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06-29-2006, 10:59 AM
I apologize if this has already been posted somewhere; there are so many many former recipee posts that I might have missed it. I am wondering if anyone has a recipe that is similiar to the Banana Nut Lara Bar. I eat those every once in a while and I like the texture. I don't eat raw bars a lot of times because they are too soft or gooey for my preference. So I am wondering if someone has a recipee and woudn't mind sharing it or maybe offering another type of raw bar recipee with a texture close to this. The crunchier the better.
06-29-2006, 12:20 PM
I am not sure where I got this - somewhere on the web...
homemade lara-type bars
makes 1 bar
1 Tablespoon dates, pureed
3 Tablespoons dry ingredients (nuts, dried fruits, coconut, oats, etc.)
pit dates and whirl in a FP or mash by hand until they're 1 sticky mass. this willbe the base, the "glue" that will hold it all together. to this base, add about 3 Tablespoons of finely diced dried ingredients - the nuts of your choice (almonds, cashews, pecans, hazlenut, etc.), dried fruit, oats, spices, etc. with your hands mix it all together and form into a tight ball. roll this ball into a rope and then pat it flat into a rectangle. tightly wrap in plastic wrap (the wrapping will help the bar hold it's shape as you further mold it) and apply pressure to the top using a flat surface - a cutting board works well. to shape the sides you can take two knives and apply pressure to opposite ends of the bars. refrigerate wrapped. for larger batches shape into a larger square, chill and cut into desired bar shapes with a very sharp knife.
some tasty combinations:
cashew: 1 Tablespoon dates + 3 Tablespoons cashews
almond coconut: 1 Tablespoon dates +2 Tablespoons almonds + 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut
almond spice: 1 Tablespoon dates + 3 Tablespoons almonds + 1/4 teaspoon each: cinnamon & nutmeg + 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger.
cranberry coconut: 2 Tablespoons minced dried cranberries, 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut
06-29-2006, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the info. I am going to try some experimenting and see if I can come up with a crunchy bar.
06-29-2006, 11:00 PM
Sounds Good to me.......
06-30-2006, 10:08 AM
If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they have wonderful dried bananas. We use those to make our banana Lara bars.
06-30-2006, 10:22 AM
I hadn't even considered using dried bananas, sounds good.
07-06-2006, 11:05 AM
Thanks for asking this, I need to make some soon.
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