Homemade Larabars – that’s what I decided to call these deceptively delicious snack bars, but there were probably a billion other appropriate names floating through my mind…
Chocolate Energy Bars
Chocolate Protein Bars
Chocolate and Nut Bars
… Are you sensing a pattern here? Not only are these ultra healthy, guilt-free snacks, they’re AMAZING. I would really like to call these Addictive Healthy Brownies, but I was a little worried that someone out there might actually expect this to be a brownie recipe. It’s technically not, but if you closed your eyes you’d be fooled.
Magic happens when you combine dates with cocoa powder. That’s pretty much all there is to it. I understand if you’re skeptical, because maybe I was too, but this is one of those moments where you just need to jump in and go for it. Make these. See what happens. I ate one bite and I was immediately in love. I could have easily sat there and eaten 1, or 2, or 10? (okay I’m not really about to do that); they are that good.
Did you know that some people don’t like brownies that much? Well, one of those people tried these bars and loved them. Did you know that some people love brownies? (Me, for one). Those people loved these bars too.
I’m not just some sort of healthy dessert proponent. I make decadent Chocolate Tarts and Chocolate Ice Cream that tastes like mousse. I’m the last person who would tell you to cheat yourself on a good dessert. But seriously, TRY THESE. For breakfast… for lunch… for dessert…. it’s all good. ;)
Homemade Lara Bars
- 2 cups pitted medjool dates
- 1 1/4 cups almonds
- 1 1/4 cups walnuts
- 2/3 cup good-quality cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2–3 tablespoons water
- Line a square or rectangular pan with parchment paper. I used a 12″ x 5-1/2″ rectangular pan, but anything with a similar area will work.
- In a food processor, process the dates, almond, and walnuts together until only small pieces remain.
- Add coconut, salt, and cocoa and pulse into the mixture; it should have the consistency of fine gravel. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water and process in, allowing enough time for the mixture to clump together. If needed, add the last tablespoon of water a bit at a time, just enough to make the dough clumpy and slightly moist.
- Transfer the mixture to the lined pan, patting down with the back of a spatula into a flat, firm layer. Chill for 30 minutes (or more). Cut into bars, sizing as desired. (I made about 10 bars.) I suggest wrapping each bar in plastic wrap to keep them nicely shaped and provide for easy grab-and-go access. Store bars in the refrigerator.