Larabar boycott got you down? Make these homemade bars instead!

Here’s my most recently published article on NaturalNews.com. Recipe is included! Enjoy…

(NaturalNews) As revealed recently on NaturalNews.com, information has  surfaced that consumers have been betrayed by many so called “natural” brands in  recent months. Larabar and several other brands have played an important role in  the natural foods movement by providing convenience foods made from simple,  wholesome ingredients. Unfortunately, many of these brands are now owned by  large corporations that are contributing funds to prevent the labeling of GMOs  in our food supply – an unnatural move to say the least. Consumers who truly  want to know what is in their food and what they are supporting when they  grocery shop, must purchase whole, unprocessed foods and learn to enjoy making  their own homemade versions of these “natural” convenience foods using recipes  like the one for “Pecan-Date Snack Bars” included here.

Eating a  natural food diet can be quite challenging and with so many families adopting  natural and organic diets, there is a growing need for products that consumers  can trust when they need store-bought short-cuts. Unfortunately, there are very  few brands that meet these criteria. And with so few healthful food choices on  the market already, discovering that some of these trusted “natural” brands have  sold out to corporate interest is a huge blow to organic consumers. Larabar is  one such brand whose snack bars consisting of very minimal ingredients  (primarily nuts and dried fruits) have been a favorite of the natural food crowd  for years. While their ingredients are not certified organic, Larabar  does boast on its product labels that their ingredients are non-GMO. But how are  consumers supposed to take comfort in Larabar’s non-GMO ingredients when General  Mills, the company that owns Larabar, is spending hundreds of thousands of  dollars to defeat proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative, in  California?

To help defend consumers against these hypocritical “natural”  brands, Mike Adams recently issued a boycott  of Larabar and several other brands who are involved in this GMO-supporting  deceit. If you are feeling a little lost without Larabar in your life, be sure  to try this simple recipe below for an even tastier treat: Homemade Pecan-Date  snack bars. Making snacks yourself is a great way to control the quality of your  ingredients, and even a novice in the kitchen can easily whip up the simple  homemade recipe included here. Enjoy!

“PECAN-DATE SNACK BARS”

Makes eight bars

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 cups of pitted and roughly chopped Medjool dates

2 cups plain pecans (not roasted nor salted)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350  degrees.

Place dates in a medium bowl and cover them completely with  water. Allow to soak for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, process the pecans in a food processor until they  resemble the texture of breadcrumbs.

When the dates are done soaking,  drain the water. Add dates to the food processor and process with the nuts until  well-combined and dough comes together into a ball.

Line a 7″ x 11″  baking pan with parchment paper – this makes clean-up easier. (Two bread pans  would make a great substitute if you don’t have a 7″ x 11″ pan.)
Press  dough evenly into the pan, pressing firmly with your hands to compact the  mixture as much as possible. (It’s helpful to wet your hands with water to  prevent batter from sticking to your fingers.)

Bake for about 10 minutes,  until the top looks a bit dry. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely  (about one hour).

Transfer bars (with parchment paper) to a cutting  board, and cut into eight bars. Enjoy!

These bars are also delicious when  enjoyed frozen for increased sweetness and firmness.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.naturalnews.com/036834_Kashi_Larabar_boycott.html

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

About  the author:

Christy Pooschke is the author of “Eating  Additive-Free” – a natural cookbook and shopping guide. If you want to eat  less processed food but aren’t sure what to buy or what to eat instead, then  this book is for you (includes 160 recipes)! Hard copy and e-book versions are  available for purchase on her website at CompletelyNourished.com.  Christy blogs regularly on her website to  teach you how to shop for and prepare natural, additive-free foods. Subscribe  today, and all of her great tips will land right in your inbox! You can also  follow her on Facebook. For folks  who desire a more individualized approach, Christy also offers personalized  Diet Make-Over consultations and personal chef services!           In  her free time, Christy operates CompletelyNourishedCommunity.com – an online  community she created for folks interested in networking with regard to natural  health, green living and positive thinking. The site features 200+ natural  recipes for a variety of dietary restrictions (more recipes added weekly),  natural living videos, forums, discussion groups and more! Join today!        Christy’s passion for eating REAL food was sparked in 2007 when she eliminated  her Fibromyalgia symptoms through  diet and lifestyle changes. Until this time, she had been eating a typical  American diet of boxed dinners, soda pop, candy and fast food; and she was very  ill. Since regaining her health with an additive-free diet, Christy has been on  a mission to educate others about the dangers lurking in their cabinets; and she  has helped people around the world to maximize their health by reducing their  reliance on processed foods.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036975_Larabar_recipes_boycott.html#ixzz24wjdb36p

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