DIY: Lara-like Bars

I love creating & trying new things!

When I found this DIY Lara-type bar recipe from Enlightened Cooking I had to investigate! More on official Lara bars here including a FAQ section.

Please visit EC's
blog post for excellent preparation details, better photos and nutritional information. You'll find additional flavor combinations, Cliff-like bars and no-bake oatmeal bars as well. Tons of ideas here.

Here's what my Lara-like experiment looked like:
1. Gather and measure:
- 1/4 C Dried Cherry Berry Mix from Cherryland's Best
- 1/4 C chopped whole dates (I used pre-chopped, next time I'll do differently.)
- 1/3 C almonds
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
*I added a little more cherries.

2. Prepare plastic wrap pieces before my sticky hands make this step impossible.

3. Pulse cherries and dates into a paste. Transfer to another bowl. *She notes here not to clean the cherry mix from the processor - great suggestion.

4. Put almonds in processor & chop finely.
5. Add chopped almonds and cinnamon to the cherry paste & use your fingers to squish it all together.

6. Place 1/2 of the final mix on the plastic wrap & wrap tightly pressing into a bar-like shape or shape of your choice while removing air bubbles. Store in the fridge.

photos: by me
Must try this next! Fruit, Seed & Nut Energy bar
Cherryland's Best Cherry Berry Mix $10.48/32 oz., $5.24/lb, $0.33/oz
Almonds $11.78/48oz., $3.93/lb, $0.25/oz
Dates $3.29/lb, $0.21/oz
More about equivalents & measures!
- How many dry ounces in a cup? It depends.
- Liquid and dry measurements.
Questions for You:
What bar-type food do you like most?
What flavor needs to be invented?
Would you or have you tried making your own energy bar?


Big Daddy Diesel said...

- I like lara and clif bars, I will stomach a powerbar if desperate.

- banana split!!! mmmmmmm!!!

- This sounds so easy, I am going to try it, lara bars are so expensive, and its the same ingredients.

Xavi Garcia said...

Looks yummy!

Thx for sharing and cheers from Tokyo!


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ShirleyPerly said...

Ooh, great post!

I have never tried making my own energy bars but have been recently thinking about it, especially having heard that some folks make their own Lara Bars, which I like quite a bit but don't like their cost. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll need to ask Santa for a food processor for Xmas.

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Big Daddy Diesel - I'm glad you tried it out. I want to try apple soon too!

Xavi Garcia - Cheers to you, thanks for commenting!

Rene - total yum!

ShirleyPerly- thanks! I'm glad you liked it! & yes I hope you get the processor this year!

thanks everyone!