I cook a lot. It wasn’t always that way. I used to despise cooking. Growing up, it was a fend-for-yourself mentality- no one cooked. My friends made fun of me for our empty fridge. Also, I worked at restaurants, and when I was not working, I wanted to be served (I am a snot). I was also a vegetarian, but that is another blog post.
Then, I met TDL (my husband) who came with all this cooking “stuff” (garlic press! cast iron! zester!) and a love of cooking. We cooked together and I started to enjoy it. I would find recipes for the week, then we would shop and cook together. Then, we started doing crossfit, went paleo, and my obsession with food reached a level where I suddenly became someone who people came to for recipe advice.
This is my first recipe. I hesitate to put it out there (what if no one reads it, what if no one likes it, what if I get a hard time because it isn’t very paleo….) but I have to post something on this blog. So, homemade Larabars. Definitely a treat for those of us who eat paleo. This is more of a recipe I make for other people. But it’s pretty damn good. The other Larabar recipes you see on the inter-webs don’t have coconut oil, which I think is a tragedy: everything should have coconut oil. Everything.
Tropical Lara Bars
Larabars are great for a quick snack. Unfortunately, store-bought larabars are pricey. So I came up with this recipe for my favorite flavor. Use the ratios of dates:nuts:oil to make any flavor you please.
1 cup pitted dates (If your dates are hard, soak them in a little water for a couple hours).
1 cup cashews
½ cup almonds
3 rings of no-sugar added, unsulfured dried pineapple
¼ tsp orange zest
1 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes/chips
1 cup melted coconut oil
small pinch of sea salt
Throw all ingredients in a food processor/vitamix and process until ingredients come together and achieve a paste-like consistency. You now have the option of forming it into bars or pressing it into a jar/dish (or just eating it out of the food processor).