real raw kitchen: RECIPE: larchmont bars

Thursday, September 19, 2013

RECIPE: larchmont bars

When I lived in LA I had a lot of rituals. They were mostly self-indulgent rituals that I took very seriously since I knew I had a time stamp on my time in LA. One such ritual I never missed. Every Friday I would meet a very close friend for lunch at Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont in Hollywood.

I was "getting it out of my system" is what I told myself, knowing that too soon I'd ride off into the humid haze that is Miami. Cafe Gratitude was the place for me. I love Rawvolution and Planet Raw and I loved all the little hole-in-the-wall cafes but Cafe Gratitude was the place I took everyone to show off healthy eating, proving that it could be satisfying, delicious, and pleasant. Even my father enjoyed his meals there!

One of the treats that I would indulge in was this bar--I don't even have a name for it--that was so magnificently simple and delicious that I fantasized about it once I left. Once I arrived in Miami I started making a knock-off imitation bar as a tribute to my time on Larchmont. And thus, the Larchmont Bar was born.

My SO is a very active guy and when he starts eating the foods I make for him he loses a lot of weight. Though I think he looks particularly great he tends to prefer bulk. So I've developed these bars, mainly, for him. I like to nibble on them every once in awhile because they are delicious but they are a little too calorie-dense for me.

And they make me incredibly nostalgic; so there's that.

So a few years later and with some raw food prepping under my belt I've finally written down the recipe for my Larchmont Bars and I'm sharing them with you. The neat thing is that they're very simple and adaptable.


Larchmont Bars:
the recipe
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 cup dates, soaked 20 minutes
1/4 cup raisins/cranberries/mulberries/goji berries
2 T cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t ground ginger
1 t sea salt
2 T cacao nibs, optional
1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional

  • Soak the nuts and seeds ahead of time, for at least a couple hours. 
  • Peel and pit the dates and put them in a food processor. Add some of the soak water and process until a paste is formed. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sea salt and process. Scoop the paste out and place in a large bowl.
  • Put the nuts and seeds into the food processor and pulse until everything is broken down but still chunky. Dump the mixture into the bowl with the paste.
  • To the bowl, add any raisins, cranberries, mulberries, goji berries, etc. I just grabbed handfuls of what I had on hand, at about 1/4 cup each. 
  • Add the cacao nibs and shredded coconut to the bowl, if using.
  • Using a spatula, mix everything until well incorporated and sticky.
  • Dump the contents into a bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper and press down. 
  • Set aside.
Chocolate Ganache:
a recipe
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 T maple syrup (not raw)
1/4 t vanilla

  • First, make sure everything you are using is completely dry. Any amount of water will cause the chocolate to seize. Also, make sure everything is room temperature. If anything is cold it will cause the chocolate to harden a bit and may make it difficult to create a smooth sauce.
  • Place everything in a small bowl and, using a fork, mix everything until well incorporated.
  • Pour the ganache over the nut mixture, above and spread until evenly covered.
  • Place in the freezer for a few hours to harden and then in the fridge overnight. Once everything is firm pop it out of the bread pan and slice to serve.


These are a delicious treat that provides a great boost of protein and healthy fats. Use what you have on hand and forget the rest!

I hope you enjoy these just as much as I do. Make your own variation and let me know what you come up with!

xo


4 comments:

  1. Yum yum yum :) these look amazing.

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    1. Thanks Liane!! They are so simple and so, so good. They are the perfect travel snack since they hit on all the different macronutrients.

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  2. Oh yumm! These look so good. I could go for one right now!

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    1. yes!! Thank you Heather :) they are so good and so easy to make and take with you. They were perfect for both me (chocolate lover) and the hubs (nut/seed lover).

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