Am I going to be sued for calling these Laura Bars?
Hopefully no one from Larabar is regularly hitting up my website (eyerolls).
I have made every DIY Larabar recipe on the internet. Some of them are good and some of them taste like two pounds of dates blended in the food processor. I occasionally see delish looking recipes for dates like stuffed with goat cheese or wrapped in bacon but then I think NO, MUST SAVE ALL DATES FOR KNOCKOFF LARABARS.
Dates have been having a major moment. My mom used to make date bars for Christmas (I'm sure they were delicious and I would love one now) but back then, I looked at dates as the raisin's frumpy uncle and turned my nose up. Now you can find me fairly regularly asking the produce manager where the hell the dates are. They're so sweet and have such a great texture, they can be used in the place of sugar or honey in a lot of recipes. My fave is when a nutrition blogger casually throws one into a smoothie 💁🏼.
My sister bought me a giant box of Peanut Butter Brownie Larabars sometime around Christmas and I cherished every single one of those little beauties. I stashed a few in each diaper bag so people could see how hip my on-the-go snacks were. I SO GRACIOUSLY offered them to friends in hopes they would be impressed with my all-fruit snack. I actually just found one in a backpack, smashed completely flat (of course I ate it). To put it simply, i really really like them. But they're usually over $1 each which is a little pricey for someone on a strict grocery budget. Plus last time I checked good old Aldi didn't carry them.
Luckily the internet is a vast hole of knowledge on how to recreate expensive stuff for cheap.
This recipe has been tested a dozen times, published AND tried out by my bestie Laura. It's rich and has a sort of caramel flavor, it's amazing that its basically 99% plants. You WON'T be disappointed.
Unless you don't have a food processor...