The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar is one of my youngest son’s favorite treats. As you may know, Larabars are not cheap. In spite of the price, I have been buying them occasionally because I want to make my Sweet Pea happy. I am often incapable of resisting his charms. (Could you resist this face?)In order to save some money I finally decided to try making them for myself. I’m happy to report it turned out great. You may have already seen my post on Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabar which is another one of our favorites. This recipe is similarly simple. It contains only 3-4 ingredients and is very quick, easy and delicious. These bonbons are great as a snack or treat and make a sophisticated dessert offering for a party.
- 4 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (optional)
- Place pitted dates and cashews in food processor and process for 1-2 minutes until completely pureed.
- Add the mini dark chocolate chips and pulse a few times, just until combined.
- Remove dough from food processor and form into 12 balls (I prefer the term ‘bonbon’).
- Roll bonbons in cacao powder (optional)
I like to refrigerate the bonbons to harden them but it is not entirely necessary. An alternative is to simply replicate the original Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar by forming into bars. To do that I suggest you form the dough into a ball, flatten out into a rectangle, refrigerate until hardened, then cut into four bars.
Recipe Note: The moisture content of the dates you use will impact how well the bonbons stick together. The ones I used were very large, fresh and moist so I ended up with a moist final product. If the dates you use are drier, I suggest you try adding a VERY small amount of coconut oil to the food processor. You could also try heating the dates with a small amount of water in a microwave for a few seconds before adding them to the food processor.
I hope you will give this simple recipe a try. You might even like them as much as my little Sweet Pea.
Do you like Larabars? When do you eat them? Breakfast, snack or for dessert?
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