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  • Bought a larabar yesterday

    It was my first time eating one, and it was pretty good. But it was also $1.50 and TINY.

    So today, I was thinking. What are the ingredients in a larabar? the one I had was walnuts, dates, and bananas. So I put a handful of dried dates in the food processor, added a few dried plums, whizzed them up to a smooth consistency, and then folded in shaved coconut and almonds. I pressed it out into a bar form, and what do you know, a larabar. YUM! When we go shopping this weekend, I'll get more dates and bananas and try to make a banana bread one. Anyone else make their own larabars?


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    Sounds delicious but too carby for me right now... says she who just ate half a fruit plate from the work luncheon.
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    • #3
      ChocolateCoveredKatie's been doing them for years:

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      She and her readers have come up with all kinds of recipes:

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      There's some great stuff there, you'll love it!
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      • #4
        There's no shortage of larabar recipes online. I made some with cashews, dates, cocoa powder, cinnamon and lemon zest, deelish. I didn't make them into bars though but into balls and ate them as dessert. Great recipe for the holidays.

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        • #5
          Theyre really easy to make. Dates, whatever flavor of nuts and dried fruit you prefer. I'll be making some for a backcountry elk hunt, and I add protein powder to them as well. If I buy them, I watch for the grocery store to run them on sale for $1.00 ea and stock up. Right now I have 60 of them. They are great for a fast breakfast on the way out of camp in the morning, or a mid morning snack. I use them for post workout snacks too, along with a piece of leftover chicken breast. Unlike most bars you buy, larabars are clean. No science fair project with them.

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          • #6
            I just had my first larabars at a festival yesterday. Honestly, I'm confused what all the fuss is about. They're just sugar bars made from dates.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tamo42 View Post
              I just had my first larabars at a festival yesterday. Honestly, I'm confused what all the fuss is about. They're just sugar bars made from dates.
              Yeah, I had my first ones yesterday - sample size ones. I thought they were okay, but nothing to write home about. I'd rather eat some nuts and fruit.
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              • #8
                Lara bars are my primal version of fast food. I keep them around for times when I have completely failed to plan and have no food. Keeps me from eating non-primal food.

                Actually, I have given up nuts for 30 days and since I seem to feel better without them, Lara bars might be out now anyway. But I found them to be a useful convenience.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tamo42 View Post
                  I just had my first larabars at a festival yesterday. Honestly, I'm confused what all the fuss is about. They're just sugar bars made from dates.
                  They are delicious and I love them after a super intense workout.

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                  • #10
                    I use them as easy portable food, especially for travel. Getting a gluten dose will make me really sick, so on longer trips (especially overseas), I will take a box of them along so I know I have something I can safely eat in a pinch. I also tend to keep Larabars, jerky, and nuts around for road trips and to throw in my partner's lunch bag--he has a moving and delivery company and lifts heavy things all day, so he needs portable calories.

                    Yes, they're carby, but not all of us eat VLC. I prefer the coconut ones to the really fruity flavours though (not a fan of the banana, for example).
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                    • #11
                      I was thinking that they seem like a vegan version of pemmican. Could we do it with dried fruit and pounded jerky? What is the shelf life for this stuff?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Warmbear View Post
                        I was thinking that they seem like a vegan version of pemmican. Could we do it with dried fruit and pounded jerky? What is the shelf life for this stuff?
                        the banana bread flavor is pretty darn short. If you don't eat it right away, it will taste super... uh... RIPE in about a week (just like regular bananas, only more gnarly).

                        The other ones are more shelf stable.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tamo42 View Post
                          They're just sugar bars made from dates.
                          Which, for anyone who's counting, are pretty high in fructose.
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                          • #14
                            there's a recipe on here for Chocolate Slice that's basically a chocolate and coconut lara bar. I cut them very small and my DS has one for dessert (and sometimes me )
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                            • #15
                              I have a larabar tucked away in a drawer for emergency food - but I think that much concentrated fruit sugar would send me through the roof! lol. I've seen larabar recipes online. You could probably google and find a bunch. Homemade always tastes better. Best of luck!
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