Wanna Make A Larabar…?

Yup.  I thought so.  Me too, iguana.  (There might be a few of you out there that got that reference…)

If you’re like me, you latched onto Larabars as a great quick snack, because they’re a relatively healthy option when you’re on the go and need to pick up something in a hurry while you’re stopping for gas in between work and practice or home and work or any other of the billion errands you have to do each day.

And perhaps, like me, you got over the initial crush because you discovered there was more sugar in there than you thought there was, or maybe you just got a little more snobby about eating processed food.

But now, I’ve discovered this little gem, and frankly, I’m in love.

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I’m pretty excited about these, because they take about 7 minutes to whip up, and then once they’re frozen, you can slice them up and wrap individually to take with you in the morning as a quick snack for later in the day.   There’s also just not a lot going on as far as ingredients, so they’re super simple and made with stuff I usually have on hand in the kitchen.

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Ahhhhh.

Oh, and don’t forget to make extra…when your family finds these, they’re gonna go quick.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

1.5 c. cashews
1/4-1/2 t. salt
1 c. tightly packed dates (pitted; soak if necessary)
1 t. vanilla extract
3 T. chocolate chips

–Process the cashews and salt for a few seconds. Add dates and process until sticky. (You may have to add a little water. I added about 2 T. and it was perfect.)
–Add vanilla and process. Add chocolate chips and process, or just fold in with a spoon.
–Line a 8×8″ pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper crossed over each other. Spoon in mixture, and pack down.
–Freeze 15 minutes, then slice and wrap individually. Store in fridge or freezer.

*Recipe courtesy of http://www.ohsheglows.com

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