I’m sort of in love with the movie 17 Again. I may have discussed this before in a previous post, but forreals. I loooooove that movie. I also can’t stop watching Sleepless in Seattle or little clips from Glee. I like to live vicariously through all the characters.
Pretty sure I was an actress in a previous life. And a really good singer. I sing along/lipsync to all sorts of songs. #copacabana4ever My 4 year old daughter is the exact same way too! Mwahahaha. I have taught her my ways.
In this life, I’m a good mom and food blogger. Did I mention I know how to make magical things with dates? Dates on their own make me want to kind of hurl. –>truth. Dates incognito with chocolate and peanuts? LARABARS. Who woulda thunk it?
I like certain kinds of lara bars because I’m picky. The peanut butter chocolate chip kind is probably my favorite. Did I mention it’s only 4 ingredients? And a really yummy snack? Well it is. When I eat them though, I need to remind myself to forget that there are dates in them. That doesn’t make sense but it prevents me from loosing my cookies.
Seriously. Dates make me want to hurl. Odds are they make you want to hurl too. But never fear!! Homemade Lara Bars will make you a believer! And make you ‘regular’ at the same time…if ya know what I mean 😉
Here’s how you make them:
Start by pulsing your peanuts in the bowl of a food processor until they’re pretty finely ground.Next, crack out a whole lotta dates. I used three packages of these sunsweet dates. This brand is great for this recipe because they are so soft and pitted. Throw those dates into the food processor with the peanutsalong with some chocolate chips and sea salt.Pulse the mixture until all the ingredients are together in one large mass. The dates should be unrecognizable and there should be itty bitty chocolate and peanut pieces throughout all the ‘dough’. Press the mixture into a lined 9×9 baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove using the plastic wrap and cut into 10 even bars. The freezing helps the bars cut nicely.Wrap each bar up individually and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.I throw all mine into a freezer bag and keep them in my fridge for up to 2 weeks–except they never seem to last that long 🙂
Give these a whirl! 4 ingredients, nothing too crazy or strange and they’re healthy! Love that. Enjoy, friends!
Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lara Bars
- 2/3 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- 24 oz pitted dates I use the sunmaid brand
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- pinch sea salt
- Place peanuts into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to chop into fine pieces without turning into a paste. Add in dates, chocolate chips and salt. Continue pulsing until one large mass comes together in the bowl. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap and press date mixture evenly into the dish. Dip your fingers into water to prevent sticking. Place into freezer for 30 minutes.
- Remove completely from pan using excess plastic wrap as help and cut into 10 even pieces. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.