Homemade Lara Bars

Homemade Lara BarsI think our society is a bit obsessed with snacks. We love the easy option to simply open up a package and immediately start munching on something oh so good, but not so good for you.  Convenience is KING! My household is not immune.

My husband has repeatedly asked “where are all the snacks?”

Eating real food does takes a bit more effort than opening a pre-made store-bought package but it’s well worth the health of your family. I decided to take a stab at this and make my own homemade lara bars using a recipe I found on OhSheGlows.com

After dehydrating the bananas it only took 5 minutes to make these bars. The only change I would make is to add a pinch of salt.

You can check out the recipe below:

Oh She Glows Homemade Banana Bread Larabar

Makes 2 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup dried banana
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds

Directions:

  1. Slice 1 small banana. Lay banana on greased baking sheet.
  2. Cook banana at 175F for 2-3 hours until dry. You can use a food dehydrator to simplify this process (I don’t have one!)
  3. Roughly chop 1/4 cup of dates. Add dates and dried banana into food processor. Process for 1-2 mins.
  4. Remove from processor bowl, set aside in a small bowl. Add 1/3 cup raw almonds to food processor and process for 1 min.
  5. Add almond mixture to date/banana paste and blend well with hands. Divide into 2 halves.
  6. Set each half on a piece of Saran wrap. Fold wrap over each piece and roll flat with a rolling-pin or soup can. Shape to your liking. 🙂
  7. Refrigerate bars.

Each bar has approximately 230-ish calories, 5 grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber.
Tip: Use very ripe, brown bananas for extra flavor.

Thanks Oh She Glows for the inspiration!

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