I recently discovered Lara Bars and I'm almost mad I did because - why are they so expensive? I usually buy them when they are on sale at Target or my Kroger for a $1 a piece. Then, I discovered that you can make your own! And it's TOO easy!
Three ingredients - almonds, dates (preferably Medjool) and another dried fruit. I used raisins. But apricots, cherries, even cranberries would be great and give you all sorts of different flavor options! The dates I found at Publix, they have these shelves underneath their produce and I just happened to be looking down. $3.99 for a nice size plastic tub - I was able to make bars 3 different times with that amount and have about 1/2 cup leftover!
Yields 8 bars
Easy Fruit and Nut Bars
1 cup almonds
1 cup raisins
1 cup pitted, dried dates (Medjool dates)
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
Combine the almonds, raisins and dates in a food processor. Pulse a few times to break them up. Process continually for 30 seconds. Scrape the edge of the bowl.
Process continually for 1-2 minutes until a ball is formed. If using chocolate chips, add with about 30 seconds left so they don't get completely chopped up.
Dump mixture into an 8 x 8-inch baking pan and press down firmly to form an even layer. Chill for 1 hour or overnight. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 squares. Keep bars in fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
(Source: Adapted from the kitchn)