H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats: Banana Berry Oat Bars

Kristina Marinkovich, a Johnstown resident crowned Ms. US Universal 2016, makes "Banana Berry Oat Bars” from her H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats Cookbook!

Kristina won the top awards for interview, evening gown, and her platform H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. - Helping Everyone Achieve a Lifestyle To a Healthy You. She's formed a partnership with the Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center (formerly Windber Medical Center) to further promote her platform and has gone on to publish a cookbook "H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats". All proceeds from Kristina's book sales will go towards purchase of stationary bikes to be donated to area schools as a part of the "Read and Ride" program. Kristina's goal is to start a program in every school district and Catholic school in the area while promoting the US Universal Pageant motto "Dare. Dream. Believe."


Her goals as Ms. US Universal 2016 include:

  • Promoting Her "H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats" cookbook through partnership at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center
  • Start "Read and Ride" programs across the state to instill the philosophy of a healthy lifestyle in school aged children
  • Serve as a mentor to individuals who commit to healthier lifestyle
  • Provide wellness knowledge to willing individuals that want to make a healthy lifestyle switch

Banana Berry Oat Bars

Kristina's Pick


Strawberry Topping:

·         2 cups finely minced fresh or frozen strawberries

·         1 tbsp honey or agave nectar

·         ¼ medium lemon, juiced


Banana Oat Bars:

·         2 cups uncooked rolled oats, divided (certified gluten-free if necessary)

·         1 tsp baking powder

·         2 tsp cinnamon

·         2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

·         2 tsp vanilla extract

·         2 tbsp honey, divided


·         Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine strawberries with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice (if using frozen strawberries, thaw first).  Toss with a spoon until well combined.  Set mixture aside to chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.  In a food processor, process 1 cup rolled oats until it reaches a flour consistency and transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add the remaining 1 cup rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, mashed banana, vanilla extract and remaining 1 tbsp honey.  Stir with a spoon until well combined.  Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.  Transfer one-half to two-thirds of oat mixture into the baking dish and press into dish with a spatula.  Strain liquid from strawberry mixture and spread berries in a single layer over the oats in the baking dish.  Crumble remaining oat mixture on top of the strawberry layer.  Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  Remove and cool before cutting into bars.

·         Find original recipe at blog Hello Healthy


Get your copy of Kristina's "H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats" cookbook today by email.

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