Homemade Larabars

lara-bar

I love Larabars..however, I will not not buy them because the company is owner by General Mills, who is a big supporter of Monsanto. That being said, I decided to try my hand at making my own. After looking at the ingredients, it didn’t seem like too daunting a task.

These bars are a great grab & go snack. They are gluten free, dairy free, soy free and organic. Regardless of the flavor you choose to make, here are the basic directions:

Start with placing the dates (and other fruits) in a food processor and pulse about 30-45 seconds. The mixture should stick together well, forming a paste. Place mixture in a seperate bowl. Next, add the nuts and any other ingredients to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add date mixture back to the processor and combine all ingredients well. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Pour the processed bar mix into the pan, fold the other half of the wrap over the mix and press firmly. Place the bars in the fridge for about an hour and then cut into 6 bars (or 12 squares, if you want them smaller). Either wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

*If the dried fruit that you’re using is really tough or a little too dry, it can be soaked in warm water for about 5 minutes, then drain and process according to the directions above.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with own favorites! *optional add-ins: 1-2 TBSP of cocoa powder; flax seed; cacao nibs; vanilla; cinnamon

My Favorite Flavor Combinations:

 

Coconut Date Bars

  • 1 cup roughly chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 

Cherry Pie

  •  1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup dried cherries

 

Key Lime Pie

  •  1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  •  Zest and juice of 1 lime

 

Lemon Bar

  •  1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

 

Blueberry Muffin

  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

 

Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 TBSP natural peanut butter (no sugar or oil added)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanuts

 

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup dates
  • 3 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 

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