Homemade Larabars

I’m always on the hunt for on-the-go bars. Not only should they taste delicious, but the perfect bar must be made of real, whole foods. Larabar gets an A in my book because of their minimal ingredients – real, whole food that we’re all familiar with…which also means that they’re pretty easy to recreate, customize, and they involve no baking whatsoever. Shall we?

Homemade Larabars: (makes 10 bars)


  • 10 dates
  • 2 generous tablespoons nut butter (peanut, almond, or cashew butter are all great)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of sea salt
  • water as needed
  • totally optional modifications:
    • 1/3 cup oats (for a serving of healthy carbs)
    • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons coconut butter or shredded coconut
    • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (for added protein)
    • 2 tablespoons high quality protein powder (for added protein)
    • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (for picky kids with a serious sweet tooth)
    • replace 1/2 of dates with other dried fruit of choice, like apricots or goji berries
    • 1/4 cup blueberries for blueberry flavor

Add all ingredients (except water) to food processor and mix. If mixture is too dry to stick together, add a teaspoon of water and continue to blend. Once mixture is consistent, transfer to a square pan or glass container and smoothly spread it as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove and cut into square or rectangular bars and remove bars as you wish (ideally with a flat metal spatula.) You can either keep in same container or individually wrap bars for travel. Enjoy a bar as a snack, pre-workout energy boost, or a sweet treat!

One Healthy Breakdown: oh the possibilities with homemade Larabars!

Paleo Strawberry Beet Bars

What looks like a brownie but has zero grains, dairy, chocolate, or added sugar? Another experiment gone right in the OHH kitchen, Paleo Strawberry Beet Bars, of course! These babies are chock-full of superfoods and taste, so much so that even the littlest critics will enjoy.


  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1-2 cooked beets (I used 2 precooked Love Beets)
  • 2 tablespoons goji beries
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 5 whole figs or dates
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
  • splash of almond milk (if necessary)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a brownie pan with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients in Vitamix or high-powered blender/food processor. Once mixture is blended, pour into pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Test with a fork or knife to make sure bars are solid, they may need a little bit more time depending on your pan size. Let cool, cut into bars, and enjoy for breakfast, snack, post-workout fuel, or a healthy dessert all week long!

One Healthy Breakdown: these bars are paleo-rific!

Berry Good Oat Bars

Introducing the berry good oat bar, star of the snack scene and best blueberry- loaded breakfast in town! Loaded with nutrients, these babies are chewy like a brownie, but much healthier, with the perfect combination of carbs, protein, and fat. Now, that’s berry, berry good!

IMG_1975In a mixer/blender, combine all of the following ingredients:

2 cups berries (blueberries or a variety of berries, fresh or thawed frozen)
1 cup plain oats
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup nuts OR nut butter of choice
1 tablespoon flax
1 teaspoon honey

optional additions:
1 scoop high-quality protein powder for extra protein
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tablespoon hemp or chia seeds

Spray a large brownie pan and pour batter evenly into pan. Bake at 325-350 for about 15-20 minutes. Check with a fork, they’ll be soft, but won’t stick to fork. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and cut into individual bars. Serve cool or heated and enjoy any time of day.

IMG_1964One Healthy Breakdown: sounds like berry good plan!

Indulging in Anke of Anke’s Fit Bakery


Within minutes of chatting with Anke of Anke’s Fit Bakery, I could tell this woman not only knows her stuff, but was also going to be someone I just want to know. And, I was right. I could chat with Anke all day! I not only learned a ton about baking, healthy eating, and working out, I was enamored by her wit and humor! Anke is definitely someone I’m glad to know, and I know I’m not the only one around here!

Food that tastes good and is good for you? Baked with love by a personal trainer who practices what she preaches? Who happens to be a fun Hamptons local? Like, like, like, a lot. As an athlete, personal trainer, and people-person, with cooking in her blood, Anke was destined to make life’s deepest pleasures healthy. And that she did.

Anke sells her cookies, muffins, granola, breads, crackers, and energy bars, across Long Island and NYC. Don’t be silly, this is not diet food, Anke told me straight up, her cookies are not going to make us all skinny minnies. A cookie is a cookie is a cookie. (Ah, honesty from the chef, how refreshing!) Anke’s cookies may just be a miracle our bodies need, though. There’s a lot to be said for a personal trainer who started baking to incorporate satisfying, healthy sweets into her client’s diets (and it worked.)

Anke’s baked goods use pure, natural, wholesome ingredients combined by the expert to give your body nutrients while simultaneously satisfying our sweet tooth. Anke explained that the difference between her cookies and the common large-chain packaged cookies we can buy at any grocery store (or gas station for that matter) is simply pure ingredients. Anke’s cookies are made with pure oats or spelt flour, both of which our bodies are familiar with. Our bodies know how to digest these foods, they’re nutritious, high in fiber, and low on the glycemic index. In other words, these healthier ingredients digest slowly in our bodies, aka we get long-term energy and satisfaction that lasts. Those processed sweets have tons and tons of added sugar and salt just to cover the taste of other fake ingredients, which is why most people can never just have one cookie or a few potato chips. Processed food covered in more salt and sugar is addicting.

As Anke says, granola bars should have oats, nuts, and sugar. Read the package of your favorite granola bar, the long list of unfamiliar ingredients is shocking enough to turn you off forever. If not, the feeling in your stomach after eating these foods, your body knows you’re not giving it the good stuff. These processed snacks spike our sugar levels, so we’re wired and then we crash. Wholesome ingredients, on the other hand, give us the long-lasting energy we need for our busy lives. It’s simple, as Anke explained, when using real, nutritious ingredients, you can’t go wrong.

After our meeting, I was more than happy to come home to taste test some of Anke’s Fit Cranberry Almond Oat Cookies and Rosemary & Black Olive Flatbread as I prepped dinner. An hour later, I set a home-cooked meal of salmon, rice, broccoli, and brussel sprouts on the table with the flatbread on the side…the flatbread was the hit of the meal! Afterwards, I had to test out the Chocolate Cake (yum!) and the granola…mmmm the granola! These definitely are not diet foods, I can attest to that! And I can also attest to feeling good about eating good ingredients, knowing you’re feeding your body with nutrients and great taste.

Anke’s go-to ingredient? Spelt flour. While spelt flour has been cultivated for centuries, it’s less common than white and wheat flour because it doesn’t mass-produce like wheat; however, a little bit goes a long way. With slightly less calories and slightly more protein than wheat, spelt flour is as pure as pure can be. Anke said that some of her clients with gluten sensitivities do really well with spelt because it’s far less-processed. Even though spelt actually higher in gluten, our bodies know how to digest it. She uses organic maple syrup (yum!) or sucanat to sweeten, as they’re far less processed than other sugars, and, again, our bodies know how to break them down and maximize the benefits.

The woman doesn’t just know about baked goods, she’s all about weight training, experimenting in the kitchen, and listening to the body. A brilliant Anke quote to wrap up: “the cleaner you eat the more your body will tell you what you need.” Meaning, that the more real food you put into your body, your mindfulness and that mind-body connection will strengthen. Anke’s example was when she went through her vegetarian stage, as lots of women do, thinking they’ll be way healthier and lose tons of weight. She said that every few months or so, she would get this intense, unavoidable craving for a burger. She’d call her friends and say “we ARE going to get burgers tonight, I need one.” She’d eat the burger, loving every bite, satisfy her desire, and the craving for red meat would go away for months. If you feed your body real food, you will become more in-tuned to what you really need. It’s amazing to me that this is true. When your body needs nutrients found in certain foods, your taste buds will crave them.

One Healthy Breakdown: Anke’s Fit Bakery combines her two passions: exercise and baking. The perfect ingredients for a good life…Anke and I have lots in common!