My kids LOVE Larabars. I do too. Unfortunately, they are at least a buck a piece. I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe to try, but I never have dates, and I don’t usually have dried apples, which is required to make copycat Apple Pie Larabars. I hate buying ingredients for specific recipes that I may not use for anything else, cause let’s face it…. Not everything is delicious!
Anyway, the other day, I saw a chocolate Larabar at the checkout at Whole Foods. I bought it because those darn over-priced checkout stand treats get me every time. When I brought it home, the kids and I all tried a bite, and thought they were pretty good…and worth trying to make on my own (assuming dried apples and dates weren’t necessary). After googling over and over, and discovering every recipe required dates, I decided to modify one fantastic recipe.
Homemade Chocolate Larabars
- 1/2 C raisins
- 1/4 C walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 C almonds, sliced or roughly chopped
- 1 t cocoa powder
- Splash of vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into your Vitamix, Blendtec, or food processor. Press into small glass pan or mold into small bars on cookie sheet and refrigerate. I press mine into a small rectangular Pyrex, put the lid on, and refrigerate over night (an hour is fine). Then slice into bars and store in refrigerator. These will last several days in the fridge, but if your family is anything like mine, they’ll be gone in 24 hours