Raw Food on the Run: Confessions of a LARABAR Addict

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A few months back I discovered the most fabulous treat. But they’re also a healthy snack. Or even breakfast. I’m so addicted to LARABARs that I’m eating one right now, justifying it for research and inspiration.

Those with knowledge of the Raw Food Movement are aware of the health benefits of consuming uncooked fruits and nuts, which my lovely LARABARS contain. But even if you prefer beef over beans, there’s bound to be a flavor that moves you. At the moment I’m nibbling away at an Apple Pie LARABAR. Perfect balance of sweet and tart, with a hint of cinnamon. The bar is firm and moist and filled with small nuts.

Ingredients: Dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon. That’s it. No preservatives, additives, nothing. Each bar is a blend of 100% whole food and contains no more than six ingredients (like my apple pie above).

LARABARS were founded in 2000 by Lara Merriken of Colorado.

“After scouring the aisles of grocery stores and noting popular flavors of ice cream and cookies, I delved into my own product development,” says Merriken on her website. “I tinkered with recipes until a consensus on yummi-ness was reached.”

She started with Cherry Pie (one of my favorites with super tart cherries), Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, Banana Cookie, and Chocolate Coconut Chew. The first batch of 500 bars produced for retail, she said, had to be sealed by hand.

Next flavors to come were Peanut Butter Cookie, Pistachio, Ginger Snap, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Mole, Cinnamon Roll, Lemon Bar, and Key Lime Pie.

Banana Cookie, for example, contains one whole banana and enough dates to meet 12% of the daily recommended allowance of potassium. Almonds provide Vitamin E, antioxidants and 2.7 grams of heart-healthy Omega-6 fatty acids.

There is no added sugar, all are unprocessed, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and kosher. LARABAR was recently purchased by General Mills, so let’s hope that things stay pure. Buy them online from LARABAR or find them at markets including Whole Foods.