Now Available!: Plant-Powered 15 ebook (vegan, oil-free, gluten-free)

So, the last few months you may have been wondering what I’ve been up to. I’ve been posting plenty of recipes, but haven’t been talking much about personal things or our family. Truth is, I have been swamped since September with both work and mama responsibilities, and it’s been challenging to keep up. (My next post I’m going to talk about just that, the mothering ‘balance’, so I hope you’ll be with me and share your insights too.)

On the work front, I’ve been very busy for a few reasons. First, I had plans to start another cookbook. That plan still exists, and I’m in the final stages of a contract. So, I will have news for you soon about my next big book project!

Then, I got this crazy idea in my head back in December, that I could do an ebook. I love it when I get these crazy notions thinking I can “do it all”. Yeah. Crazy lady. It started like this…

Do any of you remember my holiday cookbook promotion? Well, once people started trying these recipes and I was posting details about the promo on facebook, I received a lot of requests to turn those recipes into an ebook.  HUH! I never even thought of that! Until someone planted the seed, and off I go running.  So, I procrastinated on the idea for a month or so, because I knew it would be a lot of work – with a new learning curve. I just wasn’t sure if I could pull it off (without pulling out my hair)!


Until one day, I get an email from one of my readers, Lynn McLellan. The email subject line reads: Recipe “Feed”back. I open the email nervously, thinking I’ve messed up something in a recipe or two (because that’s what us neurotic cookbook authors think). Was I ever surprised to open the email and see that Lynn had taken photos of EVERY recipe in the Plant-Powered 15 package and shared her feedback on EACH recipe!  I was humbled and teary, that she took the time to put all that together for me to read.  And, it was a sign to get off my behind already and put this ebook together! If you are with me on facebook, you have seen some of this ‘feed’back, as I’ve been posting examples. For instance, Lynn said this about my “Coconutty Cookies”:

Wow! I couldn’t get enough of these. They taste like little coconut pillows! So light and satisfying. In fact, they were so good I made a second batch right away while I still had the ingredients handy. That’s how fast they disappeared! 

Coconut Pillows, eh? Yep, that name stuck!

I asked people on facebook again… should I do this? Do you still want it? Would you buy it? Then THEY told me to get off my behind.  So I did. And here it is!

While I’d love to go on about how clueless I was in the beginning working on this project, I will spare you that dull reading. What I will tell you is that I got lucky. Sometimes people come into your life at certain times, and you have a feeling it’s for a reason. That happened when Nicole Axworthy emailed and said she’d like to help me with the photography for this book. I already knew of Nicole’s talents, because she is the co-author of the Tiny Treats ebook with Lisa Pitman (I sang its praises on FB and mentioned it in this post). I LOVE that ebook. The recipes are insanely creative, and the photos are simply stunning. When I bought that book and opened it on my computer, my jaw dropped. So, needless to say I was pretty stoked that Nicole wanted to work with me on the Plant-Powered 15!

Nicole captured every recipe in the Plant-Powered 15, in a full-size photo. One thing I hear from readers most often is “we want more photos of recipes”. I couldn’t agree more. (And, as a side note, my next book will also have photos of every recipe).

So, what types of recipes are in the Plant-Powered 15? To start, all the recipes are whole-foods vegan recipes. And, all the recipes are made without any added oils. That’s what you have been asking for, with emails and facebook comments and tweets and more… that’s what I’m delivering. You can be sure you aren’t losing flavor, though. Many of us know from a culinary perspective that fat is a flavor carrier. You are NOT losing flavor in these recipes. The flavor stays, and some whole-foods fats are included in certain recipes to ensure texture and taste are not sacrificed! These recipes are all also gluten-free if you are able to eat certified gf oats. Not all recipes use oats, of course, but that is the only ingredient that requires mention for gluten-free readers.

Here are all the recipes included in your Plant-Powered 15! (along with a few sample photos)

  1. Almond Zen Granola
  2. Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Chip Oat Bars from the Plant-Powered 15 ebook
  3. Creamy House Dressing
  4. Green Goddess Dressing
  5. Orange-Miso Dressing
  6. Wonder Spread Wonder Spread from the Plant-Powered 15 ebook
  7. Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes
  8. Presto Pistachio Pasta prestopistachiopesto
  9. “SweetBalls” (yes, I said it!)
  10. Umami Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Burgers
  11. Sneaky Chickpea Burgers
  12. Mac-nificent Mac-nificent - from the Plant-Powered 15 ebook
  13. Coconut Pillows
  14. Sticky Almond Blondies Sticky Almond Blondies from the Plant-Powered 15 ebook
  15. Peanut Butter Munchy Squares

The Plant-Powered 15 is now officially available! You can pick up a copy here:
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Please come back and tell me your recipe experiences from this ebook. I’d love to know which recipe caught your eye first, what you tried straight away, and which recipes are your favorites!


  1. Wendy says

    I’m most excited to try the salad dressings! Once I started to make your Hummus dressing, I couldn’t go back to store bought. Thanks, Dreena!

  2. Lisa says

    Hi Dreena,
    I’m glad to see the recipes are vegan and GF. I can’t do oats, but know I can switch them for quinoa flakes. My other worries are soy and corn…will there be anything I can eat in your book? Thanks

  3. Anne says

    Wow, Dreena, I am so glad you posted this on FB! I love LTEV and was wondering/hoping you’d put out another book. Any chance this will be put out in hard copy format? (I still love sitting down and perusing through cookbooks!). Looking forward to trying out the recipes in this book!

    • Dreena says

      Oh great, Anne! Glad you found it and excited to try out new goodies. :) I’m not making this a hard copy book, but currently working on my next hard copy book – “Plant-Powered Families”… so stay tuned!

    • Dreena says

      How sweet of you to say that, Jaime. Thank you! And, I’m thrilled you enjoyed the chickpea burgers. :) Thanks for the note!

  4. says

    Hi Dreena!

    Finally got a chance to try some recipes over the weekend! For the sneaky chickpea burgers, I didn’t have peppers so I substituted kale and they turned out great! Thank you for your hard work in getting the ebook done, very much appreciated!!!

  5. Laura Nugent says

    I just bought a copy the other night. So far I’ve made your Wonder Spread which we’ve used as a dip for fresh veggies. It’s so, so delicious. And I made your Umami Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Burgers. Holy cow are these tasty!!! They are action packed with flavor. I’m looking forward to trying your Sneaky Chickpea Burgers, Coconut Pillows
    Sticky Almond Blondies soon. Although, I’m planning on making all the recipes as I have time. Thanks so much for the great recipes.

    • Dreena says

      That just delights me, Laura! Your feedback, and also knowing you got at the recipes so quickly!! Can I share your comment on FB sometimes? I can keep your name private if you prefer. :) TY!!

      • Laura Nugent says

        Feel free to share my comment with or without my name, whichever you prefer. Your recipes are so packed with flavor – just love them ( I also own LTEV and love it).

  6. Andrea Bevernitz says

    I’m printing off the booklet now as I type this thanks to you. I have two other cookbooks of yours and find your recipes just right to my own tastes. Happy am I to now have this e-booklet as well.

  7. Lisa says

    Hi Dreena, Just purchased your e-book, though, not sure where to look for it. I just paid by Paypal, but, I don’t see it anywhere. Do I print it by email? My first time buying such a book so not sure what I’m doing. Help!

  8. Laurie says

    This is my first official ebook purchase! I LOVE your LTEV cookbook so much that I knew I just had to get these 15 recipes! I am excited to try them all! I’m especially happy that these recipes only include whole foods without extra oil as that is the way I’m cooking these days. Thanks for sharing your creativity and pure genius!!

  9. shan says

    Gorgeous ebook. I love the quote from James Barber. I miss him so.

    I am looking forward to trying the peanut butter munchies.

    • Dreena says

      Thank you Shan! I used to love watching James Barber, he was one of my first cooking mentors, even though he didn’t cook vegan or vegetarian really. I remember him saying “if you think a dish needs a little something, add some dried mustard”. He was so authentic and not ‘put-on’. I miss those shows too.

    • Dreena says

      Matt, I’m proud of me too! 😉 Really wasn’t sure I could pull it all together. So glad you have faves in there – that’s a great feeling. Thanks much. xo

  10. Michelle says

    Hi. Where do I buy this? Also: Do you offer any soy-free recipes, as well? (or at least give soy-free options? Thanks! :)

    • Dreena says

      Michelle, the only soy used in the recipes is tamari or miso in a few, and you can substitute coconut aminos for the tamari, and chickpea miso for regular miso (I like chickpea miso better)! To purchase it, just link through where the “add to cart” is, and it will take you to paypal to purchase – it’s pretty quick/easy. If you still need help, let me know. :)

  11. ANNA MAY WILSON says


    • Dreena says

      Thank you very much, Anna May. It was a big project for me, so getting this kind of feedback is meaningful. Send my thanks to your daughter as well. :)

  12. Laura Black says

    YOU are an AMAZING woman, Dreena! Thank you for always listening to US, and truly caring about others requests. You are a genuine, one of a kind, compassionate human being, that I have had the pleasure and honor to speak with. I am soooooo excited to try out these tasty recipes. Myself personally, I need to venture out and try a new dressing, so THANK YOU for giving me a few to choose from. They look like they will be yummy. That will probably be one of the first items I try. They ALL look fantastic….WOO HOO.

    Keep up the great work, and doing what you do BEST (well at least one of the things, because you are a total rock star in my eyes)!! Offering us amazing, healthy, delicious recipes!!

    Your friend, and fellow PBJ!!

    • Dreena says

      That is most lovely of you, Laura. It’s my pleasure when I have people so appreciative – like you! I’ll tell my kids you think I’m a rock star. 😉

  13. Ruth says

    Thank you so much for persevering Dreena! I have ordered the ebook and can’t wait to try the recipes. Where to start….

    • Dreena says

      Thank you for picking up a copy, Ruth! I truly had no clue what I was doing in the beginning, so yes, perseverance does pay off. Hope you love the newbies! :)

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