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Friday, August 12, 2011

Finished Friday: Larabar Type Healthy Bites


I'm trying to hold myself accountable to finish some of the projects on my to do list by posting each Friday about a project I've completed. For the most part these projects aren't part of my daily or weekly household chores, although some weeks finishing those items is a challenge all in its own.
We've made Larabar Type energy bars in the past and loved them, but they've been on my to do list for a couple of weeks since I bought two packages of pitted dates on sale. 

In the past I've followed online recipes to make these delicious knock-off bars. I've also simply used the ingredient lists on the Larabar website (just click on the flavor to view the ingredients) to make up my own concoctions. Either way the bars have come out tasting incredible!

As a side note my favorite flavors so far are Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (no surprises there).

This time around I didn't want to be bothered with forming and wrapping individual bars so I decided to try making some healthy energy bites instead.


These healthy bites are very forgiving and super easy to make.

Main Ingredients: 

ground almonds or cashews (processed in the food processor until they formed a fine powder)

pitted dates (processed in the food processor until they all clumped together and form a ball)

I put both of these in the food processor after processing individually. I discovered that I had added a little too much ground almond. I was out of dates so I added in some raisins and lime juice to make the mixture more wet.

Then it got a little too wet, so I added in some unsweetened dried bananas and coconut flakes (a little at a time, I had learned my lesson) and continued to mix in the food processor until the mixture formed a ball.

Then we simply rolled the mixture into small balls or bites and placed them in an airtight container. When we finished we snapped the lid on the container and placed the healthy bites in the fridge.

These have been the snack of choice all week. The combination of ingredients made a great tropical flavor. Honesty, I would choose these over most cookies, they're that good!

Good thing they aren't actual Larabars or we would have spent a small fortune by now.

I only hope dates go on sale again soon! If not we'll probably make some Peanut Butter and Jelly Healthy Bites when these ones are gone, only we'll simply use raisins, peanuts and salt making them a super
inexpensive snack.
What things have you crossed off of your list recently?
Linking up to Finer Thing Friday and Frugal Friday


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Martianne said...

Yum! These do look delicious. and great for you to begin accounting for things you have done. I kept a "Done" list instead of a to-do list for a while to encourage myself.

August 12, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Joy Y. said...

We love little balls like these. Yours sound delicious. Don't you love how you can "play" with the ingredients? We're heading out camping tomorrow, and brought plenty of these with. We also add spirulina for a superfood addition, and you can't taste any difference.

God bless,

Joy~

(Stopped by from life as mom)

August 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Interesting concept, making little
"bites". I might have to give this a whirl!

August 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor said...

oh ya! those look great! thanks for stopping by..

April 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM  

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