Homemade blueberry muffin Lärabars
Don't overpay for these popular energy bars! Make them at home with just a handful of ingredients!
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time10 mins
- 1 cup dried blueberries I found mine at Trader Joe's
- 1 cup dates pitted (use Medjools over Deglets – they bind better; see note below)
- 2 cups cashews try to find either no salt or low sodium - you don't want your bars to be too salty! I bought a pack of low sodium cashews from Trader Joe's.
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
Chop the blueberries in a food processor (I used a blender since I don't own a food processor). If you whirl them around for a bit and nothing seems to change, stop the processor and examine one of the berries – if it is cut up in several places, it should be ready and will combine easily when mixed. Place the blueberries in a large mixing bowl. Mine never got chopped up, but the bars turned out great.
Chop the dates in the food processor or blender until gooey and scrape those into the mixing bowl with the blueberries.
Chop the cashews in the food processor or blender until they resemble coarse crumbs. Empty the cashews into the mixing bowl. Add the grated lemon zest and the vanilla bean seeds to the fruits and nuts.
Mix or knead thoroughly by hand and press into an 8 or 9-inch baking pan to about 1/2-inch thickness. Once I kneaded the mixture, the blueberries started becoming mushed, but it turned the bars into a beautiful blue hue!
Refrigerate for 30 minutes then turn the square out onto a cutting board. Slice to desired size and shape.
I was so excited about these bars that I made a second batch. I bought a can of pitted dates from Target (I don't remember the brand), but that batch turned out horrendously because the dates were too hard. Make sure that the dates you purchase are plump, juicy and soft. The second batch of dates broke my blender! The first batch of dates was Dole brand's resealable package from Kroger. The first batch of bars turned out wonderfully.
Source: use real butter