German Chocolate Larabars

Love larabars? Make your own version at home using your food processor. I added pecans, coconut, and German chocolate to mine.

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Over the weekend I had a strange encounter with my bullet blender. Saturday morning after preparing my typical green smoothie, I was hastily cleaning up and gathering my belongings before rushing out the door in time for pilates. Rinse out cup and blender blades – check. Grab water bottle, shoes, and blender base – che… wait what?! It wasn’t until I unloaded my things into the car that I realized I had grabbed the bullet blender base which resulted in a lot of confused laughter. Of course I didn’t have time to go back inside so it took a trip in the car. The only explanation I can come up with is that I must have intended to put it away but skipped that step and just walked out the door with it instead. Either way I proceeded to post about it on Facebook to give others a good laugh at my expense.

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Speaking of other appliances that grind things up, how about the food processor? No I did not walk out of the house with it (yet) but it is evidently useful when it comes to making snack bars for when you are in a rush out the door. I’ve had homemade larabars on my list of things to make ever since I grabbed a giant container of dates from Costco and finally was inspired when I learned that today is National Pecan Day! How about we turn German chocolate cake into a healthy snack bar? While they don’t exactly taste like dessert, with toasted pecans, shredded coconut, and German chocolate mixed in them they certainly taste good. Just don’t make the mistake I did and use unpitted dates. I just hope I didn’t dull the blades of my food processor in the process because those pits are no joke – they didn’t grind up at all! Thankfully this did made them easy to extract, but I may need to look in to how to go about sharpening my food processor blades. If I’m not running around outside with kitchen appliances it’s something else right?

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One year ago: Peepsters Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Four years ago: Double Cake Batter Truffle Ice Cream

GERMAN CHOCOLATE LARABARS

Makes 18 bars

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup toasted pecans

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (optional)

2 oz. German chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Add 1 teaspoon of water if it’s a little on the dry side.
  3. Evenly press mixture into the prepared pan to smooth out the batter. Freeze for 10 minutes and then slice into 18 bars. Wrap in wax paper and store in the fridge.

Source: Adapted from Rustic Brooklyn.

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