I have recently fallen in love with Larabars but at $1.50 a pop, they are expensive. Good news, I have found an alternative (thank you Pinterest). Larabars only have a few ingredients which is why they get my approval as a snack food. This also makes them easy to make. One of my favorite flavors so far is chocolate chip cookie dough so I made that one. I also made a Samoa Girl Scout Bar (that I had to tweak the recipe for) and an attempt at a Thin Mint Homemade Larabar (more on that later in the post).
First off, I just had the Easter bunny come to my house so I was snacking on the unhealthy, but oh so delicious Sweet Tart Jellybeans while I was making my healthy Larabars. (Give me a break about the jellybeans, I gave up sweets for Lent).
Next, I tried the Girl Scout Cookie Larabar recipe. It did not have any nuts like all of the other Larabar recipes I saw, so I added a 1/2 cup of walnuts just to please my taste buds. It would have worked without the nuts, but I just preferred them.
My mess of a kitchen midway through Larabar making.
Following the Girl Scout Cookie Larabars, I made my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars. These taste exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough. They are delicious. I could (and do) eat them all of the time. So good. Yum. You must try this concoction of cashews, dates, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, walnuts, and salt.
A giant food processor is useful.
Lastly, I had an attempt at Thin Mint Larabars. They came out chalky and unsuccessful. I currently have a huge batch of dough sitting in my refrigerator that hopefully I can thin out and salvage. I don't know if I butchered a recipe or just didn't like the recipe. I will provide updates as to whether or not the salvage was successful, but for now the dough is sitting in my refrigerator.
I have a ton of other Larabar recipes that I am really excited to try (especially because I have leftover dates in my refrigerator and I won't eat those by themselves).