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Copycat Larabar recipes

LÄRABAR

I was doing a job for a friend of the family, and found they were also Paleo eaters. The wife mentioned Lärabars, and I was unfamiliar with them, but inquired about where I could get some to try.

Trying one, I was like a kid in a candy store. Just sweet enough to take the dull ache of missing sugar away, and flavors reminicent of bread-type foods I can no longer enjoy, I couldn’t resist trying “just one more”. But at $1.60 – $1.75 each for a 1.8 ounce bar (over $14 per pound, far more than I pay for steak!), I couldn’t justify eating them very often.

And to make it even worse, they have a huge variety! The Paleo-approved flavors included Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Blueberry Muffin, Cappuccino, Carrot Cake, Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie, Chocolate Chip Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Coconut Cream Pie, Ginger Snap, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Bar, Orange Float, Pecan Pie, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Tropical Fruit Tart. (Yes, chocolate is Paleo-questionable, I know).

Non-Paleo option contained peanuts, which is a a legume not a nut, but include Peanut Butter & Jelly, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Cookie.

However, reading the label showed me an interesting bit of information. The typical ingredients list included dates (as a base), a dried fruit or two, a nut or two, and some spices, nothing more. No binders, no chemicals, no preservatives….

….and no reason I couldn’t make some myself!

A quick search showed many folks have already proven this very thought. I quickly picked my favorite bar, the Banana Bread, and gave it a try. Most of the simple recipes are equal parts of each base ingredient, so I went with a cup of dates, a cup of blanched almonds, and a cup of unsweetened banana chips. I tossed it into the food processor and spun it until it was chopped fairly fine and was a meal that started to stick together, much like bread dough does. I pressed it out with my hands between two sheets of wax paper (the dates make it sticky!), I formed it into a large bar that I chilled then sliced. total cost was about $3 for six bars. I can live with that! And it tasted…..like banana bread! I wanted to heat it up and smear some cream cheese on it!

A second batch of Banana Bread, I added some cinnamon, and it was even better! I also made Coconut Cream Pie, and it, too was wonderful! 1 cup each of almonds, dates, and unsweetened shredded  coconut, along with a splash of coconut oil. Awesome!

According to Maggie over at rawified.blogspot.ca, the basic recipe (Paleo-modified by me) consists of:

Copycat Lärabars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nuts

    • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios,  hazelnuts, etc.
  • 1 cup sweet dried fruit
    • Dates, raisins, figs, prunes, etc.
  • 1 cup filling (optional)
    • Dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried apricot, dried pineapple, cranberries, goji berries, more chopped nuts, dried coconut, cacao nibs, shredded carrot, etc.
  • 2 – 4 tbsp flavoring (optional)
    •  Cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus zest and juice, ginger, mint, cloves, coconut oil.

Directions:
In your food processor, mix together fruit and nuts until a sticky, workable dough is formed.  Add flavoring, and process well.  Add fillings, and pulse until combined – being careful not to wreck the texture.  Shape into six equal sized bars, and wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap.  If you’re in a hurry, you can shape the dough into eight to twelve balls, instead.  Lärabars should keep in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.

Maggie’s site has many exact copycat recipes, I’ve taken enough of her thunder, go over and see what she has for recipes.

I’ve added a few more steps, though. I spoon the chopped “dough” into Ziploc sandwich bags, press the dough flat into a large block, then chill it in the refrigerator. After it has chilled several hours, I slice it, in the bag still, and place into vacuum-seal bags and seal them. Toss into the freezer (should last years if vac-sealed and frozen), and they sit there, for at least a day.

Then I eat them all.

At least I did for the first few batches. Eventually, I was able to get a few I didn’t eat

immediately, and carried them, still vac-sealed, in my EDC pack for several days before eating them. Heat does make them a little gooey, but the flavor is still great.

 

  • James says:

    Wow! For some reason I’ve never even thought about making laura bars…good job. We need to survival/paleo blogger meet up. Compare knives, trade recipes probably shoot some stuff lol

    July 24, 2012 at 07:03
    • db says:

      Thanks :) I’m a cheapo-o, always trying to save a dime. Plus I like making stuff, cooking or otherwise.

      And snacks! We gotta have food! Cooked in a dutch over…or solar cooker….

      But I’m finding you don’t have to leave your area to find others. This thing is getting bigger every day as people realize the only one that will take care of them is themselves. Look around, you’ll find others.

      And try the banana bread larabars!

      db

      July 24, 2012 at 07:31
  • Melissa says:

    Soo I was online looking up recipes to make larabars, and I saw your website, and I didn’t pay attention to the website. Was skimming the article, saw paleo mentioned (in my head I said “Oh, my uncle’s paleo”…scrolled to the comments to see if other people thought your recipe was any good and saw db, and realized holy crap this is my uncle’s blog! Lol too funny. So that being said, I’m going to go try your recipe now :)

    August 10, 2012 at 18:32
    • db says:

      I have tears in my eyes from laughing….

      Tell your dad you found this VERY informative website…I still don’t think he’s looked.

      Unk

      August 10, 2012 at 18:53
    • Melissa says:

      I did a cup of walnuts, a cup of medjool dates, a cup of coconut, a handful of sunflower seeds, and a tbsp cinnamon. They are really really good! Thanks unc :)

      August 10, 2012 at 18:55
      • db says:

        Add in banana chips and it tastes just like banana bread!

        Now try mixing dates, coconut, bakers chocolate and fresh coffee grounds…THAT is my favorite!

        Unk

        August 10, 2012 at 18:58
        • Melissa says:

          yum! I’ll have to try those. thanks!

          August 10, 2012 at 19:01
          • db says:

            Try doing a search on “Steve’s Paleo Crunch recipe”, its vegan, I believe…you may end up right back here though :P

            August 10, 2012 at 19:02
          • Melissa says:

            yup your website was the first to pop up! lol I will add it to my list of things to try :)

            August 10, 2012 at 19:06
          • db says:

            :)

            It’s the only option for a breakfast cereal that I have found…and its pretty good too. Also doubles as granola bars for me.

            August 10, 2012 at 19:14
          • Melissa says:

            I just gave Mikey a couple bites of the bar, and now he refuses to eat anything else. He has never done that with any kind of food before lol

            August 10, 2012 at 19:27
          • db says:

            Try feeding him a ribeye….

            August 10, 2012 at 20:46
  • Melissa says:

    Oh and the funny thing is, I’ve read your blog posts multiple times lol. I just paid absolutely no attention to the website I clicked on I guess lol. And I will tell my mom and dad lol. I actually made them for my mom, she’s been requesting a copycat recipe.

    August 10, 2012 at 18:56

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