I was cruising around FB and what did I see but a recipe for fruit and nut bars that promised to replace my beloved Larabar.
I bought Larabars for the first time last month and posted them on my FB page as a great non-GMO energy bar/snack bar. I loved the taste and texture so much that I figured it was going to be my new favorite snack. Well of course someone lets me know that the parent company is General Mills and GM were not only against labelling GMO foods but they also contributed a ridiculous amount of money to the ‘NO’ vote on Prop 37 in California. I feel strongly about labelling GMO foods so I decided that I would boycott them like a lot of other people.
All that to say that I was over-joyed to find this recipe! It comes from Maoomba ‘s website and I adapted it slightly. Stormy has a lot to offer on her site so go take a look. (but then come back here…ok?)
You will need: food processor, plastic wrap, almonds, apricots, crystallized ginger and dates
I started with 1 1/2 cups of almonds and crushed them in a food processor. I chopped 3/4 cups of dried apricots and 3 pieces of crystallize ginger into small pieces then added them to the food processor with the almonds. Once thoroughly mixed remove from processor and set aside.
I put 3 cups of pitted dates in the food processor and pulverized them into a sticky mass and I mean a STICKY MASS!!! lol
Add the sticky mass to the nut/fruit mixture and work together until it is all mixed. Press into a pan of your choosing lined with plastic wrap, cover with another piece of plastic wrap and press down firmly with whatever you can find, to compact the mixture. You will want to really get the mix as compact as you can so that it sticks together like a bar once you cut them.
Place the pan in the fridge to chill, I left mine in over night. When they are chilled, remove from the pan by lifting the plastic wrap up. Cut into serving sizes of your choice and wrap each piece in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
I have to admit, these are very good.
There are so many variations to this simple recipe and I plan to make several more batches. I think a chocolate variety is in the cards next.
have you made an at-home energy bar?