Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Larabars
I love Lara Bars as much for their convenience as for their list of ingredients. Some flavors have just two ingredients which is an amazing thing if you’re a label reader like me. They’re completely sugar free, full of natural protein and fiber, with plenty of vitamins and minerals. So I like to keep a few bars in the pantry for a last minute breakfast or a quick snack on the go. But I have two problems with the bars I buy at the store. 1. They are relatively expensive, and 2. Despite my best efforts, my kids won’t touch them.
I’m overjoyed that I’ve found a solution to both those problems. It turns out that all you need to make a homemade version of Lara Bars is a handful of ingredients, a food processor, and about 10 minutes. You won’t find an easier recipe than that. And, all you need to make them irresistible to kids is a mini muffin pan. There’s something about making them bite sized that has changed my children’s entire perspective. I’m not kidding when I say that both my kids ask for these first thing in the morning and again after dinner. Finally, a healthy “treat” we all love. Feel free to play around with the flavors – add dried cherries, coconut, peanut butter would all be great additions.
Homemade Larabar Recipe
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup raw almonds (or 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup other nut)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Place nuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add dates and pulse until well combined with the nuts. Last, add cocoa powder and pulse a few times to distribute evenly.
Press mixture firmly into mini muffin cups. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then gently loosen each cup with a knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
recipe adapted from: The Elliot Homestead