Friday, January 27, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Chew Lara Bars

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I love Lara bars. Best travel snack evaaaa. They have saved my life many times.
But I try not to buy them for my every day at home snacking rituals. It could get a little pricey the way I go through them. So I save my store-bought favourites for when I’m traveling (like now!).
Before I left on this trip I made a huge batch of one of my favourite flavours…Chocolate Coconut Chew Bars. They are kind of amazing. I individually wrapped each bar in cling wrap, popped them in a big Ziploc, and dropped them in the cooler. This recipe made about 10 bars…that’s 10 afternoon snacks right there! So easy to pop in your bag/purse on the way to work or school.

Chocolate Coconut Chew Lara Bars

  1. 1 cup raw almonds
  2. 1 ½ cups dates (I used Medjool)
  3. ¼ cup pure cocoa
  4. ½ cup dried coconut
  5. 1 cup raw walnuts (soaked)
  6. Add a little water to help the processing
The process is super simple…just whip all the ingredients up in your food processor, shape into bars, and walaa….all done. But I think it’s a good idea to soak your walnuts (and rinse) before you use them…it helps take away a bit of that bitter taste that walnuts often have.
Tip: You can make bite-size versions of this by rolling the batter in small balls. I love doing it this way too.
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For this recipe, you could use any dates but I’m so in love with Medjool dates…they’re great big, juicy dates that are so sweet and succulent they’re really a dessert by themselves. Their flavour is distinctively caramel.
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And I love almonds. Actually, something I used to do when I was craving something sugary, was to stuff a Medjool date with a little almond butter and then stick in a whole almond. It really does taste fantastic, like a raw version of a little mini date pastry.
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Gaaah, this post is making me hungry…it’s high time for a Subway stop (yes, I’m writing this en route). We should get Subway and fast food stops to sell Lara bars on the side…that would be so handy. Well, it’s a beautiful dream.
Nutritional Info (per bar): Cals: 226, Fat: 14g, Sodium: 2mg, Carbs: 25g, Fibre: 5g, Sugars: 17g, Protein: 6g
What is your favourite Lara bar flavour? Maybe I can try to recreate it sometime!Any other bars you love that are great for travel? 

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