Homemade Larabars

When I lived in the US I never left home without a Larabar in my purse, they were just an everyday staple in my life. A while back my cousin had posted a blog on here website Kid Tested Firefighter Approved about making them form home I have been meaning to give it a try ever since. I have tried 2 different recipes now and I am in LOVE.

** Note I do use Figs instead of dates because well, that is what we get here in Costa Rica so you can use either I think and they will be great!

I have tried Key Lime Pie and Cherry Pie and I loved them both!!

Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates or Figs
  • dash of sea salt (optional)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

 

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

Place the dates and fruit (depending on flavor) in a food processor. Blend until it becomes like a paste. Transfer blended dates and fruit (if using) 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, to the bowl with the fruit/date 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).

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More Ideas are:

Pecan Pie
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup Salted Cashews
  • 1/3 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Organic Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter Cookie (You could do almond butter and almonds)
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
Peanut Butter & Jam
  • 1/4 cup cherries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Larabars

  • 1/2 C dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 C walnuts, chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 t cocoa powder or Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1/8 t vanilla extract
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