Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Larabar Wannabe!

                                       We love LaraBars!

 Heaven help us, we have fallen in love..... with LARABARS!  We only recently discovered these tasty, healthy bars. {Where have we been?!} Our favorite is the Peanut Butter Cookie bar. Soft, but firm. Moist, sweet, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free! 

The raw food bar that is as tasty as it is healthy. Pretty close to perfect. So could their possibly be any problem with this almost perfect food? Ummm....yes! In our opinion there is. What could that be you say. The price! At $2.00 - $3.00 per bar that is just not an every day splurge.

The solution, until the price comes down, make our own. Let's rephrase that..... try and duplicate some kind of similarity in appearance, taste and texture.

  The ingredients in our favorite LaraBar are only three: peanuts, dates and salt.

In our wanna be recipe we have: dates about 15-20, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, cinnamon to taste and  2 tablespoons almond meal. These amounts are just what we tried, and we know we will be adjusting them as we need to.

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until everything comes together and is smooth. Check, and process more inf needed.

                              When it comes together, it should look something like this.

                               Turn out into a wax paper or parchment lined baking dish.

                 Use a wooden spoon and/or your hands to push the mixture into the dish.

Use the excess paper and wrap it down onto the mixture and set in refrigerator to set up. Possibly 30 minutes to an hour.

When ready to cut, lift out of baking dish using the excess paper as handles, and place on cutting board. We kept the paper on , cut the bars, and took them, easily, from the paper.

                       Our bars are a little on the thin side. We would prefer a thicker bar.

                            They smell and taste pretty good though!

Changes to consider next time: replace peanut butter with peanuts. amount to be played with. add some salt. add more dates. amount to be played with. 

We cut some pieces of wax paper to wrap the bars in. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Ours lasted 2 weeks in the refrigerator with no problem.

Having these healthy bars made up for the family is a great idea. When the sweet craving hits or for an in between meal snack, these would work well.

Even for people who claim they do not like dates will be surprised once they try these.

Please remember: we were just experimenting and we strongly suggest you do the same with adjusting the ingredients ratio to get a bar more to your liking.

Have you experimented making the LaraBar yet? If so, we would love to know your thoughts and any tips you may have to share. Oh, and in case you might have been wondering if we will ever by these delicious bars again since we are experimenting with making them......YES!!!  Recently we found a box on sale at Target!  Be inspired, get creative!

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  1. I have not heard of these but your version looks and sounds yummy! I think dates are highly underrated -- I don't like them alone but they make things taste so yummy and are a great substitute for 'bad' ingredients!

  2. Yum! They look so good and I love the fact that you are saving money by making your own! Angie xo

  3. We love Larabars too! Gonna have to give this recipe a try! Thanks.

  4. thanks for sharing your recipe!! i am a huge fan of Larabar too.

  5. My husband loves these, thanks for the recipe! How long do you think they last for?

  6. These sound absolutely delicious! I've tried making homemade granola bars before, but I definitely want to try these! How much do you think it cost you?


  7. You can get Larabars at Vitacost online
    Good prices

  8. I've had a larabar recipe pinned for a while but I haven't made it yet. I love your addition of dates. I'll have to put his on my "to try" list. Thanks for sharing this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays! As always, hope to see you back again next week.

    Have a good weekend!
    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess