Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade “Lara bars” – Go Nicolle!

Peanut butter chocolate chip Lara bars Boston Marathon dates back to 1897 and is one of the world’s best known running race.  It always takes place on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday of April.

To run it, you need to qualify (with a really fast time) or you can run for a charity.  it’s a fun and super exciting event for the city of Boston, which coincides with Patriots Day and an afternoon Red Sox game. However, the events from last year will have a profound impact on the race and the city going forward. Despite the horrific chaos and injury the events caused the city and countless individuals, it was an amazing experience to watch a city, community and individuals come together and overcome these horrendous acts.

Nicolle, a good friend of mine, who is super fit, extremely motivated, and a full time working mom of two is running again this year!!! She was one of the runners who was stopped a few miles before the finish line in 2013. Nicolle is also a dietitian extraordinaire and she is my inspiration.  She often drags me out of a bed to run a few miles before work. I call them charity runs on her part since I am not a fast runner as her.

As fellow dietitians, we often talk about sports nutrition.  Nicolle mentioned that she loves chocolate peanut butter Larabars, so I decided to recreate them. The label lists only 3 ingredients (dates, peanuts and chocolate), so it is a very simple snack bar. Great to eat before, during or after a long run. The dates are high in easy to absorb carbohydrates and can easily replenish a glycogen storage loss. Peanuts provide protein and some fat, which help with blood sugar stabilization as well as enhance palatability (or the yum factor) and not to mention the benefit of eating dark chocolate (I am talking about the flavonoids)

Go Nicolle!!! She mentioned that if she wins the marathon she promised to mention the contribution of the chocolate peanut butter bars to her accomplishment.  Her biggest challenge will be pronouncing my last name correctly:)

Peanut butter chocolate chip Lara bars Nutrition Note: Last week I attend a nutrition conference where one of the well known sports dietitians, Nancy Clark, was speaking. Her primary message was:

To perform well we need to nourish  ourselves well by eating well balanced meals in regular intervals. She also emphasized that eating real food is always much better and healthier that any of the “engineering” super expensive food- like concoctions.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Lara Bars
 
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Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of peanuts -unsalted roasted
  • 16 oz of pitted dates
  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Add dates, chocolate chips and pinch of salt. Continue mixing until one mass is formed.
  2. Lined a 9x9 baking dish (although I used 10 x 7) with parchment or wax or plastic wrap. Place the mixture into the dish, covered with another sheet of plastic wrap or whatever you used on the bottom. With your hands press the mixture evenly to create a smooth sheet.
  3. Put it into the freezer for 30 min or for 1 hour into a refrigerator.
  4. Cut the mixture into 12 -14 pieces (depends what size of a pan you used). Wrapped each piece with a parchment or wax paper, plastic wrap can work fine as well. They can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.