Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chocolate Chip Snack Bar Recipe

Chocolate Chip Snack Bar
So awhile back I posted about my love for Larabars and how I've gotten crafty in creating some of my own versions of my favorite Larabar flavors, like the one in this post with chocolate and coconut.  Unfortunately with some of my recipes, I love them in the beginning, but after eating them all the time, I get bored...or as I say, "I burn out on them." Anyone else do this? So one day I decided to add some chocolate chips to a basic "cashew cookie" Larabar-like recipe and it turned out great. It's simple, easy to make, delicious, and great for you. Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Chip Snack Bars


1. Add 1/2 cup chopped cashews to a food processor

2. Blend until they are small crumbs.

Add to a mixing bowl.

3. Next grab your 5 dates...use more or less if you would like.

Check in with your assistant chef...Hi Avery! ( :

4. Now remove the pit out of each date,
and then add the dates to the food processor.

5. Mix in the food processor until a ball forms.

6. Add "date ball" to the mixing bowl.

7. Add 1 Tbs. mini chocolate chips to mixing bowl

8. Mix all ingredients together with your hands..get messy!

9. The mixture will look a bit like this when it's done.

Take some wax paper...eek...not very green I know!
Try to re-use it a few times to make it more "green".

10. Lay some waxed paper on top of the mixture.

11. Press to your desired shape and thickness.

12. Now slice into the size bars you would like...
I cut 3 bars from mine.

The finished product!

Store in a GASP... Ziploc bag! At room temperature.
You could also try a glass Tupperware container to avoid Ziploc.

Hope you like these! And don't feel limited to make the "dough" into bars.  You can roll it into balls, use a cookie cutter to make shapes, or just make one big cookie.  I love to eat these before a workout, as an afternoon snack, and sometimes even for dessert.  Enjoy!


  1. I'm going to make these!! I like Larabars, but 1)since they aren't carrying them at Costco anymore 2) They break the bank anyways lol. Sounds soooo good. Can't wait to try my own. Great picture updates. Avery is so stinkin' cute!!! Hope you all are well!

  2. Hey Rachel,
    What? Larabars used to be at Costco?! Good thing they aren't there anymore, I'd spend a ton on them too! Hope you like how these end up tasting, they're one of my favorites to make. Glad you like Avery's updates too, I can't beleive how fast she is growing up already!( :

  3. Ya, they USED to be at Costco. It's a good thing they aren't or it wouldn't have occurred to me to make my own from your blog. So I had to alter mine a bit because I can't have cashews or cane sugar. So the tasty choco. chips are out.

    This is what I did and they still tasted like heaven. The freshness beats the beloved Larabars.

    Handful of Pecans- I ground in the food processor, ended up being about 3/4 cup
    5 dates
    grated unsweetened chocolate- was probably about 1/2 tsp
    2 T natural peanut butter

    And then I followed your directions, bud didn't have wax paper, so I used foil instead. Tasted amazing!! So glad I have your blog to help me beat my bad food habits. ;)

  4. Hey Rachel,
    Your recipe sounds delicious! I will have to give it a try. I haven't used pecans in any recipes I'm going to be brave and try something new (see we're both learning from each other-lol!). The chocolate/peanut butter combo sounds great!

    Glad you like my blog, it's the least I can do since you helped suppport me in having an awesome or should I say "super" birth! ( :

  5. awww sweet. I need to email you actually, I'll be sending it your way hopefully by the end of this week. Did another addition to the "Lara Bars." Since I can no longer eat cane sugar, I melted unsweetened dutch chocolate, added Agave to it and then covered the "Larabar" in it. It tasted like a peanut butter bar/brownie. Then it dawned on me, I could use the pecans to make a "graham cracker" crust for a vegan cheesecake. Or at least try. . if I ever get around to doing it I'll let you know how it comes out. Have a nice week. Xoxo to sweet Avery!


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