This title is a little misleading. I’m not sure you can call these brownies, but seriously, they taste just like them so why not? They’re basically a brownie flavored Lara bar. That’s probably more accurate. But let’s just call them brownies because that sounds more fun.
One of my good friends texted me her go-to Lara bar recipe when she saw mine were basically a failure (a delicious failure though). I knew I liked her…here’s the recipe:
Can you tell we shop at Costco? Lifetime supply of dates! (and cashews…and hemp seeds).
Paleo (Lara Bars) Brownies
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup of walnuts (I used mostly cashews because I ran out of walnuts)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (Yes. Yum. I used Nutzzo nut butter)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I think she said cocao but I only have cocoa)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa nibs
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- sprinkle of cinnamon
I added the cocao nibs, hemp seeds, and cinnamon because, why not? If you don’t have those available though it’s certainly not a big deal. They just add a little more fiber and crunch.
The key (I think) to achieving the correct consistency is process everything until it starts to form a ball in your food processor (or high speed blender).
Once my ingredients formed a ball, I pressed the mix into a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerated it for 30 minutes.
Then I took it out and cut it into squares. That’s it! Easy peasy.
They are delicious. Like really good. Super fudgy. I’m going to try and freeze them because I’m scared if I don’t, I’ll eat them all tomorrow. I’ll report back on whether or not they freeze well.
God bless dates. Nature’s candy.