Category: Healthy Eats

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

These chocolate dipped almond butter banana bites are a delicious and healthy treat perfect for any time of day!

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

You could make these using any nut butter you like. I made them using homemade coconut maple almond butter.

Ingredients
  • 3 large bananas
  • ⅓ cup nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup melted chocolate of choice (dark chocolate has anti-oxidants)
Instructions
  1. Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  2. Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
  3. Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
  5. Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
  6. Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips are very low in calories and are low carb too!

The key to making a real good chip out of zucchini is all in how you slice it. Use a mandolin or food processor to get the slices as thin as possible. Toss with my other ingredients and you won’t believe how good these are!

Note: You can make this recipe in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. See instructions below.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 12 hours
Total time: 12 hours 15 mins

Serves: 8

Ingredients
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini (about 2 or ­3 medium zucchini’s)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Instructions
1. Use a mandolin or manually slice the zucchini as thin as possible.
2. In a small bowl whisk olive oil and vinegar together.
3. Place zucchini in a large bowl and toss with oil and vinegar.
4. Add zucchini in even layers to dehydrator then sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
5. Depending on how thin you sliced the zucchini drying time will vary, anywhere from 8 to ­14 hours.
7. Store chips in an airtight container

To make in the oven: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay zucchini evenly. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to ­3 hours. Rotate half way through cooking time.

salt and vinegar zucchini healthy snack

salt and vinegar zucchini chips healthy snack

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Baked Parmesan Zucchini

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Recipe

Crisp, tender zucchini sticks oven-roasted to absolute perfection. It’s healthy, nutritious and completely addictive!

Zucchini and parmesan cheese. It’s a match made in heaven. And if all veggies were like this, I’d become a vegetarian tomorrow.

No, but really, this is by far one of the best veggie side dishes I’ve ever made. And the best part about this is that there is absolutely no deep frying or sauteing of any kind.

Simply cut your zucchini into quarters lengthwise, sprinkle on that Parmesan goodness and throw into the oven to let it get nice and crisp.

I like to let mine broil the last couple of minutes to get that nice golden brown crust. It’s so good, even your picky eaters will be begging for seconds and thirds!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.