Recipe of the Week - "Lauren" Bars


Confession. I’m in love with Lara Bars. Too much. Too much for my pocket book, that is. So I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this ultra simple recipe of my favorite treat. I’ve played with all of the proportions, and I can guarantee you that you really cannot mess them up! I’ll throw in a few of my alterations at the bottom: Ingredients: •1/3 cup nuts (cashews, almonds, etc) •1/4 cup whole dates (remove pits)-about 3 large dates (more if dried) •1/4 cup raisins (or more dates) •dash of cinnamon (optional) Directions: 1. Put nuts into food processor and chop until in small pieces. Remove and put in bowl. 2. Put dates and raisins (any combination of the two that equals 1/2 cup total) into the food processor and pulse until play dough consistency. It will start to clump together when it is done. 3. Mix the two ingredients by hand until well incorporated and the consistency of stiff playdough or cookie dough. (You can do this all in the food processor also) 4. Roll between two sheets of wax paper to a 1/2 inch thickness and cut into bars. (Or make it really easy and just roll into energy balls!) 5. Wrap in wax paper, plastic wrap or snack size ziploc bags (or glass containers if you aren’t giving to kids) and store in fridge until ready to use. Enjoy!

Ok, a few of my favorite variations with APROXIMATE measurements (I did most to taste):

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie:Granola Bars •1/2 cup almonds •15 dried dates •1/2 cup raisins •1 T. (or more) cinnamon

Apple Pie: •1/2 cup almonds •15 dried dates •1/2 dried apple slices •1 T. (or more) cinnamon •½ t. nutmeg

Cashew Cookie: •1/2 cup cashews •15 dried dates

Cherry Pie: •1/2 cup almonds •15 dried dates •1/2 dried cherries •1 t. (or more) cinnamon •½ t. nutmeg

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