Have you tried those energy/meal/healthy snack bars that are so popular? You know, the 'granola bars' that are at the grocery check-out and retail for about $2 each?
Me neither. Too Expensive.
Especially when each child is going to want his or her Very Own Bar.
We went to the Ocean with my husband's family.
And my Sister-In-Law offered me one of these.
And I ate,
more than one.
That's all, she wrote.
Fake It -- LARA Bites
2 packed Cups pitted Medjool Dates
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
SCANT 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla (do go easy on the Vanilla; these bites are not baked and if you use too much Vanilla the alcohol will overpower the Bites. I learned this the hard way: my Vanilla spilled.)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Cocoa Nibs -OR- Mini Chocolate Chips
Pick through the Dates, removing any stem caps or pit pieces. Place in a food processor in an even layer. Layer the remaining ingredients in food processor, making certain that you don't dump the Salt in one location. Process on High until well mixed. Scoop out onto waxed paper in 1-inch balls (I used my smallest Pampered Chef cookie scoop); allow to dry for about one hour--this makes them less likely to stick together in your storage container. Store in an air-tight container.
I doubled this and made about 3 dozen Bites. A double recipe was almost too much for my food processor.
Adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie's recipe. I think that this could be changed up in a variety of ways: Swap out some of the Dates for dried Apricots, Cherries, or Blueberries; swap the Cocoa Nibs for chopped toasted Almonds or Pecans...
I wish I had more Dates in my cupboard...