My aunt told me this recipe is very good. She was correct. These things are excellent! I’ve never tasted a commercial larabar so I can’t say they really compare but I don’t think I ever will buy one, seeing as how we love these homemade bars.
I had some difficulty mixing up these babies. I dumped everything into the food processor and turned it on only to find that the dates liked to get caught under the blade and lift it up, rendering it useless. So I dumped everything out on to the counter and hand chopped the dates and prunes into quarters. Then I threw half of them back in, whizzed them up, and put in the remaining half. This seemed to do the trick. Maybe you should do it this way, too, so you don’t kill your food processor.
Adapted from here
2 cups (10 oz) pitted dates
1 cup (6 oz) prunes
1 1/4 cups (5 oz) assorted dried fruit (I used craisins, raisins, and pears)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups (6 oz) sliced almonds
1 t almond extract
1/2 t cinnamon
Hand chop the prunes and dates in quarters. Place half of the ingredients in a large food processor. Pulse until pulverized. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until pulverized and somewhat paste-like. Press into an 8-inch square pan. Cut into bars, whatever size you wish. Store between layers of wax paper in an airtight container or wrap individually if you plan on eating them on the go.
Yield: 12 to 16 bars