In my constant quest for a recovery food after my morning Crossfit WOD, I discovered Lara bars. Made only of fruit and nuts, these bars are totally grain/gluten/dairy-free and offer a great source of good fats, protein, and carbohydrates in the form of fruit. Plus, they are a great snack if you’re doing the sugar detox thing.
And as much as I love Lara bars and all their amazing flavors, they can get kind of pricey, depending on where you buy them. This recipe makes ten bars (or 8 if you eat two before you cut them up) and I estimated it cost me a little less than $0.35 per bar to make this recipe.
These bars are super easy and great to wrap up and take with you for an afternoon snack-on-the-go or a meal replacement. This past weekend when I was traveling, these babies would have come in handy. I basically starved rather than eat airport food, although I have to say some airports are way better with health-conscious foods than other. Detroit, I’m looking at you.
I used the “antioxidant power medley” of dried fruit (pomegranates and blueberries) I found at Target but you can use any dried fruit you want – cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apricots. I also use 70% cacao Ghirardelli chocolate chips which added a great flavor but you can feel free to eliminate. I also used Sunbutter with flax seeds which my local Target also sells. You can sub any “nut” butter.
Homemade Lara Bars
What You Need:
- 1/2 c. pecans
- 1/2 c. walnuts
- 1/2 c. almonds
- 1/2 c. dried fruit
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c. pitted dates
- 2 tbsp honey (or agave)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp Sunbutter w/flax seeds
What you do:
1) If your nuts aren’t already the “chopped” variety, give them a coarse chop with a knife.
2) In a food processor or blender, add the nuts and pulse until small chunks. Put in bowl.
3) Chop or put the dates in a food processor and pulse until “gooey” for lack of a better word. Add to bowl.
4) Repeat above step with the chocolate chips if you’re using them.
5) When all nuts, fruit, and chocolate are in the bowl, add in the egg, honey, and Sunbutter and mix thoroughly.
6) Line a 9X9 baking dish with parchment. Yes, you MUST use parchment. Otherwise, it will stick and be a mess and you will hate me and it will NOT be my fault.
7) Press down mixture thoroughly and evenly.
8) Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, until middle is firm.
9) Let cool completely and cut into bars.
10) Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap for a quick grab.