Or Lara Balls depending on how you make them!
Have you ever tried a Lara Bar? They're gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan to boot. But shockingly, they are not taste-free; they're delicious. I was dairy-free while nursing, and I ate my fair share of Lara Bars, but at $1+ a pop, they're not an every day snack.
You know what is an every day snack? Homemade Lara Bars.
This recipe is so easy that a 2 year old can make them. In fact, today's post is a guest post from MY 2 year old - Jack. Take it away J bone! (Translation by me).
Mommy, thank you vedy much for letting me write on pucuter! Jackie loves pucuter! Ok Mommy, we make chocolate cake like dis:
Step 1 - Remove pits from icky cockroaches - about a billion. Add blue rocks. Eat lots from bowl:
Step 2 - Take nuts. This many:
|Translation: pit about 15 dates. Combine with other dried fruits (we love blueberries and cranberries).|
Step 3 - Scoop yummy powder. Machine needs some too:
|Translation: about 1-1.5 cups of almonds or walnuts, or a mixture of both.|
Step 4 - Add mommy's yummy booze. Translation: 1 TBLSP of homemade vanilla!
|Translation: add 3 heaping TBLSP of cocoa powder. Your food processor appreciates a sprinkle.|
Step 5 - Hit button. Make loud:
Step 6 - Make balls:
|Translation: process in food processor until the "dough" forms a big ball.|
Step 7 - Jackie try them:
|Translation: actually, that's pretty clear. Make balls.|
Step 8 - Roll in fwakes. Translation: roll in unsweetened shredded coconut.
|Translation: practice quality control to ensure tastiness.|
Step 9 - Hide 2 from Grammy:
Ok, so how much did these cost? Let's run the numbers!
|Translation: my MIL is obsessed with these.|
Dates- $8.39 for a package. It will make 4 batches, so $2.09
Homemade vanilla - like $.04
Nuts - $.97 from the bulk section
Dried fruit - $.57 from bulk section
Coconut - $.17 from bulk section
Total: $3.84. The recipe made 25 balls for a total of $.15 per ball.
The number of "balls in my mouth" jokes being made in the house? Priceless.
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Labels: Cooking with kids, Dairy-free, Desserts, Don't be a lazy ass - make it yourself, Gluten-free, Jack, Poverty Cookbook, snacks