June 23, 2011

Homemade Larabars

The other night at church a friend brought some samples of a homemade Larabar for Paige. Unfortunately, Paige didn't get any, because Paige has a naughty mommy who loves sweet things. :o/

But when I've mentioned before that my little darlin' has several food sensitivities, many of you shared that you and your family have similar issues. So, I absolutely had to share this simple and super-delicious recipe that my friend passed on to me. It comes from this website, and there are many more variations there you should check it out!

The original recipe called for cashews and medjool dates, which were in the sample I tried-YUM! But I never have cool stuff like that on hand. What I did have, is raisins and peanuts. You probably have those, too!

Throw 1/2 cup of each, 1/8 tsp of salt into...
...the food processor for a minute or two.
Then press into a fun mold. (Or just a cookie sheet if that's what you've got.)
Toss them in the fridge for a bit, and you've got a fantastic little (dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free)snack!

Paige's reaction to them was something like "OH! Yum! YUM YUM YUM, Mommy!" and then she asked for her "special snacks" for the next two days. She loves the peanut butter cookie Larabars, so I'm going to try those next. This is my kind of cooking. If everything were this easy to make, my family would eat like royalty! I hope you have fun making them! And just because you don't have food allergies doesn't mean that you can't enjoy them just as much. 

Have a great day!
Love,
Disney



29 comments:

  1. ooh these look yummy! i want to make these so i can have a "special snack" too.

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  2. OMG that looks so yummy. Yes please! ;)

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I've just been dreading our camping trip this weekend because of a lack of GF snack foods. I'll have to make some of these up. Thanks!

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  4. aahaa..what a yummy treat..paige is enjoying..hmmm..thnxxxx

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  5. Oh my gosh Disney! Thank you for sharing this! We're leaving on a road trip tomorrow and I was thinking about car snacks, and these are perfect! We always keep a cooler in the car on these trips anyway, so we can keep them cool. Awesome! I just made some and had the kids taste the mixture, and they love it.

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  6. I wonder if you even need the salt?

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  7. Oh those look wonderful but the fat girl in me is saying, "Dip those bad boys in chocolate!" :)

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  8. Dip these in dark chocolate and *heaven* :)

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  9. How fun! I've been happily enjoying similar lemon energy bars:

    http://www.shutterbean.com/lemon-date-bars/

    Now I'm going to have to try these pb&j bars. I was actually just thinking about making pb&j dessert bars this morning and how you can't go wrong with that combination. :-)

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  10. These look yummy, I adore peanuts! Also loving your ice tray, I have a fish one from Ikea, gotta love kitchen novelty products! :)

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  11. They look really good and nbelievably easy to make. Thanks for sharing this...I have to try it ^_^

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  12. where did you find such an adorable mold? I almost don't want to make them unless they can be in cute shapes ;)

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  13. Wow! So simple! And looks divine!

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  14. Great recipe! And the pretty mold is the perfect way to make them special. Love this!

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  15. Mmm they look just lovely. Loving your vintage finds on your previous post too, wish we had 'thift shops' like that near home. Those vintage remnants looked great and very cheap!
    Great blog, I'm your newest fan,
    Nelly xxx

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  16. these look great! my husband has been asking me to make him some Larabars for awhile, think I'll give it a try now:)

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  17. I love how you made them into cute little shapes!

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  18. I think my son would love these! I'm making some tomorrow!

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  19. How wonderfully unique God has made us! These treats would cause my son to have a serious allergic reaction. Amazingly he is allergic to nuts & raisins. I can substitute another dried fruit for raisins but any ideas about a nut alternative?

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  20. Oh Disney! Thank you! I NEEDED a fresh new snack for the kids other than PB and apples! What fun! i have a silicon tray like that from Ikea that has hearts and starts as well!

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  21. So simple? Wow! I totally have to try this. Looks so fun and yummy... for me!

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  22. I LOVE Larabars! :)

    Here's a bunch of different ones...
    http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/06/18/homemade-larabar-recipes/

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  23. Thanks for posting this! My daughter and I really enjoyed these healthy snacks!

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  24. I enjoyed these snacks too. Thank you!

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  25. Disney--I have a recipe for Key Lime ones. I also have to say congrats on creating the petal shirt before J. Crew. Paige Backholm is our mutual friend & you are one talented lady with a sewing machine!

    http://www.redeemingthetable.com/home/2010/11/23/whole-30-day-30-key-lime-pie-kamillebars.html

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  26. We have food allergy issues too and homemade Larabars are one of our favorite household snack recipes. In fact, we tried some that I made at home and loved them, long before we'd ever tried the real thing. Recently I found Larabars on sale at REI and grabbed a bunch... they're terrible - there just isn't the same sweet punch of flavor as the ones made at home! I have a hard time finding fresh dates here, so I pick them up each time we go to Wenatchee or Seattle - Costco sells them for a nice price.

    I love your idea of putting them into the little molds. I will try that for a smaller snack treat! :D

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  27. I made these today with almonds (because that's what I had), and they were delicious! Hopefully the 1-year-old likes them!

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