Lara Bars

February 3, 2011
By: Zach Jacobs/ Salus Member
You’ll need some pitted dates and some nuts. Peanuts or cashew work great. Other dried fruit can also work for added flavor, but you’ll need dates too. A simple recipe to begin:

1 cup dates
1 cup peanuts
dash salt

Blend the dates in a food processor until it forms a paste. If the dates are too dry, add in water, a teaspoon at a time. Then remove into a bowl, and pulse the peanuts until they’re finely ground. Add the dates back in, and pulse together until well combined. You can also do this with your hands and knead it together. Then squish the mixture into bars and wrap in plastic wrap. I sprinkle a couple of mini chocolate chips on top of each one for a little treat.

These are calorically dense (about 200 calories for a 1″ x 2.5″ bar), but they’re whole, raw, natural food. Gluten-free, vegan, all that jazz.

If you’re allergic to peanuts, try cashews. Also, replace some of the dates with dried cherries or cranberries for different flavors, and mix in a dash of cinnamon.  Play around a little with the fruit-nut ratio to get it just right. These are a great energy bar for before a workout. They are high in fiber, though, so if you have GI issues, take that into account.

Enjoy. 🙂

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