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.
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.
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.
Shape them into rectangular bars
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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