This recipe is simple. It’s sweet. It’s loved by my whole family and a great snack to fill you up and hold you over between meals!
(In fact, Hailey used to wake up from her nap and immediately ask for one by name. That’s how addictive they are!)
So, what’s this delicious treat?
Healthy, Homemade Lara-Balls
I feel silly calling this a recipe because it is such a simple combo, but these snack balls, mimicked after the popular lara-bars, are delicious little grab-n-go snacks that we make on Sundays and eat all week long.
I’m certain there are a million variations, but ours are simple.
- 1.5 cups raw cashew pieces (I find these in the bulk bin)
- 3 cups pitted dates
- 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
This makes about 28 bite-sized balls, which is perfect for the week, as we each eat 2-3 at a time.
The process is simple and all you’ll need is your food processor.
Start by adding the cashews.
Pulse several times until they turn into a roughly chopped mixture.
Then add the dates.
Again, pulse to combine until they form a mixture of uniformed pieces.
At this point you could go ahead and form them into balls (or bars), but I prefer to take it to the next level by adding in a spoonful of peanut butter and pulsing to combine.
Form into bite-sized balls (there will be about 28), and store in a mason jar or other airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Homemade Lara-Balls: Variations
- cinnamon and raisins
- chocolate chips
- vanilla extract and coffee powder
- shredded coconut
Hailey calls these Lar-bas or cookie-bas and is a big fan. Since they are just fruit and nuts, I am, too!
What’s your favorite quick-grab snack?