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Lara Bars at Home – The Perfect Afternoon Snack

Anyone know where the umlaut button on the keyboard is? I need to spell Lara correctly.

The first time I tried a Lara, I threw away the second half. I was pretty mad. It tasted nothing like a grainy Clif Bar. Years later, when I tried another I was surprised at how simple and clean the chewy bar tasted. The time of the first tasting was also the era in my life in which I loved Hostess Hand Pies like my first born child. Mmm, cheap food. My husband just reminded me, I preferred the cheaper Home Run Pie.

 LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients. Larabar

You can probably guess what sucks about a product that is made with quality ingredients and tastes good? It’s expensive! It doesn’t seem to bad to pay out $1.69 or so for a bar, but once you become addicted and want one daily, it adds up real fast. Here’s how to make one version at home.

You’ll need dates. Don’t skimp and get any kind other than Medjool dates. No dried, just a big container of Medjool. They will run you $7 for a pound unless you get them from Costco. They are totally worth it. You’ll get your money’s worth, promise.

Chocolate Coconut Almond Laras:

  • 6 Medjools Dates, pitted (there is also an end cap thingy, if you will, it can stay or go)
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Throw all the ingredients into a high-powered blender or food processor. I know I talk about my Ninja blender a lot. It has 1000 watts and can chop almost anything up. I haven’t tried a Magic Bullet, but I am guessing you would be able to get similar results. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can obviously use a regular one, just try the pulse button. This way, you wont burn your motor.

My coconut looks fatter than yours will, I accidentally used sweetened. It over does the sweetness of the bar and I would suggest to stick to unsweetened.

Once your ingredients are chopped up into little bits, pile the mixture onto wax, parchment or aluminum foil. You can either ball up the mix or fold your paper/foil into a rectangular packet to make bars.

If you find the bars not sticking together well enough, your mix needs more dates. Throw it back in the chopper! Once you get the hang of it, play with new ingredients. Take out the chips and coconut. Replace the almonds with cashews. Throw in apple or banana chips. The dates will always be the binder.

There are tons of recipes online to creat your own Larabars. One of my favorite is from Chocolate Covered Katie and it is called a Girl Scout Larabar. It is a healthy version of a Samoa!

Girl-Scout Cookie Larabars

  • Packed 1/2 cup pitted dates (90g)
  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut (30g)
  • 1/16 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 T (or more!) chocolate chips or bar

Put all the ingredients together in your food processor, and blend. (I like to make 1/2 a batch and use the Magic Bullet short cup.) You can reserve a few of the chocolate chips to add, post-blending, if you wish

I have made these and they are so dead-on, Samoa. SO yummy! Test Kitchen Tuesday also really breaks down the home Larabar world. I love her blog!

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