Have you ever been hungry between meals and settled for an energy bar? I do this quite often and my weakness is... Lara Bars! I am officially addicted to these yummy little bars that are all natural, but cost anywhere between $2 and $3 per bar depending where you buy them. These energy bars are very tasty and I cannot live without them. After reading the list of ingredients (only 4-9 depending on which bar), my only thought was that I could easily recreate the taste for much less.
So, I did some research and found some recipes for energy bars online. I decided to choose my own ingredients but stick to the suggested ratios. You can adjust the ingredients as you like:
1/4 cup of any raw nuts or seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts...)
1/4 cup of dates or prunes
1/4 cup of any dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, apple, apricot...)
pinch of cinnamon
If you follow the ratio of fruit to nut, 2:1, you will always get the perfect bar! My first batch consisted of almonds, prunes and raisins. I call it the Bri Bar :)
I started with the almonds and the cinnamon. I ground them finely in my little food processor.
Then, I added the prunes and raisins.
I mixed it up until it was a big sticky mixture.
I split the mixture and made 2 little mounds on some wax paper. I folded the wax paper lengthwise and formed the mix into bar shapes.
They look and taste exactly like Lara Bars!
I keep my Bri Bars in the fridge in an airtight container to keep them fresh. I take one to work with me everyday. They are way better than Lara Bars because I made them myself with fresh ingredients, in a clean kitchen and they are so affordable. I have since made a cranberry bar and I plan to make a peanut butter bar flavour next. You can experiment with your own favourite dried fruits and nuts and create your own energy bars - enjoy!