I am constantly trying to find ways of making copycat recipes of some of my favorite snacks. We discovered Lara bars about four years ago, I like that they are all natural and Gluten free and that both my daughter and I really like them, but they’re a little pricey. I generally buy them at Costco -box of 18 I believe generally lasts about a week and half around here, so I was trying to find a way of of making them healthier and making them a little less expensive for us
One of the main ingredients a lot of the different Bars use are dates, so I figured I would start with those- and add in a few other all natural ingredient.
As chocolate is one of mine and my daughter’s favorite things it has to be one of the ingredients that I use – along with a combination of almond butter and coconut.
This is my version of the Lara bar- you can actually forgo using the dates in them and just use more of the apricots and add a little bit more nut butter to them.
Chocolate apricot bars
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dates [pitted] also soaked overnight in enough water to cover
1/3 cup flax
1/2 cup almond butter [or other nut butter]
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tbsp coconut butter
Place a sheet of parchment paper in an 8 x 8 dish – set aside.
Place the apricots into the bowl of food processor and pulse until quite small [ coarse meal like], add in the coconut and the coconut oil and pulse again until mixed well, add in flax, dates and nut butter pulse again until mixed add in cocoa. Pulse until the mixture is combined and balling up – stop to scrape down sides and continue until it is well combined and thick.
Scrape mixture into the 8×8 dish, press into dish and flattening to fit the dish. Place in refrigerator and let sit for 30 min. Take out and cut into bars. Makes approx 12 bars depending on dish and thickness of bars.
These chocolate apricot bars are very similar to Lara bars, but I find these richer, and I control what I put in them. 🙂 win/win.