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Homemade Laurabars

 

Homemade Laurabars

When I first had a Laurabar I fell in love.  Just four or so little ingredients, no unpronounceables and all sweet goodness.

At more then $1.00 each they are a bit pricey and became my treat each month when I went shopping. I would have loved to buy a box of them but I could not see spending the money.

What Is a Laurabar

The base of a Laurabar is dates.  The lowly date.  They aren’t much to look at but they are the sweet goodness that makes the base of a Laurabar.  These snacks are great for kids because, while the dates are sweet, they are natural and most variations require no extra sugar. You also get protein in the nuts.

My personal favorite has almonds, chocolate and peanut butter.  Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter?

Recipe Success for Homemade Laurabars

 

Our favorite recipe is the one from Healthy Snacks to Go. This book is awesome because not only do you get the base recipe but you get 15 variations! Our favorite is the German chocolate.

Since I have little hands that love Luarabars I prefer to make them into balls. Our son, for some reason, calls them “little green balls”.  There’s nothing green in them but it’s become a family name.

These snacks are great for camping or day trips.

The basics are this:

 dates

nuts

chocolate chips or carob chips

other ingredients

See, I told you it was simple.

Here are my tips: 

Dates – for sure you need moist dates. This time mine were a bit dry so I added a few splashes of water until I had the “paste” consistency needed.

Food Processor – Apparently my generic food processor is smaller than most.  I had to make this recipe in two batches.  I was able to process the nuts and chocolate as one but then I had to do half the dates and nut/chocolate and then the other half.  It makes no difference.  I just dumped half into the bar pan and then did the second half.

Lining the Pan – I am a huge fan of lining the pan whether it’s crackers or Laurabars. It makes clean up so much easier and for these it makes cutting them and working with much better too.  Wax paper works in a pinch if you don’t have parchment.

Double Up – If you can, it’s best to double your batch because they are so good. You can also make on variation and then a second without washing your food processor.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a must try. I like dates and almonds.

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