It was a glorious day when I discovered these puppies at our local Whole Foods. That place really is a veritable wonderland of nutritional bliss. Real food that tastes amazing.
And creates an amazing dent in your grocery budget.
So, when paying well over $1 for a single Larabar became more than I could justify (especially when I could easily buy a fistful multiple times a month)…and when buying a fistful was no longer an option due to no Whole Foods here in FarmTown, I resolved to duplicate these fantastic bites of fruit and nuts.
I’ve seen lots of recipes for them on Pinterest, but after some trial and error, this is the one that’s worked best for me:
- 3 cups dates*
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
1.) Process nuts in food processor or high-speed blender.
2.) Add dates, then blend with pulse button until well combined with nuts.
3.) Add chocolate chips and peanut butter and pulse until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. If the mixture isn’t sticking together, add more peanut butter or a couple of tablespoons of water.
4.) Spread mixture onto 9 x 9 or 8 x 11 pan (I’ve not found it necessary to grease).
5.) Refrigerate for a few hours until set, then cut into squares. I have found it necessary to make Hubs a little box of his own so they don’t all disappear from the pan right away. Store in fridge to keep them solid.
6.) Enjoy! I like mine with a tall, cold glass of coconut milk.
Optional ad-ins: coconut, raisins, and other types of nuts/dried fruit; omit chocolate chips for dairy-free version (or get dairy-free chocolate chips–I’m about to start buying these in bulk)
* If you want to make a larger (9 x 13) pan of the bars, use closer to 4 cups of dates