I was recently inspired to make my own version of Larabars, given my recent conundrum with soy lecithin being found in lots of things I like, particularly Luna bars, but also because of my quest to eat clean. I already make my own granola, so I thought, why not take my turn at the classic fruit & nut bar. Well, I’m hooked! It was significantly easier than I expected and something even my boys would enjoy making.
Making homemade fruit & nut bars
To make 2-3 bars:
1) Pulse 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice. I used dried cranberries and dates. I added an extra 1/4 cup of dates when I saw I needed more ‘fruit paste’. Remove from food processor.
2) Pulse 1/2 chopped nuts of your choice. I used chopped walnuts and pulsed them to make them really small, but not too fine because some texture is good.
3) To the nuts add any extracts or spices you wish. I added almond extract and carob chips.
4) The fun part! Place everything into a bowl and mix well with your hands, then shape them onto a plate and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before you cut them. After I cut them I individually wrapped them and put them back into the fridge until they were ready to be devoured!