Sunday, October 29, 2017

Recipe: Homemade Mint Chip Larabars

Craig and I both really like Larabars- especially the Mint Chip Brownie flavor. At $1.50 a bar though, we don’t buy them regularly. 


Instead, I found a simple recipe to make them at home. Over the past couple years, I have made a few modifications, including adding almonds for additional protein. 

It’s a pretty simple recipe, is no-bake and takes only 15 minutes to make. The only caveat is that you do need a food processor (or blender).


The main ingredients: oats, dates, chocolate chips, mint extract and cocoa powder.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup rolled outs
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ almonds (optional)


Instructions:


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  • Process until finely ground
  • Press “dough” into a pan, forming into rectangle.
  • Cut into bars
  • Refrigerate > 30 min

What it looks like when the dough is pressed into a pan.


The final product!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I ate a bar after my long run today, and it was delicious (and this was not just because I was super hungry). 

Enjoying a bar after my 7 mile run.
I wrap the bars individually in Saran Wrap to make them a to-go snack.  


This is my first recipe-related post. While I don’t plan on turning this into a food blog, I thought it would be fun to share healthy recipes that I have had success with and utilize consistently.