I love Lara Bars. They’re the perfect little package of energizing goodness. I love making them at home even more. They’re cheaper and you can adjust the ingredients until they’re just the way you like them. If you have very specific (ok, OCD might be a more apt description) taste requirements like myself, this is paramount! I decided to do cherry chocolate. They’re so good!
If your cherries and dates are on the tough side, it’s a good idea to soak them first. It will make it easier to blend and will put your food processor through a little less stress. Mine is on it’s last leg, so I try to treat it kindly. You can do any combination of nuts you like. I used what I had on hand. I try to buy nuts in bulk when they’re on sale. (Ahem, cheapo.) You don’t need to toast the coconut, but I would recommend it based on the smell alone. Skip the tropical getaway, I imagine they smell just like this!
1 c Dried Cherries
1/4 c Dates
1/4 c Toasted Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 c Cashews
1/2 c Walnuts
1/4 c Dark Chocolate Pieces
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pinch of Cardamom
Grease 8×8 brownie pan with coconut oil. Toast coconut flakes at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes. While coconut is toasting, soak cherries and dates in warm water until softened (about 10 minutes). Combine all ingredients in food processor until desired consistency is reached. I like to leave it a little chunky, myself. Spread even layer in brownie pan. Put in freezer for about 20 minutes. This will make 8 small bars. I store them in the fridge, but they’re good frozen too.