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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

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!

Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

Enjoy this special Asian salmon for two followed by decadent (healthy!) brownies, the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, thanks to Teresa and Believe in Nutrition!

salmon with sesame

Asian Salmon for Two

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon miso, preferably white
  • 1 tablespoon mirin, asian rice wine vinegar found in ethnic aisle
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 8 ounces center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (shrimp or scallops)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler. Line small baking pan with foil and coat lightly with cooking spray. Whisk miso, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, and hot sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Place salmon fillets, skinned-side down, in the prepared pan. Brush generously with the miso mixture. Broil the salmon until just cooked through in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Garnish the salmon with scallions, cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve with grilled vegetables and a salad and enjoy, but save some room for dessert!

 

browniesHealthy Brownies

Each of these brownies is only 100 calories and tastes divine! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A couple teaspoons chopped walnuts (optional for topping)

Mix all the ingredients for a couple minutes in a food processor or blender, except the walnuts. Pour the mix into an 8×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray, and sprinkle the walnuts on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Bake at 300 degrees for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool before cutting.

One Healthy Breakdown: made with LOVE!