If you’ve had a peanut butter Larabar before, you’ll know exactly where I’m going with this. If you’ve never had one before, let me explain. Larabars are date based snack bars made with whole foods (dried fruits, nuts, spices, etc). They are naturally vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. There are 9 different flavours, peanut butter is my favourite. Oh, and did I mention they’re delicious?
I remember the first time I had a Larabar. I grabbed one to snack on while I rushed to a yoga class after work, and oh boy was it love at first bite. So of course the next thing I did was flip the bar over to read the ingredients on the back of the packaging. All that was listed were dates, peanuts, and salt. My immediate thought was, I could so make these at home.
Now, a few differences here. I skip the salt (because it honestly tastes just fine without), I use peanut butter instead of starting with the raw nuts (I find it blends better), and I shape mine as balls instead of bars (way quicker). But these bites taste every bit as good as what you would get in the store-bought bar. Promise. And if you’re doing the math here, that means there are only two ingredients. Yes, just two. Dates + peanut butter = snacking heaven. All you need is a food processor to make it all come together.
As far as the dates go, use Medjool dates. They are nature’s candy, I swear. They’re also nice and soft which means you can run them through the food processor without having to soak them first. And for peanut butter go with the all natural. The dates will add more than enough sweetness, you don’t need the extra sugar and whatnot from the more traditional style of PB.
Food processor the pitted dates first. They will turn into kind of a paste that sticks to the side of the food processor bowl (see below).
Then add in your PB, process, and shape how you want! That’s it.
Last week I made a post on the Mouth Half Full Facebook page asking what types of recipes people would like to see this year on the blog. One of the requests was for healthy snack recipes. I hope this fits the bill!
If you have anything you’d like to see on the blog this year (specific recipes, recipe categories, kitchen tips, etc.), please let me know! I love experimenting with different things.
And without further ado, the recipe.
- 24 medjool dates (approximately 2 cups unpacked or 1⅓ cups packed)
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- Pit dates and place in bowl of food processor. Process until paste forms.
- Add peanut butter and process until well combined, stopping to scrape down the mixture from the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Form into balls, approximately golf ball sized.