HEALTHY SNACKS: HOMEMADE LARABARS

My kids have a few pack a day habits- one being bandaids and the other Larabars. It seems that every time I take the younger two to Target after taking S to school, we grab a box of Larabars. And it only seems like that, because it's exactly what happens.

I figure, they're not eating sugar, they're not eating junk- they're just downing a box of food between the three of them that, every time I look at the ingredient list, I say I could make it myself.

So I finally did.

My first attempt didn't turn out. They were far too sticky, so I rolled them up into balls and passed it off as my intent all along.

The second time, I thought I'd give it another go, not expecting much. It was a perfect replication and luckily, I took notes (which I never do). I also took a picture for instagram. I thought I would take a legit set of photos for this, but alas, sick kids. Also, I actually wrote down the measurements, so asking for anything else is pushing it. Food blogger, I am not.

Larabars!



This is a recipe for, my kids' favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

You'll need:

- 1 1/3 cup pitted dates, loosely packed
- 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups cashews (raw, unsalted)
- handful chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels)

Put the dates in your food processor and process briefly. The consistency will be slightly chunky. Do not let the dates process until a ball starts to form.

Add cashews and chocolate chips. (I prefer a bit more cashews myself, but my kids like less.) Process until cashews are chopped and incorporated, but again, stop before a ball starts to form.

Press mixture into a dish and slice into bars.

I did a cost comparison to see how much less expensive it was to make these myself. For the cost of three boxes of Larabars, I can make the equivalent of five boxes at home- six if I'm on really top of my pressing and slicing game.

I still think I have to buy a box now and again, though. Just because they're cute when they tear the box open in 2.5 seconds.




4 comments:

  1. These look delicious! We inhale Larabars at our house, too, so I'm going to add this to my list. I was super excited to see another paleo-friend recipe on the link up today. :)

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    1. I think I could give any diet a shot if it means I can have larabars! These are so good. I hope you like them!

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