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Larabar Bars Recipes at Home

Updated on January 3, 2011

Larabar bars have a great nutritional value and an amazing taste. The secret behind its nutritional value is nuts and fruits, and the secret behind its taste is dates.

Now after you have known their secrets prepare to make them at home and you are not left alone, here you will be given the recipes of almost all the varieties.

Dates in Larabar Bars

Palm tree is native to North Africa and Middle East, and dates are locally made into paste ( sun dried) that has been combined with other foods. It is mixed with eggs and fried, and mixed with dough and baked, to produce foods with extra-ordinary delicious taste.

Although sugars constitute more than 65% of the composition of dates, yet its glycemic load is 9 per 25 grams serving ( typical target total is 100 grams per day).

It contains a good deal of dietary fiber besides, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, and Phosphorous. It also contains some vitamins.

Dates was the food of Mary when she was pregnant with Jesus Christ.

Nuts in Larabar Bars

Nuts contain more than 50% fats ( 4% saturated fat and the rest is mono and poly-unsaturated fat). They also contain 11% dietary fiber, 21% protein and 5% sugars. They are a good source of Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorous, Iron, and Calcium. Salted varieties contain Sodium.

The latest research shows that pregnant women should eat lots of nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.

Mixing nuts with dates in Larbar bars makes them a complete food, and better yet with adding fruits to the bars.

Larabar Bars are Best for these People

- People with Wheat allergy ( it is a gluten free food)
- People who exercise
- People on diet and count 2000 calories ( larbar bars contain around 200 calories)
- People looking for real whole food
- Pregnant women
- School kids
- Vegans
- People with a fine taste and or like sweet taste

Larabar Bars Basic Recipe

To make Larabar bars at home you need basically dates and nuts. The dates amount is half that of nuts, if you add other ingredients like fruits or coconut, dates may account for 1/3 the whole ingredients, and all depends on your preferences as long as you keep the amount of dates that glues the recipe.

To make 5 Larabar bars you need :
Ingredients

- 50 grams Dates
- 100 grams Nuts ( roasted, unsalted)

Procedure

- Chop the nuts by pulsing in a food processor but do not make powder
- Pit the dates and microwave them for 15 seconds on high
- Mash the dates using the back of a fork ( try a potato masher?) to make a smooth sticky paste (the glue)
- Add the nuts successively to the dates and mix using a spoon, a spatula, or your hands until nuts are fully incorporated
- Wipe the inside of a small rectangular container with a few drops of water. Cover the inside with a plastic wrap and work out the air bubbles. Put the mixture and spread evenly by pressing into the corners
- Place plastic wrap over the top and leave for 2 hours
- Turn out onto a cutting board or any even surface
. Cut into 5 even bars and wrap each one in a plastic wrap. Keep in the cupboard, or in the fridge for 1 week.

The shape, taste, and finish would be improved if you repeat the process.

Chocolate Cherry “Jocalat” Larabar Bar :

Ingredients :
- 150 grams date paste
- 100 grams mixed nuts (Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a good pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs (not chocolate covered)

Procedure :
- The same procedure for basic larbar bars recipe except that you will mix the flax seeds and almonds in the food processor. The amounts of salt and cinnamon are up to you.

Apple Pie Larabar Bars

Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups dates
- 1/2   cup almonds (roasted, unsalted)
- 1/4 cup walnut
- 3 apples
- 2 TBS raisins
- 2 TSP cinnamon


Add apples, raisins, and cinnamon to the dates paste in a blender, and proceed as usual. Keep in the refrigerator.

Other Larabar Bars

* Cashew Larabar Bars:
- 1 Tablespoon dates
- 3 Tablespoons cashews

* Almond Coconut Larabar Bars:
- 1 Tablespoon dates
- 2 Tablespoons almonds
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut

* Almond Spice Larabar Bar:
- 1 Tablespoon dates
- 3 Tablespoons almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon & nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

* Cranberry Coconut Larabar Bars:
- 2 Tablespoons minced dried cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut

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      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      These bars sound fantastic...and I like all kinds of nuts, coconut. Will have to try making your 'date glue' and fill it up with those yummy nuts.

      Great recipe! Thank you.

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      Kate 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for posting these recipes!!

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      Lucky621 

      7 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Wow - these sound great - rated this one up!! I'm adding the ingredients to my shopping list right now.

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