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MCLV Mange: Homemade Larabars

My major issue with most of the pre-made bars on the market is their ingredient list. Chemicals, sugar, unnecessary additives…

Larabars are one of my go-to picks when I’m traveling and I keep extras in my desk, purse, and even my toiletry kit. Why? Simple, clean, whole food ingredients. They’re the perfect little energy boost and super tasty.

Since I love them so much I decided to try making my own version to keep at home. This recipe is allergy friendly {Vegan, Gluten-Free & Paleo}, plus it’s raw, easy to make, and – Most importantly – Delicious!

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6-8 Bars depending on size


8-10 Minutes of preparation and no cooking time!


  • 8oz Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds {Or other nut if you have an allergy or don’t have almonds on hand}
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate/Carob Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds


  • Combine dates & nuts in a food processor – Blend until a paste-like substance begins to form
  • Add salt and blend until the consistency begins to resemble dough
  • Add half of the chocolate chips & pulse a few times
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil
  • Drop the dough onto the sheet and press dough down into a square or rectangle shape {Aim for 3/4-inch thick – Though it’s really about your person preference}
  • Drop remaining chocolate chips & silvered almonds on top, press gently into dough
  • Cut into bars or squares

Homemade Larabar Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Raw Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Healthy Recipe

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks
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Health Food Additions

With my new Clean Green Eating regime in full effect for 2015 I’ve added some new supplements and health foods to my daily routine and am thrilled by the results so far.

Here are a few of my new Health Food Additions:

Chlorella Tablets:

I first read about Chlorella in Brendan Brazier’s Thrive books and was intrigued by the fact that this single cell green algae is such a great source of protein & vitamins.

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{Image from Health board}


Maca is another South American “superfood” like chia seeds and quinoa. Not only is it a good source of vitamins, but it’s been shown to have a positive impact on mood & hormone stabilization. I add a teaspoon to my daily green protein smoothies or to my energy bite recipe.


I started adding liquid Chlorophyll to a glass of water a day a few weeks ago and I find that I’m starting to look forward to it each day.

Bee Pollen:

Local bee pollen is supposed to be helpful to those with allergies, but what really interested me was when I read that it’s a complete source of nutrition for bees which means that it contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein.

Do YOU have any Health Food Additions that you swear by?

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Healthy Breakfast

Starting your day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast is important. Whether you roll out of bed and head straight for the kitchen or eat later like I do, the first things that you put into your body each day are important and set the tone for the day.

I like to start my day a glass of warm water with lemon and mint, as well as a little detox shot to help my body reach an alkaline state. My first meal of the day is a green smoothie filled with fresh produce, maca, acai, wheatgrass, and raw, vegan, gluten-free protein powder.

Whether you prefer fruit or eggs or something freshly baked, below are some delicious, healthy breakfast ideas to get you inspired!

Healthy Breakfast Vegan Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Paleo Quinoa Flakes Food Blogger

Breakfast Quinoa Flakes w/ Stewed Blackberries from Dolly And Oatmeal

Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait from A House In The Hills

Raspberry Crisp from Heather Christo

Lemon Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie from Sippy Cup Mom

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Vegan Gluten-Free Crepes from A House In The Hills

Banana Vanilla Bean N’oatmeal from Balanced Bites

Metabolism Booster Smoothie from Vitamin Sunshine

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes from The First Mess

What’s YOUR favorite healthy breakfast? Share below! 🙂

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MCLV Mange: Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte

When I’m cooking for myself it’s something of a free-for-all in my kitchen. I add random ingredients to recipes, swap out things I don’t have on hand, and rarely reach for a measuring cup.

And while I’ve tried different kinds of nuts in this recipe – Almonds, cashews, pecans – I usually stick pretty closely to the ingredients and amounts listed. Why? Because it’s just that good!

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{Photography by Jessica Michelle Photo}

So if you want a recipe that never fails and always impresses, I highly recommend trying this Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte – Not only is it delicious, it’s also raw, gluten-free, and vegan.

You can top it with anything you’re in the mood for – Vegan ice cream, fresh fruit, caramel sauce, carob chips, coconut flakes… They’ll all taste divine!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

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Banana Based Desserts

Bananas are a great base for desserts – Whether you’re trying to make healthier choices, have trouble with dairy, or eat a vegan diet – They’re the perfect alternative.

My Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream is a great example of an easy, raw, healthy treat that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth in no time. I promise, you’ll never miss the dairy! In the mood for something baked? Try these Peanut Butter Banana Cookies or Banana Bread Macaroons.

Are you as excited about these Banana Based Desserts as I am? Check out these other great recipes:


Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Bon Bons from Nom Nom Paleo

Banana Cashew Balls from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

High Protein Peanut Butter & Banana Snack from FitSugar

Banana Soft Serve from Choosing Raw

The Big Vegan Banana Split from OhSheGlows {Note: I’ve officially requested this in lieu of a birthday cake for my next birthday!}


While dessert is still dessert, what I like most about these healthier banana-based alternatives is that they’re lighter. You don’t get that same so-full-I-can’t-move feeling that you’ll get with dairy and gluten-filled options.

Have YOU tried a banana based dessert?

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