Homemade Gluten Free Cinna-Apple-Carrot Larabars: The Best Snack Ever.

Being a celiac, I basically can't buy any processed food. Being a mom, I need readily available pre-made snacks on hand at any given time. Being one who eats like a man, I need these snacks to be substantial. A handful of nuts ain't gonna cut it around here, you know what I'm sayin?

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ow, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of eating a real live store-bought larabar, you haven't lived. They are sooooo good! Non-GMO fruit and nut bars - and they fill u up! I love traveling with them because you can stash some in your bag for the week and always have something handy in a pinch. But they are at least $1.50 per bar, and they are small. 

Soooo. I make my own and I get like double the amount for the same price. nd now you can too! Here's the recipe: 

*Preheat oven to 350.

  • 2 large whole carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks. 
  • 5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 4 cups certified gluten free oats. * To make a paleo version, substitute 3 1/2 cups almond meal and 1/2 cup coconut flour for the oats. It will change the texture a bit, but tastes great. 
  • 4 cups pecans. If you have walnuts, those are ok too, but I find pecans taste better and make it crunchier
  • 4 cups pitted organic dates
  • 1 cup organic raisins
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

First, spread the oats/almond meal on a cookie sheet and the pecans on another cookie sheet. Put both cookie sheets in the oven to toast them till u can see they've browned a bit and you can start to smell them. (Prob 10-15 min) Take them out to cool, but leave the oven on. 

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While that stuff is cooling, put 1/2 of the carrots, apples, raisins and dates in a food processor. Pulse or blend until it becomes a salsa-like consistency. You want there to be obvious specks/small chunks of carrots and apples maybe the size of a lemon seed.  You don't want it super chunky, but you also don't want it to be a purée either. Spoon that half into a bowl, and do it again with the next half. When you're done, spoon that half into the bowl too. 

Now dump the oats/almond meal and the pecans in the processor with the cinnamon and salt. Pulse it until it resembles brown sugar.  

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Now dump it all into the bowl with the carrot/apple/raisin/date mixture and stir it up really good until it combines evenly.

Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.

Plop the contents of the bowl into the parchment, and spread it out evenly in the dish. Make sure to smooth the top!

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Bake for 20 minutes if you left the apples and carrots chunky, 25 minutes if they were more on the puréed side.  

Let them cool completely.  

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With a sharp knife, ut into bars. I can get 24 bars out of this if I slice it right! Wrap each one in foil, and stick them in the fridge or freezer. I keep mine in the freezer. Now you've got a healthy snack ready to go! They defrost quick - within 5 or 10 min at room temp. Perfect for packing in the diaper bag when I'm going to be out for the day. 

hope you enjoy!