Saturday, April 20, 2013

Homemade! 3 flavors, Lara Bar-style

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As we are updating our kitchen, one of everyone's favorite additions is the pantry.  We've never had a real pantry before!  The kids (at ages 2 and 4) feel so independent when they can open the door and help themselves to a snack.  Knowing this, I have stocked the shelves at toddler level with snacks that I don't mind them helping themselves to- even when I am not looking.  Their shelves hold things like sunflower seeds and nuts, raisins, banana chips, fruit leather, and "baby food" packets of fruit/vegetable smoothie types.  I love that even when given a choice, my kids will usually prefer snacks a Lara bar, Cliff bar or Z bar over a candy bar!

I am a firm believer in making as much of the food we eat from scratch as I possibly can, and every day I get a little closer to eliminating our dependence on processed foods.  To clarify my view of processed food, I heard once in a documentary "processed foods are any food that goes through a building before it gets to you".  This statement really hit home for me, and a light bulb went off over my head! Such a simple truth that had never occurred to me.  So here we go, one more step in reducing the amount of buildings between my family and our food...



Instructions:
This style of snack bars really couldn't be easier to make!  I wish I had known this years ago- I will never pay $$ for the store-bought ones again!
  • Combine ingredients in food processor beginning with nuts/seeds, then fruit, then lemon juice (driest or hardest to softest).
  • Press firmly in a glass baking dish (metal would probably work just as well, but I don't have one so I can't attest to how easily the bars would remove).
  • Chill and cut out. I only chilled them because I was afraid that they wouldn't hold the "bar" shape.  I am not entirely sure this step is necessary, but we were happy with the results!
  • That's it!


      
      Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice



      
      Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice



    
      Ingredients:
  •  1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 dried cranberries
  • 1/2 dried goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 comment:

  1. These look absolutely delicious!! Cannot wait to give them a try!!

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