DIY Carrot Cake 'Larabars'

Larabars are one of my go to snacks, especially on busy days when I'm looking for something sweet without all the processed ingredients. I tend to stick to my tried and true flavors, like Apple Pie and Cashew Cookie, but last weekend I had Carrot Cake for the first time and was blown away. Have you had it? I was checking all the ingredients and realized I could come up with something similar with the ingredients I had on hand and it's been my post lunch treat or mid-afternoon pick me up all week. DIY Carrot Cake Larabars 3/4 c. dried figs 3/4 c. cashews (I used raw, unsalted) 1 small carrot, shredded 1/2 c. dried pineapple dash of cinnamon 1/8 cup of rolled oats as needed Blend the figs thr

What are the best fats?

We all love fatty foods. The combo of fat and sugar (think ice cream or cake) or fat and salt (french fries, potato chips) is especially addicting. Our bodies are wired to like the taste of fat - possibly because energy dense foods were necessary for survival when there was a risk of famine at points in winter. Of course, now we have very little risk of famine! Our cupboards, pantry and refrigerator are well stocked to ensure we never have to go hungry. Yet some fat is important. Now that we've made it through the fad-fearing 90's, it is widely recognized that our health is improved with moderate amounts of healthy fat. Proponents of a keto way of eating even go as far as eating over 50%-

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