The Larabar is one of my fave go-to snacks for my "in-betweens" whether it be from work to the gym, or my saviour from getting "hangry" before dinner. Since I started making my own energy bars, I've had a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations of ingredients while maintaining the same simple two-ingredient base: date paste and ground up almonds. The possibilities are endless! I never use a recipe for these. My tendency is to wing it with what I have readily available, and go by consistency and taste.
My latest creation was inspired by the ingredients found in Nature's Path Qi'a Chia Buckwheat and Hemp Cranberry Vanilla cereal.
1 - 500g package of date paste
2 cups of ground almonds
1/2 cup of SJ's homemade power mix: equal parts ground chia seed, flax meal and hemp hearts
3/4 cup of local dried cranberries
9 x 12 baking dish
Grind up the almonds in a food processor, and lightly toast in the oven. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, grease baking dish with coconut oil.
In a bowl, combine date paste, toasted almonds, and chia/hemp seed/flax mixture.
In greased baking dish, press mixture into a smooth even layer.
For "chocolate" topping: Melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil, and mix in a few tablespoons of cocoa. Add a little bit of raw honey for desired sweetness before pouring over top of the date mixture. Depending on what I have in my cupboard, I may substitute with maple syrup, or not use any sweetener at all.
Transfer to the fridge, and chill for a few hours, and slice into bars before serving.
Wrap individual bars. Can be stored in the freezer.