Strawberry Hazelnut Bars for Valentine’s Day from Spabettie

Today please welcome Kristina from Spabettie!

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I’ve been following Kristina’s blog, Spabettie, for a loooong time, and have always been in awe of the creativity and versatility of her recipes (not to mention her amazing photos)! Kristina has a knack for creating recipes that marry sometimes unexpected ingredients, textures or colors, always resulting in a sum that is greater than its parts. To see what I mean, take a peek at her Tomato Basil Pasta with Kalamata Cream Sauce, Apricot Rosemary Cheesecake, Raspberry Jalapeno Chocolates, Spicy Thai “Totchos,” or Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler (are you drooling yet?).

Kristina and I connected years ago over social media, but it wasn’t until last year’s Vida Vegan Con that we finally met in person. And she is just as warm, funny and sweet in person as she appears on her blog!  Not only do we both love flavorful vegan food–we also both have two fur babies that occasionally show up on our pages. Well, no wonder her recipe looks totally at home on this blog! I’ll let Kristina herself tell you about it. . .


Honored and excited am I, to be here for Ricki today! I have been an avid follower of Ricki and her pups for quite some time. Having met Ricki at Vida Vegan Con, and worked with her as a fellow Attune Ambassador, I have gotten to know Ricki better over the last year. She is such a positive presence, and really fun.

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When Ricki asked for a guest post, I wanted to be around Valentines. Not only is it one of my favorite days of the year, I just happen to love desserts. I know Ricki does too, and immediately this recipe started forming in my head. These bars are soft but hold up very well, have just the right amount of sweet, and are the perfect red for Valentines.

Simple, yet so yummy. Happy Valentines Day!

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Kristina is better known online as  spabettie  , where she shares vibrant plant based recipes, stories of her two dachshunds, Basil and Rosemary, and life in Vegan Mecca Portland Oregon. Find her on twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, as well as on

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  1. these look great and very pretty – love spabettie’s recipes

  2. These look wonderful, like everything Kristina makes. 🙂

    Ricki – so glad to have found your blog. I’m going to check out the tempeh recipe Christa posted the other day!

  3. So cool that you got to meet…VVC needs to spin off satellites in other vegan-loving cities or take the VVC show on the road! 🙂
    Kristina’s crazyamazing recipes are always irresistible…these bars look munchably delicious! I’d love to try cutting them with a heart cookie cutter, or maybe draw hearts on some squares and arrows on others with edible markers. Many thanks to you and Kristina…cheers!

  4. Those bars look amazinnggg! Yum!

  5. Marian Caldwell says

    These look so delicious, I’m looking forward to making them. This may be another wonderful snack for our Placer Pops rehearsals. Thanks so much for sharing all of the wonderful recipes and for your encouragement to stick with good foods!

  6. to echo others those bars do look amazing. Do you have a good source for unsweetened strawberries? I have a very hard time finding unsweetened dried fruit where I live. Thanks.

    • Jacquie, I’d look in my local healthfood store over here (not sure where you are, but in the Toronto area, Ambrosia or Nature’s Emporium are two great places). I imagine you could also order them online? Places like iherb or Hope that helps!

  7. yummo! they look totally delicious 🙂

  8. How pretty! Strawberry-hazelnut sounds wonderful.

  9. Kristina is phenomenal! One day I hope to meet her in person, too! 🙂 These bars look exceptional and perfect for Valentine’s Day.


  10. Is it freeze dried berries like the link in the recipe or regular dried? The freeze dried isn’t the right weight. Thanks.

    • Sorry, Shirleen, that may be MY error! I haven’t used dried strawberries before so wasn’t sure. I will check with Kristina and get back to you! 🙂


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