After having Little Dude, I realized I was eating at least one protein bar a day.
I really enjoy Luna bars but with hypothyroidism, I feel I should avoid soy whenever possible.
A great alternative that is also a good source of protein are Lara bars. They are just as expensive as Luna bars, ranging $1.60-$2.00 EACH.
So I found this recipe that is SUPER easy and affordable: how to make your own Lara bars!
ingredients for 8 bars:
- 1 cup whole dates (it’s important to get whole dates, because they are a lot more moist than pre-chopped)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 4/3 cup whole, raw almonds (yes, that’s 1.2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
here’s what to do:
- Place the dates and cranberries in a food processor.
- You’ll know it’s done when it rolls into a sticky ball.
- Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor).
- Add the almonds to the processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the nuts, along with the cinnamon, to the bowl with the fruit paste.
- With clean hands, squeeze and kneed the paste until thoroughly mixed.
- Place a layer of plastic wrap on a food scale and tare it.
- Add 2 oz of mix to the scale, fold over the plastic wrap and squeeze into a bar-shape.
- Repeat 8 times.
Estimated Nutritional Info:
200 calories per bar | 9 grams of fat per bar | 5 grams of protein
How much did they cost to make?
- dates were $2.99/lb (.33 pound = $ .98 cents)
- dried cranberries were $5.99/lb (.36 pound = $2.16)
- almonds were $5.99/lb (8.8 oz = $3.29)
That’s $6.43 for the entire batch! 🙂
.80 cents per bar
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