DIY Larabar – Banana Bread

by Sharon on July 15, 2013

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Considering I have a fresh batch of banana chips in my possesion, I am going to put them to good use by incorporating them into a delicious home made version of the popular larabar flavour, Banana Bread. This is not my first attempt at this, as I made the Cashew Cookie flavour awhile back and it turned out well. If you are so inclined you can make your own banana chips, but I do believe you can buy them at the Bulk Barn to skip that step.

I used equal parts of each ingredient which, amazingly, are only three! That means one cup each of roasted almonds, chopped dates and the banana chips. Off they go into your food processor for a whirl.

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It will take 2-3 minutes and you will know they are fully combined when a ball is formed. Mine also starts to make a terrible noise but, that could just be because my food processor is a piece of sh*t. Sorry, but it’s both true and the proper term for this particular instance.

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Carrying on!

Place said ball on a board that’s lined with a long-ish sheet of saran wrap. You want it long enough to wrap your ‘dough’ in.

Break the ball into 12 smaller balls, then press them together with your fingers and shape it into a nice square. I find breaking it into the smaller balls first helps make it more even to press into the square. Wrap it in the saran and pop it into the freezer.

It takes about an hour to set, then it can be cut into bars, squares, or what I decided on, which was smaller chew sized bites for better portion control…

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Who am I kidding? I went to town on these! So, I packed them up and shared them with those lucky ducks my co-workers.

If you have better self control than me these treats will keep in the fridge in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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DIY Larabar – Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 1 cup chopped dates (approximately 10 dates)
  • 1 cup almonds, raw or roasted

Instructions

  1. Process all ingredients together until a ball forms
  2. Transfer ball to saran wrap lined board and form into a square
  3. Wrap the square in the saran wrap and freeze for about an hour
  4. Cut into bars or squares and store them in the fridge in an air tight container
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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I wish I was one of your coworkers!! What a nice treat for them. :)

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Sharon Sharon July 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

They’ve become very spoiled!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles July 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Yum! We love homemade larabars!
Oh, and I laughed out loud when you were talking about your food processor because mine does the same thing and makes a really weird noise like it’s rattling apart when it comes together :)

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Sharon Sharon July 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

I know! Scary, right? I even have a pair of ear plugs I use because it’s so loud:)

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Kori July 24, 2013 at 6:41 am

I can’t believe these are only 3 ingredients! Can’t wait to try them!

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Sharon Sharon July 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

They are sooooo good, Kori! They also disappear quickly;)

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