Homemade Cherry Pie Lärabar Recipe ~ Paleo, GF

Homemade Cherry Pie LARABAR Recipe~ Paleo, GF, homemade, DIY, portable, energy bar, power bar, high fiber, medjool dates, bing cherries, raw almonds, raw food , gluten free, dairy free, vegan, kids snack, healthy treat, travel food,

Homemade Cherry Pie LÄRABAR Recipe~ Paleo, GF

As our daughter was headed to India in February, we started gathering things she needed to take along. Besides getting her passport up-dated, there was bug spray, hand-sanitizer, band-aids for blisters, soap, toilet paper, and all sorts of third-world needs. Portable food such as trail mix and energy bars were also on the suggested list.

We’ve been avoiding certain not-so-good ingredients in energy bars, so the concept of the LÄRABAR (with only 3 or 4 ingredients) works for us. They taste terrific, but the store price per bar is a bit up there at ~$1.25. Also, since the company sold out to General Mills, I dislike supporting a company that attempts to block GMO labeling initiatives.

Loving a new adventure in easy do-it-yourself, I decided to try my hand at re-creating one of my favorite bars: Cherry Pie. When I found unsweetened, un-sulfured cherries at Trader Joe’s, I dropped a bag in my cart.

The finished product provides great energy with plenty of protein and good fat from the raw almonds to balance the natural sugars in the fruit, plus cherries and Medjool dates have some of the higher levels of anti-oxidants, minerals, and fiber.

Homemade Cherry Pie LARABAR Recipe~ Paleo, GF, portable, homemade, DIY, energy bar, power bar, high fiber, medjool dates, bing cherries, raw almonds, raw food , gluten free, dairy free, vegan, sea salt, cinnamon, Trader Joe's, unsulphured, unsweetened cherries, kids snack, healthy treat, travel food,

They would have taken me all of 12 minutes to make, except I had my food processor bin on backwards! I’m chuckling just thinking about that!

Ingredients:

1 cup dried unsweetened sweet cherries
1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 tsp. sea salt (optional) ~for added trace minerals
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional) ~stabilizes blood sugar

Directions:

In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, combine the dried cherries and dates and process until a sticky dough is formed. It formed a beautifully uniform ball which I had to break up before adding the almonds. Next, add the raw almonds and process until the almonds mixed in uniformly.

I am adding cinnamon to almost everything I sweeten now because it does so many great things for our body! Stabilizing blood sugar is just one awesome health benefit.

I could have processed 20 seconds more to reduce the bits of almonds even more.

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Turn the mixture out onto a flat surface or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If you are working with a child, the sides of the cookie sheet will contain the mixture as you press it into a square for cutting into bars. It might seem too crumbly, but it will instantly hold together when you press it. I made a 6″ x 6″ square of uniform thickness and cut it into quarters, then the quarters into halves to get 8 good-sized bars; you can make them into heart-shapes or little balls, too.

A quick comparison considering weight of bars and cost of ingredients shows them to come out to approximately 70 percent of the store-bought cost.

Note: Use parchment paper or waxed paper between bars and store them in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. They will be fine for days at room temperature, wrapped, when traveling.

Homemade Cherry Pie LARABAR recipe~ Paleo, GF, portable, homemade, energy bar, power bar, high fiber, medjool dates, bing cherries, raw almonds, raw food , gluten free, dairy free, vegan, sea salt, cinnamon, Trader Joe's, unsulphured, unsweetened cherries, kids snack, healthy treat, travel food,

 (While this shows 6 bars, the recipe makes 8 bars, 1 1/2 ” x 3 1/2″ x 1/2″)

The Larabars were reported to be an easy energy pick-me-up in India, and the heat didn’t affect them a bit. I’ll definitely be making these for travel and picnics this summer. Hmmm….maybe I will make the Pecan Pie bars next!

Bon appétit!

Homemade Cherry Pie LÄRABAR Recipe~ Paleo, GF, Emile Munier, May I Have One, too?, painting, child with a slice of bread, eating fruit

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15 Responses to Homemade Cherry Pie Lärabar Recipe ~ Paleo, GF

  1. SallyAnn says:

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  3. Roxy says:

    Dear Friend, These really look yummy, as we are always looking for a snack to take with us to eat on the way home from church. I am going to try this! And my Hubby loves powerbars to add to his lunch as he works such long hours.
    Yes, we really are having what they call The Dust Bowl here! I live in the prairies of Colorado, Cattle country and dry farm land! We are spending much time and effort on window sealing and buying flat sheets to place over our desks and such when the storms start blowing. Last year I did a post on this very thing.
    It seems like we are seeing so many extremes in our days concerning weather and such.
    I have so enjoyed your friendship!!
    Always, Love Roxy

  4. Drew says:

    We’ve been wanting to make our own bars! This is awesome! I might sub blueberries or other dried fruits.

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  6. Amy Greene says:

    Thanks so much for linking up at Mom’s Library last week. These looked so amazing I have featured them for this week. Thanks for sharing and stop by to link up this week @Pounds4Pennies.

  7. Leslie says:

    I love these bars. I eat them for breakfast. I know they are not a meal replacement but I don’t eat a lot early in the morning. I’m stopping by from the blog hop & I’m a new follower through Pinterest.

  8. Thank you for linking up with Simple Meals Friday, your post will be featured this Friday.

    I love, love, love Cherry Larabars. I can’t wait to make this recipe.

  9. Dianne says:

    Hello:) I have been following your blog and it is so lovely!! Our stories are somewhat similar..being saved later in life, infertility, and such. I have been searching for your email address on the site and cannot find it. I just had a few questions:)
    One thing I am curious to know is, how and why did you become gluten free? I hope to find your email so I can ask you a few questions about modesty and makeup!
    Thank you!!

  10. Dianne says:

    Thank you!

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  12. Nancy says:

    I just found your blog yesterday and was so encouraged to find someone who has so many good recipes using the types of food God created to be best for us. This recipe sounds delicious, but I cannot eat almonds. Have you tried this recipe with other types of nuts? Would sunflower seeds or pecans work instead?

    • Jacqueline says:

      I do think they would be wonderful in place of almonds. I am thankful the blog is helpful~ Praise God!
      Blessings to you :)

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