Chocolate Peanut Butter Homemade Lara Bar
I’m completely addicted to these homemade Lara Bars. I’ve got a thing for them (remember these Mocha Lara Bars?)
The base of Lara Bars is made of dates and various nuts, depending on the flavor. This homemade version’s base contains dates and peanuts, along with a good dose of cocoa powder.
Homemade Lara Bars are my favorite snack to have on hand. It’s like eating candy bars, but with zero guilt…until I eat three of them. Then there’s guilt. Gotta rein it in a little. Natural sugar is still, you know, sugar.
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These chocolate peanut butter bars are so easy to make (if you have a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you NEED a food processor! It’s life-changing), and they’re exactly what they sound like. Chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness.
Are you a smooth or crunchy peanut butter person?
I love crunchy peanut butter. Crunchy is my favorite, so I like to add ½ cup of peanuts to these chocolate peanut butter Lara bars toward the very end of the process (get it?! PROCESS?) . That way I get bigger chunks of peanuts in the bars that remind me of that crunchy peanut butter. But if smooth is your thing, you’ll just add all the peanuts in earlier.
So good, you guys, either way.
I make these chocolate peanut butter homemade Lara Bars almost every single week. That way we have them consistently and I’m less likely to indulge in bad-for-you chocolate when cravings hit midday.
Side note: I’m totally a milk chocolate girl.
I wish I loved dark chocolate! It would be so much better for me. But I just don’t. I’ll eat it, but not with the same level of joy as I would milk chocolate. So when I say “bad for you chocolate,” I mean it. I’ll eat that milk chocolate if it’s there. And there’s no health benefits to that stuff. These homemade Lara bars help keep things healthier for me.
BONUS: If you’re pregnant like I am, dates are supposed to be extremely helpful in softening your cervix and getting you ready for a better labor. Instead of eating plain dates (hey, I’ll do that, too) you can enjoy these chocolate peanut butter bars and reap some extra benefits along with a chocolate fix!
Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to it! Happy chocolate-eating!