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Have you ever bought those pricey little snack bars at the grocery store only to open the wrapper and realize you just paid way too much for a tiny bar?
Yes, you are paying for convenience, but sometimes it's nice to know you can make some snacks at home and save a little cash.
One of my favorite tasty little treats are LaraBars. They are sugar and grain free which is great since I am not eating either right now. They are the perfect sweet fix but the only sweetener is dates which is a great whole food alternative to sugar and is just as satisfying.
These little snacks provide a powerful punch of nutrition as they combine dates, coconut, nuts and a bit of coconut oil. There is nothing processed or fake about them. I can feel good feeding them to my whole family and the best thing is that they are kid approved! Phew, that doesn't happen too often:)
This recipe is very easy to switch up and make your own. Keep the basic amounts of 1 cup of pitted dates, and then 1 cup of some other mix in, you can add any kind of nut or seed, or any other kind of dried fruit such as apricots or dried cranberries. Coconut tastes good with everything, in my opinion. You could also get fancy and add mini chocolate chips, cocoa powder or peanut butter for a more rich version.
A little food chopper works great to mix up the ingredients. Depending on the size of your little mixer you might need to chop the dates first, then take them out and add the nuts/coconut then mix them together in a bowl with your hands. I personally used my Vitamix and it worked really well. I turned the dial to 7 and used my tamper to keep everything mixing well.
I formed the mixture into little snack sized balls but you could also press them into a pan and cut them into squares. I was able to get 9 little balls out of this recipe. You can store them in a small zip-top bag in the fridge to have them ready to go whenever you need a quick snack. In fact I think I'm going to go grab one right now!
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- Add ingredients to food processor or Vitamix blender.
- Chop ingredients separately or all together depending on the size of your chopper.
- Form into balls or bars, whichever you desire.
- Store in the fridge wrapped in plastic for up to 2 weeks.
Sometimes You Just Need a Good Snack!
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve embarked on your gluten-free journey, but are missing your favorite snack foods. You’re bored with all of the gluten-free options out there (which, let’s face it, aren’t all that healthy). Let me ask you a few questions:
- Are you new to a real foods diet or just bored with eating the same thing every day?
- Are you in need of healthy snack ideas for your whole family?
- Would you like recipes that are easy, delicious, and healthy?
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