Larabars are my all-time favorite type of granola bars. First of all, they’re absolutely delicious and they come in tempting flavors like blueberry muffin, carrot cake, chocolate chip brownie, and apple pie. Second, they’re each made up of fruit & nuts (and sometimes cocoa powder/chocolate chips, depending on the flavor)– and that’s it! No weird, unpronounceable ingredients.
My favorite flavor, apple pie, has just 6 ingredients: dates, almonds, walnuts, dried apples, raisins, and cinnamon. And, as I discovered recently, they’re really easy to make yourself.
The ingredients go for a quick whir in the food processor, which chops up the nuts and turns the dates & raisins into a paste that’ll hold the bars together. When the fruit and nut mixture comes together after a few minutes, you just press it into a baking pan, cut it into bars, and your homemade Apple Pie Larabars are ready to eat!It turns out that, like most things, Larabars taste even better when you make them yourself– not to mention, you can make them for a fraction of the cost that you can buy them. And if you happen to have any special food needs, these are a perfect vegan, gluten-free, soy-free. and dairy-free snack. Yessssss!
- 9 large Medjool dates, pitted (you can find these in the produce department or bulk bins of your grocery store)
- 1/4 cup raisins packed
- 1 cup dried unsweetened apples (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
- 1 cup raw almonds, unsalted
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
Place all the ingredients in the food processor, with the dried fruit on the bottom, and blend until the fruit & nut mixture is finely chopped and sticking together.
Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish with wax paper, with extra hanging out around the sides to cover the mixture.
Pour the mixture into the dish and cover with the extra wax paper. Press or roll the mixture out until it's smooth.
Lift the wax paper out of the pan and cut the fruit & nut mixture into 10 equal bars. Wrap individually in wax paper or plastic wrap or enjoy right away.
Store in pantry for up to 3 months or refrigerator/freezer for up to 6 months.
*Be sure to use Medjool dates and not another variety such as Deglet Noor dates, since the stickiness of the Medjool dates is what holds the bars together.
*If your raisins and dates seem dry, soak them in a cup of warm water for 5 minutes before using.
Nutrition Information for 1/10 of the recipe:
190 calories, 27g carbs, 10g fat (9g unsaturated, the healthy kind of fat), 4g protein, 18g sugar
Lightly adapted from this recipe