Oh my goodness!
Anyone else out there ADORE Lara bars but can only buy them as a special treat because they cost $1.50 for a tiny bar?
I was one of those people till I decided (right after I just bought a cherry pie Lara bar) that I would try to make this at home.
About 10 min later (maybe even less) I had an AMAZING cherry pie bar that tasted EXACTLY like the one I just ate!
IT.... WAS..... SO.....SIMPLE!! (ok, sorry with all the caps….I am just really excited.)
For those of us who are Lara bar fans you know the ingredients are simple
The specific fruit, nuts, and dates.
Here is what I did.
* I put 1/2 c almonds in a food processor – chopped them up good.
* I then dumped them in my kitchen aid mixer
* Next I added 1 c unsweetened moist but dried Bing cherries and 1 c dates into the food processor and chopped that up until it formed a ball.
* I then dumped that into the kitchen aid and mixed it all together. (you may have to had kneed just a little)I put it between two pieces of saran wrap and rolled it out to about 1/2 “ thick and cut them into bars! The batch above made 6 bars the same size as the ones at the store.
As far as the cost comparison I can tell you my ingredients came no where close to the $9.00 it would have cost for me to buy them individually!!! In fact, I got those unsweetened dried Bing cherries (which I do think is rare to find them with no sugar added) at the Grocery Outlet for 2.50 a 10 ozbag. Believe me, I’m going back to stock up! My "educated" guess is it cost about .35/.40 cents a bar.
And get this – my picky four your old LOVED them, as in she went shouting to ALL the other members in the household to come “get some candy!” After she yelled to the others she asked me if there were any sugar bugs in it, I told her no, which in turn made her even MORE excited and she shouted, “Come and get some of God’s candy! It doesn’t even have sugar bugs!” (We call natural sweet food God’s candy in our house)
All to say it was a BIG hit and I only wish I tried it earlier! As far as storage, I’m going to wrap them in saran wrap and freeze a few bars and see how that goes…..
Also, this is a super easy and fast No crust - French Apple Pie recipe that uses bisquick (did you know they came out with a healthier version of Bisquick? Look for the one that says "heart healthy" on the box) and a nut strudel topping.
Till next time! ~CreativeJuicesDecor~