Larabars. Are. Crack. Seriously, they’re super delicious and they don’t come with deep regret like candy bars do! For those of you who don’t know, larabars are fruit and nuts bars. That’s it. No added sugar, no grains, no dairy; just sweet, delicious nature.
While they’re light on your figure, they’re not so light on your wallet. At Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, they hover around $1.30/bar. Not too bad, but if you live in New York and try to buy them at a convenience store, they can run $3.00/bar. Because f*ck you (says New York).
The Whole30 does not allow “recreated desserts”, i.e., paleo versions of cookies, brownies, etc. (lame), but it does allow larabars as part of a meal or much needed snack. Snacking is supposed to be avoided, but so is starving so larabars are a great way to have something that’s sweet and filling (blueberries just don’t cut it).
I made my own version of the “coconut creme pie” bars. Eating them was a religious experience. I highly recommend you stop what you’re doing and make these. You don’t even need to bake them!
But keep in mind – coconut and nuts have a lot of fat in them. While it’s true that good fat (i.e., from nature and not laboratories) is an important part of everyone’s diet, you don’t want to go overboard on these. One bar has about 210 calories and is way more filling than it looks, so if you inhale three of them you will regret everything. Like I did last night.
Coconut Cream Larabars
Makes 8 bars
- ⅔ cup raw almonds (I used slivered almonds)
- ⅔ cup walnuts (or cashews)
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 ½ Tbs coconut oil
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
Process the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped (leave a few chunks). Add the coconut, oil, and dates. Process until everything blends together. Press the mixture into a glass baking pan (you can use also parchment paper in a loaf pan). Smooth out the mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into bars and leave them in a tupperware container until you’re ready to eat them. Try not to eat them all at once!