Just to ease my way back I thought I'd start with something simple. I've seen so many recipes out there for homemade lara bars I thought I'd give it a try. My first attempt? ... yeah ... that was a disaster. Grainy, oily, kind of hard. The good news is that I've fixed it....and now it's awesome ... and SUPER easy. These are a no-bake version of oatmeal cookies, and at about 50 calories per ball, it's easy to stick to your new years resolutions.
You can also make them gluten-free or paleo by removing the oats.
Ingredients (makes 16 bites)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnut halves (I used raw)
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut (I used shredded)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Step 1: Soak the Raisins
Place raisins in a bowl and add about 1 cup of water. Let them sit for an hour or so. This step is important because if your raisins are too dry you'll end up with a grainy mess that won't stick together.
Step 2: Grind the Walnuts
Place walnuts in a food processor and grind until grainy. Not too long, you don't want walnut butter.
Step 3: Add the Oats, Coconut, and Cinnamon
Add rolled oats, coconut, and cinnamon to the food processor and give it a couple of pulses.
Step 4: Add the Raisins
When your raisins are nice and soft, drain the water out and add your raisins to the walnut mixture. Pulse until it looks like dough.
Step 5: Form into balls
Form into balls about 3cm in diameter. I used a 3cm ice cream scoop to portion out my bites.
Refrigerate. You can eat them without refrigerating, but I like them a little cold, keeps them firmer.
Now get out there and make your own.