Breaking the bank on Larabars? This 5-minutes larabar recipe will help you save money by making your own healthy homemade larabars. They are so easy to make, the kids can do it themselves.
I love sweets and comfort foods just as much as the next person…. and I’ll never stop eating them.
However, the majority of the time I try to feed my family “whole foods” free of processed ingredients. I feel like doing this not only keeps us healthy and strong, it also makes our splurge meals so much more enjoyable.
Along with fresh fruit and veggies, one of the convenience snacks I always keep around the house are Larabars.
I buy the healthiest varieties like Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Blueberry Muffins, made solely out of unsweetened dried fruit and nuts… not the chocolate varieties. That way I can say “YES” every time the kids ask for a Larabar as a snack.
Yet after I started buying Larabars by the case, I noticed a huge increase in our monthly grocery bills. $1.50 a pop adds up quickly when your family goes through at least 4 of these babies a day.
So I decided to make homemade larabars and see if they were worth the time and savings.
Verdict: Totally worth it.
You will not believe how easy it is to make Larabars, and for a fraction of the cost! In fact it only took me 5 minute to make this “Apple Pie” larabar recipe and I saved almost $10, by buying dried fruit and nuts from my grocery store bulk bins.
Simply pour all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse unto you’ve reached a thick sticky consistency with finely ground chunks.
Then press them into a pan and cut.
In fact, my 10 year old daughter has been experimenting with her own variations without any assistance at all.
This Apple Pie copycat larabar recipe is something we make again and again. I feel good about serving them to my kids, knowing they are free of junky ingredients and chemicals.
And today I’m serving them to you on my “Cook for the Cure” Pass the Plate!
Each “Pass the Plate” purchased raises $5 for the Susan G. Komen fund, each time it is passed to a friend and registered here.
They make spectacular holidays gifts that encourage continual giving and goodwill to
men women. I love giving these to friends, piled high with homemade treats, then encouraging my friends to pass their plate onto someone else.
We’re all affected by cancer in some way… This fall my family is personally celebrating the life and recovery of one friend, and mourning the loss of another.
Pass the Plate is a great way to give a gift that makes a real difference in people’s lives!
Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time:5 minutes
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 3/4 cup pitted dates, packed
- 1 cup dried unsweetened apples
- 1/4 cup raisins, packed
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- Place all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until finely chopped and sticky.
- Line an 8X8 inch baking dish with wax paper with extra hanging out to cover the mixture. Dump the mixture into the dish and cover with wax paper. Press or roll the mixture out until smooth.
- Lift the wax paper and bars out of the pan and cut into 12 equal bars. Wrap individually in wax paper and store.
BASE LARABAR RECIPE: Use this to make any variety of fruit-and-nut Larabars.
1 1/2 cups raw nuts (Use 2 cups of nuts when working with stickier dried fruits.)
2 cups dried unsweetened fruit (always use at least 3/4 cup dates as the main binder.)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
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