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Old 03-04-2008, 01:06 AM   #1
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Homemade Lara Type Bars

Recently got into these Larabars but in the UK they are nearly 2 per bar which is roughly about $4 so I thought I look around for a recipe to make my own.

I came across this webpage which gives great instructions and different flavour combos. I thought you guys would be interested so here it is (WFS) Homemade Bars

I'm going to try them today so I'll post some feedback.

What are the general Zone proportion thoughts on these?

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

Fat 9.4g (sat .8g, mono 5.2g, poly 3.1g)
Protein 3.9g
Carbohydrate 24.9g

Well, there are the estimated stats for the cherry bars. so from that you'd be getting:

Fat ≈6 blocks (1.5g = 1 block*)
Protein ≈.6 block (7g = 1 block)
Carbohydrate ≈3.5 blocks (9g = 1 block)


So they're not particularly balanced but you could always play with the recipe

*According to the latest food block guide from drsears.com, 1.5g of fat is ranked as 1 block. Some zone literature claims 3 grams as 1 block. If 1 fat block = 3g then the fat content is ≈3 blocks.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

Cheers Sean

I just made the cherry ones - they are actually nicer than the original Lara bars!

Woooohoooo what a discovery. I doubled the recipe and it made the equivalent of about 5 bars.

I'm not sure I want to experiment with the recipe - they are too good to mess with! I will give it a go tho and see what happens. Any suggestions on how to change up the recipe to make it more zone?

Next step is to dry my own fruit! I found this little guide on how to - Drying Fruit
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:09 AM   #4
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

Sorry Jaime I've made a bit of a mistake

The block estimation should read:

Fat ≈3 blocks(mono) (1.5g = 1 block)
Protein ≈.5 block (7g = 1 block)
Carbohydrate ≈3.5 blocks (9g = 1 block)

The reason for the revision is that The Zone diet is specific about measuring monounsaturated fat to create blocks. In this case your mono adds up to 3 blocks.

So it's a bit protein light but the fats and carbs are fairly balanced. They sound like they taste good
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

Thanks Sean

Maybe Ill try to add a touch of whey to the mix and see what happens.

Just had one with some really good pork I cooked at the weekend - that should balance it out!

If you try making them let me know your thoughts.

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Old 03-06-2008, 09:32 AM   #6
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

Update for anyone interested

Made the Blueberry ones. Really good too! Used almonds as the nut but I think I added a few too many.

Next time I'll try to add a little protein.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:09 AM   #7
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

They really look amazing but I truly find that I need to be a no nut person..easier said than done.. I did find these bars which are great!
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:22 PM   #8
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

reviving this thread because I finally got around to making these. They're SOOOO easy and delicious! By themselves, my kids won't really eat the individual ingredients by themselves, but this way, they love them. In the last 2 days I've played around with these combos:

dates, almonds, cashews, apricots

dates, almonds, hazelnuts, cocoa powder - delish!

dates, pecans

Gonna experiment with subbing dried figs for the dates, then subbing some of the almonds for peanuts. I've got cranberries and coconut to play with as well. Pineapple and coconut sounds good, too. Oh my, the possibilities are endless! I basically use a 1:1 ratio of fruit:nut.

Sarena, those bars sound interesting and a lot less sugar. But, you do know they contain nuts right?
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

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reviving this thread because I finally got around to making these. They're SOOOO easy and delicious! By themselves, my kids won't really eat the individual ingredients by themselves, but this way, they love them. In the last 2 days I've played around with these combos:

dates, almonds, cashews, apricots

dates, almonds, hazelnuts, cocoa powder - delish!

dates, pecans

Gonna experiment with subbing dried figs for the dates, then subbing some of the almonds for peanuts. I've got cranberries and coconut to play with as well. Pineapple and coconut sounds good, too. Oh my, the possibilities are endless! I basically use a 1:1 ratio of fruit:nut.

Sarena, those bars sound interesting and a lot less sugar. But, you do know they contain nuts right?
I know, I know and as such I rarely eat them! Nuts just ..shall we say..stuff me up!
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:08 AM   #10
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Re: Homemade Lara Type Bars

14g of fiber per bar sounds like a lot of fiber!! they look yummy though.

I love larabars but I can't make my own without a food processer right? All I have is a regular blender.

probably for the best, if I made them myself I would eat too many of them!!
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