How to Make Your Own Lara Protein Bars recipe & photos

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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