Chocolate Chip “Larabar”

27 Feb

I decided to experiment with some combinations to make my own Larabars. Using the brilliant idea from Paleo Paisan, I used the nutrition facts and the short ingredient list to come up with the ratio of ingredients to use.

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I think Larabars are such a great go-to snack. They are delicious and filling without a laundry list of ingredients attached. They are a snack you can feel good about eating. They are also a cinch to make on your own at home!

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I always seem to have a 2:30pm snack attack that usually involves chocolate. I have realized that preparation is the key to any good eating plan. With these chocolate chip “Larabars”, I can feel reassured knowing that I am satisfying my snack attack with a nutritious snack.

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Chocolate Chip “Larabars”

Makes 6 bars

30 dates, pitted

30 almonds

18 walnut halves

24 chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips)

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1. In a food processor, pulse together dates, almonds, and walnuts until a fine consistency is achieved and the dough starts to form a ball, about 2 minutes

2. Add chocolate chips and pulse to combine, about 10 pulses. Add cocoa powder and sea salt and pulse to combine, about 30 seconds.

3. Press dough into a bread pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure dough is pressed evenly and into the corners. Place pan in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Remove from freezer, cut dough into 6 equal pieces. Enjoy immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 5-7 days.

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