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  • Make Your Own Larabars

    Do you love the taste of those wonderful healthy fruit and nut bars? We do too, but we don't love spending upwards of $2 each for them! The truth is, there really isn't much to making them and if you have just a few basic ingredients, dried fruit and nuts, you can make your own in just a few minutes time.
    How to make your own larabars

    The amazing thing about these yummy bars is that they're very healthy, gluten free and so simple to make at home to have on hand for guilt free snacking. I'm working on cutting out unhealthy levels of sugars, gluten and other processed foods from our diet, but we still want tasty, healthy snacks! Buying dried unsweetened fruit isn't exactly cheap- but you can dry your own at home with minimal effort.

    Regardless of the flavor you choose to make, here are the simple directions:

    Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse about 30-45 seconds (or more if necessary). The mixture should stick together well (pinch it with your fingers to test!). For mess free bars, 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 into bars. Place the bars in the fridge for about an hour and then cut into 6 bars/pieces. These homemade larabars can be individually wrapped and stored in the freezer for fast-on-the go snacking and they freeze well.

    (If the fruit is really tough or extra chewy, it can be soaked in 1/3 cup of warm water for 10 minutes, then drained and processed according to the directions above).



    Flavor Combinations:

    Apple Pie
    1 cup mixed almonds and walnuts
    1 cup dates
    1 cup mixed raisins and dried apple
    2 tbsp cinnamon

    Banana Bread

    1 cup almonds
    1 cup dates
    1 cup dried banana

    Blueberry Muffin
    1 cup cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup dried blueberries
    Zest and juice of 1 lemon

    Cappuccino
    1 cup mixed almonds and cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup coffee beans
    1 vanilla bean, scraped

    Carrot Cake

    1 cup mixed almonds and walnuts
    1 cup mixed dates and raisins
    1 cup mixed dried pineapple, shredded coconut, and carrot
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    2 tbsp cinnamon

    Cashew Cookie

    1 cup cashews
    1 cup dates

    Cherry Pie
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    1 cup almonds
    1 cup dates
    1 cup dried cherries

    Chocolate Chip Brownie

    1 cup mixed almonds and walnuts
    1 cup dates
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1/4 cup cacao powder

    Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
    1 cup mixed almonds and cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup mixed chocolate chips and dried cherries

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

    1 cup cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup chocolate chips

    Chocolate Coconut Chew

    1 cup mixed almonds and walnuts
    1 cup dates
    1 cup shredded coconut
    4 tbsp cacao powder

    Coconut Cream Pie

    1 cup mixed almonds and cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup shredded coconut
    2 tbsp coconut oil

    Ginger Snap

    1 cup mixed almonds and pecans
    1 cup dates
    2 tbsp fresh ginger
    1 tbsp mixed cinnamon and cloves

    Girl Scount Samoa Cookie Flavored Homemade Larabars

    "Girl-Scout Samoa" Cookie

    1 cup pitted dates
    1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    1/2 cup almonds
    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    dash of salt
    2 T chocolate chips

    Key Lime Pie

    1 cup mixed cashews and almonds
    1 cup dates
    1 cup shredded coconut
    Zest and juice of 1 lime

    Lemon Bar

    1 cup mixed cashews and almonds
    1 cup dates
    Zest and juice of 1 lemon

    Oatmeal Raisin
    1 cup raisins
    3/4 cup oatmeal (not quick oats)
    3/4 cup Almonds or Cashews
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    dash salt

    Peanut Butter & Jelly

    1 cup peanuts
    1 cup dates
    1 cup dried cherries

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
    1 cup peanuts
    1 cup dates
    1 cup chocolate chips

    Peanut Butter Cookie

    1 cup peanuts
    1 cup dates

    Pecan Pie

    1 cup mixed pecans and almonds
    1 cup dates
    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    Strawberry
    1 cup mixed walnuts & almonds
    1 cup dates
    1 cup Dried Strawberries

    Tropical Fruit Tart

    1 cup mixed almonds and cashews
    1 cup dates
    1 cup mixed dried pineapple and shredded coconut
    Zest and juice of 1 orange
    1 tbsp coconut oil

    Tropical Sunshine Bars
    1 cup cashews (or pecans)
    1/4 cup coconut flakes
    1 cup dried Unsweetened pineapple
    1/4 c. dried mango
    1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
    dash salt

    Did you notice a trend? Some of the recipes use Almonds, some use cashews and some use pecans. You can use whatever type of nuts that you prefer (or can find on sale!) I've found that it's best to purchase Unsalted nuts and avoid over-processing them or you'll end up with a mushy peanut-butter type textured bar.

    What flavors have you tried? Which ones are your favorite? We'd love to hear your experiences and results too!

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    Comments 10 Comments
    1. maddelena's Avatar
      maddelena -
      These look so good. I am going to try a few of them.
    1. MusicMaking's Avatar
      MusicMaking -
      I've made these before with other recipes but they added salt and vanilla extract. I like this simpler version. These bars are great for a snack, especially when you are craving sweets. I make them into small balls instead of bars. Tonight I made the cherry pie version, but with cashews because that's what I had on hand. Yum!
    1. MusicMaking's Avatar
      MusicMaking -
      I forgot to add this to my earlier comment. I do recommend soaking the fruit a little. The mixture will combine much easier that way. You can soak them the way the recipe says or put all the fruit in a glass measuring cup or bowl, cover with water and put in the microwave for around 15-20 seconds. Works great! If you don't soak you fruit and it was tough and leathery you may end up with whole pieces of fruit mixed in the bars. (The strength of your food processor may affect the results, too).
    1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
      fosterfamily5 -
      I am so making these this weekend!!
    1. sievegirl's Avatar
      sievegirl -
      I tried the Choc Chip Brownie and the PB one and they just did not stick together. I even let them stay in the fridge over night. They crumble as soon as I try to cut them. I am going to try to reblend them again tonight. Will keep you posted. So far, not too happy because my colleague's turned out really good!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by sievegirl View Post
      I tried the Choc Chip Brownie and the PB one and they just did not stick together. I even let them stay in the fridge over night. They crumble as soon as I try to cut them. I am going to try to reblend them again tonight. Will keep you posted. So far, not too happy because my colleague's turned out really good!
      Did you soak your dates first?
    1. dulcie1829's Avatar
      dulcie1829 -
      Try adding a little water. That's what I did and they held perfectly.

      Quote Originally Posted by sievegirl View Post
      I tried the Choc Chip Brownie and the PB one and they just did not stick together. I even let them stay in the fridge over night. They crumble as soon as I try to cut them. I am going to try to reblend them again tonight. Will keep you posted. So far, not too happy because my colleague's turned out really good!
    1. Adrianais14's Avatar
      Adrianais14 -
      I am trying the Apple pie ones tomorrow!! I will let you all know how they turned out!!
    1. Nellerine58's Avatar
      Nellerine58 -
      I have tried some of these recipes and they are great. I am concerned about my protein intake and would like to add pea protein to the recipe. How much protein would you suggest I add to a recipe?
    1. starkmumbai's Avatar
      starkmumbai -
      hey, wonderful list of recipes. i tried a couple and they were all fantastic.

      please could you tell me how could i manage to make this commercially. i would like to launch my own brand of power bars. with dates as a base. could you share a commercial recipe please, if you have one. also in order to make the product last longer, could we bake this product too?

      regards
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