Copycat Chocolate Chip Larabar balls

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Chocolate Covered Katie finally inspired me to try to make my own larabars.

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Add in my new food processor that my sister, Jenny, let me borrow = perfect timing.

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I decided to just start with the basic chocolate chip cookie dough larabar recipe. (Katie calls them “fudge babies”). . .

Here is my final recipe variation – that I think might taste even better than store-bought!

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Ingredients:
2/3 cup pitted dates – I used Sunmaid chopped dates.
1/4 mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 t of salt

Directions:
Put dates, cashews, vanilla and salt in food processor. Blend. Blend. And blend some more. You want the dough to start to look like a larabar – combined and sticky. I found that it worked best to let it run for a minute or two and then let it sit for a few minutes and then blend/chop/grind again. You can add the chocolate chips at any time. If you add them early, they will melt in with the other ingredients. Otherwise, add them at the end, after the mixture has cooled. Then, you will keep the chocolate chips whole. And the final step is to roll them into balls or shape them into bars. I found that balls were easier for me! (#twss)

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Then, eat and enjoy. Smile

I like to keep mine in the fridge!!

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I am super excited to try Katie’s other copycat larabar recipes. .  I think girl scout cookie (samoas) larabar is next!

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  1. Yum! I have some pre-chopped dates in my pantry and I’ve been wanting to make something with them!
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  2. SO right up my alley! I make something similar using dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder. They taste like fudgy brownies!
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  3. Ree

    These look delicious and easy! A perfect combo 🙂
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  4. I love all of Katie’s recipes I have tried. These are definitely on my list!
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  5. OMG, Samoa ones?!? I would book a flight to you ASAP if I know those were going to be at your house 😉 By far my favorite GS cookie!
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  6. I can’t believe how easy to make they are! Thanks for the inspiration, girl! I will make them soon for sure 🙂
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  7. You read my mind with this one! I tried a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar the other day for the first time and have been itching to make my own ever since!

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  9. Yumm I love making my own Lara bars but I’ve never tries Chocolate Chip I usually just rock out the Pumpkin Pie kind.