Dates might possible be your next healthy addiction. They are good by themselves. They mix well into recipes and are a good source of fiber - watch your portions - they naturally have sugar.
You can find pitted dates at the supermarket or Wal-mart on the "nut" aisle. I have found that the freshest dried dates are at Sam's - in the produce section. Unfortunately, you have to pit them - but it only takes about 4 minutes and its worth it - double the size of the boxed Wal-mart dates.
If you don't have it handy - You should always have some good coconut oil in your pantry.
It's good with everything! Use instead of vegetable oil or olive oil in baking.
Okay - back to the Larabars - To make this fantastic on-the-go bar you will need:
- 6 large Dates or 12 small Dates
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
I like my homemade Larabars to be a little more chunky than smooth. Depending on your taste - if you like a smoother consistency add the nuts in first into the food processor. If you like a chunkier bar - dump all the ingredients in together and pulse...that's right - stupid easy.
This recipe makes 4 bars. You may have to see what consistency works best with the nut-to-date ratio - add in more to your taste. You can add spices, cashews or even chocolate (Almond joy?) to this recipe.
I scoop the "batter" into ziplock baggies - so I can grab and go. Easy, right?