Friday, January 31, 2014

Foodie Friday - Homemade Larabars

It's that time of the week again, where I share some fabulous thing I have made and you all drool and wish you were at my house. At least that's what I hope you feel come Friday on my blog.

Today I am sharing a recipe that my sister gave to me for homemade larabars and I hope you like them as much as I did. They were super easy to make, taste really good and are a relatively healthy snack option!

They only use four ingredients and all you have to do is push a button on a food processor, no heavy mixing involved. I'm telling you, this is my kind of snack.


And just a side note here, how has it taken me this long to discover Camino dark chocolate chips? Seriously, they are amazing and gluten/dairy free. I may have eaten a fair amount while making this recipe...

First up, you mix your almonds into a coarse crumble, then add the chocolate chips until they are mixed well. It should look something like this.


Next, dump that into a bowl and set aside, while using the now empty food processor for your dates. Be sure that you have removed the pits from them first though.



When mixing up the dates, be sure to hold your food processor still because it will shake like crazy! Oh, and add your peanut butter in before you mix the dates, so that it mixes nicely. Once the dates are smooshed up into a puree (which will be all globbed together in a ball), add your almond and chocolate mix back in and pulse until it sort of resembles gravel. It should look like this.


Dump it all out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and press it down until it's a nice rectangular shape. You choose how thick you want your bars, so use the size of cookie sheet you want. Mine were a little thin but I think that I will prefer them that way.


Once you have smooshed them into a nice giant bar, put the pan in the fridge for two hours to cool. Once they are nicely chilled, cut them into as many pieces as you want. I cut mine into sixteen but depending on what size bars you want, you could do more or less.


Even though these bars were ready right before supper and I didn't want to ruin my appetite, I couldn't resist taking a few bites of one. They are so good!


I was a little worried since the one time I tried an actual Larabar I gagged and couldn't finish the thing. So I was pleasantly surprised when I actually this one!

You should totally try making these yourself, so here is the recipe.

Homemade Larabars

1 c. almonds
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
2 c. pitted dated
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

Mix almonds and chocolate chips in the food processor until coarse. Pour into bowl and set aside. Mix dates and peanut butter in food processor into thick paste, then add almonds and chocolate back in. Pulse until mixture resembles a fine gravel.

Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and press down until it forms a giant bar. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then cut into desired amount of pieces. Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to one month. 

Easy peasy, right? And oh so tasty.

Anyone else making any healthy snacks lately? Or not so healthy snacks?

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Foodie Friday Mini Series

Week 1: Roast Chicken
Week 2: Gluten Free Bread
Week 3: Carrot Pineapple Muffins
Week 4: Homemade Larabars
Week 5: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Week 6: Brazilian Rice & Beans 
Week 7: Sweet Potato Quinoa Stir Fry 
Week 8: Chocolate Quinoa Cake

8 comments:

  1. Ooh I eat a LOT of clif bars, so I need to try these!!

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  2. Casey - You totally do need to try these! And when you do, let me know how you liked them. :)

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  3. Thanks for the recipe and the motivation!

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  4. girlinatree - You're most welcome! It was also my first time using dates and I totally thought of you. :)

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  5. These look delicious--and they'd be right up Jeff's alley! We were just talking about needing quick breakfast and snack foods to grab on the go--these definitely fit that bill!

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  6. Tory - Let me know how Jeff likes them. :)

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  7. Good recipe! My gluten free daughter has told me a mix of peanut butter and dates makes a great base for all kinds of treats. I kind of go in waves with peanut butter and right now I'm "off" so considering another type of nut butter.

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  8. Karen - Almond butter is decent, but I've also heard good things about hazelnut butter. I'm sure any nut butter would work well in this recipe.

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