A Date & A Nut Walked Into A Bar…

Or more like…found themselves in a food processor and were formed into a bar for my delectable enjoyment.

I like snacks. One in particular that I have been fond of  lately is the Lärabar.

Gluten free.

Raw.

Kosher.

Low carb.

Vegan.

Soy free.

Oh so simple and delicious. I thought to myself, “I could make these.” And so, I did.

What you will need:

32 pitted dates

1/2 cup raw or roasted unsalted almonds

1/2 cup raw or roasted unsalted cashews

2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

I split the batch and did 1/2 chocolate. To do 1/2 chocolate you need 2 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. To do all chocolate 4 Tbsp of cocoa powder.

What to do:

Add dates, almonds & cashews into a food processor & blend. It will look crumbly at first and you may have to stop it to push the contents back down the sides. It may take a couple minutes to get the right consistency. You want it to be somewhat fine and able to mold. When it’s ready you will notice the contents start to stick together and build up then wave down back toward to blade as it’s running.

At this point stop the food processor and transfer the date & nut  mixture into a medium mixing bowl, then mix in the coconut, cinnamon & vanilla with a wooden or hard spoon.

Mmm mmm mmm

Once that’s combined add in the cocoa powder (remember to split the mixture if doing 1/2) then mix in with your hands to get it fully incorporated.

Now you just need to roll out the sticky mixture and cut it into bars and VOILÁ!

I individually wrapped them and stored them in my fridge, ready to grab!

All rolled out and ready to cut.

Cut chocolate bars.

All individually wrapped & ready to enjoy.

These are awesome because they have the perfect sweetness to them to satisfy a sweet tooth, but with no added or processed sugar.

Also, did you know almonds & cashews not only contain protein, but calcium??? Love knowing I’m getting that calcium. So they’ve got that going for them.

PLUUUUS, the hubs, in his number loving fashion, did the math, and the average cost of one these bars is about $0.80! Hello savings.

AND you could pretty much mix in whatever you like…dried cranberries or blueberries, chocolate chips, ground coffee for a little pick me up…have fun & experiment!
Have you ever made a home made version of your favorite store bought snack?! What would you add into these little winners?

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