Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes from The China Study Cookbook

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by An Unrefined Vegan

Some books – and they don’t come around very often – are life changers.  Such was the case for me with The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell and John Robbins.  Because of this book, I once and for all removed processed foods and dairy products from my diet.  It was the reason I started this blog: I was so excited and enthusiastic about the way that I was eating and how good I felt that I wanted to spread the word about going plant-based.

Now that The China Study Cookbook, by Leanne Campbell, has been published it seems like a no-brainer; the perfect companion to the study.  First, get people thinking about their food choices and then provide them with easy-to-make, whole foods recipes that just happen to be delicious.  How could you not get hooked on this way of eating?  The China Study Cookbook is packed with 125 recipes for breakfast, breads, salads, appetizers, soups, main courses, side dishes, and of course, desserts.  16 dessert recipes, in fact.  Nice.  There are lots of full-color photographs (Leann’s son was the photographer) that showcase the food in mouthwatering detail.  The China Study Cookbook is the kind of cookbook that would fit well with the family that is cutting back on animal products, as well as with the newbie vegan who needs some guidance, but also with the experienced plant-based cook who is looking for staple recipes for quick, healthful meals.

I am especially excited to be able to share Ms. Campbell’s recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes.  Nothing makes me happier than a warm stack of pancakes on Sunday morning.  As you can see from the photos, the ‘cakes cooked up beautifully and have a very inviting orange tint.  Perfect alongside a cup of chai tea – and for fall mornings.

Thank you, Ms. Campbell and BenBella Books for providing me with the opportunity to review The China Study Cookbook and to share a copy of this excellent resource with my readers.

The China Study Cookbook Cover

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Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

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  • Author: LeAnn Campbell
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Easy and delicious – also oil-free – pumpkin pancakes from The China Study Cookbook.


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 egg replacers (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal + 6 tablespoons water)
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or pureed)
  • 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In separate medium bowl, mix egg replacers, nondairy milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir just enough to remove any lumps. The batter should be pourable; if it seems to thick, add more milk.
  5. Use a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup measuring cup to measure and pour small amounts of batter onto the heated surface. Cook until top bubbles, about 2-3 minutes. Turn with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown. Serve immediately.


  • Recipe shared with permission from LeAnn Campbell and BenBella Books.

Pancakes on fork

Other deliciousness:

frozen banana cream


green garden mayonnaise

Delicious eggless sandwich

black-eyed pea salad


The giveaway ends at midnight on October 17.
Open to U.S. & Canada residents only.

118 thoughts on “Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes from The China Study Cookbook

  1. Heather B.

    I read the China Study a while ago and was recently thinking that it’s time to go back and reread it… you’ve given me the motivation to do so!

  2. tearoomdelights

    Those pancakes are an utter delight, but then the banana cream springs up, whoa! I love the little hearts you’ve added to each photo, too, very nice job. I haven’t read The China Study but it sounds like a great idea having a cookbook inspired by it.

  3. Deanne O'Donnell

    I have not read The China Study but am very interested in reading it and will be looking for it at our local Barnes & Noble to check it out.

  4. thepeacepatch

    I read it a few years ago and passed it on to a friend so he could better understand why I’m a vegan and the easy things anyone can do to live a healthier life. The Campbell Foundation has a great newsletter with recipes too which are always yumful…I bet this cookbook is superamazing! Can you imagine growing up with T. Colin Campbell as a dad? Leanne must have fabulous heart-healthy vegan recipes by the thousands! 🙂

  5. uberdish

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I read The China Study last year and was so intrigued that I signed up for Dr. Campbell’s course at eCornell. I loved it! All your dishes look delicious, but I must try first those great looking pancakes! We are celebrating Thanksgiving at our family cottage and these would be perfect.

  6. Brittany

    FEED ME! Please!! This all looks so good. The cookbook sounds amazing, but I want to read the original book! The book that converted you to the plant side!

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  8. Amy

    I read The China Study shortly after the documentary “Forks Over Knives” came out. I was absolutely in awe of how powerful a whole foods, plant-based diet could be in our efforts to heal a wide variety of ailments and diseases. I recommend the book often and would love to own the cookbook. Thanks so much for this chance to win! 🙂

  9. Anneli

    The China Study is a book that I have been meaning to read very soon. I’m interested in the picture of the “green garden mayo” you have above these comments. I’ll look around on your blog for the recipe. I’m trying to find some kind of dressing that is soy and dairy free for my son who is allergic to soy.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Hi Anneli – thanks so much for commenting. The recipe for the “mayo” is in the cookbook so you won’t find it on my site. It is worth tracking down, however. I even used it as a salad dressing!

  10. Courtney

    I have read the China Study, and I would love to win the cookbook! I had it out from the library, but had to return it before I got to cook anything out of it. I would be thrilled to own it and actually have some time to cook things!

  11. Deborah Carlson

    It seems that I am finding new vegan cookbooks that I can’t do without every week. This sounds great! The pancakes look delicious!

  12. Deb Dianne

    I have not read the book yet. I see it has rave reviews on Amazon though. I like that the recipes are easy and low fat. I was getting squash yesterday and eyed the pumpkin. That will be my next purchase and the pancakes sound grand! (Deb E)

  13. steph

    I tried to slog through the China Study, but didn’t make it. However, its principles speak to me and I’d love love love to get my hands on that cookbook!

  14. gigiveganville

    I am here to enter this big contest *wink, and clears throat rather loudly* although I rarely have phlegm since being off dairy forever. I want to put that green garden mayo on that black eyed pea salad. Much to my chagrin I have not read the China Study. Am I still eligible?

  15. Katie Schwab

    I haven’t been able to read the whole of The China Study, but I’m completely behind the idea. I always struggle to find new recipes that don’t include dairy. This book would be a excellent addition to my kitchen!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I struggled through a few parts myself – don’t have a head for science – but the message got through anyway. I think you’ll find this cookbook to be a very helpful resource. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  16. Cathy

    I need all those delicious recipes for all the photos you included. I was hoping I would get them by clicking on the pic. but no, not this time 🙂

  17. Lori Rowland

    Would love a copy of the China Study Cookbook! I have not read the book, but the movie Forks Over Knives changed my life. Went from meat-eater to vegetarian, then Gluten Free Vegan! I try to learn everything I can about food. My food is my medicine 🙂

  18. eatpraybake

    The China Study is on my to-read list, I hear about it all the time in the health world. But I really want to get around to reading it for myself. The pancakes look fantastic!

  19. Candy Hoffman

    I made the pancakes this morning, and they were delicious! I loved how the batter was the perfect consistency….I was afraid they would be too thick.
    I haven’t read the China Study yet, but I’m a few chapters into Whole. I’ve flipped through the China Study Cookbook, too, and I would love to own a copy myself!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Oh I’m glad you liked them! I agree – the batter was just right. I also read Whole and my poor brain had difficulty in some spots, but definitely worth the read. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Candy!

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  21. Michelle

    Two books inspired me to go vegan, The China Study and Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease. I haven’t used the cookbook, but would love to try it!

  22. Alyssa H

    I have not read this cookbook yet however i am super excited since you posted a recipe for pumpkin pancakes! Pumpkin is super healthy and delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

  23. Melinda H.

    I have read The China Study and encouraged others to do the same. I’m always eager to try new cookbooks, too! 😉

  24. Susan Edelman

    My husband and I are China Study “graduates” and I’ll put the cookbook on my Christmas wish list! Making pumpkin pancakes for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow! Cheers.

  25. Susan Edelman

    We made the pancakes just now! They’re dense and tasty. I always felt it was difficult to find a good vegan pancake recipe. What I like is that there is NO OIL or fat in them! (Oil in the pan, yes.) Anyway, thanks so much.

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