June 12, 2010

Raw Energy Bars (Larabars)

These are delicious! Thank you Kristin Ramsey for sharing your recipe. I have also included a similar recipe I found in "The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook". I'll definitely be packing these on the STP (I'll be sure to bring you some too, Amy ;) ).

Kristin Ramsey's version: (pictured above)

2/3 cup dates (I used medjool)
2/3 cup almonds
1/2 cup dried blueberries (or cherries)
a few drops of pure vanilla

In a vita mix or food processor mix/add in this order dates, almonds and then dried blueberries (or cherries). Add a few drops of pure vanilla. Place the mixture on plastic and roll with a rolling pin to press them until they are firm. (I placed plastic under and over them to roll out). I cut them into small squares. A quick energy boast size. Enjoy!

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook version:

1 cup raw almonds or walnuts (or combination)
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup raw almond butter
shredded organic coconut

In a food processor fitted with the "s" blade grind the almonds until finely ground. Add the dates, raisins and spices. Grind to a fine meal. Add the almond butter, process again until thoroughly mixed. Form into balls and roll in shredded coconut. Store in a sealed container on the counter for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to a week. Enjoy!
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1 comment:

Kristin said...

Yummy! I love these bars! It's fun to see you use it too! In fact, I love the idea of raw foods, whole foods and different flours! Just today, I experimented with my usual Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe. With 1/2 regular flour I added millet, brown rice and white rice to it. Plus I cut the sugar way back. THANK YOU for having a passion for being healthy and posting great recipes!