This seriously is probably the easiest recipe on the blog and I know it has the fewest ingredients of any other recipe on the blog….only 2. That’s right…dos, two, duex! To make a fantastic bar that tastes just like cookie dough, you don’t need to add anything else to the original LARABAR ingredients. I saw several recipes around the internet that called for salt, vanilla, peanut butter, but it’s just not necessary I tell ya. Yikes…by looking at the pictures, I could have done a much better job of forming these into bars!
Homemade Cashew Cookie LARABAR (makes 10 bars)
2 cups raw cashews
10 medjool dates, pitted
-Grind cashews in a food processor, until you have a flour substance. This takes less than a minute. If you want a crunchier bar, pulse the cashews until they are of desired consistency.
-Place pitted dates in a bowl of about 1/2 cup of water and microwave for 30 seconds, drain and add the pitted dates in with the ground cashews and continue to grind until dates and cashews are combined.
-Roll mixture into a ball and chill in the refrigerator for about 20-30 mins. Chilling the mixture keeps it from being so sticky. It also helps if your hands are a little damp when working with mixture.
-Shape and flatten the entire mixture into a large square. Cut into 10 bars.
-Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for longer. I wrapped mine in cling wrap.
I was able to get 10 really good size bars out of this recipe and lets just check out the nutritional stats compared to the “real” cashew cookie LARABAR….
Nutritional stats from the LARABAR cashew cookie:
Nutritional stats from my cashew cookie recipe:
198 kcal, 24g carbs, 10g fat, 5g protein, 9g sodium, 16g sugar
I’m not sure how all this came out….looks like maybe I used less nuts and more dates than the original. I guess we’ll never know!
Be sure and check out my other LARABAR recipe on the blog, Homemade Coconut Creme Pie LARABARs. I wrap these in cling wrap and store them in my fridge for a quick grab and go snack.
Something to think about….
Have you ever tried making your own LARABAR or other type of favorite bar?
Have you tried LARABARs before? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?
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