Oh snacks! I love them…a little too much. 😉 I tend to default to chocolatey, sugary, candy-type snacks. I don’t let my kids have a lot of candy, but just about every day at 2:00 I am grabbing for some chocolatey goodness! (They would be so made if they knew I ate so much.)
In an effort to curb the crappy snacking, I searched for some homemade versions of things I like/love. I found several sites offering larabar recipes, and they looked pretty easy. There were even a few with chocolate in them! Yay!
I tweaked one of the recipes and use it all the time now, in two versions – one with chocolate add-ins and one without. I actually really enjoy the non-chocolate one more; it is sweet enough that I don’t mind.
For a healthy snack, larabars are a great choice and are extremely yummy.
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pitted whole dates
1/4 cup raisins and/or dried cranberries
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
(if your dried fruit is super dry/hard, soak in warm water for 5-10 minutes then drain and proceed with recipe.)
- Line 9×9 pan with plastic wrap.
- Place almonds in food processor and pulse until finely chopped (but NOT paste). Add in fruits, cinnamon and salt. Pulse more until it is all combined and clumping into a ball in the processor.
- Remove mixture from processor and press into prepared pan. Pack down evenly with hands or with the bottom of another pan that size that fits into it.
- After smooth, refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap, bringing mixture out with it. Cut into desired number or shape of bars. I wrap each individually in wax paper or parchment paper, so they don’t stick to each other. They keep for up to 3 days on the counter, 3 weeks in the fridge and (allegedly, although ours don’t last long enough to try this) 3 months in the freezer. (Thaw 1 hour before eating.)
Variation: add in handful of chocolate chips and/or a tsp or 2 of cocoa powder. It creates more of a brownie flavored bar! Mmmm….brownies.
This is a good snack for kids that won’t eat nuts by the handful or that don’t like a variety of dried fruit. The flavor of the bar does not hint at having nuts in it, and the texture is accepted by all but one of my kiddos. And these work great for grab-and-go snacking, especially when the kids are getting hungry but you need to run errands. They are filling and healthy, without creating that sugar high/crash!
Do you make homemade larabars? Have you tried any different flavor combos??