Do you buy packaged bars because they have few ingredients and are healthy? What If I told you that it’s really easy to make them yourself?
There are so many choices out there when it comes to snack bars. In a pinch, I’ll often grab a box of Z Bars or Lara Bars, to add to lunches or pack in soccer bags for a post-practice treat.
What I’ve found though, is that making a homemade version of Lara Bars really couldn’t be easier. And the bonus? My kids love them even more because they can help make them. The ingredient list is as short and sweet and the time it takes to make them.
This recipe allows for all kinds of room for experimenting with new flavors. Swap out the peanuts and peanut butter for almonds and almond butter. Add in dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Maybe a dash of cinnamon to celebrate the flavors of fall?
There are so many combinations to try, you could make a new flavor every week! These add the perfect extra nutritional boost to a MOMables lunch if you have an older child or an athlete. Thanks to the Wannabe Chef you can make these at home.
Homemade Lara Bars
This recipe comes from The Wanna Be Chef.
- Cuisine: Snacks
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates or,
- 1 cup golden raisins*
- ½ cup peanuts
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup of chocolate chips
- In a food processor, process dates and peanuts until they begin to form a paste.
- Add in peanut butter and continue to process until a dough begins to form.
- Add in chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap and spoon in date mixture. Press into rectangle, about ¾ of an inch thick. Refrigerate 1-2 hours until firm. Picking up parchment liner, remove from loaf pan and cut into individual bars. Wrap individually and store in refrigerator. They are good for about a week.
If using raisins, soak them in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to rehydrate them, drain water, and use in recipe.