Homemade Lärabars

It’s funny – I had essentially no sweets cravings during pregnancy.  (But don’t even ask how many bags of frozen green beans I consumed or how many times I suggested some sort of beef dish for dinner)  But, unfortunately, my sweet tooth came back and I am trying to tame the beast.  I was trying to satisfy my sweet tooth with a piece of fruit after lunch but that really wasn’t cutting it.

After my friend, Megan, posted about her homemade Lärabars I thought they could be the perfect solution.  Lärabars are so yummy and have a very simple list of ingredients:  Dates, nuts, mix-ins, spices.  So last weekend I finally tried out a couple of variations.  These bars can last for about a month in the fridge so I made a couple of types so that Matt could take them for lunch too.

Apple Pie Homemade Lärabar

(adapted from this recipe at Rawified)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • ½ cup dried apple rings, diced
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Combine the nuts and dates in a food processor.  Process for about 2 minutes, or until the ingredients start to form a sticky “dough.”
  • Add the cinnamon to the dough and combine for another 30 seconds or until you can see the cinnamon throughout the dough.
  • Add the dried apples and raisins and pulse until combined, making sure not to overprocess or liquefy the dough.
  • Get six pieces of plastic cling wrap ready
  • Divide and shape the dough into six equal sized bars, and wrap in cling wrap.  Store wrapped bars in an airtight container.Food ProcessorApple Cinnamon

I love anything cinnamon so I knew that this would be a hit with me.  Matt likes chocolate so I made a chocolate chip version too.  Same basic directions as above but with these ingredients:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lärabar Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup chocolate chipsCookie Doug

And because I had coconut on hand, I made these two as well:

Choco-Coco Lärabar Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed almonds and walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Key Lime Pie Lärabar Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • Juice of 3 Key Limes
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

The verdict? Finished Products Matt loved the cookie dough bars and is working his way through the six.  I decided he liked those so well I wouldn’t try them and would leave all for him.  I love the apple pie bars and really liked the choco-coco.  I’m just so-so about the key lime pie.  Despite a good amount of lime juice, the almond flavor was overwhelming.

 

Do you have a favorite Lärabar flavor?  I’m looking for flavors to try out after this stash is gone.

 

4 thoughts on “Homemade Lärabars

    1. Molly Post author

      Thanks for some great inspiration! I’ll keep stalking you to see what good ideas you have next. :)

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>