What a week it’s been!

Getting back into routines after a holiday break is always a little bit of a challenge. We are sleepers. So, when it’s time to get back to the rat race, these rats stru-ggle. We would much rather stay warm and cozy in bed than to get up early and head out of the house with temperatures that are single digits. Brrr!  The kids check the “snow day calculator” on a regular basis while praying for a blizzard to come so they can get a snow day. Gotta love the optimism. 😉

Well, getting back to school means this momma is back to packing lunches and making sure there is plenty of yummy snacks available for after school. Things need to be quick, portable, and car-ride friendly.

If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see that I posted my version of Lara Bars. My kids like me to shape them into balls because it’s more fun to eat when you can pop them in your mouth. They are like little balls of energy. I find comfort in the fact that I know every ingredient that went into them. They go great with my first cup of coffee in the morning and pack well in lunch boxes.

This week, I made three flavors; Choo-coco, Express yo-self, and N’apple cinnamon. 🙂  I literally put all of the ingredients in the food processor and go! Once the nuts are broken down and all of the ingredients are blended well enough, I simply start rolling and place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. My kids like them after they’ve been in the refrigerator and the coconut oil adds just the right amount of ‘glue’ (and healthy fats) that they will hold together well once packed for travel.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


2 cups pitted dates

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup almonds

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 teaspoons cocao powder

4 teaspoons melted coconut oil

Dash of salt (optional)



2 cups filberts

1 cup sliced almonds

2 cups dates

2 teaspoons vanilla

6 teaspoons melted coco oil

3 teaspoons cocao powder

2 teaspoons expresso powder

Dash of salt (optional)



2 cups walnuts

2 cups dates

2 cups golden raisins

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Dash of salt (optional) 

*this one tastes like the apple pie Lara bar, minus the apples of course 😉


What are your favorite flavors? Let’s figure out how to make it at home and save you some cash this year! 😉

Keepin’ it real,

Elena 🙂

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