Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (Copycat Larabar Recipe)

I’ve been wanting to make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars for weeks, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it because they are everything I hoped they would be.

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars

A few weeks ago, I spent a good 5 minutes standing at the aisle at Whole Foods, getting in everyone’s way, studying the array of Larabar flavors. Even though I almost always decide on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, I still have to consider all my options carefully, ya know? Especially when I make it all the way to Whole Foods, because they just have SO MANY. This time, the decision was even more complicated because I noticed a new line of Fruits & Greens Larabars. Kale in my granola bar?? Obviously I was intrigued.

But honestly, I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to drop the extra 50¢ on an unfamiliar bar when I could just go with my old standby, PB & chocolate. So I opened the “notes” section of my phone, typed in “spinach Larabar,” checked out of Whole Foods, and promptly forgot about the whole vegetables-in-my-snack idea.

Recently, however, I found myself with big box of dates in my pantry and knew it was time to experiment.

It was a bit of a mad scientist moment- I just grabbed whatever ingredients sounded good and tossed them into the food processor, but as soon as I tasted a bar I knew the recipe was a winner.

These bars are salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and totally adaptable. This combination is pretty great, but feel free to play around and experiment with whatever ingredients sound good to you.

This post isn’t sponsored by Bare Snacks, but I recently received a complimentary sample of their product and I used their (amazing) coconut chips in this recipe. You could probably use any toasted coconut flakes, but Bare Snacks coconut chips are definitely my favorite.

If you make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (do it!!) be sure to leave a comment here or share with me on Instagram!

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 6 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ¾ c. baby spinach
  • ½ c. unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ c. toasted coconut flakes (I used Bare Snacks coconut chips)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, spinach, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add cashews and coconut flakes. Blend until all ingredients are well mixed, but chunks of cashew and coconut remain.
  4. Remove from food processor and press gently into a small pan lined with parchment paper. I use a square tupperware container and make bars about ¼ of an inch thick, but use whatever you prefer.

 

For more snack bar recipes, check out my Honey Walnut Granola Bars.

And for more recipes with Bare Snacks, try my TrailMix Remix recipe.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal

A few months ago, I posted my recipe for Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal on Instagram, and people went crazy for it. That’s what I love most about the food blogger/instagrammer community. I can share something delicious that most people in my life would consider weird and receive nothing but positivity.

undetectable spinach oatmeal

Of course, I love being able to share about feelings and struggles and real life on Instagram, but it’s also great to have people that get excited about cinnamon and peanut butter and (undetectable) spinach in oatmeal.

This stuff is so good, I absolutely HAD to rave about it. And now, nearly four months later, I have to rave about it again. These oats are sweet and creamy from the cinnamon and the peanut butter. Though I love the flavor of spinach, I’m happy to report that it is entirely absent from this dish. Plus, the texture of the spinach blends in perfectly with the oats. Hence the name: Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal. Classic cozy oats AND some extra veggies.

Originally, I’d thought this recipe was too simple to post on the blog, but recently I’ve realized that simple recipes are all really I want. Obviously, I can’t be sure that everyone else is in the same boat, but I think it’s safe to say that lots of other people want easy, delicious, nourishing food. And this oatmeal delivers just that.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup frozen spinach
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen spinach and lower heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer until spinach is thawed.
  4. Add rolled oats to saucepan and cook over medium-low until oats absorb the liquid. (for me this takes about 5 minutes)
  5. Serve topped with peanut butter and cinnamon.

Recipes like Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal:

Tea-Infused Banana Bread Oatmeal

Latte-Style Oatmeal

Pecan Pie Oatmeal