My Larabar inspired raw bars and balls

When I was in America in May, I still stuck with my whole food approach to eating. This did mean a few trips to one of my favourite shops – Wholefoods! I do wish we had them here in Australia.
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Strolling the aisles looking for healthy snacks, I came across Larabars. They are made from simple ingredients of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Most of them only have a few ingredients.
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They are so tasty and I might just have become a little obsessed with them!
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There was one included in each of my food packs for the day.
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And I stocked up on a few to bring home with me!
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Once home though and with my stash all gone, I looked into where I could buy them in Australia. There are a few places you can buy them online but at over $2 a bar plus postage, I thought I would be much better off having a go at making them myself first.

It took a few attempts to get the base mixture right. I hilariously used fresh bananas in my first attempt at the banana bread bars which were a complete failure!

But I persisted and came up with these super tasty Larabar inspired bars and balls. While they are made from whole foods, they are still a sweet treat and as such should be consumed in moderation!

Raw banana bread bars

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You can find the recipe for the raw banana bread bars by clicking here.

Raw macadamia balls

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You can find the recipe for the raw macadamia balls by clicking here.

Raw cashew and date bars

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You can find the recipe for the raw cashew and date bars by clicking here.

Raw chocolate coconut bars

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You can find the recipe for the raw chocolate coconut bars by clicking here.

Have you had Larabars? Did you love them too?

Our Family Menu Plan For This Week

Recycling a simple menu plan for the family from this time last year, to save me some time this week.


Week Commencing 13th July

SatSlow Cooker Roast LambSlow cooker roast lamb
SunLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self Serve

Egg-and-bacon-muffins (1)

easy banana cake recipe

Lunch Box Egg and Bacon Muffins

Banana cake
Monsausgaes and saladSausage and veg
Tueslow cooker spag bolSlow cooker spaghetti bolognese and Zucchini Bolognese
WedBring A Plate Pumpkin SaladPan fried chicken and Roast pumpkin salad
ThuEasy Beef Stiry Fry RecipeBeef Stir Fry
Friscrambled eggsScrambled eggs and tomatoes
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 13th July

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. You might like to also check out Planning With Kids Menu Planning App.

Menu Planner App

The kid friendly menu planning app allows you to:

  • Create weekly menu plans quickly, choosing as many meals per day as you would like to plan for.
  • Generate the shopping list for all the meals selected.
  • Modify the shopping list to check off items you already have at home.
  • Email the shopping list to yourself and/or others.

The most popular recipes from the blog have been included and more will be added on a regular basis. The app will notify you when new recipes have been added, so you will be able to deliver plenty of variety in your family’s menu plans. Each recipe lists the ingredients required, easy to follow instructions and a photo from the blog.