We always have a bag of lara bars in the fridge, they are really easy and cheap to make, (the longest part in individually wrapping each one) I make 3-4 batches at once, and keep 1 bag in the fridge and freeze the rest.
here is my recipeLara Bars
1 cup nuts (pecans, cashews, etc.)
12-15 large dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 tsp each of ground cinammon, cardamom and cloves
Put the nuts in a food processor. Chop until in small pieces. Add the spices. Add dates, a few at a time, and process until the dates and nuts make a paste. If you grind the nuts first, the fat from the nuts will keep the dates from sticking to the blender. Blend to combine, and turn out onto wax paper. I just use my hands to smooth it out, but you could easily put another piece of wax paper on top and use a rolling pin. You could add any dried fruit and/or nuts to this I usually double the recipe and use the above called for amount of dates and for the rest use dried apricots, mangoes, papyas, cherries, and/or blueberries. I have found it is roughly 2 cups of fruit to a cup of nuts to get the right consistency. (if you leave the dried cranberries or blue berries until very last and only process them for a few seconds to mix in, they are left in big chunks and are really yummy
Cut into small squares for perfect toddler-size snacks; bigger for mommies. I wrap each bar in saran and keep in the fridge, because they do get soft.