Monday, October 11, 2010

Homemade Lara Bars

To be honest, I've never actually eaten a Lara Bar, they are out of my price range. But I've been making these knock offs at home lately. They are a great boost if you need energy, and keep you going for hours. Plus the taste great, are insanely easy to make, and healthy! Yesterday afternoon I blended up 6 new flavors for our family to try.

Basic Recipe (for 2 single serving bars)

1/2c dried fruit (most of the bars include dates)
1/3c nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts)

Following that formula, the flavors I made were: Apricot, PB&J, Blueberry Cobbler, Tropical Delight, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Coconut. I've also made Cherry Pie and Mixed Berry Cobbler on other occasions.

The ingredients:
whole dates, a variety of other dried fruits and nuts, coconut flakes, baking cocoa (not picture were chocolate chips, cinnamon, lemon and lime juice)

The finished product:
from left to right: chocolate chip brownie, blueberry cobbler, apricot, pb&j, tropical delight, chocolate coconut.

What else you need: a knife, a plate or bowl, a food processor or blender (I love my mini Cuisinart for this), and some plastic wrap.

How it works:
-You blend your dried fruit until it clumps together in a paste. It's best to roughly chop the dates prior to blending.
-Dump the fruit paste out onto your plate or bowl, but don't scrap the inside of the food processor too much. Put your nuts in and blend until nice and grainy.
-dump the ground up nuts out next to the fruit paste, then add any spices or seasonings.
-get your hands damp, and begin to blend the nuts and the fruit until you reach your desired consistency. It should be sticking together, and shape-able, but not too sticky. If it's still too sticky, try blend in some more nuts, or if it's not sticking together, add in a bit more fruit paste.
-Divide in half, and shape into two bars (or whatever shape you want!), then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge.

The recipes:
*Apricot- 6tbs dried apricots, 2tbs dates (enough to make 1/2c), 1/3c almonds, dash of cinnamon.

*PBJ- 1/4c dried cherries, 1/4c raisins, 1/3c peanuts

*Tropical Delight- 1/2c mixed tropical fruit, 1-2tbs shredded coconut, 1-1.5tsp lime juice, 1/3c cashews (blend the coconuts and lime juice with the fruit)

*Blueberry Cobbler- 1/4c dried blueberries, 1/4 dates, 1tsp lemon juice, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon.

*Chocolate Coconut- 1/2c dates, 2tbs coconut flakes, 1/6c walnuts, 1/6c almonds, 1tsp unsweetened coco powder. (blend the coco in at the end when you mix the fruit and nuts)

*Chocolate Chip Brownie- 1/2c dates, 1.5tbs chocolate chips, pinch salt, 1/6c walnuts, 1/6c almonds, 1tsp unsweetened coco powder. (mix the chips in with the nuts in the blender. blend the coco in at the end when you mix the fruit and nuts)

*Cherry Pie- 1/4c dried cherries, 1/4c dates, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon

*Mixed Berry Cobbler- 1/2c dried mixed berries, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon.

Using the basic recipe, you can get as creative as you want with your combinations of fruits, nuts, and seasonings.

original recipe is inspired by this blog post:

No comments:

Post a Comment