So, we’re a little obsessed with these at our house right now. I love them because they only have 3 ingredients, are quick to make, taste yummy, are gluten-free, only have natural sugars and cost a lot less than LaraBars. Every single one of my children beg for them. The great thing is they taste just like raw peanut butter cookie dough but they are a lot healthier so I can give them to my children often and not worry about them eating a bunch of junk.
The only tricky part of this recipe is that a food processor really does work best. Click here to see some of the most popular food processors. After my husband watched me try other methods, he went out and bought me a food processor so I didn’t ruin my blender. Hopefully it should pay for itself in a month or two since we make a batch of these every few days and they cost significantly less than LaraBars. Another thing I want to point out is that dates are getting easier to find. We bought ours at Costco. As for the peanuts, it makes a huge difference what peanuts you use. If you make them and they don’t taste peanuty, you probably need to try a different brand of peanut. The best ones I’ve found are in the bulk section at my natural food health store.
I like to hide these in the back of my fridge and try to make them last a week or two, but they are usually gone in a few days. My children love them in their lunches or for a after-school snack. My favorite indulgence is to wait until the children and my husband are all in bed and then make coconut oil popcorn in a pan with Real Salt. Then I take a little bite of one of these and a few pieces of popcorn. It’s so good. It’s hard to explain, but the salty and sweet together are SOOO good. You’ve GOT to try it! And let me know if you try it. I would love to hear if anyone else likes these that way.
If you want a little less sugar in your life, you can get away with putting less dates, but they will be dry and crumbly. As for the amount of dates stated in the recipe, it’s not a hard and fast number. I slowly put them in and check the consistency and stop putting them in when they easily form a soft ball. It totally depends on how dry your peanuts and dates are.
I love that the only ingredients are peanuts, date and salt. They only take a few minutes to make and I love them for either breakfast, a snack or a quick, healthy dessert.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it stops.
Roll them in to balls or bars.
Here is a shot of the ingredients (less salt), so you can see how simple the recipe is.
This is about what the mixture should look like after you’ve blended it. Sometimes I like to just turn it on and let it run for a while until it starts sticking together. That makes them more blended than this. Or sometimes I like them to have a texture, so I do it like the photo below. It’s totally up to you how you like them.