Coconut Date Bars – How to Make Your Own Lärabars

I know what you’re thinking. I’ve been silent for a month and I come to you with rabbit food? Well hear me out, I promise it’ll be worth it. This side of the blogosphere has been dark for the last month, because it’s been a pretty dark time for me. See, my stomach and I are having issues. The issue being that my stomach is an asshole.

We’ve been arguing for years, and in its seething resentment toward me, I’ve found that breads and pastas weigh like a ton in my stomach and the aftermath of eating chocolate is like a dull kick to the vagina. And if my stomach were a man I WOULD FIGHT IT.

After a few years of this nonsense, my stomach and I reached a stalemate and I decided to treat it nicely for a few months so we can come to an understanding. Which means I have a Russian novel of restrictions including no sugar, minimal fat, no caffeine, no dairy, no alcohol, onions, garlic, citrus and oh my god, I’m legitimately crying right now.

But because I’m a thug, I’ve been adapting to my new relationship with food just like Alcoholics Anonymous or people with bad haircuts: one day at a time.  I’ve even found a favorite snack to quell my insatiable sweet tooth while my stomach mends: Larabars.

Have you heard of these? These Larabars? They’re gluten, dairy, soy and wheat free and non-GMO, with their primary ingredients being dates and almonds. And at almost $2 a pop in some stores, they aren’t exactly cheap. But I am, so I make my own. Depending upon what brand of ingredients you buy, the below recipe comes out to around $0.65-0.75 per barGo get a taco with those savings!

So, come. Follow me and let me teach you my frugal ways.

*You can replace the coconut with other dried fruits or chocolate or various nuts or anything you want! Use this as a starting place for your own date nut bars*

COCONUT DATE BARS

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roughly chopped dried dates (not pre-chopped)
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Soak chopped dates in warm water for 5 minutes. Drain and add all ingredients into a food processor and chop until the ingredients form into a ball.
  2. Roll into a tight ball and wrap loosely with plastic wrap.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a 6″ x 6″ square, using the dull edge of a knife to straighten out the edges of the square.
  4. Cut horizontally and diagonally every two inches to produce 9 2″ squares.

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