Pineapple White Chocolate Chip Lara(Lizzy)bars

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Are you a Larabar fan?  I ate my first Larabars last fall while I was training for the NYC Marathon – they make great pre-run fuel.  If you’ve never had one, I recommend grabbing one next time you’re at the store.  And when you do, make sure you check out the list of ingredients on the wrapper – all whole foods!

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Since buying my first food processor a few months ago, I’ve discovered how easy it is to make Larabars at home.  This is a good thing, since unfortunately, Larabars aren’t a bargain buy.  Beyond saving a few dollars, homemade Larabars are also incredibly simple to make.  Essentially, you just pile everything into a food processor, shape the sticky mixture into bars, and there you have it!

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I recently found some very tasty dried pineapple in the bulk bins of my local Wegmans, and instantly knew the sweet dried fruit was destined for a new Lara(Lizzy)bar creation.  Sure, the addition of white chocolate chips results in a slightly less ‘whole’ foods bar, but I’d say they get an E for Effort.  Enjoy!

Pineapple White Chocolate Chip Lara(Lizzy)bars

Makes about 10 (2×4-inch) bars

  • 1 1/3 cups raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried pineapple
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

In bowl of food processor, pulse cashews until finely chopped; pour into small bowl and set aside.

Combine dates and pineapple in food processor.  Pulse until thick, sticky paste forms.  Add chopped cashews and white chocolate chips; pulse until combined. 

Spread mixture onto parchment paper.  Shape into desired size.  Use sharp knife to cut into bars. 

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