Homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

One of my favorite things to make in my food processor are homemade larabars.  Larabars are amazing and a healthy choice even when bought straight from the store.  Unlike most packaged bars, larabars don’t have any added icky ingredients.  They are pure and delicious! But they can be quite expensive at over $1.50 a bar at most stores.  It’s much easier on the budget to buy the ingredients in bulk and make up some from scratch.  Plus they are so easy to make!

There are endless flavor combinations, but at the most basic level, the formula is

1 cup dates + 1 cup nuts/seeds + <1 cup additional mixins + < 3TBS flavor = Homemade Bars

My favorite combo is anything with coconut. Below is what I like to call JOY bars- They are a spin-off of an Almond Joy candy bar but actually nutritious! 😉

JOY Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add everything to your food processor or super high powered blender.
  2. Blend until the ingredients start to come together & reach your desired consistency of size (coarsely chopped and sticking together is how I like them)
  3. Dump and smooth into a rectangular pan (Pyrex works nicely, especially if you put parchment paper down first).
  4. Stick in freezer for 20 minutes, remove and cut into bars. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

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The other day I was in the mood for some homemade bars but was completely out of dates!  I decided to just go for it anyway, experimenting with prunes instead of dates.  I really wanted this to work because prunes have much less sugar than dates and are great for my little guy as his body is adjusting to solids.  TMI? Sorry, I’m a mom… it happens. 😉  Anyway… they actually worked!!

I mixed in about ¾ cup prunes (because that’s what I had on hand) and ¾ cup cashews.  I added a few TBS of coconut oil and mixed it up in my food processor.  They were starting to come together but not quite as well as I wanted them to. Maybe with a little more patience, they totally would’ve succeeded.  But I was in a bit of a hurry, so I just threw in 1 TBS of nut butter.  And some unsweetened coconut shreds just for fun, too. Because it was an experiment after all.  Well, the nut butter helped hold everything together and to my pleasant surprise- they were YUMMY!

I don’t think you can really go wrong with homemade larabars, so just get in there and start mixing things up!

Oh, and you don’t have to shape them into bars.  They can be made into any shape you like- rolled into a ball, a bite-size square, muffin cup, or whatever your heart desires.

If you’re feeling a little intimidated to create your own thing, click here for a round-up of recipes that Annemarie of Real Food Real Deals put together.  May it inspire delicious creativity!

And as always, enjoy!


What are you most excited to try? Have you made larabars before?

 

 

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