Hey, everyone! So today I’m sharing a treat that I truly love and actually eat every day. For the last three years in January as a part of my new year resolutions, I have gone on the Whole 30 diet. It’s not really a diet, per se, it’s more of a wellness approach to the year. It’s a stricter version of Paleo that makes you cut out even stuff that is normally allowed on regular Paleo like, honey and certain oils etc. I suffer from stomach issues a lot, so Whole 30 is always a great idea to start the year off with. But even and especially while on Whole 30 I crave sweeeeets! And although you’re supposed to break that sweet habit, the next best thing to a real piece chocolate for me are the Larabars! Sweet and definitely satisfying, I eat these things even while off the diet, but they can get expensive. Thankfully there are so many recipes out there to make your own!
One of my favorite bars is the Coconut Creme bar. It’s my 3 o’clock in the day treat! And since the ingredients are simple and whole, it is super easy to replicate!
To make it you’ll need:
13 Medjool Dates / 2 tbsp Coconut Oil / 1/2 cup of almonds / 1/2 cup of cashews / 3/4 cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
Start by cutting your dates open and taking the seed out.
This is one fruit I don’t mind buying with the seed in since it is so simple to remove.
When you slice it open you’ll notice that the seed is cocooned in a dry, not sticky part of the fruit. Pulling it out is just that easy. Next, you’ll need to process the dates with your food processor.
Throw all 13 dates in the processor and have at it.
They’ll come out looking very mealy! Maybe looking a little like peanut butterish.
Now, gather all of the rest of your ingredients.
Throw everything into the processor and mix until the large chunks of nut are no longer visible.
Take it all out and form the dough into a ball. You’ll want to use parchment paper to flatten it out with your roller.
It depends on you on how thick you want each bar. I flattened out the dough first, then folded in half to get the size of bar I wanted.
Now you can cut to size with a pizza cutter. The extra dough I had, I re-rolled out and again cut to size.
To store, just place them between parchment paper and keep in the fridge!
When I first made them, I was worried because they felt extremely soft. Keeping them in the fridge hardens up the coconut oil, and makes them perfect for grabbing and going. Just like a real Larabar!
And that’s it! They really taste just like the real bar and maybe even better since they’re homemade 🙂 I can’t wait to try the apple pie one!