I have come across quite a few reasons lately to buy myself a new food processor, so I did this past weekend. YAY! I was thrilled with the way it works, it wasn't super expensive, and isn't super big, so it will work out well, once I figure out where to put it. This recipe was one of the prime motivators that led me to this purchase. I hope it lasts for a while!
This is a messy little process and it is hard to get pretty pictures- so forgive me!
Break out your food processor kids and let's get going!!
First- take your dates and blend them into a paste in the processor. Remove them from the machine, and put the almonds in. Process them until you have finely chopped nuts but not powder! At this point for the chocolate ones, you add the cocoa to the nuts and blend.
|Blend the dates|
Chocolate Lara Bars
1 cup unsweetened dates
1/2 cup raw almonds
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Process the dates in a food processor until it is a paste. Remove from machine and set aside.
Process the almonds in the processor, finely ground, but not a powder and add cocoa powder and blend. Pour nut mixture and mini chips into dates and mix (with your hands works well). Press into flat dish, refrigerate and cut (into 3 large or 6 - 12 small, depending on how big you want them.
Peanut Butter Lara Bars
1 Cup of dates
6 Tablespoons natural peanut butter (no added sugar or salt)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raw almonds (or another raw nut- cashews, peanuts, walnuts, etc.)
Process the dates, peanut butter and vanilla. Remove and set aside
Process the nuts and add to dates. Press into flat dish or pan, refrigerate and cut into pieces.
If you want to see prettier pictures of the finished bars, go to Tanya's blog. My chocolate ones were pretty pathetic this time! They didn't hold together as well as hers did, but that is not going to stop me from eating them! :)
****Tanya also makes an awesome oat ball "cookie" that is out of this world! And so many variations.
Here is a link to one of the variations- lots of possibilities there!