This recipe blows my mind.
I wish I could take complete credit for these delicious nut free Larabar impersonators, but if I’m totally honest I have to tell you that my significant other whipped these up. He may or may not have been influenced by my whining about the fact that the nutrition bar aisle is completely overrun by nuts. I love the idea of Larabars, but I’ve never been able to eat one. Ditto for KIND bars, Luna bars, Clif bars, etc.
To clarify, I don’t think that “energy” bars are a necessary part of my (or anyone’s) diet. In fact, I have to be conscious not to dominate more than one of these puppies when we make them because I have no real need for the concentrated calories that these provide. That said, these homemade imitation Larabars without nuts make for a great snack for a long hike or for a post-workout hunger fix. Bonus: They are also ridiculously easy to make in a decent food processor.
Nut-Free Faux Larabars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
1.5 cups dates, pitted
1 cup sunbutter
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
dried apple chips
Put all the ingredients into the bowl of a standard food processor with the chopping blade in place. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides periodically. The mass of datey goodness will eventually turn into a doughy ball.
Once that happens, scrape all the contents into a parchment-lined pan. We use a 11”x7” metal one. If you only have a bigger pan, either up the recipe amounts or don’t use the entire pan or your bars will be too thin. Aim for about ¼-½” thickness.
Place the pan in the freezer for a couple hours. Slice into 10 bars and enjoy! For the best texture, keep them in the freezer until you eat them. If you decide to pack them for a snack, I recommend wrapping them in parchment paper and then placing the wrapped bar(s) inside a small plastic bag or tin foil.