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I literally just finished eating this:

homemade larabar

The actual recipe can be found here: No-Bake Cashew Cookie Bars.

(The link goes to a really old post with super-ugly photos… but a delicious recipe, nonetheless. It’s my goal to find all the old, uncategorized recipes on this blog and categorize and re-shoot them. I might still leave the ugly photos up as well, though, because it’s fun to see the difference.) Speaking of ugly photos, here are some un-edited ones of my project this morning: pop tart babies!

vegan pop tarts

healthy pop tarts

Finally, I’m honored to be a guest on VegNews today. I’m also going to be in their September issue of the actual magazine, and my chocolate sauce is on the cover of their current issue. A few years ago, I joked–with the help of Photoshop–about being a VegNews cover model.

Things work in strange ways! See you tomorrow, with a new recipe :).

Published on June 4, 2012

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  1. katie says

    Congrats on that! Funny how things unfold right! You are amazing, beautiful, kind, and deserve all the success that has been happening to you! <3

  2. Kara @Nutritious-n-Delicious says

    I’m unfortunately still in the “ugly-photo” phase of my blogging. Haha. I would love to learn more about food photography, but my busy college life just doesn’t allow for it. I took a photography appreciation class as a gen. ed. but all we learned was how to critique photos…not how to take them. 🙁 I love your photos though! Always very creative. 🙂

  3. Mary Rose says

    Congrats! Your talent does deserve recognition!

    As for the cover . . . your faux cover is lovely, but I can see why the editors chose your chocolate sauce for the real thing. Chocolate sauce is, in journalist parlance, sexy!

  4. Samantha says

    The cashew cookie are one of my favorites! I love them and nice photo update. I agree you should keep some of the old photos. I even like looking at your older posts sometimes just to realize how far you have already come.

    Awaiting pop-tart babies…

    That is exciting news on your VegNews! I am proud of you! I will be watching for September.

  5. Katie (Hungry Runner) says

    Congratulations!! That is so awesome. “If you’re kissing Prince Charming, you’re not thinking about American Idol. Chocolate should be the same.” HAHA I LOVED that quote in your article on their site 😀 So true!

  6. Ally says

    OMG – I am dying to get the recipe for your pop-tarts! They look delicious, and I miss being able to eat pop-tarts so much (as dessert, not breakfast…they are too unhealthy for breakfast)! I bet yours will be even better than the old favorite, not to mention MUCH healthier!

  7. Alanna says

    Congrats, Katie!! I’m still in awe of how you manage to get your Larabars into such perfect bar form… my first (and probably) last attempt was so sad-looking that I’ll probably stick to the babies, haha. And the pop tarts look so fun!

      • Alanna says

        I do normally use a bag (at least to smoosh everything together), but I still ended up with kind of irregular borders to mine. Maybe I’m just too impatient to do it right, lol… usually by then I’m itching to eat it! 😉

  8. Kerry says

    Congratulations on the Veg News article! I’m so excited for you! The no-bake cashew cookie bars look so good! I’ve been trying to decide what kind of snack bars to make next, and this is it! I can’t wait for the pop tart babies recipe. They look amazing!

  9. Danielle says

    Congrats! And i love your no bake cookie bars! I actually have a challenge that I think you’re probably up to-unfortunately it’s not a chocolate challenge but maybe you will cover the end result chocolate. I would love a healthy version of toffee bars and of pralines. When I think of both of these, I think of the buttery, carmelized sugar base that is delicious but not healthy in the slightest (well except for the nuts in the pralines). In my mind it sounds impossible to do, but you’ve made so many things healthy that I wouldn’t think are possible that I thought I would mention it.

  10. Rachel says

    Congratulations! I had to comment to thank you for changing my life! Your recipes are helping me to lose weight and feel healthy without depriving myself of chocolate. The witty commentary is much appreciated, as well 🙂

  11. Emma FtW says

    Yay, congrats on the VegNews news! (news news, hehe.)
    Speaking of snacks, I just had one inspired by you– I didn’t have any oatmeal (and if I had, I wouldn’t have wanted to wait for the voluminous trick, but I wanted the volume)– so I made quinoa flakes with cocoa powder, and then put chocolate bits, coconut, sweetener (I used erythritol), salt, and vanilla and a hint of almond extract. Yum. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  12. Greta Zarro says

    Congrats! Nice article and great recipe on VegNews! Can’t wait to try it out! I’m a vegan and I absolutely love making your recipes. I’ve been making the sugar cookies and healthy chocolate chip cookies for my dad because he likes having a cookie with his coffee in the morning and he loves what I’ve made so far!! I also made your peanut butter cookies for my friends. Recipe suggestions: tiramisu! I’ve always wanted to make it but it seems so complicated and usually full of unhealthy ingredients.

  13. Sunnie says

    OH MY! *crosses fingers that tomorrow’s recipe has something to do with pop tarts* Okay, so I think that the last time I had a pop tart was six years ago or so. Lately, I’ve been thinking about them a little bit – I even read the ingredients of the organic kind to see if they were vegan (they weren’t). So, I’ve been wanting a pop tart and haven’t been able to get one. Oh, I want a pop tart . . . LOL.

    Congrats on the VegNews feature! 😀 Way to go, girl!

  14. krystal@coffeecardiogoddess says

    Poptart babies!! Too cute! I love all of your recipes sooooo much! My husband asks me to make your flourless chocolate chip cookies almost everynight! I know the recipe by heart. I could make them with my eyes closed at this point. I cannot wait for your cookbook!

  15. Anglaise says

    Oh my Gosh Katie you should so healthify millionaire shortbread! It’s one of my favorite treats but soooooo full of fats and sugars! Please please please!

  16. Shannon Taggart says

    Congratulations! I just can’t stop making your recipes and sharing them with my colleagues. My boyfriend is convinced that I am more in love with you than him. He also think you are going to be my maid of honor when we get married, haha!

    Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes and I am so excited for all of your successes lately. I have a feeling they are going to get bigger and bigger!

  17. Tracie says

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see the recipe for those pop tarts! I have been steering them eveywhere And thinking of how to adapt the recipe. You will be much better at it then I will!! They look awesome!!!

  18. Jacqueline says

    CONGRATULATIONS KATIE! I’m so glad that you’re getting recognized for all of your hard work!! I absolutely love your recipes and am glad that more people will be able to see them as a result of your awesome article. Congratulations!!!

  19. Brandie says

    Yay, how fun! Great article 🙂 Love that old photo-shopped VegNews cover too LOL! Yep, Vegan…. Even in Texas! I keep waiting for people to stare at us or ask us if we’re nuts, since I have a “Vegan Inside” stickler on my car, in nowheres-ville Texas lol… but so far no crazy looks! (That I’ve noticed anyway….!)

  20. bitt says

    Does that mean it was your recipe I saw on their site? I asked you a few times, maybe I’m not getting a reply.

      • Casey says

        I’ve seen all your replies to her question! Is there a way you could add a feature to your comment section where you can be notified if someone responds to your comment? I clicked on that box one time to read follow up comments, but then I was notified for EVERY comment related to that post/recipe (which TOTALLY filled up my inbox) and I was only interested in responses related to my specific comment/question. It would be super great if you could add that option!!

        • Alanna says

          In each email there’s a manage subscriptions link that lets you see all the posts to which you’re subscribed, and there is an option for replies only but it’s all replies (not just to your comments). It does eliminate all the other new comments, though!

  21. Moni Meals says

    Congrats Katie! Way to put it out there. Success is one thing: hard work! So happy for you. 🙂

  22. ANH says

    congrats on the vegnews post! I read it and you deserve it you’re recipes are so original and creative, I wish I could be more inventive like you in the kitchen!

  23. Ruth says

    Congrats Katie! A very well deserved honor. You posted a couple of days ago wondering if anybody had tried making sugar free chocolate chips. I have. First I tried pouring the hot chocolate butter sauce into hershey’s kisses molds, putting the mold in the freezer, and then popping out the kisses (that sounds funny 🙂 That didn’t work at ALL. So I eventually just dropped little blobs of the sauce on parchment paper, which was on a cookie sheet, and put that in the freezer. That worked. It was fiddley though, and honestly I don’t have a tonne of patience. Since I can’t have any sweeteners other than stevia or agave nectar, I’ve grown pretty used to not having chocolate chips. Besides, I’m pretty content with making the hot chocolate butter sauce and dipping fruit in it. I’m eternally grateful to you for providing me with that recipe!
    You should check out the Oh She Glows Blog. It’s written by a Canadian vegan, it reminds me a lot of yours, only she includes a lot of non chocolate recipes too 😛
    Keep it up, we’re all cheering for you!

  24. MissionAbspossible says

    Congratulations! I cannot believe I didn’t find your blog until 2 months ago. How sad! But at least I did find it. I’ve recommended this site to so many people lately. Best of luck along the way!

  25. Jennifer says

    How to you get your bars so SQUARE or RECTANGULAR? Mine always come out looking like pieces of not so pretty things. And they’re all uneven.

    I’d love my bars to look like “real” Larabars. 🙁

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      The trick is to squish them inside of a plastic bag! Much less messy, too.
      But I will admit, it took a lot of time to get that one perfectly square, and usually I don’t bother. Who cares, as long as they taste good, right? 😉

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