Homemade Lara Bars

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:
Translation: pit about 15 dates.  Combine with other dried fruits (we love blueberries and cranberries).
Step 2 - Take nuts.  This many:
Translation: about 1-1.5 cups of almonds or walnuts, or a mixture of both.
Step 3 - Scoop yummy powder.  Machine needs some too:
Translation: add 3 heaping TBLSP of cocoa powder.  Your food processor appreciates a sprinkle.
Step 4 - Add mommy's yummy booze.  Translation: 1 TBLSP of homemade vanilla!

Step 5 - Hit button.  Make loud:
Translation: process in food processor until the "dough" forms a big ball.
Step 6 - Make balls:
Translation: actually, that's pretty clear.  Make balls.
Step 7 - Jackie try them:
Translation: practice quality control to ensure tastiness.
Step 8 - Roll in fwakes.  Translation: roll in unsweetened shredded coconut.

Step 9 - Hide 2 from Grammy:
Translation: my MIL is obsessed with these.

Ok, so how much did these cost?  Let's run the numbers!
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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