As much as I love summer, I’m getting ready for fall as it slowly creeps up on us. While the sun is still shining bright, I can’t help but swoon over pumpkin recipes and school lunch classics (I’m looking at you, PB & J). This snack bar is a homemade spin on Lara bars – made from delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients that are all Whole 30 approved, vegan and gluten free. Instead of using peanut butter, this healthy recipe calls for almond butter to make it Whole 30 compliant. I can, however, vouch that subbing peanut butter is the bomb. These are perfect to pack for lunch or a snack on the go. Throw away those high-carb, high-sugar, guilt-accompanying PB & J’s and try this recipe!
I love this recipe because you can just throw all the ingredients in the blender. It makes for a super easy recipe and easy clean up! Win win in my book.
I used a bread loaf pan to make a nice bar size length wise, but a brownie pan would work great. You can cut them up in little squares to have a bite size treat. I also swirled the chia jam on top, but you can blend with all the other greetings too.
Look at these sweet yet healthy bars-to-be perfection! Put in fridge for at least 4-6 hours to prevent bars from crumbling apart. Or if that’s your thing, consume right away. No judgement!
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup almond butter (or substitute with peanut butter if not Whole 30)
- ½ cup berry chia jam **
- Start by making berry chia jam. Instructions are explained in the notes. Let cool in the fridge while prepping the other ingredients!
- Add all ingredients to a blender (minus berry chia jam) and blend until cashews and dates are in tiny pieces.
- Add water one tablespoon at a time to make the mixture more dough-like.
- Pour mixture into a bread loaf pan or brownie pan and push around until there is a smooth, even layer.
- Remove berry chia jam from the fridge and spread across the top. You can fold in the jam or keep it as a top layer.
- Place in the fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight) to set.
You can find this recipe along with other creations I’ve made on Brit + Co!