Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars

Larabars are my favorite bar out there right now and my go-to flavor is definitely the peanut butter cookie.  There is always one to be found in my bag; I don’t leave home without delicious sweet peanut-buttery fuel.

 

 

 

As functional and convenient as a handy-dandy wrapped bar can be, there are times when this feature may be above and beyond your needs.  Say, perhaps when you are at home and want a little something to eat.  Why break into a Larabar when you can easily have your own homemade supply in the fridge or freezer to help yourself to?  What’s nice about this is that you can have whatever size you like, meaning if you just want a little bit rather than an entire bar.  Plus, it’s more cost effective.  Saving money is always a good thing.  On the other hand, having a large amount at your beck and call is very different from prepackaged portion control so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

In case you aren’t familiar with them, Larabars are made with healthy, wholesome, simple ingredients:

 

There is no big secret recipe here and if you’ve got some dates and peanuts, as far as precise amounts go, you really cannot go wrong.

I went with about a cup of each– peanuts and pitted dates (and skipped the salt– but by all means add a touch if you want):

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will also need a food processor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just blend together until it begins to stick:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can press the mixture into a pan and cut into bars or bites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, roll them into balls.  I even measured them out on a food scale to keep them the same weight as the packaged Larabars.

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I call them Laraballs!

Keep stored in the fridge or freezer.

 

 

 

 

 

These came out a little more peanuty and a touch less sweet than Lara’s.  You adjust the dates and nuts according to your tastes.  And don’t be afraid to add in some cocoa powder for chocolate peanut butter cookie bars!

What’s Really in This:  Larabar

How would you respond to that comment at the end?  Marta unfortunately doesn’t understand nutrition and the concept of empty calories… nutella’s first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil– both of which are refined and devoid of nutrients, very unlike fruits and nuts.  My Larabar wrapper says it contains 7g of protein and 4g of fiber.  That’s actually pretty impressive– and that protein is coming from a healthy legume rather than highly processed isolated whey or soy proteins found in many other “high-protein” bars.  More important than grams of this or that is the ingredient list.  This is where you can easily determine how nutritious a product is.  You don’t need a degree in nutrition here– just use common sense.  Don’t confuse yourself by looking for things on the nutrition facts panel like the lowest amount of fat or the highest amount of protein.   This information can be useful, but pales in comparison to the food sources they are coming from.  Stick to a balance of wholesome, real food and you can’t go wrong.  🙂

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