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Homemade (Vegan) Larabars 3 Ways

You guys might have noticed by now that I like snacks and treats that take about 5 minutes to make. Sure I’ll dole out the time for something special, but on a typical day I aim for less than 10 minutes.

This is where simple, homemade energy bars come in! I make these all the time and the flavour possibilities are endless. I rarely make the same combo twice so get creative and make a batch of these raw, vegan easy-as-pie bars!

Homemade Larabars

I always use a base of dates, I don’t know where I’d be without dates actually. I use them in almost all of my go-to snacks and raw desserts. They are just a perfect sweet food and though they’re high in natural sugar with also pack a ton of nutrition too. The health benefits of these little guys are uncountable but they’re particularly high in fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. They also make an awesome, low-calorie pre-workout snack due to their natural sugars.

I’m sure most of you have heard of, if not tried, a Larabar. They’re fantastic vegan, natural bars that use simple, whole ingredients and they’re a cinch to make at home. In addition to the cup of dates I usually use 1 cups of nuts and then add in whatever you like such as raisins, dark chocolate, dried cranberries or whatever flavour add-ons you choose!

Whether you purchase Larabars or make you own energy bars at home both are an excellent alternative to other store-bought bars that are full of preservatives, added sugar and other unnecessary ingredients.

Here are 3 varieties you can make at home with just a few basic items from the pantry! For each variation simply process all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender, press the dough into a square and cut into 8 bars. Done! I wrap them individually in wax paper so I have a quick and easy snack to grab all week! My favourite of these three is the Coconut Cream but they’re all pretty tasty! Enjoy!

Caramel Pecan Energy Bar

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup pecans

Caramel Pecan Energy Bars

Caramel Pecan Energy Bars

Caramel Pecan Energy Bars

Coconut Cream Energy Bar (My Fave!)

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened fine coconut

Coconut Cream Energy Bars

Coconut Cream Energy Bars

Coconut Cream Energy Bars

Coconut Cream Energy Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bar

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Chooclate Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bars

Chooclate Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bars

Chooclate Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bars

I’ve been having a wonderful long weekend getting the house in order, shopping, and exploring our neighbourhood with the dogs. I’m so glad tomorrow is a holiday, we’ve been unpacking and organizing like crazy but we’re still not done.

It’s starting to look pretty great though, I’l post some pics for ya when I’m done! I’m most excited about my new gallery wall. I picked up all the frames today and now it’s the fun part- ordering all the art! I’ll use a few of my own pictures and purchase the rest. Here are a few pics of me from the last two days – I thought I’d share because amazingly, I’m not wearing workout clothes and running shoes. Rare. Please disregard my surroundings, this is pre-organization!

Exploring the new neighbourhood.

Deryn from Running on Real Food

This morning we hit up our local Farmers Market and I stocked up on rainbow chard, kale, spinach, bok choy, peppers and other beautiful, organic vegetables. My fridge is loaded with green and I love it! I can’t wait to sauté that amazing rainbow chard tomorrow!

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

In fitness news, it’s Sunday evening and I’m still feeling Fridays workout. Friday was deadlifts, chest press, clean and press, bent-over rows and 1-legged squats. You can see why I’m just a little bit sore!

Tomorrow morning bright and early the hubs and I will be hitting up our first Grouse Grind of the year! If you’re from Vancouver you know what I’m talking about, if not, it’s a 853m elevation gain 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Fun times!

Hope you’re having a great weekend too!

What did you get up to fitness-wise this weekend?

What are you favourite homemade energy bar flavour combinations?

Do you every buy produce from local farmer’s markets?

xo -Deryn

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