Over the past several months, I’ve been experimenting making several different types of Lara Bars. I’ve tried lemon, chocolate, the “original”, and have landed on the variation below. The recipe below is essentially the original Lara Bar (i.e. cashews, walnuts, and dates) with some cinnamon and vanilla extract added. It’s still quite simple, but with some added flavor. For anyone not familiar with Lara Bars, they’re a line of all natural bars made from nuts and sweetened with dates.
The company has now expanded to many different kinds, including “blueberry muffin” and “chocolate chip brownie”. Some of these newer variations are starting to stray from the healthy focused/minimum ingredient bars, so I’m making my own. If you have a food processor this could not be simpler. It’s just a matter of buying the ingredients. These bars are great as a snack on the go, or for breakfast with some fresh fruit.
Why are they healthy? The nuts are a great source of healthy fat, and the dates are amazing at naturally sweetening the bars. Since dates are fruit in their whole form, they also add some fiber. Additionally cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels (great for diabetics!).
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend just until the mixture sticks together, NOT until smooth.
- Flatten the mixture until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Use your hands to form it into a square/rectangle. Cut into 10 bars. Place in the refrigerator for several hours to let it harden.