Coconut Mango Lara Bars 1

Homemade ‘Lara’ Bars

Serves: 3

Happy Sunday! I bet you didn’t think you would see something from me pop up in your inbox, did you?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sneaky! As this is posting, I am on my way to the start line for the P.F Chang Rock N Roll Marathon! I am sure I am shaking right now from excitement, anxiety and the chills! (For some reason I am always like this before a race starts!)

As most of you know I really enjoy eating Lara bars! I eat them as my snacks the day before a race and I eat them regularly throughout the week (as you have seen in my WIAW posts)! They are definitely my favorite bar! However, they can get expensive after awhile. The store near me sells them for $1.89 a piece. Also, sometimes it is nice to create your own flavors! Bloggers all over the world have been recreating Lara bars for years, so this recipe is not something new that I created in the sense that the base quantities of each ingredient remains about the same.ย  The flavor combination is what makes it new! (Well, to me anyway!) I have been toying with the idea of trying to make my own at home and I finally went for it (and made some to take with me on the plane!) I hope you try them out! This is my recipe that I made. Below, I have given you the basic instructions on how to make a Lara Bar and how to create your own flavor combinations! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coconut Mango Lara Bar 2

Fit Ingredients

  • 1/2c (56g) cashews
  • 1/4c (40g) whole, pitted dates
  • 1/4c (38g) dried mango
  • 2 tbs (7g) reduced fat shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract (optional)

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  • food processor (or magic bullet)

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Directions

1. Add yourย  dates, mango and extract to your food processor.

2. Process until you get a paste.

3. Transfer your paste to a bowl.

4. Process your nuts until they are chopped (you do not want to turn them into flour).

5. Add your chopped nuts and coconut to your paste.

6. Now get your hands in there and knead and mix away until fully combined (this takes some muscle, so get those guns out!)

7. Shape into bars or balls.

8. EAT!!! (or seal in individual ziplock bags to grab on the go!)

No words are necessary to even express my deep love for these bars!! YUMMY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Nutrition (for 1 out of 3 bars) (about 48g a piece)

Calories: 198.3, Protein: 4.2g, Carbs: 25.3g, Fat: 9.0g (2g Saturated), Sodium: 0mg, Fiber: 3g (Net Carbs: 22.3g)

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Now, the basic instructions on how to create your own bars!

(Creating 3 bars)

Nuts & Seed:ย use 1/2 cup of nuts/seeds or a combination of both

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • pumpkin seeds
  • etc…..

Paste: use 1/2 cup dried fruit (at least 1/4 cup should be dates to make sure you get the right consistency)

  • Dates
  • Dried Mango
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried Apricots
  • Figs
  • Dried Cherries
  • etc…..

Flavoring & Extras: use a 1/2 tsp of extract, a teaspoon of spices or 1 tbs of zest to give your bars a little kick!

  • Lime/Lemon/Orange –ย  Zest/Juice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Almond Extract
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • etc…..

Here are some examples of some current Lara Bar flavors:

Pecan Pie

  • 1/2c dates
  • 1/4c almonds
  • 1/4c pecans
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Cherry Pie

  • 1/4c dates
  • 1/4c dried cherries
  • 1/3c salmonds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

  • 1/4c dates
  • 1/3c cashews
  • 3 tbs dark chocolate
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4c shredded coconut

Let me know if you get creative and try a new flavor combination!!

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**Lara Bar base information and recipes (excluding mine) were borrowed from DAMY Health.

 

21 Comments
  • Ohhh, I'm so excited about these! Great recipe :).
    January 20, 2013
  • YUM!!! I actually ruined my blender (not a great one) trying to blend dates so I need to get a Vitamix first! :) Not trying in my magic bullet cause that is all I have right now! ;)
    January 20, 2013
  • Yum! These look awesome. I'm all about the almonds these days, so I'd definitely use those! Oh and anything coconut!
    January 20, 2013
  • Derek
    I love this. It's funny how when you look at these bars at the grocery store they are quick to announce that they only use a few ingredients, all of which are organic or whatnot. That's great, but then why do people spend over 2 dollars a bar when they could make these simple bars themselves!? I bought ingredients to make my own granola today, but now I think I will end up trying to make these bars instead, more portable. I absolutely love this blog/website! I have my B.S. in Kinesiology from K-State and just love nutrition and fitness! I am a part time personal trainer at 24 hour fitness and also work part time on the supplements/whole body team at the Whole Foods right across the street! It's a sweet gig! I love life, fitness, nutrition, and The Lord! Keep the recipes coming, and I will continue to send clients this way!
    January 20, 2013
  • I cannot believe how simple these look and probably should give them a shot. I never really buy bars, because they can get expensive, so making these will be nice option for my afternoon snack. THANKS!
    January 20, 2013
  • I love making the peanut butter & jelly Larabars - dates, dried cherries, and peanuts! So simple and so good.
    January 20, 2013
  • I love making the peanut butter & jelly Larabars โ€“ dates, dried cherries, and peanuts! So simple and so good.
    January 20, 2013
  • I love making my own Larabars! I'm going to give your recipes a try....thanks for giving all of the different flavor ideas!
    January 20, 2013
  • Kathy
    hope you had an awesome race....break PR!? Take a few days and pamper yourself with a good massage
    January 21, 2013
      • Kathy
        Bars look amazing too! Loving your new Paleo recipes.
        January 21, 2013
  • OMG I LOVE YOU!!!!!!! DRIED MANGO FTW!!!!! I have to make these pronto!!! :D
    January 21, 2013

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