My favorite breakfast on the go is hands down the Larabar! Besides being gluten free, they only have 8 or less ingredients. If the LaraBar (that is super delicious, by the way) only has a max of 8 ingredients, why are the typical lunch box granola bars filled with so much junk? This brings me back to my original venture of feeding my family healthy, whole foods that my kids love! So today I’m making a bunch and stocking up. Feel free to double or triple your recipe.
Easy Homemade Almond & Apricot LaraBars
1 cup whole raw almonds
1 cup almond meal
1 cup soaked dates*
1 cup organic dried apricots.
*Cover 1 cup of pitted dates with water, set aside for 30 minutes. This allows the dates to soften, which make a smooth date paste.
In a food processer or blender (I use a NinjaNinja BL660 Professional Blender with Single Serve.
) blend the soaked dates and apricots until a paste is made. Add in whole almonds. Blend until you get a granola like constituency, you’ll want it a bit chunky. Add the almond and blend until you get a dough-like ball.
Place your dough on an almond meal floured piece of parchment and roll into a flat log. Cut and wrap the bars. Place in an airtight container. Depending on the size you prefer your bars; this recipe will make approx. 8 bars. I couldn’t tell you how long they last in the pantry, because mine are gone within a week.
Feel to swap out the whole almonds and apricots with any other seeds, nuts and dried fruits, just make sure your total is a 50/50 ratio.
*I use the almond meal from Trader Joes as it is the most economical form of almonds, at almost $2.00 less per pound then whole almonds.