Plant-Powered Families


Get your whole family excited about eating healthy!

Veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton shows a whole foods, plant-based diet can be easy, delicious, and healthy for your entire family. In Plant-Powered Families, Burton shares over 100 whole-food, vegan recipes—tested and approved by her own three children. Your family will love the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and snacks, including:

  • Cinnamon French Toast
  • Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • Sneaky Chickpea Burgers
  • Apple Pie Chia Pudding
  • Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Creamy Fettucine
  • No-Bake Granola Bars

And more! Including a variety of salad dressings, sauces, and sprinkles that will dress up any dish

With tips for handling challenges that come with every age and stage—from toddler to teen years —Plant-Powered Families is a perfect reference for parents raising “weegans” or families looking to transition to a vegan diet.

Burton shares advice and solutions from her own experience for everything from pleasing picky eaters and stocking a vegan pantry to packing school lunches and dealing with challenging social situations. Plant-Powered Families also includes nutritionist-approved references for dietary concerns that will ensure a smooth and successful transition for your own plant-powered family!



Sunday Morning Pancakes

Sunday Morning Pancakes

Motsa Dip

Motsa Dip

About the Author

Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton has been vegan for almost 20 years, in that time writing four bestselling cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Affectionately dubbed “Queen Bean” and “Vegan Cookie Queen” by her readers, Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors. Her cookbooks have garnered a loyal following, and Dreena has earned the respect and repute for reliable, wholesome recipes.

Dreena has appeared on television and radio and is a recipe contributor for well-known sites, including Forks Over Knives,, and PCRM. She has written for Yoga Journal, VegNews, ALIVE magazine, and has been featured in other publications including First for Women magazine. Dreena has won several blog awards including VegNews, VegBloggy, and Vancouver’s Ultimate Mom Blog.

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Featured Recipe

Peanut Butter Pudding with Berrylicious Swirl

Serves 3 | On Page 190

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Peanut Butter Pudding with Berrylicious Swirl

This idea came to me one day after school. I wanted to give the girls a treat, but something nutritious—and quick! This pudding came together in a flash, and their eyes sure lit up!


Peanut Butter Pudding:
3/4 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup unsalted peanut butter or other nut butter (see notes)
1 tablespoon white chia seeds
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon nondairy milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2–4 teaspoons pure maple syrup for extra sweetening (optional)

Berrylicious Swirl:
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries (see note)
2–3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar
Pinch sea salt


To make the peanut butter pudding:
In a blender, puree the dates, peanut butter, chia seeds, sea salt, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth (if using a high-speed blender, this will be quick; with a standard blender, you may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times). If you’d like additional sweetener, add the maple syrup, a teaspoon or two at a time, to taste.

To make the berrylicious swirl:
Using a blender or immersion blender, puree the berries, maple syrup, and sea salt until semi-smooth. If using frozen berries, it will take a little longer.

To assemble:
Dollop the berry mixture on the peanut-butter pudding, or “swirl” it through!

Peanut Butter Note: Peanut butters often have salt added, even the natural varieties. Check the ingredients—if it does, reduce or omit salt.

Nut Butter Note: If substituting a nut butter like almond, try adding a touch of orange zest. It pairs beautifully with almond

Berries Note: If using seasonal fresh berries, they may be sweeter than frozen. Puree with just 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and add extra to taste. With frozen berries, I usually use 2 tablespoons syrup.

Publication Details

  • Title: Plant-Powered Families
  • Author: Dreena Burton
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication Date: 05/12/2015
  • Price: $19.95 U.S./$23.00 CAN
  • Format: Trade paper and ebook
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-941631-04-1
  • Ebook ISBN: 978-1-941631-05-8


"Dreena Burton's recipes and ingredients simply make good common sense. Plant-Powered Families is a great addition to any cookbook collection."

— T. Colin Campbell, coauthor of The China Study and the New York Times bestselling Whole

"If you’ve ever struggled with finding healthy, plant-based recipes that excite the entire family, look no further. Dreena’s recipes are a triple threat: kid-approved, wholesome, and irresistible!"

— Angela Liddon, author of the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook and creator of

"Dreena Burton delivers with sage advice and recipes that will properly nourish, satisfy, and delight the taste buds of your entire family."

— Brian Wendel, president and founder of Forks Over Knives

"When it comes to raising healthy plant-powered kids, there’s no better guide than Dreena Burton. Plant-Powered Families offers a wealth of ways to transform nutrient-dense foods into flavorful, family-friendly meals."

— Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power and Wild About Greens

"Plant-Powered Families will revolutionize how you cook. Dreena's recipes are brilliant, combining nutrient-dense foods in imaginative ways to produce the most delicious, family-friendly dishes."

— Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food

"Plant-Powered Families is an exceptional cookbook that should be a household staple. Dreena Burton has once again provided excellent plant-based whole foods recipes, that my whole family enjoys!"

— Aaron Simpson, Head MMA Coach

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