Oh man do I have a treat for you. Have you ever had a Larabar? Me neither, can’t afford them or even find them anywhere local. I’ve really wanted to try one and then I ran across this recipe. Sweet, sweet success. Now this is delicious and what makes them sweet? Dates.
Oh man, dates should not even be considered a fruit. Weighing in at a whopping 26g of sugar for a serving (about 5 dates), it should be considered a sweet treat instead of a serving of fruit. I know, I spoiled all of the fun.
I officially endorse this as the best thing ever. I know, I know, you people have to have my approval to try something. I should calm it down with the sarcasm.
I love that this is sweetened with fruit instead of having to add honey. I consider it a treat, but I think you can have this one a little more often than my normal suggested treat distribution. Perfect for post workout, because we all know that our bodies handle sugar better after a workout (something to do with insulin…I should research this further) and it gives a decent dose of protein.
I found the original recipe here and I fell in love! I have never been so excited about a fruit and nut bar that is so packed with wonderful nutrients. I have tweaked the recipe a bit, because I just need more of the lemon flavor and I wanted to add an herb to freshen it up!
Lemon Mint Ginger Bars
- 1 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates
- The zest of 2 lemons and the juice of only one of the lemons
- 2 tsp of grated ginger
- 5 mint leaves, torn
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor
2. Process until the mixture forms a ball
3. Line a 9x 9 baking pan with parchment and press mixture into pan
4. Refrigerate a couple of hours and cut into bars of whatever size you desire
Tip: They taste wonderful right out of the food processor, but let them sit over night and the flavors really come out!