When I made Averie’s RAWking chocolate donut holes last week, I got to thinking that these were basically homemade Larabars. They were really good – and they were chocolate! I don’t know about you, but the chocolate Larabars leave much to be desired. I think I can do a little better. Wait, I DID do a little better! (Thank you Averie.)
Are you smelling what I’m smelling?
I’m gonna make me some MamaBars.
The only thing is, I’m kind of curious to know how many calories might be in a MamaBar versus a Larabar. I was in the mood for a little project tonight so I got to work.
I dug out my trusty food scale, a calculator, measuring cups and spoons and got to down to work on everyone’s favorite math problem: calorie math.
On the MamaBar ingredient list?
Raw cashews, dates, agave nectar, ground flax seed, coconut oil and cocoa powder.
Into the food processor, a little peer down the food chute!
MamaBar dough ball ready, it’s time to zero out the scale. Put your empty bowl on the scale and press that little “0” button. Oh 5th grade science class, you’re finally coming in handy.
I now know how much my entire mass of MamaBar dough weighs.
1 lb 1 oz = 17 ounces. Check. So how many calories in that MamaBar mass?
A special thanks to the food labels and Calorie Count for everything without a label (hello dates from produce and cashews from bulk), I got the numbers I needed to complete this part of my equation.
|1 Tbsp coconut oil||120|
|1/4 c ground flax seed||120|
|6 oz raw cashews (about 1 cup)||978|
|5 oz medjool dates (8 pitted dates)||400|
|1/4 c agave nectar||240|
|2 Tbsp cocoa powder||30|
17 oz of MamaBar dough = 1888 calories.
Now to divide these puppies up into individual servings. I tore off a hunk that looked Larabar sized and weighed it. 2 oz looks about right, wouldn’t you say? Yeah, I think so too.
Shaped into 2 oz bars. (Turns out a Larabar is 1.8 oz. Go me!)
OK, so they aren’t the most attractive looking bars on the block. Now I know why the Larabar wrappers aren’t transparent.
First layer, five bars. Second layer, three and a half bars.
Math check! 8.5 bars x 2 oz = 17 oz. Move to the head of the class!
And here they go, into the fridge.
So… 1888 calories, 8.5 servings. 1888 / 8.5 = 222 calories per serving. Pretty dang close to your average Larabar! But even better than that, these Chocolate MamaBars are way better than a chocolate Larabar in my (far from) humble opinion.
Dear Larabar, I still love you. There will always be a place for you in my cupboard.
Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides. According to B-squared, (totally stole that from No Meat Athlete) the digestion of MCT’s is quick and easy. So instead of being stored in the cells like fat that doesn’t contain MCT’s, it’s converted by the liver into energy almost immediately. This is why coconut oil is an ideal energy source for athletes and is perfect to eat before or during a work out.
Or in my case, as a snack tomorrow when I need every ounce of energy to put Maxine’s shoes on over and over again.
Shew – my brain hurts. Calorie math takes a lot out of you. Class dismissed! And just in time dude, this lady was getting a little rambly…