Recipe of the Month: Homemade Larabars
Don’t hit the vending machine! Instead, stick to your successful weight loss program by planning your snacks and having them on hand. One of the easiest quick bites is a nutrition bar. Many are just glorified candy bars. Others contain unhealthy ingredients like palm oil.
My favorite healthy energy bars are Kind Bars, RX Bars and Larabars. The reason I like them is because they contain real food. The ingredient list is recognizable and short.
In order to have a successful weight loss program, you have to plan. Here’s an easy way to save money and make sure you’re eating a healthy energy bar. Why not make your own?
These bars are a homemade version of the Larabar recipe. Larabars typically have nuts, dates and other dried fruits. They deliver fiber, protein and a bit of natural sugar to fuel your morning or afternoon.
Homemade Larabar Recipe
Ingredients (makes 8 bars)
• 1 cup nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans)
• 3/4 cup pitted medjool dates
• 3/4 cup other dried fruit (such as cranberries, cherries, raisins, figs or more dates)
• Optional: a pinch of sea salt
1. Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until they form large crumbs. Then, with the motor running, add the dates and other dried fruit to the food processor.
2. Process until you have a mixture that sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
3. Pour the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Form the mixture into an 8-inch square and wrap in plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting into bars.
4. Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks or in the freezer for a few months.
Nutrition (per bar)
Tip: Add some cinnamon, vanilla bean, or raw cacao powder if you want to change the flavor.
Click here for this healthy snack recipe to add to your successful weight loss program.