Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Foxy Lara Bars

(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!!

Alternative flavours:
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!

Date facts:
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.


  1. Looks yummy and I will be trying these! I wonder about also adding some oats...

  2. also flaxseeds, oat bran - definitely!


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