Larabar Bite Knock Off Recipe
Here is my Larabar Bite Knock Off Recipe that I make quite often. We were first introduced to the Larabar at my sister’s house. My mom, aunt, Hunter, and I were traveling home from St. Augustine last year. Thankfully, my sister lives 1/2 way, so we were able to stop and regroup.
Because she loves me, she had a coke, cookies, and chocolate! This is against her norm. She struggles with some food allergies. Over time, she has chosen to stay away from her food triggers. I don’t share her discipline, so she indulged in giving me comfort things.
I tell ya, she loves me like that.
She gave me this Larabar thing and I had no idea what it was or tasted like. It looked like a chocolate covered granola bar. Frankly, I am down with that. I ate it and I liked it. Then, she snickered and told me that it was chopped up cashews, dates, and has a bit of chocolate surrounding it.
Dates…they make me catch vomit in my lower throatal area LOL. Not my jam. These, however, were yummy! As I tasted it again and let Hunter try it, my mind began to wander.
Did You Know?
Cashews are a natural anti-depressant food. Dates are good for you. This contains protein which is good brain food. Seemed straightforward enough, so I thought to myself and set out to recreate this phenom.
Larabar’s are expensive unless you have a coupon, are richer than me, or they are on sale. We are always trying to save money, so again, my wheels were turning. I got home and went to the store and bought some unsalted or lightly salted cashews and a bag of whole, pitted dates.
Mind Over Matter
There, they sat in my pantry for a couple of weeks because I was thinking “I don’t like dates.” So stupid LOL. Finally, I girded up my loins and whipped out my food processor. I poured the whole canister of cashews and the whole bag of dates in there and I chopped and ground it down.
Next, I got some waxed paper and laid it out. I made little balls out of the mixture. It made about 24 balls. I set them on the waxed paper until I was all done. Now, the first time I made these, I did melt down some chocolate chips and water to where it was really thin. I used a spoon and rolled each ball in it and then put it on a cookie sheet. From there, I threw it in the fridge so it would harden the chocolate.
That worked beautifully and tasted just like the real thing. The downside to that was that he made a huge mess out of it. Chocolate was everywhere. This time, I do not roll it in chocolate. I just let it sit for a couple of minutes and then I put it in a container. This container goes straight to the fridge and when Hunter is melting down, I get one or two out.
If you are super wild, you can throw in a teaspoon of salt and a capful of vanilla. Alas, I’m not that ambitious. I’m all about having a 2 ingredient recipe that is good, is a protein and helps with brain function.