Homemade Nakd Bars

Homemade Larabar Recipe

Homemade Larabar Recipe Cashew Cookie Nakd Bar RecipeOn my quest to go dairy free, and to battle my addiction to all things chocolate, I have become rather fond of Nakd bars- or Larabars if you’re in the US.  My favourite just so happens to be the most simple of them- Cashew Cookie, comprising of only cashew nuts and dates AND like a gift from the gods, the percentages of each is printed on the back of each bar- so it would have been rude for me not to give making them a go, right?

They’re obviously nothing like chocolate, but they satisfy the craving for something sweet I tend to get after a meal. By no means do I eat them daily though- they might be healthIER but they’re still not exactly good for you! They also make the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up when all you wanna do is nap but that’s not possible…Cashew Cookie Nakd Bar Recipe Homemade Larabar Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 306g Cashew Nuts
  • 296g Medjool Dates, Pitted

METHOD

  1. Line a loaf tin, or whatever tin you fancy using, with cling film (I prefer a loaf tin as then both ends are rounded and it makes the bars more uniform but it’s not a necessity!)
  2. Add the Cashews to a food processor and blitz until they resemble a fine powder
  3. Add the Dates to the food processor and turn the food processor back on until the mixture combines- it wont look like the texture of nakd bars at this point but once you press it together it will!
  4. Turn out the mixture into the loaf tin and press down firmly until level- smoothing off with a spatula! You get about one and a half tins, I generally roll the remaining mixture after filling the tin once into balls for a smaller treat or you could just do two batches!
  5. Cover the top of the bars in cling film and pop into the fridge for around 30 minutes/ 1 hour- until firm then remove from the fridge and cut up into bars!

It really couldn’t be any more simple- once you’ve got a food processor the world is basically your oyster, or so I like to think!
Homemade Larabar RecipeThese are SO much cheaper than buying the bars and can be kept for a couple of weeks or so in an airtight container in the fridge- if you can keep them around that long!

If you give these a go, or have any other things you’d like me to re-create so that you can make them at home then let me know! It’s always great when you can make your favourite store bought treat at home, whenever you fancy, for a fraction of the price.

Tara xo

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  • Amy

    I absolutely adore naked bars but stopped eating them because of the sugar. I wonder if making them from scratch and not using anything to bind them makes them better in that respect? Either way I’ll have to give this a go so thanks for sharing <3.

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    • I honestly have no idea, I think the sugar content of nakd bars will come from the dates as they are pretty high in natural sugars but they have a relatively low-glycemic index so don’t raise blood sugar levels significantly if that makes them any more appealing! They’re definitely a treat rather than a healthy food though!

  • Oh I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out! Good luck with your quest to being dairy free, I’ve been Vegan for pretty much a year now I think and I wouldn’t ever go back! I love Nakd bars, they’ve certainly become a big favourite of mine if I don’t have time to pack some lunch for work my local Holland & Barrett do some great healthy snacks including these bars! But I would love to try making them myself like you have here, lovely pictures too, they look so cute how you’ve wrapped them in paper and tied them with a bow 🙂

    X Gemma
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    • Thanks Gemma, I’m in a bit of a rut with my photography at the minute so that’s lovely to hear! It’s so great knowing you’ve made them yourself and they last so long it’s really worth it!

  • Oooh!! This recipe sounds really good!! I have certain diet restrictions for health reasons so I like making my own things. I definitely need to give this recipe a try!
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

    • Even though nakd bars are basically identical there’s something so satisfying knowing you’ve made them yourself from scratch! I’d love to know how you get on with them.

  • oh wow these look really amazing!

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    • Thank you so much, they taste as good as they look!

  • Oh wow – these look absolutely incredible!!! Love the look of them! 🙂

    Layla xx

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