September 3, 2012
The perfect homemade snack that’s filling, nutritious, and made with easy pantry staples! One batch of these copy cat Lara bars and you’ll never buy them again!
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
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates or raisins*,
- ½ cup peanuts
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup of chocolate chips
- If using raisins instead of dates, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes to rehydrate them. Drain the water well and they're ready to use.
- In a food processor, process dates (or raisins) 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 int down firmly to pack into the pan.
- Refrigerate 1-2 hours until firm.
- Picking up parchment liner, remove from loaf pan and cut into individual bars.
- Wrap individually or in a zip bag and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.