Larabars are a blend of heart-healthy nuts and fiber rich dried fruits. The nuts are processed into crumbs almost like a flour and dates act as the sweet sticky glue to hold them together. Store bought bars are pretty good, but fresh ones made at home are even better.
They are a great healthy snack since they contain no flour, refined sugar, dairy, soy isolates, or preservatives, perfect for before or after workouts, after school snacks, and to have on the go. Here is a photo tutorial of how you can make larabars at home.
Process nuts and salt in a food processor until they are coarse crumbs. Place in a large bowl:
(If using chocolate chips, add them to the bowl too.)
Next blend dates and dried fruits in the food processor until smooth and sticky:
Add the date mixture to the nuts and coat the date mixture with nuts to make it less sticky. Use your hands to mix the nuts and date paste together:
It may seem like you don’t have enough dates but keep working the mix until everything is combined:
(Time for a taste test!)
Press into a plastic lined 8×8″ pan, cover with the plastic, and refrigerate. Use plastic handles to remove mixture from pan. Cut into even bars. I place 2 each in plastic bags for easy storage. Or be super fancy and wrap them in parchment paper and decorative twine. Makes a nice gift.
These are my three favorite flavors. I went to the larabar website to look at the list of ingredients and came up with my own measurements from there. I add organic dark chocolate to all the recipes but you could leave the chocolate out. If you can’t find dark chocolate chips, you may also buy a dark chocolate bar and cut it into small pieces.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
(for Cashew Cookie flavor leave out the chocolate chips)
2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (or more cashews)
2 cup soft fresh medjool dates
1/2 cup organic mini chocolate chips
pinch sea salt
Process nuts and salt until the nuts become coarse crumbs, 10-15 1 second pulses. Remove to large bowl. Add optional chocolate chips. Place the pitted dates in the food processor and turn the machine on. They will begin to come together and form a sticky ball after 30 seconds or so. Scrape all the date mixture from the processor and add it to the nuts. Use your hands to combine thoroughly. Press into plastic lined 8×8 pan. Refrigerate until set, a few hours. Remove from pan and cut into 12 bars. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Coconut Cream Pie
My personal favorite. Tastes like a candy bar! I like these directly from the fridge.
2 cups raw cashews
1 cup organic unsweetened coconut
1 cup pitted fresh medjool dates,
1 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
pinch of salt
Follow recipe above, processing coconut with nuts and melted coconut oil with dates.
Chocolate Cherry Pie Torte
(for Cherry Pie flavor leave out chocolate chips)
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup almonds or pecans
1 cup soft fresh medjool dates
1 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips
Proceed as directed above, adding cherries with dates and processing until all fruit is sticky and cohesive.