(here are coconut/almond and cherry w. toasted almond/cashew)
As soon as I had finished my Crossfit session last Saturday, I knew I would faint unless I ate something! Luckily they had some Lara bars on hand to stop me from passing out.
Not sure if you have ever tried a Lara Bar (it was my first taste) but they are great post-workout snacks, because they are basically made up from; nuts, fruit and spices. REAL FOOD!
As well as being really delicious, the company boosts the follow claims;
Unprocessed - Raw - Non- GMO - Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Soy Free - Vegan - Kosher.
The main problem with these bars is that they cost around $2 - $2.50 each!!
The ingredients are so simple, that I figured I could just make my own version, and I was very pleased with the results. My kids even loved them.
So here's how to make them, no cooking, just grab your food processor and lets go!!
Ingredients: This makes approx 3 - 4 bars
1 cup dates chopped
1/4 cup of dried cherries
1/3 cup of toasted almonds, raw cashews
small handful of unsweetened coconut
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
- blitz dates and cherries in the food processor until a paste, then set aside in a bowl
- no need to clean out food processor, just add the nuts and coconut and pulse until finely chopped
- mixed chopped nuts by hand into the paste
- now shape into rounds or bar-shapes and wrap in cling-film (plastic wrap).
- store in fridge until ready to scoff!!
try adding/replacing the following ingredients to the basic recipe of 1 cup dates to 1/3 cup nuts.
pecans, apricots, carob chips, cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, grated lemon rind (small amount of juice)
if you have any other variation please let me know!
Dates also contain vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3, B5, C and more than 20 different amino acids; they help in the digestion and assimilation of carbohydrates, and help to regulate blood sugar levels and fatty acids content in our bodies.