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Monday, October 3, 2011

Homemade Larabars Recipe

Hi all, Mike's Wife Andrea here!

A friend told be about a wonderful "snack bar" called a Larabar.  When I first heard "snack bar," I was a bit leery as typical snack bars are highly processed and have dozens of ingredients, often including high fructose corn syrup.  But to my surprise, the ingredient list for Larabars is only about 5 items (which varies depending on the variety).  Not only is the ingredient list short and sweet (pun intended!), the ingredients are actual whole foods, not flavors made in labs.  For example, my favorite variety "Apple Pie" is simply dates, almonds, apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon.  Since the ingredients for these bars are foods you can easily find in any grocery store, I decided to make some at home.  They are really easy to make if you have a food processor and the best part is, they are raw so they won't take long at all to whip up.

Apple Pie Larabars
  • 1 Apple, Peeled (small or medium sized). Dehydrated apples work too, but watch as dried fruit from the store often contains added sugar.
  • 8oz. of Dates (You can find them near the raisins in the store. Watch out for added sugar!)
  • 1/4 Cup of Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup of Walnuts (or Peanuts or any other nut of your choosing)
  • Dash of cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
Cut apple into smaller pieces and put them into the food processor with the dates and the raisins. Process until you get a thick paste. It might be a little wet, which is due to the fresh apple. If you want to make the mixture pastier, just add more raisins. When done mixing, transfer mixture into a bowl using a spatula.

Put the nuts together into processor and chop, leaving some texture.

Dump nuts into bowl with date/raisin paste, sprinkle in cinnamon and use fingers to mix it all together like you would meatballs.

Now you can either roll the mixture into little balls, or arrange it in individual bars on wax paper or plastic wrap.

Store in the fridge, which will help set it and keep them fresh

Makes a great snack!!!

This link has a bunch of other types of larabar recipes, including "Blueberry Muffin," "Key Lime Pie," "Cherry Pie" and more!

3 comments:

that is awesome. I saw you and Jyl talking about them so I looked for them at Wegmans. Looked good but they are about $1 a bar. I think I will try to make them at home and see how it turns out!!

Yeah they are pricey, but worth it! These homemade don't have the same consistency as store bought, but taste almost exactly the same. I am going to keep experimenting until I get them perfect. Also can't wait to try different flavors. Glad you are giving them a shot!

i just made these- followed your recipe, thanks!

i saw your previous comment and was concerned about the consistency; more than most likely it was because you used fresh apples.

i used one fresh apple, shredded them and squeezed out the moisture. :) they taste wonderful and almost exactly like the larabars.

thanks for the recipe!

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