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Homemade Baby Larabars

June 15, 2011

Aka “nutballs” around here.  These are such nice, nutritious, portable snacks. 

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They are really simple to make – you just need a food processor.  The basic ratio is 1:1 nuts to dates.

  • 1 cup raw nuts.  I’ve had the best luck with almonds, walnuts, and cashews.  You can also use almond meal – it’s cheaper!
  • 1 cup dates, the fresher & stickier the better.  I’ve liked the ones from Whole Foods the best.  Dates work better than other dried fruit as the base for the nutballs because they’re really sticky & dense.


So the procedure is as follows:

  • First put the nuts in your food processor and run until they’re fine, like grainy dust.
  • Next add any extras or flavorings and pulse to combine.
  • Then drop in dates one by one as the food processor runs.  You’ll end up with a dense sticky “dough ball”.
  • I roll small balls and refrigerate them.  You could also line a small pan with parchment or foil, press the dough firmly into the pan, refrigerate until firm, and then cut into squares.


Some flavorings and extras we’ve liked:

  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, apricots)
  • cardamom
  • lemon zest or juice
  • grated carrot
  • puffed quinoa
  • chia seeds
  • coconut flakes
5 Comments leave one →
  1. GrandPappa DEE permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:38 am

    Recipe sounds great and the picture makes me hungry. A few more “nutballs” around here will be a good thing.

    Peace & Love

  2. Andrea permalink
    June 16, 2011 9:21 am

    Yum! I just made these and they turned out great. I used almonds and figs. I will be making these again for sure!!

  3. June 16, 2011 9:30 am

    Nice, I’m glad you liked them! Do you get your figs at Costco? I have been obsessed with their big bags of figs lately… 🙂

  4. Andrea permalink
    June 16, 2011 1:16 pm

    Actually yes, that is how we got into them, but now our Costco has stopped selling them 😦 So now we buy them at our co-op. They’re much stickier than the Costco ones, so I figured they would work well and they did!

  5. Kim permalink
    June 28, 2011 10:09 am

    Thanks so much…they turned out great. I think I’d enjoy them with chocolate chips!

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