When I tell people I have a nut allergy, their reaction is usually something along the lines of “How do you survive without [insert tasty nut-filled food here]?!” But I’m actually okay with having a nut allergy. I’ve grown up with it, so I’m used to it. And besides, there are tons of great alternatives out there. Instead of peanut butter, I have soy nut butter. Instead of DQ Blizzards, I have McDonald’s McFlurries. Instead of Reese’s Pieces, I have Sun Cups.
But one food I’ve yet to find an alternative for is granola bars. There are seriously no good nut free granola bars. I’ve searched high and low, but the only ones I’ve managed to find are basically glorified chocolate bars that fill me up for all of 30 minutes. So I’ve gotten into the habit of making my own over the past few years. Today I want to share with you my nut free coconut cream pie Larabars. They’re made with only a few simple ingredients and are a great source of fibre and protein to make for a healthy and filling snack!
- 2 cups pitted chopped dates (not the pre-chopped kind)*
- ¾ cup organic roasted soy beans
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until all the ingredients are very fine.
- Pour it out onto wax paper and use your hands to press it into a ball.
- Place another piece of wax paper on top of the ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it to about ½" thickness.
- Shape it into a square with your fingers then cut into bars. Store in a closed container in the fridge.
What is your favourite packaged granola bar?
Have you ever made homemade bars? Any favourite recipes?