Larabar Bite Knock Off Recipe

Larabar Bite Knock Off RecipeLarabar Bite Knock Off Recipe

Here is my Larabar Bite Knock Off Recipe that I make quite often.  We were first introduced to the Larabar at my sister’s house.  My mom, aunt, Hunter, and I were traveling home from St. Augustine last year.  Thankfully, my sister lives 1/2 way, so we were able to stop and regroup.

Because she loves me, she had a coke, cookies, and chocolate!  This is against her norm.  She struggles with some food allergies.  Over time, she has chosen to stay away from her food triggers.  I don’t share her discipline, so she indulged in giving me comfort things.

I tell ya, she loves me like that.

She gave me this Larabar thing and I had no idea what it was or tasted like.  It looked like a chocolate-covered granola bar.  Frankly, I am down with that.  I ate it and I liked it.  Then, she snickered and told me that it was chopped up cashews, dates, and has a bit of chocolate surrounding it.

Dates…they make me catch vomit in my lower throatal area LOL.  Not my jam.  These, however, were yummy!  As I tasted it again and let Hunter try it, my mind began to wander.

Did You Know?

Cashews are a natural anti-depressant food.  Dates are good for you.  This contains protein which is good brain food.  Seemed straightforward enough, so I thought to myself and set out to recreate this phenom.

Larabar’s are expensive unless you have a coupon, are richer than me, or they are on sale.  We are always trying to save money, so again, my wheels were turning.  I got home and went to the store and bought some unsalted or lightly salted cashews and a bag of whole, pitted dates.

Mind Over Matter

There, they sat in my pantry for a couple of weeks because I was thinking “I don’t like dates.”  So stupid LOL.  Finally, I girded up my loins and whipped out my food processor.  I poured the whole canister of cashews and the whole bag of dates in there and I chopped and ground it down.

The Process

Next, I got some waxed paper and laid it out.  I made little balls out of the mixture.  It made about 24 balls.  I set them on the waxed paper until I was all done.  Now, the first time I made these, I did melt down some chocolate chips and water to where it was really thin.  I used a spoon and rolled each ball in it and then put it on a cookie sheet.  From there, I threw it in the fridge so it would harden the chocolate.

The Mess

That worked beautifully and tasted just like the real thing.  The downside to that was that he made a huge mess out of it.  Chocolate was everywhere.  This time, I do not roll it in chocolate.  I just let it sit for a couple of minutes and then I put it in a container.  This container goes straight to the fridge and when Hunter is melting down, I get one or two out.

Being Wild

If you are super wild, you can throw in a teaspoon of salt and a capful of vanilla.  Alas, I’m not that ambitious.  I’m all about having a 2 ingredient recipe that is good, is a protein, and helps with brain function.

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