These bars have been revolutionary in my household. They are made from nuts, dried fruits, and dates as a binder. That’s it! I make a few different flavors at a time, and stick them on the counter – They are perfect for snacks and quick meals when time is tight. They also make delicious, healthy desserts.
Making them is really easy and requires no knife skills; All you need is a food processor. I have made these bars in small personal blenders before, but it takes forever, it’s very frustrating, and I REALLY don’t recommend it. Invest in a small food processor, and you will be pleasantly surprised. The processor I use is the Hamilton Beach 8 cup processor 70740. It’s really easy to use, easy to clean, and very inexpensive for its quality and power. Walmart and Target currently have it for about $32.99.
I have made Lara bars with standard dates and expensive fancy medjool dates. Personally, I prefer the standard ‘California’ dates because when i used medjool, the bars tended to be oily. There is no flavor difference, so if you do use medjool, take about 1/4 of dates out of each recipe. Try getting your fruits and nuts in bulk as it will save you a lot of money. I have a sprout’s farmer’s market next to me that stocks tons of options for reasonable prices. I believe there are also websites that sell bulk dried produce at great prices.
Generic Larabar Instructions: First, put all dry nuts into the food processor and chop until pieces are fine, but do not become a nut butter. (If you put everything in the processor at once, it will take forever to make it into dough). After that, you add the dried fruits and dates, and process until the mixture is almost a dough consistency (the mixture clumps together in large pieces). If your recipe calls for it, add powders or extracts, then continue processing until completely combined. Lastly, if you want larger pieces such as chocolate chips or whole raisins, stir or knead them into the mixture at the end.
I highly encourage you to experiment making your own! You may develop some wonderful recipes that your family and friends will enjoy if not devour.
Below are the recipes I have tried and really enjoy: