Chocolate Chunk Lara Bars

Chocolate Chunk Lara Bars
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We’ve been doing a lot of hiking ( read about a few of our hikes here, here, and here) this summer and have found that these little treats travel well in our backpacks. When we hike we usually take some dried meat, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, apricots (or other fruit), cucumbers, hard boiled eggs and these Lara bars (based on the original store version).

Lara bar logs on the left in the plastic bag

Lara bar logs on the left in the plastic bag

You can put just about anything in these little bars. The homemade version tastes way better than the store bought ones (and are much cheaper!).

Easy and quick to make

Easy and quick to make

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (dried, grated/shredded)
  • 150 grams (5.5oz) pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 grams (about 2oz) 85% dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put everything except the chocolate into a food processor and whiz until it’s crumbly but not to the point that it forms a dough ball.
  2. Remove to a bowl and stir in the chopped chocolate.

    Mix in the chocolate

    Mix in the chocolate

  3. Wet your hands a bit and form into log or bar shapes.

    Make log/bar shapes

    Make log/bar shapes

  4. You can also dump it into a square 8×8 pan, pat it down with a spoon, put it in the fridge and slice into squares. I find the log/bar form easier for hiking because they are thicker and don’t fall apart whereas the squares come out thin.

    Or you can make square cuttable bars

    Or you can make square bars

Chocolate Chunk Lara Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (dried, grated/shredded)
  • 150 grams (5.5oz) pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 grams (about 2oz) 85% dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put everything except the chocolate into a food processor and whiz until it's crumbly but not to the point that it forms a dough ball.
  2. Remove to a bowl and stir in the chopped chocolate.
  3. Wet your hands a bit and form into log or bar shapes. You can also dump it into a square 8x8 pan, pat it down with a spoon, put it in the fridge and slice into squares. I find the log/bar form easier for hiking because they are thicker and don't fall apart whereas the squares come out thin.

Notes

You can use any kind of nuts you want. You could add in other things like cinnamon, dried fruits, grated carrots or apples etc...

http://swisspaleo.ch/chocolate-chunk-lara-bars/

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12 Comments

  1. Looks amazing! How many does this serve, please?

    • Hi Vanessa,
      It kind of depends on how big and how thick you make the bars. I think I made 8 bars/logs and when I made them in an 8×8 square pan, I cut it into 12 squares. I think that they hold together much better as bars/logs though. Also works to roll into balls. Dough can work really well as the “crust” or bottom layer to other desserts like pie or tarts or layer bars. Enjoy 🙂

      • Lisa I made these. OMG, just amazing. These are a paleo game changer! 😀 Making them to bring to work tomorrow as a healthy and paleo birthday snack. YUM!

        • Hi Vanessa,
          I’m so glad you liked them. I used to make these even before I was paleo. Happy Birthday 🙂

  2. How long shoulda hey stay in the fridge for?

    • Hi Courtney,
      When I make them into bars/logs, I store them in the fridge (they are fine out of the fridge too which is why we take them on hikes). When I make them into squares in an 8×8 pan, I usually put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes before trying to cut into squares. You can also roll the dough into balls and then store in a container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy 🙂

  3. As soon as my paleomom granolas are over I’m trying those ones. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Cynthia,
      I hope that you will like them 🙂

  4. Lisa I just made these but they wouldn’t stick together well enough so I added a ripe banana and a spoon of honey and baked them for 10 minutes. They are divine! I’ve bought so many bars like this from the store but they always taste horrible. These are amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi Lynn,
      Yes, if the dates aren’t whizzed quite long enough it has trouble holding together. You found the perfect solution 🙂 I’ve never tried baking them, but now I just might!

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