Homemade “Larabars”

Great for travel or for a quick on-the-go snack, I love Larabars.  With just a few ingredients, it’s really easy to make them at home.  The bonus is that you get to make them exactly how you want them, with organic ingredients and without the need for a disposable package.  They take about 5 minutes to make, then will last for months in the refrigerator or freezer.

You have a lot of choices in terms of how you make these bars.  I prefer a higher proportion of nuts to dates/dried fruit than the standard Larabar, but these are still plenty sweet.  Use this basic recipe as a starting point and experiment with flavors and texture until your bars are just how you want them.  Some thoughts on creating your own variations are listed below. 

Frankly, you really can’t go wrong with nuts and dates.  It’s helpful if the dates/dried fruit are soft when you are ready to start, but a little warm water will soften them up quickly.

  • 8 medium dates, pitted and at room temperature
  • 2 cups raw cashews*

Put 4 of the dates in a small bowl and pour 2 Tablespoons or so of warm water over them to soften.  Put the other 4 dates and 1 cup of the cashews into the food processor and process until they are crumbly and relatively uniform; they will not stick together at this point.  Pour them into an 8×8 glass baking dish, or equivilant.  Put the remaining four dates, their soaking water, and the remaining cup of cashews into the food processor and combine to form a paste; this is your glue.  Pour the glue over the crumbly cashew-date mixture and stir to combine.  Spread evenly into the dish, cover, and put in the fridge.  Once he batter has firmed up, cut bars or squares (or shape however you like).  You can continue to store these in the refrigerator in your covered glass dish, or place the individual bars/squares on a baking sheet or something that will fit in your freezer and freeze them until they can be piled in a container or bag for storage.  Enjoy!  

*If you like to soak your nuts, I recommend that you dry them out in a dehydrator or in the oven (or skillet) before using for this recipe.  If you don’t, you will still have yummy bars, just a different texture. 

Some other thoughts….

  • Feel free to stuff in as many nuts or other yummy things as you want, just make sure there is enough “glue” to hold them together. 
  • Make these in whatever shapes you like – roll into balls, flatten into cookies, cut with cookie cutters, etc. 
  • Stuff in as many nuts or other additions as you like, just be sure there is enough “glue” to hold them together. 
  • Roll your bars in chopped nuts, coconut, etc. 
  • Make different flavors by keeping the “glue” part of the recipe the same, but replacing the other four dates with a different dried fruit.
  • Use almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc, or a mix of nuts in place of the cashews. 
  • Use salted nuts for a salty-sweet bar. 

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks, I’ve mainly dried fruits, vegetables and jerky but will try these bars.

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