Homemade “LÄRABARS”

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Makes about 80 bite-sized pieces
Tip: Now that you have that homemade granola (yesterday’s recipe), use some of it to make these simple (assuming you have access to a food processor) chewy power bites. One taste will satisfy your sweet tooth or a couple of pieces will make a great cookie substitute in your child’s school lunch.

Ingredients
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup raw coconut
2 cups homemade granola (use a good quality store-substitute if you haven’t yet made your own)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp water

Directions
Puree in all ingredients together in a food processor pulsing at first, then running it more constantly until smoother consistency is achieved. Moisture level of dates will determine if you need to add water. If you do need water, be sure to add about a teaspoon at a time until the texture looks like the photos above. Pat mixture into a rectangular sheet pan (about 9″x13″) or just press the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper. The shape is not critical…this is FUN cooking! Cut into bite-size pieces, cover and refrigerate. Once cool and firm, pieces can be separated and wrapped or put into baggies or storage containers.

Note: There are lots of versions of these bars. Determine your favorite flavors and start experimenting with other ingredients in this base recipe. Be courageeous…you can do this!

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