I was able to put together a easy little recipe for my favorite Lara Bar. Lara Bars are healthy snack bars. They are made from nuts, seed and dried fruit (like dates) and most bars are gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.
I like many of the flavors, but of course my favorite is the one with little chocolate chips in them. It’s the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar. Mmmm… it’s my favorite chocolate infused healthy treat.
When it comes to Lara Bars, most people really like them, but many express concern over this little bar’s retail cost. Well… I decided to see how easy they would be to make at home, and how cost effective they would be.
Here’s my version of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar… however, my version is made with a healthier nut, Almonds, and the chocolate can be left out for a completely dairy free/sugar free option.
Dr. Laura’s Lara Bars
2 cups almonds
2 cups medjool dates
1/3 cup almond butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Optional. Here’s a variation: dairy free chips or carob chips)
Start by grinding almonds in food processor with “S” blade until ground up. The ground almonds don’t have to be finely ground… just somewhere in the “medium” range. Empty the ground almonds into a bowl.
Take the pits out of the medjool dates and put them in the food processor. Add the ground almonds and the almond butter. Process until well combined and the batter is crumbly but can stick together.
Add 1/2 the batter to a bowl. Add the chocolate chips on top, then top with the rest of the batter. Using my hands, I mixed the chocolate chips into the batter.
Press the batter FIRMLY into a 9″ x 6″ rectangular baking dish. Put dish in refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. Then cut into squares or rectangular bars and store in air tight container in the fridge.
So… as you can see… as I type this post I’m enjoying these. They turned out super good! The passed my “Men of the House” test…and you all know this is a good sign. And… this recipe made 15 bars! I calculated how much the ingredients cost for this recipe, and it turns out each bar costs $0.75. Not bad considering the retail cost of these bars are more than double this.
Finally… there are so many ways to vary this recipe. The almond butter can be omitted, and instead of the chocolate chips, and to the nut and date base other things can be added like dried fruit (like raisins or goji berries), other nuts and/or seeds, dried coconut, lemon zest, cacao powder… the possible combinations are endless!