We are nearing the end of our first Whole 30 experience and I have to say, it has changed our eating habits and thoughts on food in ways that I did not anticipate.  More on that later! For now, I had to share this incredibly easy 5 minute (seriously!) 4 ingredient recipe for Homemade Spiced Chai Larabars that I just whipped up!  Anybody who has done the Whole 30 knows that Larabars are the life saving loophole to sugar free living (praise sweet Jesus!).  I had never had a Lara Bar before starting the January Whole 30 but these were so yummy and so easy to make that this recipe will be a new snack time staple in our house and for way less money than it costs to buy them in a store!

 

Shay Cochrane _Homemade Chai Spice Lara Bars-sml1

Since I hate food blog posts that have paragraphs and paragraphs of text that you have to scroll through to get to the recipe (is it just me?) I’m going to get right to it!

Homemade Chai Spice Larabars

Ingredients:

2 cups lightly salted or raw cashews (I used raw unsalted)

2.5 cups pitted dates (usually found in the produce section)

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2-1 tsp Cardamom (depending on personal taste)

*Cardamom is bit pricey but is so incredibly yummy that I find ways to use it in other desserts.  You could leave it out if you don’t have it – you would just loose the classic Chai flavor.

 

Shay Cochrane _Homemade Chai Spice Lara Bars-sml2

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. When it starts to clump it is done.  Roll the mixture out between two pieces of parchment paper (one on the top and one on the bottom).  Using a small cookie sheet can help to maintain desired thickness and shape.  Once rolled out, use a sharp knife to cut into bars or squares keeping the parchment paper intact. Once cut, put bars in a ziplock bag and store in the fridge!

Once you have tried your first batch you can begin to experiment with different mix-ins and spices.  In place of the cinnamon and cardamom try unsweetened coconut flakes and a little bit of dark chocolate (Not Whole 30 approved of course. haha).

Enjoy!

Shay Cochrane _Homemade Chai Spice Lara Bars-sml3