More “Lara” balls please!

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“Lara” balls are a hot commodity in our little corner of the world. Everyone we introduce to them instantly falls for their deliciousness, ease to make, and simple clean ingredient list. They are also perfect for kids and babies…bite sized, not too crunchy balls of high protein/high fat/naturally sweet yummy goodness.

I have the distinct pleasure of hosting an amazing group of cadet women most Friday evenings to unwind from the week. They are often my test group for recipes and they too have fallen for “Lara” balls. Here are a few new concoctions we tested recently to keep your “Lara” ball stock interesting:

No Bake Fig Newtons
If you used to love Fig Newtons, you will love these!

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like a mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans)
  • 1 cup figs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Cherry Pistachio
Fun, different and colorful! 

  • 2 cups pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup dried cherries or craisins
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp warm water (add at the end if the mixture is not sticky enough)

Macadamia Medley
Irresistibly buttery 

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

Kona Coconut
Inspiration came from a cup of Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee I had the other day that was sinfully delicious! 

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like almonds and walnuts for this one)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

For all “Lara” balls: Pulse nuts in food processor, add rest of ingredients and pulse until the mixture begins to clump together enough to form balls. A lot of times I end up adding “a little more of this, a little more of that” depending on the day. Get creative! If your mixture isn’t sticking together, try adding a tsp at a time of warm water and pulse again.

Enjoy,

Heather

11 comments on “More “Lara” balls please!”

  1. Perfect timing!!! Just sent my friend to your blog after she was asking for a good homemade protien type bar 🙂 now she has lots of choices!!!

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    1. Heather…just made these for a cookout tonight…down here in south Georgia-they are fantastic….the best ones yet…imo

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  2. Any suggestions for nut substitutes in these? Would love to send them with my son’s lunch, but his school is nut-free…

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    1. Wow. The whole SCHOOL is nut free? Can you double check with them about seeds? My first suggestion would be sunflower seeds, followed by roasted pepitas which are the insides of the pumpkin seeds. It seems like you could do those, since they are not tree nuts, but you might have to add a tbsp of water or coconut oil to make the mixture adhere into balls. Good luck! 🙂 I will be thinking of other options!

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    2. Yes! You can also try unsweetened banana chips, apple chips, gluten free oats, or chia seeds to replace the nuts. You can add some coconut oil to up the healthy fat content without the nuts. Good luck! Let us know how they turn out!

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