Saturday, April 21, 2012

More LARA bars

We are all out of the LARA bars I made the other day.  This morning I made Cherry Pie and Blueberry muffin bars.  I must admit that the Blueberry Muffin ones are my FAVORITE!  I love the blueberry and lemon zest flavors together.  My daughter is sticking with the peanut butter chocolate chip ones as her favorite, so of course I made more of those as well.

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Blueberry Muffin
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup seedless/pitted dates
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Cherry Pie
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup seedless/pitted dates
1/3 cup almonds
2 tsp. cinnamon

Toss the dried fruit in the food processor and buzz it until it forms a paste. You will know it is a paste when it forms a ball and whizzes around the bowl.

Take the paste out and put the nuts/cinnamon/zest in and pulse into small bits. Don't do it until it is peanut dust, you still want a little texture.

Combine peanut bits and fruit paste and squish around with your hands until it is all in one ball. Spread out on some plastic wrap on a plate and separate in 3 equal pieces (yes, I weighed them to see if they were exact because I am crazy that way). Form them into bars. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap or put them in the snack size bag or if you don't like using those things, put them in an air tight container....I do not recommend you stack them or have them touching without a piece of wax paper or parchment if this is your storage method.


  1. any thoughts on what I could sub out for the nuts?
    Cindy :)

  2. I am thinking about that one...don't they make nut free nuts yet?? ;)