Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Toddler-sized homemade Larabars

You guys. I have the easiest recipe for you in the world! The easiest.

Homemade bite-size Larabars!

Do you guys eat Larabars? We love them in our household! They are so simple, healthy, and delicious, and Callum can not get enough of them. All of the flavors contain no more than 2 - 9 ingredients and are the perfect snack for little hands. Since we do go through them so quickly, I thought I'd try my hand at replicating them at home to ease the stress on the bank account. And, I am so glad I did! They are so easy to make.

I went ahead and tackled two flavors: Peanut Butter Cookie and Coconut Cream Pie. But, you can easily create any combo you like. You just need the two basic ingredients: whole, unsweetened dates and any type of nut. (I accidentally typed butt instead of nut at first. Don't worry. There are no butts in this recipe.) Throw them into your food processor and add whatever else you'd like: dried cranberries, banana, chocolate chips, ground flax seed, cinnamon, dried berries, coffee. Whatever floats your boat, yo.

Here's what I did for the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars.

Start with:
1 1/2 cup whole dates
1 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts

I got both things from Trader Joe's. I've tried rewriting this sentence multiple times and it still sounds uncomfortable, so I'll just give you what I've got: TJ's has the best nuts. They've got a huge variety, are inexpensive, and they have a lightly-salted version for all of them. I love it. So, get all your nuts there. You can always buy unsalted nuts and just add a pinch or two of salt yourself.

Throw your dates and your nuts into your food processor and let your kid push the button. Easy peasy.

Also, can I get a high five for the fact that food processors don't turn on with the top off? If not, I'd have such a mess on my hands thanks to my button-happy son.

To this batch, I also added 1/4 ground flax seed. It's all about those Omega-3s, baby!

Process the mixture for as long as you want. We grind it down pretty well. Callum is still weird with some textures, so the smoother it is for him, the better. Once it's ground to your desired consistency, use a cookie scoop to roll the mixture into balls. Store in the fridge. Enjoy. That's that.

Don't worry if your mixture is rather oily. That's just the peanuts being broken down. Everything will dry out a bit after being stored in the fridge.

The process was exactly the same for the Coconut Cream Pie balls. I just switched up the ingredients a bit. These ones are my fav! 

Here's what I threw into the food processor:
1 1/2 cups dates
3/4 cup lightly salted almonds
3/4 cup lightly salted cashews
1/4 cup coconut (You can use sweetened or unsweetened. Whatever your little heart desires.)
1/4 ground flax seed

Go give this super simple recipe a try. You will love them. Your partner will love them. Your kid will love them. Your second cousin, twice removed will them. Trust me.

Tell me: Which combo are most wanting to try?


  1. Ooh I might try the coconut ones! Also I love the little sneaky hands in your pics. And I love knowing where I can get the best nuts. ;)

    1. These would be totally perfect for you and your little sweet tooth. ;) Also, I know how much you like nuts.