I have had a lot of fun making homemade Lara Bars lately. The first recipe I posted was the Apple Pie Cinnamon Bars which taste pretty amazing. This recipe is a little more rich, and feels like more of an indulgence. I didn’t put a ton of chocolate in it but you can adjust it according to your preference!
A lot of people get nervous about the amount of nuts that they eat. They hear nuts are high and fat and tend to stay away from them. Nuts have monounsaturated fat which is a healthy fat. Monounsaturated fat is the kind of fat found in olive oil which has made it so popular in the last few years. Studies show it helps lower bad LDL cholesterol can help regulate blood pressure. That being said stick to raw, unsalted nuts. Once you get into honey roasted, and caramel dipped it is a whole different story!!!
- 20 pitted dates(I used Medjool dates)
- 1 cup whole raw cashews
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 c. dark chocolate(I used 70% cocoa)
- 1/4 c. cocoa nibs
- 1/2 c. almonds
- Put the dates in the food processor and chop until it forms a ball, place into a large bowl.
- You’ll want to go through this same process cashews, almonds, and cherries. I have to do mine one ingredient at a time because I have a mini food processor, if you have a larger one you could do all the nuts at once, but do the cherries and dates separate. Once you blend each ingredients add it to the bowl with the dates.
- Blend the dark chocolate and cocoa nibs together in the food processor. If you like bigger chunks of chocolate than just put them in for about 10 seconds, if you prefer smaller pieces blend for a longer period of time. Add them to the bowl with dates and nuts.
- Once you have all your ingredients into a mixing bowl you will want to combine them. I just get my hands right in there and mix it all together. You want everything to stick together and form a big ball at the end, it will look like the picture at the right.
- Get a 9X13 casserole dish and cover it with foil, than cover with a nonstick spray(I use coconut oil). Place the fruit and nut ball into the dish, and start to press it out to form a flat sheet. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I try to get the mixture to all the corners, but if you making them just for yourself don’t stress about how they look!
- Once you get it how you like it put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes, this will make it easier to cut. Take it out and cut into bars, or whatever shape you prefer, it makes about 14 bars. I wrap mine individually in plastic wrap and then stick them in the freezer. They taste really good right out of the freezer, or will thaw super fast so you can just throw them in the car or your purse and they will be ready when you are!