I made some of these today. And ok, so they’re more balls than bars. I tried it two different ways: one with dates and one with cherries. The cherries-only version did not taste very good. The recipe below is for the date recipe that did taste good!!! (The photos are from an attempt I made with cherries instead of dates, plus some cocoa powder, and they weren’t nearly sweet enough!) Also, with both versions I dusted them with finely ground almonds so they wouldn’t be so sticky!
No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bar
1 cup dates, preferably organic (or half dates plus half other kind of dried fruit– aim to have at least half of the fruit component be dates! The dates really give these the right texture and enough sweetness!)
1 cup nuts, finely ground (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
1/8 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg (or to taste)
water, if needed
Using a food processor or blender, blend dried fruit, salt, and spices with finely ground nuts. Check texture. If needed, add water, a teaspoon at a time. Form balls or roll out in a pan to cut into bars. If desired, roll or dust with finely ground almonds!
Would be a fun “cooking” project with children, because the final mixture is almost a clay-like consistency and kids could roll it or shape it however they want.
Look here for a list of larabar recipes of all different flavors!!!
Here is a blog that has a great basic recipe, plus lots of variations. She writes about dates (which are a main ingredient of these bars, and their main source of sweetness):
“Dates are an excellent source of carbohydrates (great for pre- or post-workout), contain no cholesterol, are high in fiber, and boast a wide range of nutrients, including calcium (32 mg per serving), Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese. Dates also contain vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3, B5, C and more than 20 different amino acids; they help in the digestion and assimilation of carbohydrates, and help to regulate blood sugar levels and fatty acids content in our bodies.” Awesome.