This cherry lara bars recipe is a wonderful, homemade version of these delicious, store-bought bars.
I’d like to start this post with a small confession. I’ve never had a Lara Bar. In fact, I never heard of them until a reader emailed me with a recipe.
It peaked my interest, so I did a little more digging on the internet, and found that there are actually quite a few recipes for these bars.
As I understand it, the real Lara Bars are regular packaged bars you can buy at the store. But having just made these myself, I have to tell you two things:
- They are probably the most fabulous, wonderful, yummy things I’ve had in a very long time.
- I don’t see any reason for buying them when you can make something this good at home, and with such ease. These are seriously simple to make. Let me show you….
All you’ll need is a food processor and some plastic wrap. I should mention that while these are a clean food, they are definitely a once-in-a-while treat. You’ll see what I mean if you read the nutrition info below.
CHERRY LARA BARS RECIPE
A delicious, homemade version of these popular, store-bought bars.
- 1/2 cup dates (pitted)
- 1/2 cup dried cherries (no sugar added)
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in the processor, and blend until it becomes a ball.
Place on plastic wrap on a flat work surface.
Wrap plastic around the "dough".
Roll and shape.
At this point, you can place the whole thing in the fridge for 24 hours. But I recommend the freezer. The dough is very sticky and soft, so a few hours in the freezer would do it some good.
You could also put a few extra nuts in the processor and roll your bars in the nuts as a last step to avoid getting your fingers sticky when you pick it up.
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.