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Lazy days and “Loribars”

Today was one of “those days”. I didn’t sleep well last night. Actually I barely slept at all. So when the alarm went off I was hating life. Actually I woke up before the alarm went off because I heard Blake in the shower.

After I got the boys off to school I was moving SLOWWWLLLYYY. I had my coffee and an oatmeal raisin “Loribar” for breakfast. I went up and tossed the sheets in the washing machine and did my typical morning routine. I also decided to sweep and steam clean the floors.  What else did I do today… nothing!

So that is why I haven’t posted today. I didn’t have anything to share because I did nothing worth sharing.

So instead I’m going to share the recipe for my homemade Larabars (aka Loribars). I’ve linked you to the original recipe, but to be honest I haven’t looked at that in forever.

I don’t typically measure when I make these so here is my best guess measurements for you!

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Loribars

equal parts dates and cashews (I use about 1 cup of each for a batch)  That is the base for all the bars.  That’s it…

First I put the dates in the food processor. This way if there are any pits I only have to deal with pulling out the dates and not the whole mixture. Once it is almost to a paste consistency, I add in the cashews. You could use a different nut if you want, but I’ve always used cashews. Once you’ve mixed your bars, dump them out onto a cutting board, I have plastic ones and use my veggie board for this application. I form it into a large rectangle and cut them into bite size or bar size pieces.

If you just want them cashew flavored add a pinch of salt, a splash of vanilla and water as needed to bring it into a dough texture

Peanut Butter chocolate chip– make base mixture. add in about 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (regular works too). if this gets too sticky you could add more nuts or often times I just add oatmeal to the outside as I form the bars. (substitute crasins for the chocolate chips to make PB&J flavor)

Oatmeal raisin– make base mixture. add in 1/4 cup of oats (you can toast them ahead of time, but I typically don’t bother) and 1/4 cup of raisins, a splash of vanilla and pinch of salt. This one typically needs water to pull it together.

These are my two/three go to flavors, but there are so many options. I used to make mint chocolate, but haven’t in a long time so I couldn’t even guess at the ratio of ingredients.

So here you go, on my unmotivated day, I’ll share a healthy and tasty recipe with you. Hope you try it and have fun with the flavors.

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