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Homemade Larabars

31 Mar

My food processor got a workout the other day! This weekend I’m participating in a craft fair to get out the word about this blog, and selling some gluten and dairy free goodies so people can get a taste of what I make! One product I used to buy and never will again? Larabars. They’re wonderful, but I love being able to make them whatever flavor I’m craving and not having to wonder where all the ingredients came from. This is one of the easiest things you’ll ever try; trust me. There are a million different combinations out there, but these are a few of my favorite. The nuts can be raw or roasted, but definitely unsalted. You can even substitute seeds if you’ve got nut allergies. If there’s a bar that you particularly enjoy, look at the ingredients! Chances are, you can make it at home.

The basic formula is 1 cup pitted dates, figs, raisins, or prunes, 1 cup nuts, and 1 cup “filling” of choice, such as dried fruits (cherries, blueberries, apricots, coconut, chocolate chips, coffee beans, flax seeds, hemp hearts, etc). You can also up the flavor with things like citrus zest and juice, vanilla extract, mint, ginger, cocoa, coconut oil, etc. Be creative! I mix the nuts and figs first until it’s a gooey “dough”. If it’s a little dry, mix in 1-2 Tbsp water a little at a time until it balls up a bit, unless you’re using flavorings; then add those first and then water if it needs more. Then add the fillings. Scrape out onto plastic wrap and flatten into a long, 1/2-3/4 inch thick plank, then cut into 6 or 7 bars.

**UPDATE! THREE NEW FLAVORS CREATED BY YOURS TRULY!**

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**Ginger Apricot**

1 c. dates

1 c. cashews

3/4 c. unsulphured dried, diced apricots

1/4 c. candied ginger

**Chocolate Covered Cranberries**

1 c. dates

1 c. cashews

2/3 c. cacao nibs

1/3 c. dried, apple juice sweetened cranberries

1/8 c. dried goji berries

**Almond Joy (new favorite!)**

1 c. dates

1 c. almonds

1 c. finely shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/4 c. cocoa

1/4 c. raw honey

1 Tbsp vanilla

Chocolate Berry Chip

1 c. dates or figs

1 c. mixed almonds and cashews

1 c. mixed chocolate chips and dried berries

(eliminate berries for a “chocolate chip cookie dough” flavor)

Coconut Cream Pie

1 c. dates

1 c. mixed almonds and cashews

1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

2 Tbsp coconut oil

Key Lime Pie

1 c. dates

1 c. mixed almonds and cashews

1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

1 lime: zest and juice

PB&J

1 c. peanuts

1 c. dates or figs

1 c. dried strawberries or mixed berries

You could add a bit of actual peanut butter to up the ante as well.

Gingersnap

1 c. dates

1 c. mixed pecans and almonds

2 Tbsp fresh ginger (or less powdered ginger)

1 Tbsp mixed cinnamon and cloves

You could even drizzle in just a touch of molasses, but be careful, because it can be bitter.

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