Do you have a fondness for larabars? I, personally, am not a huge fan of these date-based bars, but my family loves them. Since the ingredients are clean, I will buy them on occassion. But, honestly, at over a dollar per bar, what family can afford these bars on a regular basis?
After months and months of telling my kids that I would try making some myself, today I finally did it. They are super easy to make and the possibilities for the types of bars you can create are endless. Oh, and they taste better than any Larabar that I’ve purchased. Here’s what I used:
- 4 cups of medjool dates
- 2 cups of raw almonds
- 1 (3 oz) bar of dark chocolate (I used Theo 70%)
- 2 heaping Tbsp. almond butter (more if you need it)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
Because I have a small food processor, I worked in batches. If you have a large food processor, this may not be necessary.
1. First I ground up the almonds and chocolate together until fine– but not too fine.
2. Leave half of the almond-chocolate mixture in the food processor and set the other half aside.
3. Add half tsp. sea salt, 2 cups of dates, and 1 heaping Tbsp. of almond butter and process until combined. Transfer into a large bowl.
4. Now process the remaining chocolate-almond mixture, sea salt, dates and almond butter. Add to the large bowl.
5. Wet your hands, further combine the mixture, and press firmly (as in, as hard as you can) into a parchment lined 13×9 pan. Let the parchment hang over the ends so that you can lift the bars out.
6. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Lift the bars out of the pan and slice into desired size.