March 19, 2013

Fake Out Alert!


I love Larabars.  They are quick, yummy, nutritious and made with all natural ingredients.  They come in all sorts of flavors and are always in my pantry.


With that being said, I love making my own version of with only 3 ingredients (a cup of each, that’s it) – it’s a Larabar Fakeout!  I tried this recipe last week after finding it, where else, Pinterest and love having ready made energy balls in my fridge whenever I need them(and Lord knows we need them all the time nowadays!).

Check it out!

3-Ingredient Energy Balls
Print this recipe!

1 cup nuts (roasted, optional)
1 cup dried fruit
1 cup (12-15 whole) dates, pitted


  1. Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.


  1. Process continuously for 30 seconds. By this point, the ingredients should all have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking.


  1. Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1-2 minutes. Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.



  1. Shape into small balls. Refrigerate until firm, then wrap in plastic for longer storage.
  2. Store the energy balls in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to three months. The balls can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature balls are perfectly fine to eat and can be kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day, but will be more soft and paste-like.




Additional Notes:
  • Energy Bars:
    1. Press into a disk and chill. Lay a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on your work surface and dump the power bar dough on top. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square disk, roughly 8" x 8" in size. Wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
    2. Divide into bars. Unwrap the chilled power bar dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.
  • Try These Combinations! Cherry-almond, apricot-almond, cranberry-pecan, apple-cinnamon-walnut
  • Try These Add-Ins! Shredded coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, crystalized ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, lemon zest, lime zest.



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