I remember the first time I had Larabars. It was during Cross Country. People brought snacks for the whole group, and once this girl brought Larabars. The one I had was the Chocolate Chip Cookie, so I was intrigued. I wasn’t until I opened it I realized it was a bunch of chopped nuts in pureed dates.
To be honest, it looked a lot like poop to me.
At first, I didn’t like it much. It seemed like one of those healthy foods that people pretended to like but really didn’t but they want to be healthy/lose weight so they make themselves eat it. You know, those kinds of foods.
But the more I ate it, the more I appreciated the concept of it. I mean, a “granola” bar made of just fruits and nuts? That’s a major success right there. Especially with the whole no added sugar. This seems like magic.
I used prunes instead of dates because dates are crazy expensive. I could get like twice the amount of dates for the same amount of money. Plus, dates keep people regular (sorry, a bit TMI). I also halved the recipe because the processor we have is small (it only holds like 2 cups) but feel free to make more.
This type I made here is a chocolate coconut bar. Does it taste like chocolate and/or coconut? Eh. Not really. But the flavors do lend well to each other.
Here is a general rule of thumb when making these:
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 cup dried fruit
- some additional ingredients, about 1 cup.
See? Easy. Now go make some Larabars.
Homemade Chocolate Coconut Larabars
(makes about 6 bars)
- 1/2 cup prunes
- 1/2 cup nuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until prunes turn into a paste and nuts are broken down into small pieces.
- Shape into a rectangular shape, then refrigerate for 30 min.
- Cut into bar-sized pieces, and wrap in plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.