My neighbor lent me her food processor. I’m having fun experimenting with it. I especially like the slicer, shredder, grater tool. I grated up more carrots and zucchini than I know what to do with. I hope she doesn’t want it back anytime soon….Anyway, in a search for ways to use this gadget, I thought about making some raw “Larabars”. I love Larabars. I love that they are all natural, raw and made from very few ingredients. Here is what I came up with. With the food processor they are so quick and easy to make.
Raw Bar Recipe:
2 cup of nuts (almonds / cashews / peanuts / walnuts / pecans)
1 cup of (unsweetened) coconut
1 -1 ½ cup of Medjool dates (with pits removed!)
1 cup of dried apricots
½ -1cup of dried berries (cherries, cranberries or goji berries)
½-1 cup of seeds (sesame / sunflower / pumpkin)
Optional ingredients for flavor variations: Lemon zest, cinnamon, vanilla, peppermint extract, Organic cocoa powder, ginger, carob.
Proportions do matter! Too much of the dry ingredients and the bars easily crumble.
- Process the nuts, seeds and coconut together. Add to a bowl.
- Process dates and dried fruit until pureed.
- Add the pureed fruit to the nuts/seeds and mix well. It should be a sticky mess.
- Line a casserole dish with plastic wrap and press the mixture into a casserole dish, and place in the refrigerator. After a couple of hours, I cut the bars up, put them into snack baggies to store back in the refrigerator. They should keep for a week (if they don’t get eaten before then).