Home Made LäraBars

Pile of home made Larabars

This recipe actually came together mainly because of two reasons. One, I had saved the package of a Cherry Chocolate Chip Torte LäraBar so I’d have the ingredients to make it myself. The wrapper was beginning to get in the way and I so wanted to just toss it out already.  Second, I had this package of Natural Delight Date Bars that I found on sale at a local grocery store. I had been meaning to get to Costco to get a giant package of Medjool dates, but alas, I had not yet made it there. Reading the ingredients of the date rolls, I realized…Hey! These are just dates and coconut! And despite the fact that the Cherry Chocolate Chip Torte LäraBar doesn’t have coconut in it, I thought it would make a nice touch. If you decide to use pre-packaged date rolls for this recipe, feel free to choose the variety of your choice. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.

Natural Delights Coconut Date Rolls

Natural Delights Coconut Date Rolls

Now, I’d have loved to have shared some photos of these as I made them, but I wasn’t quite sure how they would turn out. When I instagrammed the finished product, I got a lot of requests for the recipe. So, I’ll do my best to explain what I did. I also did not measure precisely so these are estimations. But I think they are pretty darn close.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Torte LäraBars from Scratch

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans (or walnuts. I’m into pecans lately)
  • 1 package of Natural Delights (or similar) medajool date rolls, coconut covered. (Or substitute 2 cups pitted Medjool dates)
  • 1/2 cup dried, sweet, red Montmorency Cherries
  • 1/2 of a Trader Joe’s 72% Cacoa Chocolate bar (the small 1.65 oz bar), broken into pieces
  • 2 Tbls super dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping Tbls coconut oil

Using a food processor with the standard blade, pulse the almonds until they are about the size of fish tank gravel. Don’t go too far or you’ll end up with almond butter!

Add pecans and pulse just a few times. Since the pecans are softer than the almonds, it won’t take long to break up.

Place entire package of date rolls into the processor, again, pulsing until the date bars start to crumble. This will take a while, and you may have to hold down the processor with one hand as you do this. If you add the coconut oil now, it will help lube up the mixture and make it break up a bit faster. If you are using actual dates, you may have to add more nuts so it isn’t so gooey. I warned you, this recipe was an experiment in process!

It should resemble a granola cereal at this point. Now add your cherries, chocolate and cocoa powder and pulse until well mixed.

Trader Joe's Mini Chocolate Bar (the best chocolate sold in a grocery store!)

Trader Joe’s Mini Chocolate Bar (the best chocolate sold in a grocery store!)

Remove from the processor and press the mixture into a glass 8×8 pyrex dish. You can use anything other than glass, but I would probably grease it first. With the glass, there is no need to grease.

Refrigerate overnight, cut into bars and package individually  I do this so my family doesn’t go overboard with them. After all, they are delish, but highly addictive, and despite being all-natural, they can be pretty high in calories!  I made 15 bars out of mine by cutting 5 rows and 3 columns. Enjoy! They are mighty good!

Pile of home made Larabars

Pile of home made Larabars

 

 

4 Responses to Home Made LäraBars

  1. Robin E says:

    omg i love larabars! I might have to try this!

  2. okay you got me with the title…I love larabars…the banana bread one is my favorite…have not tried the cherry one…yum!

    Shannon at I Survived and Now I Run

  3. Gene says:

    Looks good! I am gonna try this tomorrow. Thanks!

  4. Laeli says:

    Oooh good recipe! I could use them to bribe my family to come hiking with me…

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