Homemade Larabars in Less Than 10 Minutes

When I was transitioning to the clean eating lifestyle in 2012, one of my biggest challenges was finding healthy snacks in between meals. I first started eating Luna bars but those bars contain sugars and after a while I couldn’t eat them without getting sick.

And then a friend told me about Larabars. Oh my goodness I do love Larabars …

  • They are a great, healthy and delicious snack in between meals or even as an add on to your lunch or breakfast.
  • For me, they have been a lifesaver when I’m out and about running errands and needed something to munch on. 
  • Most Larabars contain less that 5 ingredients, and they are all ingredients I can pronounce! My favorite Larabar – Peanut Butter Cookie – only has peanuts, sea salt and dates.

I have always wanted to make my own Larabars. Even though my local Fred Meyer has them for $1 each( Amazon and VitaCost sell for a $1.25 each), it was starting to get expensive because…well…I would eat one everyday( they’re just so gooood) and it’s such a great grab and go snack. Especially when you have two little fireballs of energy( I mean boys) that you have to chase after.

Homemade larabars in less then 10 minutes. A delicious, healthy, gluten free snack using only 3 ingredients. Combine peanuts, cranberries and Medjool dates in your food procesor, shape into bars and that's it!

 

So I finally buckled down this week. Did some research and experimenting…and oh my goodness did I come up with a great Homemade Larabar recipe that will probably save me( and hopefully you) some money at the grocery store!

Not only does this recipe take less than 10 minutes to make, but it only has 3 ingredients – peanuts, cranberries and dates. That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less.

You’ll want to get raw and unsalted peanuts, dried and unsweetened cranberries and Medjool dates are just the best dates ever. The peanuts and cranberries you can get from the bulk food section at your local grocery store and the Medjool dates I picked up from Costco. A good food processor is also helpful too!

Originally when I made this the first time, I started with only peanuts and cranberries and some sea salt. The sea salt is totally optional.

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After combining just the peanuts and cranberries, the mixture wasn’t “gooey” enough to shape into bars, so I  deseeded and added the Medjool dates.

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Much better!

Homemade Larabars in Less than 10 Minutes - Island Girl on A Far

Shape them into rectangular bars

Homemade Larabars in Less than 10 minutes - Island Girl on A Farm

And you’re done! This mix should make about 6-7 rectangular bars, or if you wanted you could shape them into balls ( my youngest son liked them a lot!). Store them in the fridge for up to two weeks – although I would be very surprised indeed if they lasted that long.

[yumprint-recipe id=’5′]Yum yum…I shared some with my mother-in-law and she loved them so much she asked me to buy the ingredients to make a batch amount for her snack stash!

What are some of your favorite variations of Larabar recipes? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Best Ever Grain Free Crackers

I might have to start cheating on my Larabars with these crackers as my new go-to snacks – ok maybe not cheat but add them to my snack arsenal.

Once again, I have to give credit to my friend Vanessa for introducing these absolutely A-mazing delectables into my life. Is it possible that a gluten-free,grain-free,dairy-free and sugar-free snack can be so delicious AND healthy at the same time?

I tried 3 different variations of this recipe, and so I’m posting the one that, in my opinion, turned out and tasted the best. I’ll share the other two variations in the recipe notes so you can try it for yourself. 

But I digress….

Grain Free Crackers - Island Girl on A Farm. This is a fantastic clean eating snack that is dairy,grain,sugar and gluten free. The fresh rosemary adds a delightful and sensational tease on the taste buds. Great alternative to traditional crackers.

Quick Overview:

You’ll need: rosemary, almond flour, raw shelled sunflower seeds, dried unsweetened cranberries, olive oil, sea salt, chia seeds and hemp seeds

Combine all ingredients in your food processor or mixer until formed into a dough, then form dough into a ball.

Grain Free Crackers from IslandGirlonAFarm.com. Dairy, sugar, grain and gluten free crackers. A delicious alternative to traditional crackers

Place dough between either two pieces of parchment paper or use a baking mat and parchment paper. I love and recommend the Silpat silicone baking mat. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.

Grain Free Crackers - Island Girl on a Farm

Once dough is rolled out completely, use a pizza cutter to cut dough into rectangles, squares or any other shape your heart desires :). Transfer baking mat or parchment paper to a baking tray or cookie sheet and bake away for 15 minutes! Keeping scrolling to get the full recipe. Yummm…

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Extra Tips:

  • Almond flour  can be purchased at your local grocery store in the nutrition section, online or sometimes in the bulk food section
  • Same thing applies for coconut flour
  • If you are dying to make this recipe right away and don’t have fresh rosemary, you can always substitute for 1 tsp dried rosemary – but the fresh rosemary is what really gives these crackers their delightful taste.

Warning, these can be addictive( as I reach for my 5th cracker while enjoying a cup of green tea.) You may need to make a double(or triple) batch of these because sharing doesn’t come so easy…I warned you 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and if you tried any of the variations I suggested.

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