No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabars

20 Sep

I’ve never had a larabar, but everyone raves about them.  They recently made an appearance on Unwrapped (food network), and are made with all natural ingredients…dried fruit, nuts, spices, so I can respect that.

That being said, I don’t usually do the whole vegan/raw food recipes thing.  These recipes tend to have strange ingredients that I don’t have in my kitchen and don’t have any desire to track down.  Plus there’s that whole tasting like cardboard thing.

Oh sure, they’ll tell you ‘it tastes just like a _____’, but what they mean is ‘it kind of tastes like a _____, and slightly less like cardboard than you might think!’  I don’t like to eat cardboard.

I came across this and with larabars on the mind and all the ingredients in my pantry, I thought…why not?

Look guys, I made a funny! Fauxrabars, Larabars?  It’s funny, I promise…

Moving on, these are tastyyyy.  The bars seriously do taste like an oatmeal cookie.  They’re sticky, dense, and chewy, but the flavor is there.  Like most energy bars, I wouldn’t call these ‘healthy’ due to the sugar, fat, and 250 calories.  Then again, they are all natural, packed with protein and fiber, and much cheaper than any storebought bar.   So for that busy morning breakfast, easy afternoon snack, sugar craving, or any time you need some quick energy, instead of reaching for that candy bar or energy bar, reach for one of these instead.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Seriously, if you have a food processor, this is the easiest recipe I’ve shared with you yet.  The whole thing takes five minutes.

Pulse 6 T of dry old fashioned rolled oats (or quick oats) until pretty fine.

Then pour in ½ cup of walnuts, ½ cup of raisins, ¼ tsp (or to taste) cinnamon, and a scant ¼ tsp salt, and pulse until uniform in texture.

Drizzle in ¼ tsp vanilla extract and pulse again.  Mine was still pretty dry at this point, so I added ~1 tsp water and continued to pulse.  Once the mixture pulls away from the sides of the food processor, or sticks together when you press it between your fingers, it’s ready.

Ta da!

Then just press it all together tightly and divide it into three bars!  You can do this in a Ziploc bag or between saran wrap if you don’t want to get your fingers sticky. (I probably should have included something for reference in the image below…that looks like a lot of dough.  It’s not.  It makes three bars about the size of Chewy Granola Bars).

That’s all, folks!  Easy, homemade oatmeal raisin cookie faux Larabars (fauxrabars) !

I may have never had a larabar, but I did eat many a cliff bar hiking in the woods last summer…after making these, I’m debating how to use this basic method to replicate the carrot cake and white chocolate macadamia nut varieties (my favorites)…hmmm…

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Fauxrabars

From ChocolateCoveredKatie

Makes 3 small bars

6 T dry oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp cinnamon
scant 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp water (if needed)

  • Pulse the oatmeal in your food processor until fine
  • Add in raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt, and pulse until well combined and a uniform texture
  • Pour in vanilla extract and pulse
  • Your dough should pull away from the sides of the food processor and stick to itself.  Test some by pinching between your fingers.  If it does not stick together easily, add in water a tsp. at a time until it is sticky
  • Pour dough over saran wrap or into a bag and press together firmly into a rectangle; Cut into three bars and wrap each individually in saran wrap.  Stores at least two weeks in the fridge
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