8/21/12

Lara Bars (Made At Home)


My friend Tia eats an all-primal diet. I do not, but her and I definitely share an interest in eating natural, whole foods that are free of junk, sugar, and fillers.

I babysat her cute little daughter this summer, and some mornings, along with her daughter, she'd bring me some of her healthy treats. One day she brought me her version of homemade Lara Bars and I was in love!

The version she made had unsweetened coconut added to them, which I loved, but could not find at our local store. So my version is a bit different, but they are so good that the kids kept asking for more "brownies"!

Thanks Tia, for turning me on to such an easy and delicious healthy recipe!

Lara bars come in a variety of flavors, so naturally I made the 2 that have either peanut butter or chocolate in them. This recipe makes about 3 nice and thick bars, so definitely double it if you want them to last.

{Chocolate Chip Brownie Lara Bars}
1/2 c. seedless, pitless whole dates (unsweetened!)
1/4 c. raw almonds (can use peanuts or cashews or any nut)
1 T. baking cocoa powder
1-1/2 T. mini chocolate chips

Method
1. Add the dates to a food processor and process until it forms a thick fruit paste. This may take awhile, and it will be LOUD! Pulse in the cocoa powder.

2. Remove the paste and set in a bowl on the side. Now process the nuts until they are fine, but not to a powder. Mix the nuts and chocolate chips into the fruit paste until well  combined.

3. Press the mixture into a lined dish to form bars to the thickness of your liking. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to smooth them out evenly. Cover and refrigerate. Cut into bars when ready to eat.

{Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars}
1/2 c. seedless, pitless whole dates (unsweetened)
1/4 c. raw almonds
3 T. all natural (no sugar added) chunky peanut butter
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Follow the same directions as above, adding the peanut butter and vanilla to the dates and processing altogether. Process the almonds separately and add in after.

For several more Lara Bar flavors, check out Lara Bars website. Click on a flavor and it tells you what ingredients are in it. Tia said it doesn't really matter which nut you use, and I prefer raw almonds, but cashews would be delicious as well.







5 comments:

Deb and Blake said...

Very interesting! I have to eat gluten-free and msg free so this sounds like a must try! I always enjoy your healthy meal ideas.

Unknown said...

Can't wait to try these! Do you think the nutrition info would be the same as a lara bar?

Zane and Van said...

These Lara bars look so yummy! We're bookmarking this now. :)

Anonymous said...

do you think these could be made with prunes rather than dates? I happen to have prunes :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I make these all the time!