Homemade Larabars

Love Larabars but hate the price? Try making your own! These are not only more economical but they taste even better than the store bought kind.

Medjool dates

Instructions:

Lay two pieces of plastic wrap on counter.

Place fruit in food processor and pulse until it has a paste-like texture. Transfer to a medium bowl.  Add nuts to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add nuts to bowl with the fruit. Add all other ingredients. Use fingers to knead into a paste.

Divide mixture in half. Place each half on plastic wrap. Wrap plastic around mixture and form into a bar shape.  Wrap tightly in plastic and store in the refrigerator. Makes 2 bars.

Here are a few different recipes:

  • Very Cherry: 1/4 c. dates, 1/4 c. dried cherries or cranberries, 1/3 c. whole pecans, almonds, or walnuts, 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • Cashew Cookie Dough: 1/3 c. dates, 1/2 c. raw cashews
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 1/3 c. dates, 1/2 c. raw cashews, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon, 1/2 oz. finely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • Blueberry Bliss: 1/4 c. dried blueberries, 1/4 c. dates, 1/3 c. almonds, 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest, 1 drop almond extract

Note: Make sure to use roughly chopped whole dates, not pre-chopped for these recipes.

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