Homemade LARABAR recipe!!

Have you ever heard of or tried a Larabar? If not, the LARABAR’s claim to fame is that they are the “original fruit and nut food bar” and contain less than six ingredients total. Crazy right?

LARABARs are also organic, no sugar added, 60-90% raw (depending on the particular bar), no GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and kosher. Although not considered a true protein bar, since the protein content in most is fairly low, they are a great snack option for when you are on the run.

My client Trisha and I had a Larabar-making party a few Saturdays ago.  She kindly went and bought all the ingredients and I split the cost with her which was less than 20 dollars and we made over 40 bars! BUT we made a key improvement to them…we added VEGA protein powder to increase the amount of protein in them! These are great to have as an emergency snack if you are on the run or you can treat yourself to one before or after a work if you’re in a rush or out of protein powder to make a shake!

Here is a list of the different flavours we tried and the ingredients that each one requires…we doubled the recipe on most (because there was 2 of us) but the recipes below will make 2-3 bars…and don’t forget to add protein powder if you want to increase the amount of protein in your bars.  We switched up the taste by using chocolate or vanilla flavoured VEGA protein powder.

Blueberry Muffin

  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

 Cashew cookie (YUM!)

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup whole raw unsalted cashews
  • a dash of sea salt

Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • dash of sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

Almond Cookie

  • 1/3 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Peanut Butter Cookie (one of my faves!)

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanuts

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon (more of a treat bar)

  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Cherry Pie

  • 1/4 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/3 cup almonds (unsalted)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Pecan Pie (also very yummy!)

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Cookie Dough (my fave but again, a treat!)

  • 1/2 cup Salted Cashews
  • 1/3 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Organic Chocolate Chips

Here are the directions for making your own LARABARs

Place the dates and other soft ingredients (fruits etc) in a food processor. Blend until it becomes like a paste. Transfer blended paste to a bowl.

Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until chopped fairly small (but not too much, not nut flour. You want texture). Add the nuts, along with the sea salt, etc, to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste. Next you can spread the mixture out onto a plate covered in cling wrap. Using your hands mold the mixture into individual bars. Wrap each separately in plastic wrap or in small ziplocks. It is a good idea to refrigerate the bars after making to maintain freshness and let the form set (try to let them set in the fridge for 20 minutes before you eat one).

If you’re really lazy you can just put all the ingredients in the food processor instead of separating them (that’s what we did!)

You can also just roll these into ball shapes and use them as “power balls” for on the go, pop in your mouth snacking. You can use a cookie cutter and get fancy with this. I prefer just the bar shape but do what suits you. If you find your Larabars are a bit crumby add a couple tbsp of warm water and process again.

It took us a few hours to make all of these but we had fun doing it and “taste testing” all the different flavour AND we ended up having about 20 bars each! The other good thing about these is they don’t go bad (all natural ingredients!) so you will have these snacks for a few weeks!  The part that takes the longest is shaping them into bars and then wrapping them in Saran Wrap.

Check out the website where I found these recipes along with many other healthy recipes.  But be careful because once you start looking through this website you’ll end up spending hours checking out all the fun and healthy recipes!

So if you’re looking for a snack that’s easy to throw in your gym bag or purse AND satisfies your sweet tooth pick a few flavours I have shared above and make your own LARABARs.  Each bar provides you with a great source of fiber, healthy fats and some protein (if you add the protein powder). All-around they are AWESOME and give you the boost of clean energy your body is craving.

If you’re really creative you can even come up with your own flavours! Any other homemade protein bar recipes you’d like to share please post below…

Happy food processing!

Les 🙂

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