Friday, April 27, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Lara Bars

This is my adaptation of Lara Bars, which my family adores and are one of our go-to snacks. As far as prepared food goes, these bars provide an excellent option for eating on the go. They are natural, whole food, and gluten-free, plus they contain few ingredients, all of which I can easily pronounce.

Still, since I can never just leave well enough alone, and actually endeavor to re-invent the wheel at least once per day, I decided I must make these myself. Just to see if I could.

 I got inspiration and tips from this recipe from Blissful Baking and this recipe from Enlightened Cooking. The great thing about Lara Bars is that they are made so simply, and with so few ingredients, that it really isn't hard to replicate them in your own kitchen.

You will need:
1 cup of whole, pitted dates
1/2 cup of pecans
1 cup almonds
1/2- 1 cup dark mini chocolate chips, adjust according to taste preferences
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

The process:
1. Put the dates into a food processor and process until dates become a thick paste. It's likely that this paste will form a ball, which is fine. Once the dates have reached a paste-like consistency, remove them from the processor and set aside (breaking up the ball, if necessary).

 2. Add the almonds and pecans to the food processor and pulse until they are chopped finely. You can put them right back into the same processor without cleaning it- you're about to mix all ingredients in the next step anyway.

 3. Add all the ingredients to the food processor, including the date paste. Pulse until well combined. It should look roughly like this when finished.
 4. Pour out the contents of the food processor onto some plastic wrap or parchment paper.
 Using the plastic wrap to cover the mixture (it's very sticky), form it into one large ball.
 Using a baking pan or other square mold, press the mixture into a large square, keeping it about an inch thick.
 5. Refrigerate for an hour or so before cutting.
 Enjoy!




My kids adore these bars. Do your kids eat them too?


10 comments:

  1. I wonder if I can make the Cherry pie kind... my favorite!

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    1. Kaitlin, you must. Google it- even if you don't love the first recipe you come across you can always doctor it a bit in accordance with your tastes.

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  2. Found you via I Can Teach My Child. Love your site! I'm going to give these bars a try with my kids. We've done a knock-off Kid Clif Bar, but I've been wanting to try this one. Thanks!

    Rachel @ www.thrivinghomeblog.com

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by! I love your blog too! Ah, mutual blog love- that's the best kind. How do you make Cliff bars? I'd love to give that a try, as well.

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  3. Jupiter eats Luna protein bars, which is the only protein bar she's ever been willing to eat and she abosolutly MUST. HAVE. PROTEIN. on a regular basis or it is not pretty. So we use them as a protein jolt after school or before activities, or as a quick boost when I sense her mood is getting ready to tank. I may make some of these though just to see if she will eat them..and if not, I am sure I will eat them. They look great!

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    1. Oh, the beloved Luna bar. We have been huge fans of the chocolate peppermint ones in the past, but once we went gluten free they were off limits. The Lara bars have been a good replacement however, I may have to one day tackle the GF peppermint Luna. :)

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