Blueberry Muffin and Carrot Cake Larabars

Larabars are one of the original “simple ingredient and vegan” food bars. We can’t really call these a protein bar, although Larabar does make those now.

These are solid food bars. The main ingredient tends heavily to be dates.

You know dates.. the somewhat sticky and moisture-less fruit with a seed in it. Larabars and raw/vegan pie crusts are generally the only way that I’ll eat dates. On their own, they are not my style. In desserts and natural smoothies, I can get down with them all day.

Larabars also have some kind of nuts in them as well. Usually cashews or almonds. Sometimes walnuts if we’re lucky!

Today, let’s talk about two different and tasty? flavors of Larabar!

First, the Carrot Cake.

There are real carrots in these and it’s in a good way. Carrots, being already naturally sweet, add depth to the dates that are also used.

the texture of these bars are soft, too. Softer than usual maybe. It’s all in a good way though.

The Blueberry Muffin was a little more interesting, texture wise. The almonds used added a crunch to the bars.

This blueberry bar was also more.. dry? than the carrot cake. It’s not that it was crumbly, but there was a lack of moisture.

And, that’s what makes the difference as far as which one I am likely to re-purchase again.

Because flavor-wise, they are both delicious. I enjoyed both and I’d eat either one again.

But if I had to choose, I’d go with the carrot cake flavor.

I mean, I really like carrot cake. And the texture is more like what actual carrot cake is, moist and dessert level sweetness.

The blueberry muffin bars were tasty but as far as my understanding goes, I don’t recall there being chunks of almonds in a baked muffin.

Anyway, as a side note I’d like to give a shout out to my all time favorite Larabar flavor – Pineapple Upside Down Cake! Yummm, too back they’re not sold or available anywhere near me.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Prep Your Food – It’s The Adult Thing To Do

In this case, food prep means that you have chosen your seasonings, chopped all the vegetables, and even chosen your food serving platters all before you begin cooking.

Honestly, it also extends to making sure the dishes are washed and all counters are cleared. That’s not a requirement but it’s the right thing to do for a peaceful experience. Especially clearing the counters.

But, you know, I think washing dishes and clearing the counters should be done after every cooking experience. Of course we don’t always feel like doing it but it’s like a favor you do for your future self.

Well anyway, back to food!

Food professionals have a fancy name for food prep, it’s called mise en place. “In Place.”

The thing with the professionals is that they tend to use neat little bowls to store their chopped foods in, until they need it.

That’s cool when you have a dishwasher (either a machine or someone paid).

But when you have to do your own dishes, you should minimize it as much as possible.

For that reason, I store my mise en place on waxed paper. Neat pieces of wax paper. And then you can just throw it away after you’re done.

And you can use the wax paper to place your cooking utensils on if you don’t want to use a designated spoon holder.

It really does save time. Especially when you’re making food that cooks quickly.

The times when mise en place don’t need to come first is when something takes a long time to cook. Like when you need to boil water you can do that right at the start.

Something else I like to do in the beginning of cooking is making dessert.

If we’re having dessert that day, I’ll make it in advance. Sometimes, like today, I made a birthday cake and cupcakes all before 11am.

Making dessert early has the huge benefit of allowing the cake or pie, whatever it is, ample time to actually rest and get to its best.

A cake fresh out of the oven is not my favorite way to eat it.

Stale cake is just as bad.

But after resting for 2 hours or so, it’s really much better.

Pies, too. Pie needs to rest so that it can have clean lines when it’s cooked. And so the filling isn’t all loose and runny.

Some desserts should be eaten fresh out of the oven. Cookies are good when they’re nice and warm. Even cookies that are not well made taste pretty good when they’re fresh.

When baking, food prep is also a good idea. When everything is already measured, everything can be mixed in faster.

I can actually go on and on lol but maybe that’ll be boring so we’ll say that this is the end.

Food prep FTW!

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