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I love energy bars. Yep, it’s true. They taste great, make me feel good, and give me lots of energy to keep up with my wild kids. One thing I don’t love though, is how expensive they can be. At around $1 a piece, they don’t really get to exist in our tight budget. Luckily, making your own Larabar type granola bars is a piece of cake. Grab your kids because this is easy and fast enough that they’ll want to stick around and help from start to finish. There are several different “recipes” I’ll be sharing today, but all of them follow these simple directions:
In your food processor, mix together the nuts and fruit until a sticky dough forms. Add in fillings and spices and mix until well blended (careful not to over mix or you will get a strange texture). If your dough is crumbly, add a few teaspoons of water. Roll flat with a rolling pin and cut into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to eat.
Here are a few recipes that I like. (Note: to get ideas for new varieties, I just check out the Larabar website where they list each flavors ingredients…no need to reinvent the wheel!)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip:
1 cup peanuts
1 cup dates
1 cup chocolate chips
pinch of sea salt
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
1 cup mixed raisins and dried cherries