In college I got turned onto Luna Bars. After going off sugar and soy I moved on to Larabars. When I moved to back to St Lucia I would order them online or buy them at $7 each. The health food store closed down and I can’t afford to order any right now. I have been seeing a lot of recipes all over pinterest using dates. I think dates are too sweet and they area also difficult to get here in St Lucia.
I have been really needing something with a little boost I can eat before yoga class. I am often starving by the end of class. Especially on Thursdays when I run before class. I thought about it long about it long and hard and decided prunes would be a good replacement for dates.
I searched online and I found a few recipes using prunes like this one here and here. I decided that I wanted to make two flavors: carrot cake and chocolate coconut.
I only made carrot cake this time around. I had to resist the urge to add coconut because I know not everyone likes coconut. I ended up with a really delicious product. It tastes great straight out of the freezer. It gets a little mushy when I travel with it but I don’t think that will be a problem for my friends enjoying winter weather right now.
I did cost calculation and it comes to $2.50 a bar which is pretty awesome. I have been enjoying these as dessert and I am afraid I may not have any left for Thursday when I really need them. My brother loved it as did my cousin. I am not sure it tastes like carrot cake but it feels like I’m eating carrot cake super yummy goodness. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Note: I made mine in batches in the food processor then mixed it all together in a large bowl because my food processor is very small. Feel free to make similar adjustments as needed.
Makes 12 bars
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup prunes
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp ground flax seed
- Place nuts in food processor, process and set aside.
- Place prunes and raisins in food processor, process until a paste is formed.
- Add nuts, nutmeg and flax.
- Process until well mixed and a doughy ball is formed.
- Place the dough in a large bowl and fold in grated carrots.
- Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.
- Place mixture in the parchment lined tray and use a spoon to spread it into one smooth layer.
- Place in the refrigerator to set for at least one hour.
- Remove from fridge, use a sharp knife to cut into bars.
- Individually wrap the bars in foil or wax paper.
- Place in the fridge or freezer.
- Unwrap and enjoy!
What is your go to pre-workout snack?
These are awesome! I’m definitely going to make a batch. thank you for sharing!
I forgot the carrots…fixing that now
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Hi, How much flax do you add. Also what type of nuts?
1 tbsp (tablespoon) flax nuts are raw cashew nuts