Runner-friendly recipe: Homemade Larabars

I first fell for Larabars about a month ago, when I somewhat subconsciously amped up my efforts to eat in a more Michael Pollan-esque manner (eat food, not too much, mostly plants). Most Larabars contain just a few ingredients, with dates and nuts forming the bulk of their ingredient lists, so I wondered if I could replicate the dense, nutty treats at home.

A quick Google search for “homemade Larabar recipes” showed I’m far from the only home cook to wonder. Camilla at Enlightened Cooking lays out several awesome-looking faux-Larabar recipes.

I went with a basic date-and-almond combo, and started by pulverizing six dates in my food processor.

Next, I removed the date mixture and coarsely chopped roughly a quarter of a cup of almonds. I combined the mixtures by hand, placed the gooey mess on top of some plastic wrap, molded it into a bar shape …

… and voila! I had my own version of a Larabar! I enjoyed one for dessert Saturday, along with a few handfuls of dark chocolate chips.

A tip from Camilla I’ll be sure to try next time: “It really helps to have very soft squishy dates; it they are hard (especially the prechopped kind), it can help to pour a bit of boiling water over them and let them stand for about 15 minutes, then drain off the excess.”

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6 responses to “Runner-friendly recipe: Homemade Larabars

  1. AWESOME! I will have to try these, and maybe come up with some new flavors? :)

  2. Excellent! Sorry to hear about your ankle being bum again, but cool that you played in the kitchen for a bit. It sounds like you found a good base for the Larabars and can experiment by adding in some additional goodies. Dried apricots, currents, strawberries and cherries come to mind… if you play around some more, let us know how it turns out!

  3. Yum – you could add a little coconut too : )

  4. trialsoftraining

    Uh, that’s so EASY! I’ve had the “make your own bar” on my to-do list for a while, no excuses now! although mine will definitely involve some peanut butter, of course ;)

  5. very cool! sounds easy enough, though the whole idea of pulling the food processor out of the cabinet part overwhelms me ;) yeah, i’m a touch lazy. i think next time you should throw a handful (or two) of choco chips in the mix!

  6. Pingback: Runner-friendly recipe: Chia bars « Amy Reinink

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