A few years ago as I wandered the aisles of Whole Foods, I received a sample of an energy bar. I have generally stayed away from these types of foods as they contain all kinds of unusual ingredients that I am skeptical of consuming.
This one was different. This was a Larabar. I had never heard of it before, but have become well acquainted with it since.
With less than 6 ingredients they have created a number of combinations that offer a great protein pick me up with just the right blend of sweetness in a portable package. At prices ranging from $1.25 to $1.75 per bar I did not indulge in these very often.
However, now I have realized that I can recreate these in my own kitchen, at least pretty close. One of the great things about them having such simple ingredients is that I have all those things in my kitchen or can find them easily at the grocery store.
Pecan pie had quickly become my favorite. The ingredients? Pecans and Dates.
I pulled out my juicer and went to work. I got some dates:
. . . and some pecans:
Then I simply ran them through my juicer twice, in about equal quantities of each. You could do this in any other kitchen appliance that is suitable for grinding nuts. This just happens to be what I have on hand.
After they are thoroughly crushed and blended I put them into cupcake liners that I then throw in a bag or other container and store in my fridge until I need a quick power snack.
Larabar has all kinds of other simple flavors and list their ingredients online. If you have a dehydrator you could possibly be more adventurous with the apple and banana which I have not attempted. I am eyeing that chocolate coconut one though, I might just try that next time.
For about a quarter I get these great, healthy treats that seem to energize me at any time throughout the day.
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