Homemade Lara Bars

By Natural Edge

Ah, the Lara Bar. Simple, delicious, and yet... kind of pricey. Don't get me wrong, we still buy them by the boxful once in a while (Ya Costco!), but at $2+ a bar, and how much I love them.. well.. it makes my wallet cry a little. But compared to other On-The-Go type snacks, Lara Bars still rock. They're:

Unprocessed

Non-GMO

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Soy Free

Vegan

Kosher


And damn delicious. Especially those coconut cream ones. Mmmmmm....

But homemade ones are pretty darn easy to make, and you can make them any flavour you want!

Here's a few different recipes to tantalize your taste buds and give you a nice boost of energy!

Homemade Lara Bars
(All recipes make 2-3 bars. Feel free to double the recipes to make more.)

*Note: If you find the mixture a little too dry, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time. Also, if your dates are quite dry, or don't want to blend, try soaking them for at least 30 minutes in water!

Very Cherry (from RawFreedomCommunity)
1/4 cup chopped dates (roughly chopped whole dates, not pre-chopped)
1/4 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
1/3 cup whole pecans, almonds or walnuts
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

 Cashew (from Amy Lynn Paradigm)
1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
1/2 cup whole raw unsalted cashews
dash of sea salt

Key Lime Pie (from Amy Lynn Paradigm)
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 shredded coconut

Coconut Cream (from OhSheGlows)

1/4 cup chopped dates (roughly chopped whole dates, not pre -chopped)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup whole cashews and almonds (mixed)

½ teaspoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil


 Instructions for all recipes:

Set out a piece of plastic wrap for each bar you will make, for shaping and wrapping the bars . Do this first; you’ll have sticky fingers when you need it.

Place the dates and whatever other fruit in a food processor. Blend until it becomes like a paste. Transfer to a bowl.

Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until chopped fairly small (keep some texture, don't over process).

Add the nuts, along ...

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By Natural Edge| July 14, 2011
Categories:  Eat

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