Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cherry Pie LaraBars


1 1/4 cups medjool dates, pitted
1 1/4 cups dried cherries
1 1/2 cups almonds, toasted (optional)

To toast the almonds, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for ten minutes. Remove from oven and transfer the almonds to a bowl or plate to cool.

Place dates and cherries in a food processor and pulse until a gooey semi-paste has formed (you want some bits of fruit, but not huge pieces). Empty the dried fruit into a large mixing bowl. Put the almonds in the food processor and pulse to coarse bits. You don’t want to make this a powder. Empty the almonds into the mixing bowl with the dried fruit. Knead the dried fruit and almonds together until combined and evenly distributed. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan to about 1/2-inch thickness. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes. Invert the pan’s contents onto a cutting board and slice to desired size. Makes about a dozen 1.5- x 3.5-inch bars with a few odd pieces leftover.

NOTES: 
  • Source for this recipe.
  • I had a bag of dried cherries from Aldi which was a little more than a cup, so I just added 1 1/2 cups of dates.
  • The Aldi cherries list sugar as an ingredient, so I might search for a sugar-free option next time.  The sad part of this is that Aldi's dried cherries are a fantastic price.  :(
  • I added a little salt.
  • Not sure I had the variety of dates this recipe called for - I bought whatever it is they sell at Sam's.
  • It says that toasting the almonds is "optional."  Ignore that.  Toasting the almonds is fantastic!  It was an easy step and added a wonderful flavor.
  • I would never do this without a food processor, but it worked really well with it.

2 comments:

Holly Gerardi said...

This variation is FANTASTIC. It reminds me of the good fruitcake recipe.

Margaret in Minnesota said...

I've FINALLY caught on that hey, I can make my own darn Larabars. Now that I see we are culinary sisters of the heart, I sense I'll be spending a bit of time over here.

Love to you, Margaret Mary!