Quick & Easy: Copy-cat “Larabar”
Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!
Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!
You may be wondering, “Why would anyone want to eat something that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free?” That’s a great question and we’re so glad you asked! Here’s a little insight into why avoiding some, or all, of these potential allergens is good for you.
Have you noticed that there has been a huge influx of “gluten-free” products into the market lately? This is great news for people who have celiac’s disease. It’s also great for those who have discovered that they have a gluten sensitivity, which basically means that your body doesn’t handle gluten well, though you aren’t technically “allergic.” If you have a sensitivity, steering clear of gluten can improve your health dramatically! The National Foundation for celiac awareness estimates that about 18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity. You can read more about this at celiac central.
There has been a lot of research surrounding soy lately that suggests it may not be as healthy as we all once thought. Soy contains many “natural toxins” or anti-nutrients that actually inhibit the action of certain enzymes in your body. Most soy is also genetically modified and has high levels of contamination with pesticides. Soy also contains phytic acid, which blocks the uptake of certain minerals that your body needs.
Dairy allergies are fairly common. And, if you’re a nursing mama, this may be something that your baby struggles with too. Since a baby’s digestive tract isn’t mature, many are not able to handle the dairy proteins that are passed via breastmilk. This can lead to a super fussy, “colicky” baby. You’d be surprised at how much simply removing dairy from your diet can help relieve your baby’s fussiness.
It’s no secret that sugar isn’t really “good” for you, even though it definitely makes most things taste better! Even Mary Poppins sings, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” But, if you’re trying to be healthy, avoiding sugar is a good place to start!
6 Simple Ingredients
- 1 package of Medjool dates (approx 14 dates)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 c. salted cashews
- 1/2 c. salted almonds
- 3/4 c. shredded coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
5 Easy Steps
1. Remove pits from dates.
2. Add all ingredients to a food processor or Ninja/Vitamix type blender and process until well-blended (it takes just a couple of minutes).
3. Line a small baking dish with wax paper.
4. Pour blended ingredients into lined dish, and spread it out evenly.
5. Place in fridge for about 20 minutes to harden, then slice off a piece and enjoy your healthy snack!
Whether you’re already a “pro” at eating healthy and just need something new to change things up, or you are looking for some healthy options to replace your afternoon sweet snack, this recipe is sure to please!
Photo Credits: Karalea Payne
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Karalea lives in Eastern Ohio where she is a home-schooling mom of three little girls under the age of seven. She is actively involved in her church, loves to spend time working out at her local CrossFit box, and also enjoys photography and crafting. Her background as a registered nurse has proven to be an asset as she has learned to manage her middle daughter’s many chronic health problems. She has a weakness for chocolate, specifically brownies, and loves to enjoy an ice cold cherry coke every now and then. She loves a challenge and has never turned down an opportunity for adventure!