First of all, a Happy and heartfelt Valentine’s Day to y’all!
As I mentioned yesterday, this can be a day that many of us dread, but it can also be a day to celebrate all of the love God has placed in our lives, not just romantic love. Know that I absolutely LOVE you, my supportive and encouraging readers, and am so glad to have you hanging out with me day after day.
Now that that mushy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the food, shall we?
To many of you veteran mothers out there, you know how this whole home stretch can be: uncomfortable, achy, moody, emotionally haywire.
But for me, I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve felt pretty darn normal.
No swelling, no aching, no weird cravings, no insomnia, no emotional breakdowns while watching baby animal videos or becoming physically abusive when my husband eats the last of the dark chocolate almonds.
While many have given me the advice that I am not exactly eating for two and to take it easy on the nachos and ice cream, I must be honest and admit I’m having a hard time eating enough these days.
Yes, I get hungry.
Yes, I know I need to eat.
Yes, I want to eat more.
But, gosh darn it, this little buddy is taking up some serious food space in my stomach.
Therefore, the snack has become a dear friend of mine.
And, whether you’re growing an infant or just enjoy a mid-morning, late-afternoon, or bedtime snack, I’ve got a recipe that will meet your snacking needs.
If you’ve ever had a Lara Bar, I’m going to show you how easily and cheaply you can make those little fellas all by yourself.
And, once you make them once, you can easily make other variations of them. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Pull up a chair, y’all, cause it’s snack time!
Usually, I’m not a big snacker; I’m perfectly content with 3 square meals a day with perhaps a small treat after dinner since life is just too short to not have chocolate daily.
I’ve never really been the kind of person who liked to graze or nibble throughout the day.
As I expressed, I just can’t seem to get enough food into my growing body; within half of a normal meal, my body is telling me it is D-U-N and wants to throw in the towel. WHAT THE WHAT?! YOU’RE GROWING A BABY?! YOU CAN’T GIVE UP ALREADY YOU SISSY! is what normally goes through my mind at this point.
Therefore, snacks are becoming more and more crucial to ensure I’m still eating enough to supply my little buddy with the vitamins and nutrients his growing body (not to mention mine) require to be healthy and strong.
And as someone who is still working full time, I need snacks that are quick and can be taken on the go to my frequent after-school meetings, the gym, or weekly doctor’s appointments. Snack bars like RX and Lara Bars are perfect ways to keep something nutritious, clean, and nonperishable in my purse for those afternoons that lil momma needs her a healthy snack.
While preparing to stock up on more snack bars this weekend, the thought dawned on me- I bet I could make these things myself! There’s only four or five ingredients in one, and I have them all on hand in my pantry. Plus, at $2 a bar, I’m pretty confident I would whip up an entire pan of them for less than buying an entire box.
And golly these are easy. But let’s break-it-down-nah-
1) Throw 2 cups of nuts into blender/food processor and pulse
2) Add some dried fruit and pulse
3) Toss in any other yummies like chocolate chips and pulse again
4) Press crumbly mixture into a loaf pan and chill to set
5) Scrape blender to devour all remaining bits of crumbly mixture
For today’s recipe, I thought chocolate-strawberry would be fun and festive, but you could flavor these based on whatever you have on hand. In fact, I think you can expect and anticipate many more homemade Lara Bar recipes from me in the future since they are that easy and that delicious.
If you’ve never had Lara bars, I can’t think of a better version than mine to start with. If you have 3 minutes and some nuts and dried fruit, you are set.
I mean come on, y’all, it’s Valentine’s Day after all. You deserve a chocolaty treat today! And this one won’t leave you in a sugar coma, either.
Chocolate-Strawberry Lara Bars
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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