Homemade LaraBars

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!  I know I for one really enjoyed an extra day of R&R. 🙂

When I did the Whole30 I was introduced to LaraBars.  Although “bars” are really supposed to be used sparingly during the Whole30, they were great to have on hand when I was in a bind because they are made of all natural and whole ingredients; no preservatives or ingredients that are impossible to pronnounce.

Since trying more of a paleo-esque lifestyle and especially after the Whole30, I’ve really learned to appreciate “whole” foods and how they affect my body in a positive way.  That means I look at foods that I used to consider staples a bit differently; one of which is protein bars.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a protein bar and/or whey protein, I have just learned that my body doesn’t react the same way to those ingredients as it did before.

I used to avoid snacks like LaraBars like the plague. So you’re saying there isn’t any protein in this? Thanks, but no thanks.  Now, I appreciate food with the least amount of ingredients as possible and since my meals consist of a little more “umph” of the right things (namely more good fats), I don’t have to default to processed protein-packed items like I used to.  That being said, I am on the search for a protein powder with little ingredients because I miss my protein shakes! 🙂

Since LaraBars can get a little expensive I decided to search for a homemade recipe I could easily make at home.  I mean, how hard can it be if all of the ingredients are natural, whole foods that essentially you can find at any grocery store, right? Right!

I found the best base recipe here and have already made many different combinations, depending on what ingredients I have on hand.

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To make 12 bars, here’s the basic breakdown I follow:

  • 2 cups nuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup other dried fruit (I always look for unsweetened and unsulfured.  Trader Joe’s has a few good options.)
  • 1 tsp spice

One of my (and Matt’s) favorites was my take on LaraBar’s Cherry Pie flavor.

Ingredients:

(makes 12 bars)

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut (optional)

Directions:

Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until combined and all ingredients are finely chopped. Then, either press dough evenly in small cake pan and cut into bars or form into balls then refrigerate.

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Enjoy the short week!

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Comments

  1. Yum! Whole foods for the win! I’m all about the whole foods and short ingredient list, which is why I love LaraBars. The price of one bar on the other hand… not so much. Love this most cost effective way to enjoy my favorite bars!
    I’ve been reading your blog in the shadows for a while now, but wanted to comment and also know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! http://toryofmylife.com/2014/05/27/inspiring-blogger-award/ Please keep the healthy recipes and workouts coming!

  2. Donna Marx says:

    These are great with Enjoy mini-chocolate chips too for more of a “dessert” flavor:) I haven’t tried adding spices…good idea!

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