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If you are worried about the rawness of LaraBars, as I am, or if you want to save some money, consider making your own.
These recipes are adapted from a recipe I found on Clean Eating Online

BASIC RECIPE for 2 bars

  • In a food processor, grind nuts to a find consistency.
  • Add fruit and any other ingredients, and process to a fine consistency.
  • Spread mixture on a teflex dehydrator sheet placed over a plastic dehydrator tray.
  • Dehydrate for 6 – 10 hours.

Alternatively preparation

  • Divide mixture in half. Place each half on plastic wrap.
  • Wrap plastic around mixture and form into a bar shape.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

1/4 C dates
1/4 C dried cherries (or cranberries)
1/3 C  pecans, almonds, or walnuts
1/8 t  cinnamon

1/3 C dates
1/2 C cashews

1/3 C dates
1/2 C cashews
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
1/4 C (1/2 oz.). cocoa nibs


I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow, and I have to change planes, which will make it a kind of long flight, so I had to think of something to take along to eat.  The last time I made something (crackers and “cheez”), security confiscated my cheez and then gave me a very very thorough search.  I don’t want to go through that, so…. I thought…. BARS!!!!

I’ve never been terribly interested in bars… I think I may have eaten a total of 4 Lara Bars in my life, so I had no clue where to start, except that I remembered that the Lara Bars were basically dates and nuts.

I don’t want to spend scads on a pile of Lara Bars, so I thought about what to do, and then I found a recipe in Brigitte Mars’ book, Rawsome.  I changed it a little bit, because I did not have all the same ingredients.  These bars came out really good…. I’d rather them not be so sticky, but they are still quite good… my room-mate says they taste like a Lara Bar.

1 C walnuts, soaked overnight, then rinsed
1/4 C dried apricots, soaked 4 hours to overnight
10 dates, soaked 20 minutes, then pitted
2 apples, cored and chopped

•    Combine everything in a food processor and grind fine, scraping down sides from time to time.
•    On a teflex dehydrator sheet, form mixture into bars about the size of a granola bar (or a Lara Bar), and about  1/2 inch thick.  Alternatively, you could make cookie shapes.
•    Dehydrate at 125 degrees for 4-6 hours, then turn onto a mesh dehydrator screen, peel off the teflex sheet, and continue to dehydrate for @ 6 more hours (a total of about 12 hours).

When I get back, I want to work on some flavors.