Monday, June 27, 2011

Immitation Lara Bars

I've recently upped my bicycling mileage quite a bit, and I've had to make an effort to add more calorie-dense food to my diet (I know, I've got it rough).  These definitely fit the bill.  They're also quick, portable, and delicious.

The Ingredients:
2 c dates, pitted
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cherries)
1 1/3 c nuts (I used a combination of Brazil nuts and peanuts)
2 T nut butter (I used almond)
1 pinch cinnamon

The Process:

  1. Put all ingredients in the food processor, and blend until it is crumbly with no pieces larger than a pea.
  2. Dump out onto waxed paper, and pat into a rectangle.  Top with more waxed paper and firmly press, or roll with a rolling pin, until you get a firm slab about 1 cm thick. (Don't be gentle with it...really smash it together hard.)  Straighten the sides with the back of a knife or a spatula,  and cut into rectangles.  You can cut the used waxed paper into pieces to individually wrap each bar.  Store in the fridge.

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