Healthy Chocolate 'Larabar"
This recipe is very simple and cheaper than store bought Larabars.
- 1 cup of raw cashews(140 grams)
- 6 medjool dates (about 100 grams) **
- 1/2 ounce of Baker's unsweetened chocolate bar *
*This chocolate bar contains no sugar - let's be clear on that!!
**use medjool dates rather than any other kind because they are more juicy and this will work much better for the recipe.
You will also need a food processor and some tinfoil to wrap the bars in.
Grind up the cashews in a food processor.
Once the cashews are mostly ground add the chocolate in.
Make sure to take the pit out of the dates and add all of them to the mixture.
Blend all the ingredients for a little while until it looks like this
Easiest thing to do is to use a ziplock bag and transfer the mixture into the bag. This will make the process less messy.
Use a rolling pin to make the dough flat - press well so all ingredients stick together.
Unwrap your square of dough
Cut them into the desired size. I make 6 bars out of this recipe but you can make them smaller or bigger.
Last thing to do is to individually wrap the bars. I store them in the fridge until I need them. In the fridge it can last quite some time. Usually mine are gone within 2 weeks !
Here is the information you may be interested in when it comes to nutritional value.
The bars contain sugar but...this is all natural. My sugar free challenge means I can eat sugars from fruit therefore this is no problem.
I buy the cashews and dates at Trader Joe's
For a pound of raw cashew pieces I paid $6.
A pound of medjool dates is $4.50
I was able to find the 4 ounce bar of chocolate at Grocery Outlet for $0.99 yet in the regular stores it would be about $3.50
Keep in mind that you can use cocoa powder also instead of the chocolate bar which will save you money.
140 grams of cashews = $1.87
100 grams of dates = $1
1 ounce of chocolate = $0.12
Total cost = $2.99
Price per bar only $0.50
Compare this with the price for a larabar in the store which ranges between $1.25-$1.50