Have you ever tried a Lara Bar? They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan to boot. But shockingly, they are not taste-free; they’re absolutely delicious. I was dairy-free while nursing Jack, and I ate my fair share of Lara Bars, but at $1+ a pop, they’re not an everyday snack.
You know what is an everyday snack? Homemade Lara Bars. Quick work with a food processor will give you a healthy and delicious treat using only four ingredients.
Homemade Lara Bars
Homemade Lara Bars are incredibly easy and super delicious. Just four ingredients gives you a healthy and fast gluten-free treat.
- 1 cup nuts cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mixture
- 15-18 dates pitted
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla try homemade
- Unsweetened shredded coconut optional
Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Some larger pieces will remain, and some of the pieces will be very small.
Add the pitted dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Process until the mixture comes together in one large ball. Depending on the size of the dates, you may need to add a few more to get the mixture to come together.
Pinch off a small bit of mixture and roll it into a ball about the size of a small ping pong ball. If desired, roll the ball in unsweetened shredded coconut.
Store in an air-tighter container on the counter. They will keep for weeks, but I guarantee you’ll eat them all prior to that.
Try this recipe on making your own homemade vanilla extract to make these extra special.
Dates- $8.39 for a package. It will make 4 batches, so $2.09
Homemade vanilla – like $.04
Nuts – $.97 from the bulk section
Total: $3.10. The recipe made 20 balls for a total of $.15 per ball.
My friend Anne requested homemade Lara Bars for her wedding present. They were off to an overseas honeymoon, and she knew that my homemade Lara Bars traveled well. I used the base recipe above and made Apple Pie Lara Bars, Cherry and Chocolate Lara Bars, and one other flavor that escapes me now. The Homemade Lara Bars were enjoyed on the plane, all over the Greek Islands, and were the perfect energy pick me up on their long hikes.
Homemade Lara Bars are stupidly easy and fast to make. Everyone loves them, they keep forever (but they’ll be gone within a few days), and they are free of refined sugar. The base recipes of dates + nuts + vanilla allow you to be super creative with new combinations.The possibilities are endless. The number of “balls in my mouth” jokes being made in the house? Also endless.