breakfast bars

Have you ever had a LARABAR? We're kind of obsessed with them over here, because they don't contain any preservatives or GMO's. Bryan and I both have one every morning, with a cup of juice, for breakfast. I decided to try to make them, to lessen the expense of breakfast, because the bars are a little pricey.






The possibilities are endless. You can use whatever kind of nut(s) you'd like, and dried fruit, too. I wouldn't eliminate the dates, because they hold everything together. So far I've used pecans, brazil nuts, raisins, dried blueberries. Also, if the flavor is too plain for you, try adding a hint of vanilla extract or even some kind of citrus juice, but just a splash.





ingredients:
1/3 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw nuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

directions:
Remove the pits from the dates, then give them a rough chop. Combine dates, cranberries & cinnamon in a food processor and chop until they form a sticky paste, or until you don't see anymore whole cranberries. Remove from food processor and set aside.

Pulse the nuts in the food processor a few times, until you have a rough meal. Put the date/cranberry paste back in the food processor and use the easy clean option, for a few seconds, to combine the two mixtures.

Pour everything into a large bowl and form it into a large ball with your hands, then place onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap in half, and form a large log.

Cut into 4 pieces, and one at a time, using the flat edge of a cutting knife, flatten the bar and smooth the edges to shape. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate to store, et voilĂ .

12 comments:

  1. they are pretty good! The LARABAR chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite, I am going to try to recreate it next.

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  2. i LOVE lara bars! i discovered them when i started eating gluten-free last year and needed snacks. the chocolate chip brownie is my favorite...so good! they ARE expensive though, so i'm going to try this.

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  3. I've only seen that one once Melisande, but I didn't try it! The cherry pie one is good, too.

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  4. wow. this is heaven in a crunchy chewy square.

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  5. Very creative and sounds yummy!

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  6. Yum! I've tried a similar recipe, although it was bound together with coconut butter instead of dates. But I love dates so I think I'll give these a try (plus coconut butter is freaking expensive!). I'll be awaiting the recipe for breakfast bars with chocolate chips! : )

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  7. Delicious pictures!!Congrats!!!

    salut, Barcelona

    Francesc

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  8. I made these and have been bringing them to work as part of my breakfast this week. LOVE!!!

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  9. Kim - I'm glad you liked them! I just made some today, and I added chia seeds to them. So far my favorite is lime juice, coconut, dates, raisins & cashews. Tastes like key lime. :]

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  10. Ohhhhh - sounds yummy! (Trying that next time!)

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  11. I always wanted to know how to make them
    thnx
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