Lara Bars


Its back to school week and here is a perfect snack that is quick to make with the added bonus that its healthy. These are home made Lara Bars! They are easier than you think, it’s  literally blending up dried fruit, blending nuts and mashing them together.

I prefer to uses food processor than a blender because of the texture. You can make many combinations between dried fruits and nuts. You can even look at what fruits or nuts were used in your favorite Lara Bars and try to replicate them. Experimenting is always fun!

LaraBars-4Homemade Lara Bar Recipe

Recipe by Power Hungry (adapted)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 C chopped dates (roughly chopped whole fresh dates)
  • 1/4 C dried cherries, raisins, or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 C whole pecans, almonds or walnuts
  • 1/8 t cinnamon

PREPARATION

Set out two pieces of plastic wrap for shaping and wrapping the bars. Do this first; you’ll have sticky fingers when you need it. Place the dates and cherries in a food processor. Pulse until processed to a paste. Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor). Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts, along with the cinnamon, to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste.

Divide mixture in half. Place each half on each of one of the sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around each bar and start squishing into a bar shape form (about 3 and 1/2 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3/4-inch thick).

Press against counter top to flatten bottom side, flattening topside and ends with flat of hand. Tightly wrap the plastic around each bar and store in the refrigerator. Makes 2 bars.


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In the photo you will see two bowls with blended nuts the bowl on top(top left) has pecans and almonds and the one second one (bottom right) has cashews and almonds. Either/or can be used to the bars. I just wanted to show what the nuts will look like blended.

 

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3 Responses to Lara Bars

  1. Laura says:

    Habe you ever tried to freeze them?

    • Desi says:

      Hi Laura! I haven’t but I would love to try. I am pretty sure they would freeze well. I had never thought of that before!

  2. Mary says:

    I’ve frozen bars like this before. They do really well. Once they’re in the freezer my family tends to forget about them and then I get to enjoy most of them 😉

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