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.

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

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 .


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

  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 good! they ARE expensive though, so i'm going to try this.

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

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

  5. Very creative and sounds yummy!

  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! : )

  7. Delicious pictures!!Congrats!!!

    salut, Barcelona


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

  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. :]

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

  11. I always wanted to know how to make them