These were supposed to be bars, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. So you improvise!
I followed The Big Man’s World’s Homemade Carrot Cake Larabars and only made one substitution. The recipe calls for Almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins, carrot, dried pineapple, and unsweetened coconut.
I love all of these things but I could not find the dried pineapple without added sugar. Even if I wasn’t on the Whole30, I’d probably prefer that there be no added sugar. Pineapple is sweet enough! And now that I’m on day 16 and my tastebuds have been changing, I’m finding that every fruit tastes sweeter! Carrots even taste sweet now and I never felt that way before.
Since I could not find the pineapple and was too tired to try another store, I went with dried green apples instead. I used dried apples in the last Larabar recipe as well.
Individually wrapped in plastic to bring to work!
After scraping the mix out of the food processor, I smashed it down with my hands between parchment paper. I made a rough square and then cut it into 9 pieces with a pizza cutter. But the squares were just too delicate and kept flaking. I decided not to spend any more time fighting with them and just rolled them into balls instead. They seem perfectly happy now! And incredibly yummy!
Note: With the pineapple, they probably would have been more sticky and held together fine as squares.
I actually like this flavor even more than the Apple Pie ones I made last time! Turned out great!
Happy Day 16!