The Highest Form Of Flattery

Last week I saw this guy I work with drinking a Naked Juice, and I got a little too excited over the fact that he bought it in our very own cafeteria.  They are my favorite but I never think to buy them in the grocery store (plus they are too expensive so I usually skip right over them), but on Thursday, I needed a little pick-me-up with lunch so I decided to grab one.  I didn’t think I’d ever tried this Green Machine version until I looked it up, but I’m not surprised because (like all the others I’ve tried) it was totally awesome. 

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I know I’ve said this before but I love that the bottles list all the ingredients and their proportions, so now that I actually have my own juicer, the plan is to save the bottles so I can recreate them at home.

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But that’s my old obsession… my new one is with Larabars

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Have you tried these things?

If not, you must because they, too, are totally awesome.

I don’t usually eat any kind of bars, which is probably why I’ve never tried them before, but I read somewhere the other day that they didn’t have any artificial ingredients and I was a little bit intrigued.  The website says:

LÄRABAR® is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each flavor contains no more than nine ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended. 

I decided to check them out in the grocery store a couple days later, and honestly, I was blown away.  Aside from chocolate chips (which are made from a couple different things but I’m okay with eating them occasionally), the ingredients are all things that I could (and probably do) have at home.  For the ones I’ve tried so far:

  • Banana bread = Almonds, dates, bananas
  • Cashew cookie = Cashews, dates
  • Chocolate chip brownie = Dates, chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder, sea salt
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough = Cashews, dates, chocolate chips, sea salt
  • Peanut butter chocolate chip = Dates, peanuts, chocolate chips, sea salt
  • Peanut butter cookie = Peanuts, dates, seal salt

Get the picture?

Some of them are sweetened with fruit juice (and clearly dates), but I haven’t seen any with added sugars (besides in the chocolate chips), which is pretty cool.  And because the ingredients list is so minimal, they end up being gluten-free and dairy-free too, which is extra cool. 

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The only downside is the price: $1.49 each.  Between the $3.50 for the Naked Juices and the $1.49 for the Larabars, I could end up blowing my whole food budget in just a couple of days! 

Luckily, I am an expert at trying to be a copycat chef, and the very first thing I did after seeing the ingredients lists was Google “homemade Larabars.”  Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea, and there are all kinds of recipes out there, but the basic premise is to take the ingredients you want in the bar, mash them up in the food processor, mold it into a somewhat appealing shape, and eat.  I can totally do that!

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so I hope Naked Juice and Larabars will take my attempts at recreating their masterpieces at home as a compliment. 

I’ll keep you posted on how close I get to the originals.

Questions:

Have you tried Naked Juices or Larabars?

What foods/recipes do you try to recreate at home?

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2 Comments on “The Highest Form Of Flattery”

  1. Jenny says:

    Try putting the Lara bars in the fridge and eating them chilled…that’s my absolute favorite! Taste like cold cookie dough to me!


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