My version of a Larabar, but with oats to lessen the natural sugar load
A couple of weeks ago, I was watching an episode of The Biggest Loser. I have a love-hate relationship with this show. I love the inspirational stories, but I hate the cheesy product placement ads. Usually this involves gum or protein shakes, and an awkwardly scripted conversation between contestants and their beloved trainer,who happens to be strolling by during a moment of hunger.
On this particular episode, I inadvertently let my guard down and got sucked in by the marketing department! Featured, were Larabars, a freak of packaged nature, made with very few, simple, wholesome ingredients. Come on! There's gotta be a catch!
I put on my food detective badge and off to research I went. Was it really possible that a wholesome packaged snack/energy bar existed....with no added sugar???
Over the next few days, I fervently searched for every Larabar I could find. This was a huge discovery! I try to bake most things from scratch, but I'm always on the look out for convenient products....something that I can keep in my purse/lunch bag for those 'hit the wall' moments.
Frankly they reminded me of cockroaches.
I tried a few online Larabar recipes but I was concerned with the amount of natural sugar in dates. I wanted a little fiber and protein...and voila!
What's great is that you can make a bunch ahead of time, freeze them and pack them up in school and work lunches!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars
*Recipe by Less Sugar Naturally
Makes 14 Bars
- 260 grams of pitted Medjool dates (about 20)
- 1 1/2 cups (130 grams) of quick oats
- 125 grams of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- 35 grams of finely chopped pecans (or any nuts)
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 60 grams (about 1/2 cup) of 70%+ cocoa content chocolate chips
1. Pit and chop dates.
2. In a food processor, pulse oats until finely chopped.
5. Refrigerated for an hour.
6. Cut into 14 snack bars
Nutritional Info per bar
3.3 grams of fiber
1 gram of added sugar from the chocolate chips