Recently I had a couple of requests for a homemade Larabar recipe. After loooking at their Web site I realized these would be a piece of cake to make at home. They even had all the ingredients listed on the site, so I wouldn’t even have to go buy one to figure out what was in them. However, I was walking through the Cupboard the other day and decided to buy one just to try them out. They were exactly what I expected based on the ingredients, which we will cover for the Apple Pie bar.
One thing that surprised me was that the ingredients are not organic. Although they are “RAW” they are still not most healthy option. The version I made it home is 100% Organic and 100% RAW. This is not only healthier than their non-organic counterpart, but they are better for the environment because the ingredients used are not sprayed with pesticides.
Anyway, lets get to it. Here is the list of ingredients and quantities I used:
- 1 cup chopped dates (could possibly need a couple more depending on the size of the dates)
- 2/3 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped chopped walnuts (I used my Vita-Mix on the lowest speed)
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped chopped almonds (I used my Vita-Mix on the lowest speed)
- 1 coarsely chopped chopped apple (I used my Vita-Mix on the lowest speed)
- 1/2 TBSP Cinnamon (I am actually going to recommend using more, the cinamon flavor was not quite as strong as the ones I bought in the store, but taste the mixture and adjust to your liking)
Now for the directions:
- Place the dates in a food processor and pulse using the S blade until a paste is formed
- Add the rest of the ingredients minus the cinnamon and then process until all ingredients are well mixed *
- Add the cinnamon and process again. This is where you will adjust the amount of cinnamon to your liking. (the nice thing about making RAW foods is your mixture will taste the same after dehydrating or freezing)
- Using cookie cutters (or any other thing lying around the kitchen you can use as a mold) spread the mixture into your mold using a spatula.
- Once you have your mixture in the mold place it on a Teflex lined dehydrator tray, then remove the mold. For my mold, I used the lid to a large canning jar. This allowed me to place it face down on the dehydrator sheet and then remove the outer edge, leaving the lid on top of the “pattie”. I then twisted and pulled that off and then repeated the process until I had five patties total.
- Now dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 24 hours. After 12 hours flip them over on the tray and remove the sheet, leaving them to dry on just the mesh for the remaining 12 hours.
- If you don’t have a dehydrator you can refrigerate or freeze them overnight, although I tried this with one pattie and did not have much luck (may not have been thick enough). I saw a few other blogs online that used the overnight refrigeration method. Although I am pretty sure you would have to serve them immediately.
And there you have it, homemmade Laurabars. I know for sure the dehydrated bars will pack well for road trips, backpacking, and climbing trips. The thicknes of my refridgerated version may not have been thick enough to solidify well. You may also try baking them at a really low temperature, just remember to keep it under 115 degrees if you want to keep it RAW.
If Apple Pie is not your thing then just visit the Larabar Web site and find your favorite bar, all the ingredients are listed right there. Then just do some guess work at how much of each ingredient to put into your homemade version. Remember, you can always change it up the next time you make it. It is also better to start out with less of a particular ingredient since you can always add more.
Hope you enjoy these tasty RAW treats!
*NOTE: After actually eating one of these this morning I am going to suggest not blending in the chopped nuts and apples into the food processor. Rather, after creating the date paste dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly. I found the final product to “mushy”. I think having the nuts and apple chunks mixed in with the date paste will help make them a more solid consistency. Just make sure your apple and nut pieces are not too large. This mistake could have also been why my refrigerated bar did not solidify properly.