Monday, August 4, 2014

Lara Bars

I am a big fan of anything sweet. I love candy in all forms and practically foam at the mouth at the sight(or smell) of chocolate. Knowing I can't eat that all the time I look to the better-for-you bars that make me feel like I'm eating something decadent when in fact I'm feeding myself something nutritious. If you ask, I'll share some of my favorites out there! Just last week, a friend and colleague introduced me to Lara Bars. At first bite I was tasted okay. It had that "healthy" after-taste and it wasn't life changing. Luckily, I bought a few flavors to compare and explore and the next day, tried the Jocalat chocolate mint bar. Within the first few seconds I was in heaven. It was rich, chocolaty, everything I've been missing since cutting out candy a month ago. It wasn't until the next day, trying the crunchy peanut butter bar that I decided to recreate these genius treats. I was hooked.

I searched various recipes and found that none of the ratios seemed I decided to wing it and create my own. The outcome? Heaven.

In a food processor combine 1 cup of pitted dates with 1 cup of walnuts (mine were raw) until combined and a thick ball forms. It should be sticky and textured.
To this, add in 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp of mint extract; pulse until thick dough forms.
Meanwhile, line a rectangular dish with plastic wrap and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Drop the mixture on top, pressing evenly to fit the mold.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or until the bar sets.
Slice into 6 even slices, or 12 squares, and individually wrap for easy grabbing on the go! Store them in the refrigerator tightly wrapped.
These bars are truly delicious! Fudgey, chocolatey, a hint of mint with a delicious texture. After "researching", or sampling, the best way I found to eat these is chilled. You have to give this recipe a try, I'm telling you!
Ohh yaa! Up next? Peanut butter chocolate!

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