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    Alright well I'm not sure how to search on this forum, so I'm going to ask. Are Larabars "primal" enough? They're "processed" but made with nothing more than fruits, nut and stuff you can buy at the grocery store. For instance the last one I ate was "Pecan Pie" which the ingredients read "Dates, Pecans, and Almonds". I use this mostly as a "dessert" after my main meal or as a snack when I'm out. They're a bit expensive, but I think if it keeps me eating natural foods it's well worth the money. Thoughts? I'm also eating the "Jocalat" bars, made by them as well which are basically the same thing except with unsweet chocolate.


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    If you're not trying to lose weight then eat them!

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      Freaking love Larabars! I have them as a dessert as well, usually with coffee. There are also recipes online on how to make your own...I&#39;ve tried, but then realized that there is a significant difference between dried dates vs. fresh dates and a blender vs. a food processor. Oops!

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        I don&#39;t see how they&#39;d stop you from losing "weight" (you meant fat right?) so long as you don&#39;t eat like 5 of them a day. I&#39;m just using them to tame my junk food cravings with something cleaner. They&#39;re expensive, so I don&#39;t plan on eating these often, just like them as a snack, that and paleo kits.

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          I try not to make them a habit, but like to buy one every once in a while.

          Cinnamon Roll is my favorite one.

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            They are date based so: plenty of sugar/carbs, but at least with nutrients. The only reason I haven&#39;t bought them for an occasional treat/snack are the nuts....I&#39;m sure they aren&#39;t soaked, so they may be irritating to your digestion and bind to important vitamins.....but, otherwise....!

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              By the way, plenty of grocery stores have fresh dates - get a few, very cheap, especially if you&#39;re getting three to six (they are very rich). Stuff them with dark chocolate, your own properly prepared nuts or unsweetned coconut....or on it&#39;s own!

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                I love them and usually have them around for long hikes or rides, but I always have (mental) trouble getting around that high carb count unless I&#39;m doing something really active. Way better than a Mars bar, though!

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                  I discovered You Bars (thanks to Mark), which I like to have for traveling, not snacks at home.


                  You can create your own bars online. The first time, I added in dates (and the bars were delicious and not too carby), but I try to avoid all sugars, so the second time, I omitted them. So I now have a bar of just almond butter, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, whey protein, and cinnamon. A small bar gives me 12g of protein for 200 cal, and only 2g carbs. These can be a meal replacement for me when I travel.


                  They are expensive, but to me, being able to control ingredients this way is well worth the cost, especially since I use them rarely.

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                    You bars? Damn that&#39;s awesome! I&#39;m going to try it out now, although I wish they had more protein types. I try to avoid dairy, including whey.

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                      You can really easily make larabars at home if you have a food processor. Just take some (dried) dates and nuts of your choice and process. I like to add a little coconut oil as well. You can roll them into balls or shape into bars if you&#39;d like--I press them into a silicone mini-muffin pan, then put them in the freezer to really solidify. I call them &#39;lara bar drops&#39;. My ds loves them.


                      I *try* to avoid eating them b/c they are SO HIGH in carbs. (Dried fruit has a ton of them!) I&#39;d rather get my carbs from other sources--for the most part! (I recently overdosed on raisins and am not looking to do it again for a while!)

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                        love em but i make my own! also KIND fruit+nut bars. easy peasy folks, just take a couple pitted medjool dates + (cashews or walnuts or almonds)and food process. i slip the sticky mixture into a plastic sandwich baggie to "shape" into a ball or a bar. *add cocoa for a fudge treat!


                        i don&#39;t eat this more than 1x a week though since it is quite carby and i&#39;d rather eat more veggies!

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                          I don&#39;t know, I get a sugar rush from Larabars, but seem to do OK with the traditional Egyptian after dinner treat of a date cut in half with three almonds stuffed into each half. Actually I haven&#39;t had this in months but I remember that I could handle the sugar of the date if I ate enough almonds at the same time. I ordered my You Bars recently and had them shipped to my parents&#39; house so they&#39;d be there when I arrive for the holiday break (this tuesday), so I&#39;m anxiously waiting to try my version, which is basically the same as emmie&#39;s but with stevia added and rice powder instead of whey. Dairy sensitivity.

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