Lärabars are my favorite treats. They are great for breakfast on the go or a quick snack. I can remember the first time that I ate one. I was immediately addicted. It was sweet, chewy, and nutty. The cravings began, but I realized that these little bars can add up. Target sells them for $1 and Hanford sells them for $1.29. Boxes of 5 are over $5!! The ingredient list is quite short as well, all lärabars have dates and some sort of nut and other fruit for flavorings. After trying SO many, I proclaimed my favorite flavor as coconut cream pie, chocolate coconut chew a close second. With 5 ingredients in the bar, what the heck was stopping me from making them at home? Laziness? Or lack of food-processor?
Both I guess. So I decided to not be lazy and to buy a food processor, it was long overdue. Plus it was on sale at Target with Cartwheel and I got my employee discount. Saved $8 yay!
Yay! I can't believe I just got so excited to buy a kitchen appliance..I feel old :// Just kidding, but seriously, I was in need of a food processor. It is a necessity in a kitchen and I don't know how I survived without one. Now I will become a Lärabar factory.
Here's the good part:
Coconut Cream Pie Lärabars
1 cup pitted dates, soaked
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp salt
Honestly, this is my first time ever cooking/using dates. They used to scare me. I boiled 1 cup of water and poured it over the dates. Let them soak for 5 minutes. They will be a bit softer and easier to process.
Process the cashews and shredded coconut while the dates are soaking.
Not going to lie, I jumped up and down a few times once I saw how perfectly the batter was...It looked identical to an actual lärabar.
Speed the mixture out onto parchment paper, plastic wrap, or a baking pan. Refrigerate this hunk of goodness for about 20 minutes. Cut and enjoy :) Keep refrigerated!