April 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm 1 comment

Larabars are by far my favorite energy/snack bar. they are the purest in ingredients in comparison to other energy bars.

for example, their banana bread bar’s ingredients only consists of: almonds, dates, and unsweetened bananas

this is in comparison to the ingredients found in a Zone bar: Soy Protein Nuggets (isolated soy, protein, tapioca starch,), Chocolate Flavored Coating (see product information), Peanut Butter Fudge (see product information), Sorbitan Monostearate, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Corn Syrup, Chocolate Drops (see product information), Marshmallow Pieces (see product information), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Whey Protein Concentrate, Gum Arabic, Less than 2% of the Following:, Peanut Butter Chips (see product information), Peanut Flour, Peanut Oil, Peanuts, Glycerine, Salt, Vitamins And Minerals:, Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, D Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Magnesium Oxide, Niacinamde, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Fumarate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Cyanocobalamin

obviously, there is a huge difference in numbers and quality of the ingredients. most of the stuff in the Zone bar can be found in a chemistry lab… not to mention that it has corn syrup which has been proven to leave you even hungrier due to blocking leptin receptors, ultimately leading to weight gain (refer to: http://ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/00195.2008v1).

anyways, larabars comes in a variety of flavors, but can get kind of expensive with its healthy addiction. the good news is, its simple ingredients = simple homemaking!!!

here is a basic recipe for a larabar:


– 1 1/2- 2 cup pitted dates

– 1/4 cup of dry almonds

– 1/4 cup (or variation) of add-ins

Your “add-ins” can be whatever additional flavoring you want. Coconut flakes, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, dark chocolate bits, unsweetened cocoa, dried fruit, or baked fresh fruit (ie. banana slices) can be any of your options. The options are endless 🙂 Simply combine all the ingredients into a food processor until mixed. Take the “mush” and place between two sheets of wax paper and flatten it with a cutting board. You can refrigerate this for about 15-20 minutes to make it easier to cut into bar sizes. This should make about 6 bars. Wrap up each bar individually with saran wrap and refrigerate for storage.


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  • 1. eugene  |  April 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    sounds pretty good. when i have a free moment I’ll possibly but probably not give it a try… sorry haha lazy.


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