I had never heard of Larabars until I came across this post on one of my favorite blogs. I was instantly intrigued. I am a bit of a snacky person. I love to munch. Unfortunately, I tend to snack on things that aren’t so healthy. This Larabar recipe provides a lot more nutrients and energy than what I normally snack on, and I think you’ll find that it’s incredibly delicious as well. It’s gluten and sugar free, and as you can see…. they don’t last long at our house!
2 cups almonds
1/4 cup flax seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds (ground in a coffee grinder or blender) (I normally use flax)
1/2 cup dried prunes, dates or raisins (So far I’ve only tried prunes, and they give excellent flavor!)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter
½ cup coconut oil (melted)
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (I like honey, though I’m sure you wouldn’t even need it)
2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 or 3 squares dark chocolate (I often use milk chocolate or semi-sweet, whatever I have on hand)
Toss the almonds and flax into your food processor or (powerful) blender. Chop them until they are fairly fine. Then add in all other ingredients except for the dark chocolate. Pulse until it forms a paste. Spread it into a 8×8 square pan. Melt the chocolate and spread over the top of the Larabars. Refrigerate until you are ready to dig in! Makes about 12-15 bars.