Friday, May 23, 2014

Coconut Lime "Tarabars"

I love Larabars, but I wanted to find a way to make them myself to save $$, and to devise my own favorite flavor combos! 

These are made much like the Figgy Walnut Bars I posted previously, but I was going for a 'key lime' kind of flavor. I think it came together pretty great, and I hope you do too! 

So without further ado...

Makes 12 'Tarabars' :)

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dried pineapple chunks
3/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp lime juice (or to taste; zest might be even better)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp coconut oil

1. Combine everything into a food processor. Process until it forms nice clumps, and holds together well. 

2. Line a 8x8 pan with plastic wrap with enough to wrap over the mixture. Press mixture evenly into pan. Wrap with plastic. Pop into fridge for 15 min (helps to firm it up, and make it easier to cut).

3. Cut into 12 bars.

Store these in a cool place (fridge is best for longer storage, and to keep them firmer), wrapped individually, or layer wax paper in between the bars to prevent them from sticking together. 
I think they should keep for several weeks if they are wrapped well, since it's just dried fruit & nuts. And the citric acid in the lime juice is a natural preservative too, so that can't hurt ;)

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