I was in need of something sweet. That usually calls for larabar balls unless its a special occasion. I convinced myself “Wednesday” was not a special occasion. So larabar balls it is.
I want chocolate. I always want chocolate, but there is no chocolate to be found in my house at the moment, so I had to pick something else….peanut butter came to mind.
I looked online to see if there were others who had made peanut butter larabars. There were, but they were just dates and peanuts. I did not think this would be enough. I thought there would be actual peanut butter in my recipe, but I tasted this mixture, and sure enough, it did not taste like peanut butter cookies. So I added peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Et voila! Tastes like peanut butter cookies! In minutes and without any refined sugar. I’m sold. I think you will be too.
Please note, I rarely measure, so adjust as needed to get the taste and consistency that works for you, rather than relying solely on measurements.
1 cup dates, whole pitted
1 cup peanuts, maybe a bit more*
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
You can leave out the salt if you use regular peanut butter. Mine is 100% peanuts and nothing more.
Disclaimer: I have never had a peanut butter cookie dough Larabar. I just made these to taste like peanut butter cookies!
Thow everything in a food processor and pulse until well mixed and peanuts are chopped to your liking. Scrape sides as needed. Then, judging by taste and texture adjust the recipe. If it is too dry add more dates (if sweetness is also needed) or peanut butter or water. If too sticky, add more peanuts. Some of the stickiness will go away in the fridge. Roll into balls and store in the fridge. You could press into bars and wrap in wax paper, but I’ve never tried this. I like little bites. Enjoy.