Larabars are the creation of Lara Merriken. The whole food natural fruit and nut bars are gluten free, dairy free, made from 2 to 9 ingredients and contain no GMO.
They can be used as an emergency meal or as a snack if you’re hungry but never as a substitute for a candy bar. Caving in to a sugar craving defeats the spirit of the Whole30 mindset and can awaken what is referred to as your sugar dragon. Once you wake up that baby you’ll have a dickens of a time getting it to go back to sleep.
Sister has used them for breakfast or lunch when she’s on the run. Today she pulled homemade Larabars out of her recipe stash. They weren’t labor intensive beyond chopping fruit. And the scooping, squeezing of the cookie scoop. It’s a stiff mixture to work with and the repetitive motion gave my shoulder quite the workout.
There are only four ingredients: pitted dates, dried peaches, sliced almonds and toasted coconut flakes.
You will also need a food processor.
The almonds and coconut are ready out of their containers.
I diced the peaches and dates so the food processor wouldn’t have to work as hard.
Everything went into the food processor in layers – dates, peaches, almonds, coconut, dates, peaches, almonds, coconut. It would have been much easier to mix everything in a large bowl then dump it into the food processor.
Pulse until everything is mixed up good. Then, process until you have a pasty consistency. I had to go back and forth between pulsing and processing several times.
That’s all there is to it except making the balls. It’s a very sticky mixture and it helps to have a partner. I scooped and squeezed the cookie scoop while sister rolled out balls. It made four dozen.
Let me tell y’all, after three weeks of no sugar they were super sweet.
You don’t have to use peaches. You can use any compliant dried fruit. Next time we’re going to use dried apples.
Homemade Larabar Bites
- 2 8 oz bags dates, pitted
- 1 6 oz bag peach halves, dried
- 1 cup almonds, sliced
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
- Dice dates and peaches.
- Mix all ingredients and add to food processor.
- Pulse until well blended.
- Process until mixture forms a stiff paste.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out mixture and roll into balls.