I think I will make all the recipes! kind of like cooking with all my favorite plant based whole food chefs! Think the movie, Julia, Julia! So fun!
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  26. Amy says

    I’d like to try the quinoa salad with currants and pistachios, but the baked banana recipe is a definite must.

  27. Claudia says

    Definitely have to get the book! The ginger granola will be a winner at our house and I will be making the bananas ASAP. That’ll be one dessert I’ll get to myself since hubby doesn’t like bananas.*smile* They look dreamy!

  28. maureen says

    I love bananas so it will be your baked banana recipe for sure! I am going to give it a try! thanks so much!

  29. Shelah says

    The soup pictured here looks great! And I also want to try the Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos! Thanks for this opportunity :)

  30. Becca F says

    I want to try your banana recipe of course! I think it would be great with some coconut milk ice cream!

  31. Brannan says

    Read the China Study book and am excited to see a cookbook as a follow up. Would love to try ALL the recipes to add some new meal ideas to our family table.

  32. Nicole says

    I would love to try ALL of the recipes from this amazing cookbook, but especially the Daikon Mushroom Fettuccine! Vegan cooking has really been intriguing me, and I’d like to jump right in and start off with the best. Thank you!

  33. Sferd says

    I would love to win TCS cookbook–not only to try more recipes of yours, but also from some of the other ‘all star’ chefs who contribute.

  34. Sharanya Ram says

    Would love to try the Dreamy baked bananas and darkchocloate sweetpotato black bean brownies..Oh my !!

  35. Mandy says

    I’m always looking for a good vegan breakfast recipe, so I would like to try those out the most. Your Dreamy Baked Bananas recipe definitely applies 😉

  36. Deborah says

    Can’t wait to see the book! I am sure there will be loads of recipes to try! Especially looking forward to Dreena’s!

  37. Jan d says

    Love The China Study – met Dr Campbell @Kripalu – so great – I read your blog and have printed several of your recipes – I don’t know which one I’d make first if I won the cookbook. Cookbooks are my bedtime reading – and I love the pictures. Many thanks for your inspiration.

  38. Lakshmi says

    Really want to try the baked bananas, the pasta dish looks like my son would eat it. Basically anything you come up I want to try.

  39. Deena says

    I love desserts that do not involve adding oil. This Baked Bananas recipe sounds like a dream! I cannot wait to try it.

  40. Renee says

    I haven’t had a Chance to leaf through it but that recipe you just shared sounds stylish. I can’t wait to see what what else is in there!

  41. Melissa says

    I would love to just be able to sit and read through the cookbook! It would be so hard to pick which one to make first. But I know I’m making your baked banana dessert tomorrow!

  42. Camielle Swenson says

    Bananas are loved in my house and I am always looking for new and fun ways of cooking them. This would go great as an alternative to my baked apples recipe for dessert or a sweet breakfast dish.

  43. Tracy says

    I just need some healthy dinner recipes my kids will eat! Would love to try all the recipes in this book.

  44. Amy says

    I will try any fettucini alfredo recipe, so if that’s what that pasta dish is (can’t find it in the book’s index on amazon), I want that one! Looks great. :)

  45. says

    These do look and sound dreamy!
    I hope you get to meet Dr. Campbell too. I had that privilege at a VegSource weekend in Sept 2001 in LA, and he is just the kindest man you could ever hope to meet. And he needs to meet you, too! :-) Congratulations on being asked to contribute to the cookbook, it looks wonderful!
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  46. christy says

    I’m looking forward to the dessert recipes. I always look at that section first when I buy a new cookbook.

  47. Hannah G says

    Might have to make the baked bananas this weekend to help me get through studying for my Finite final this coming week.. Could only imagine all the other goodies in the book!

  48. Sonia says

    I would love to try the Thai pineapple curry or the coconut curried vegetables, I love Asian style dishes!!! I would love to win this giveaway since I follow a plant-based lifestyle and I always love to try new recipes and find new favorite dishes :)

  49. Stephanie C. says

    Will definitely have to try this banana recipe, am just dipping my toe into a more veggie lifestyle!

  50. Cheryl Gillean says

    The baked bananas sound divine. I have just recently embarked on the mostly plant based diet plan and discovered how awesome bananas are for all sorts of things. Banana ice cream is so delicious and doesn’t make me sick. I am loving all the wonderful plant based recipes out there in the internet.

  51. Jan K says

    I have been so excited about this cookbook since I learned it was going to published. Oh my goodness your recipes look mouth watering. Thanks for chance to win.

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