Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Make Your Own Lara-like Bars

Some people like Clif bars, some like those nasty Power Bars, and then there's those who really dig Larabars. I'm in the Larabar camp. But I hardly ever buy them because they're pretty much trail mix in bar form and 2 bars will cost you more than what a bag of trail mix will. Which made me think, how hard could it be to make these babies myself?

If you search the web you'll find lots of suggestions and formulas. Several of the recipes are for just 1 bar. Who the hell is going to make just one bar at a time?! So here's what I just whipped up. Literally took me less than 5 minutes.

Cocoa-Chipotle Raw Bars
2-1/2 cups whole dates
3/4 cup raw almonds
3-4 heaping teaspoons of cocoa powder (not sweetened!)
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds
dash of chipotle powder (or to taste)
dash of cinnamon

Put all the ingredients in a food processor with a blade. Process for 30-60 seconds. Check the consistency. Should clump together. If not, add a few more dates and grind again.

Once you have met the clump test, you have two options:
Bar Option 1
1) dump that yummy goodness in an 8"x8" baking pan and press to about 1/4" thickness.
2) cut into 10 bars, gently take them out of the pan, press a bit, and wrap in wax paper.

Bar Option 2
1) divide mix into about 10 balls and hand form them into mounds
2) wrap them up and enjoy!



Plus, I found this pretty cool website where you can enter ingredients of a recipe and it will calculate the calories. According to this site, these bars are 182 calories each. I don't know which discovery is more exciting: the Larabar recipe or the calorie calculations, since I make pretty much everything from scratch. Either way, enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 55 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
182
Calories from Fat
44
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
4.9g
8%
Saturated Fat
0.6g
3%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates
36.0g
12%
Dietary Fiber
5.0g
20%
Sugars
28.7g
Protein
3.3g
Vitamin A 0%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%Iron 5%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet



3 comments:

Gayle said...

yum! I'm with you in the larabar camp. can't wait to try these.

Jean M said...

Thanks, Kristin. It's always nice to use your own ingredients over storebought processed food.

kristin said...

Glad you both like this post. I'm going to try some other flavors so stay tuned. Carrot cake sounds good, don't you think?!

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