5 Ingredients or Fewer

Lemon Poppy Seed Homemade Larabars

June 18, 2013
6 Ratings
  • Makes 10 bars
Author Notes

These chewy fruit and nut bars are bursting with lemon flavor. Not only are they dead easy to make, they're healthy for you too! —Kitchen Vignettes

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup chopped dried unsulfured apricots
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated organic lemon rind
  • 1.5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  1. Put all the ingredients in the food processor, except the poppy seeds and about 1 teaspoon of the grated lemon rind. Put these aside for the topping. Process the other ingredients for a good while, until the whole thing has turned into a very thick paste. You may still have small chunks of cashews depending on how strong your food processor is and that's ok, but the raisins and apricots should be well-mashed together. If the mix is too dry, add a bit more lemon juice, a little at a time.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and with your hands, knead about 1/2 of the poppy seeds into the fruit and cashew paste. In a little bowl, mix the remaining poppy seeds with the reserved teaspoon of grated lemon rind.
  3. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with wax paper. Using your hand, press the fruit paste down into the pan evenly. Sprinkle with the poppy seed and grated lemon rind mixture. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and then slice into bars or squares. You can wrap these individually in a wax paper if you like. They will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

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3 Reviews

chezjenne March 17, 2021
I finally made these and they're delightful. I used almonds instead of cashews as that's what I had and I added a few chunks (approx 2 Tablespoons) of candied ginger and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I used a Vitamix instead of a food processor and the mix was very chunky and I had to take it slow. I love the texture and taste. Great homemade fruit & nut bar recipe, thank you KITCHEN VIGNETTES.
asthmagirl April 16, 2015
These are ridiculously tasty. I have a hard time finding golden raisins, but the purple ones seemed to be fine just not as pretty. They are the perfect, energizing snack. I like to individually wrap them to give out. Also, I suggest pressing the poppyseed/lemon zest topping onto the mixture so it stays in place better.
healthierkitchen June 18, 2013
Interesting! I will definitely try these.