1.27.2010

Recipe Box: Homemade Lara Bars

Homemade Lara Bars

Lately, I've been whipping up quick batches of homemade Lara Bars, to tuck inside my purse to prevent my usual 3 0'clock hangry (hungry+angry) attack. Although lots of bars, despite their "healthy" propaganda, are full of sugar and unnecessary junk, Lara Bars are delicious, healthy and 100% junk-free. There's no sugar added, just plain old dried fruits and nuts. You can count their ingredients on one hand, and you can pronounce them too. I've always been a loyal, devoted fan ... that is, until recently, when I sold out poor Lara for my own (more economical, if not better) recipe.

Hooray for homemade! It's a lot cheaper to make your own, and how can you not if the labor amounts to about 5 minutes? And by labor, I mean your laboring food processor. (Yes, it's essential.)

*I used our food dehydrator to make the banana chips and dried pineapple. At some point in the dehydrating process, before the banana chips turn rock-hard, they transform into delicious, soft marshmallowy banana pillows. These rule me.

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Homemade Lara Bars:

1 1/4 cup unsalted nuts (your preference)
1 cup dried dated, pitted
1 cup dried fruit (your preference)

Add dates and other dried fruit to food processor and pulse until mixture becomes a sticky, coarse paste. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Now, in the food processor add the nuts and pulse until finely chopped. Pour nuts into the fruit mixture, and use your hands to combine all the ingredients, until the nuts are fully incorporated into the fruit. You have to squish, squisssshhhh it! Press this glob into a square-shaped slab and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, gently flatten and smooth out the mixture until it's about 1/2" thick, rolling right on top of the plastic wrap (so the sticky fruits don't stick you your rolling pin.) With an oiled knife, slice into 8 bars. Refrigerate.

It's easy to play around with this recipe, like by adding a drop of vanilla, cinnamon or ginger.

This week I made:
"Banana bread"= banana chips + dates + brazil nuts + 1/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/8 tsp ground ginger + 1 drop vanilla extract
"Pineapple Orange Zest"=dried pineapple + zest from one clementine + dates + brazil nuts + 1/8 tsp ground ginger

9 comments:

  1. Yes, thank you, I am making these right away. Perfect for the 3pm hunger+angry thing you mention above.

    PS - Made the crispy duck and it was AWESOME. Sweet sassy were those caramelized carrots good.

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  2. Awesome! I'm so glad you liked the duck recipe. What kind of Lara bars will you make?

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  3. My Larabar addiction has become "our" Larabar addiction of late, and my husband and I were discussing just last night how awesome it would be to make our own. WAY TO READ MINDS! <3

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  4. My vote is with the orange zest.

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  5. Whoa, awesome. Homemade lara bars just in the nick of time, I hope.

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  6. I love Lara bars, too, especially the new chocolate ones. My purse is never without one! I'm totally going to try your recipe. I just cleaned my cupboards and discovered a ton of random nuts on a top shelf. Perfect.

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  7. Okay. I just realized that this is YOUR blog Johanna. amazing! I made these today with a friend. Two batches. First was crystallized ginger and the other was cherry chocolate chip. Both used a combo of almonds and walnuts.

    I ate larabars like mad on tour this summer. next time, I might just pack a food processor.

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  8. Willi - I haven't tried the chocolate ones, but I'm not sure how they could be bad. Yum!

    Paul! I love that you discovered me here. Hehe. Those flavors sound amazing, you have a good brain. Man, making Lara bars at home so liberating.

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  9. Don't double this recipe. I just fried my Cuisinart.

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