Homemade Cherry Pie LÄRABARS
A year ago I ate my first LÄRABAR. I don’t know what possessed me to buy it, the packaging I suppose. It was the Apple Pie flavor and I fell head over heels in love with it.
Only recently have I attempted to replicate my love, the LÄRABAR. I have briefly thought about it before when I bought the bars and realized my grocery store total jumped a good amount. They are expensive! I’ve been lucky a few times to find them on sale for $1.00!
My nutrition class received an assignment to develop a recipe for an energy bar. A low fat and high carbohydrate energy bar designed to be eaten before a workout. I immediately thought of a LÄRABAR and decided to finally make them myself. I tried to replicate the Cherry Pie LÄRABAR, my second favorite.
I used almonds, unsweetened dried cherries and lots of dates! These are so easy to make that you will probably go to your kitchen immediately and make them, especially since LÄRABAR’s are so expensive! With this recipe I got 10 bars for the price of three or four, I wasn’t really counting.
While LÄRABAR’s are normally made with nuts I decided for the purpose of the class, that substituting oats for the nuts was a better idea. The oats would lower the fat content and be more suitable for the “low fat, high carbohydrate” criteria. I don’t actually know how the oats taste but I’m going to assume they taste almost as good. I will probably pick up some more dates and cherries and experiment using the oats. The best thing about this recipe is that it only requires 3 ingredients and there is no baking involved!
Yield: 10 bars
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 15
10oz container of dates
6oz bag of almonds, walnuts or pecans (or 2-3 cups toasted oats)
1/2 cup dried unsweetened cherries (Substitute with any dried fruit for desired flavor)
Place dates and cherries in a food processor and process until a paste is formed.
Transfer paste to a medium sized bowl.
Add nuts or oats to the processor and process until chopped.
Add the nuts or oats to date and cherry paste; kneed together with fingers (This is seriously fun.)
Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and press the paste and nut mixture into the pan.
Refrigerate in pan for ~2 hours.
Lift parchment out of pan and use a rolling pin to flatten the top of the bars.
With a large, sharp knife, cut into bars.
Wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator.