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Kitchen Sink Homemade "Larabars" - Zesty Ginger
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Every look at your pantry and think, “Gee, I should be more organized”?  Yeah, me too. I’m often guilty of not thoroughly checking what we already have in the pantry before going to the store so we sometimes end up with a stuffed pantry of duplicate items.

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I decided to do a little “eating-cleaning” and use up a lot of items for homemade “larabars”.  The best part of this recipe is that you can substitute and leave out items based on what you have in your pantry and they still come out delicious!  That’s pretty sweet, I say.  Not to mention, they’re filling enough to be great for on-the-go healthy eating!

Ingredients:

  • package of dried figs (about 24)
  • package of dried dates (about 24)
  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 2 cups dried blueberries
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chia seas (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Steps:

1.  Place all ingredients into a food processor or high-power blender.

2. Pulse until everything is finely ground and starts to stick together.

3.  Place a large sheet of parchment paper on your counter.

4.  Spoon your “larabar” mixture onto a parchment paper and cover with another large piece of parchment paper.

5.  Take a rolling pin and roll the mixture until it’s flat.

6. Remove top sheet of parchment paper.

7. Place the lower sheet of parchment paper with your concoction onto a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

8.  Remove from the oven, let cool, and then cut into squares.

I suggest storing them in a tupperware container in the fridge but they do ok being left out at room temperature if you’re going to finish them within a couple days.

Ever made homemade “larabars”?  Share your experiences in the comment section below!