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    I'm calling these cLara bars as they taste like a cross between a Cliff bar and a Lara bar. I was TOTALLY INSPIRED by the Civilized Caveman Cookies here, but didn't have the ingredients. It provided a fabulous "skeleton" though, and I still really want to try his. This was delicious, easier (no roasting almonds) and cheaper (because it is 1/2 seeds and 1/2 nuts)

    I know the originals must totally ROCK. Tell you what - these rock too. We are making them a staple. They are great, travel well and you can make them in two shakes of a caveman stick. My variation w/photos here.

    Do you make snack bars? What is your favorite recipe?
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    I've been making things like this for a few years now, starting back when I was toying with veganism. I have a basic un-recipe of just putting a few pieces of dried fruit (usually dates, but I use dried apricots or bananas if I have them and want a change) + something solid (nuts, coconut chunks, cacao nibs, etc.) + seasonings (vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, cocoa, etc.) and pulse it a ton in my food processor. I add anything else I want to it that I don't want to break down (chocolate chips, goji berries, etc.) by hand and either roll out and cut, roll into balls, or flatten the rolled out balls (they kind of look like cookies this way, which is pretty neat) and that's that!

    My favorite combo to date is dates + almonds + unsweetened shredded coconut + cinnamon + vanilla + soy-free dairy-free chocolate chips. It tastes and looks just like cookie dough!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
      I've been making things like this for a few years now, starting back when I was toying with veganism. I have a basic un-recipe of just putting a few pieces of dried fruit (usually dates, but I use dried apricots or bananas if I have them and want a change) + something solid (nuts, coconut chunks, cacao nibs, etc.) + seasonings (vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, cocoa, etc.) and pulse it a ton in my food processor. I add anything else I want to it that I don't want to break down (chocolate chips, goji berries, etc.) by hand and either roll out and cut, roll into balls, or flatten the rolled out balls (they kind of look like cookies this way, which is pretty neat) and that's that!

      My favorite combo to date is dates + almonds + unsweetened shredded coconut + cinnamon + vanilla + soy-free dairy-free chocolate chips. It tastes and looks just like cookie dough!
      Yum. I noticed that pre-bake, these had the texture of Lara bars. So you do yours raw? Do they need to be stored in the fridge? How do they keep?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by curlygirl View Post
        Yum. I noticed that pre-bake, these had the texture of Lara bars. So you do yours raw? Do they need to be stored in the fridge? How do they keep?
        Yeah, I only make raw ones because they're extremely quick (within 5 minutes, they're in my mouth!). I keep them in the fridge in a tupperware. I've never pushed the boundaries with storage time with them, as I usually eat a batch in less than 5 days.

        I have some in the freezer at the moment (as I made a batch of the cookie-dough-like ones the day before I decided to do a sugar detox!) so I'm hoping they defrost nicely!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by MissJecka View Post
          Yeah, I only make raw ones because they're extremely quick (within 5 minutes, they're in my mouth!). I keep them in the fridge in a tupperware. I've never pushed the boundaries with storage time with them, as I usually eat a batch in less than 5 days.

          I have some in the freezer at the moment (as I made a batch of the cookie-dough-like ones the day before I decided to do a sugar detox!) so I'm hoping they defrost nicely!
          Best wishes on your detox. I will have to try your choc. chip cookie dough one for sure!
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          • #6
            These look good and I will have to try them. Trying to (without telling them) convert my wife and kids to primal. I made some other bars with dates, raisins, and almonds and they all eat them up.

            Slowly but surely <rubs hands together and laughs menacingly >
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            • #7
              CLARA BARS! Kinda like Clarabelle from Mickey & Friends. Love it.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by skinnybacon View Post
                These look good and I will have to try them. Trying to (without telling them) convert my wife and kids to primal. I made some other bars with dates, raisins, and almonds and they all eat them up.

                Slowly but surely <rubs hands together and laughs menacingly >
                LOL. Good for you! Let me know how you (and they) liked them!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                  CLARA BARS! Kinda like Clarabelle from Mickey & Friends. Love it.
                  <3 Miss your recipe/posts Bork!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by curlygirl View Post
                    <3 Miss your recipe/posts Bork!

                    I did one yesterday, just haven't posted it.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                      I did one yesterday, just haven't posted it.
                      post it girlfriend! We anxiously await with a wee bit of drool forming
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                      • #12
                        "Do you make snack bars? What is your favorite recipe?"

                        I make my own version of LaraBars, favourites so far being:

                        Coconut Lime.....

                        1 cup of pitted natrual dates
                        1 cup of Cashews (unsalted)
                        1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
                        1 dollop of vanilla paste
                        1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
                        juice and zest of 1 lime

                        Blizt together, make it to balls, put into fridge for a hour, wrap in baking parchment....consume as desired.

                        Chocolate and Cherry.

                        Same as above except replace toasted coconut with fresh pitted cherries, and add a 1/2 cup of cacco nibs!

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                        • #13
                          Looks yummy! But what is vanilla paste?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chrisay59 View Post
                            "Do you make snack bars? What is your favorite recipe?"

                            I make my own version of LaraBars, favourites so far being:

                            Coconut Lime.....

                            1 cup of pitted natrual dates
                            1 cup of Cashews (unsalted)
                            1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
                            1 dollop of vanilla paste
                            1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
                            juice and zest of 1 lime

                            Blizt together, make it to balls, put into fridge for a hour, wrap in baking parchment....consume as desired.

                            Chocolate and Cherry.

                            Same as above except replace toasted coconut with fresh pitted cherries, and add a 1/2 cup of cacco nibs!

                            Pure Bliss!!!!
                            okay...YUM..must try!!
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                            • #15
                              Ok, Soccergrok has gotta throw his into the hat. Been doing these for a couple years. Yes, they are baked too(but as Rivvin once said, "Fuck You, because I can!). Not directed at you CG:-) Just naysayers and such. I don't eat them that often, but consider them a treat...Enjoy

                              *Super Nut Muffins*

                              *Ingredients:*

                              3 cups nuts (mix of macadamia, brazil, walnuts, almonds & pecan nuts, or whatever you prefer)
                              .5 cup Pumpkin Seeds
                              1 cup pitted dates (about 12-15)You can also use dried mango or pineapple
                              .5 cups dried cranberries
                              Juice from one Lemon
                              1-2 tbsp lemon zest
                              .5 cup coconut flakes (I like the bigger flakes; unsweetened)
                              1-2 tbsp ginger (chopped or grated; depending on how you like)
                              1/3 cup almond flour
                              2 eggs
                              1/8 tsp baking soda
                              1/8 tsp baking powder
                              1/4 cup molasses (optional: substitiute with almond butter)
                              1 tsp vanilla
                              1 tsp ground cinnamon
                              1 tsp ground nutmeg
                              Dark Chocolate Chips(optional, but I love em)

                              Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease muffin pan (Coconut oil preferred).
                              Mix nuts & dates together in food processor. Chop together until the nuts
                              and dates are chopped up but not too finely chopped; enough to break up the
                              nuts and dates.
                              In a different bowl, pour nut and date mixture, then add all other
                              ingredients. Mix well and scoop into muffin trays (these will not rise).
                              Bake until the tops are golden brown (about 25 minutes) and let cool.
                              Eat and enjoy!! Makes about 10 nut muffins.

                              **These muffins are great snacks & breakfast alternatives for kids and
                              teachers alike. They are full of nuts (good, healthy fats) and
                              deliciousness to sustain energy for longer periods of time, so kids (and
                              teachers) don't have drastic energy drops (sugar crashes) throughout the
                              day. These treats are also gluten free, grain free, & dairy free. You can use more or less
                              molasses (to taste), without any, they should still be sweet because of the
                              dates.* If you reduce the amount of molasses add almond butter to help keep the muffins from crumbling.
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