Recipe: Homemade Larabars (4 ways including nut-free!)

Well, I stand corrected. All this time readers have been telling me I should make my own Larabars at home, and I proudly stood my ground saying I already make too many things from scratch so I would continue to buy them from the store. But that was until I figured out homemade LARABARS taste SO good compared to the packaged ones! On a recent blog post I shared that extra good food is worth the extra effort to me so it should be no surprise that I will have to start making these on a regular basis now!

Plus since Larabars are such a simple snack, using only a few whole ingredients, that means they are simple to make at home as well. All you need are Medjool Dates, which can be found in the produce section if your store carries them, and some nuts, peanut butter, seeds and/or granola. And thanks to the seed version those who are nut-free can enjoy these bars now, too. They are the perfect “on-the-go” snack, and my girls were so excited when they saw me putting together the pictured platter…it was like torture for them waiting for me to finish taking pictures! My daughters seriously love these things.

4.7 from 19 reviews
Cashew Cookie Larabar
Serves: 12 squares
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions
  1. Combine dates, cashews, peanut butter and water in a food processor and puree until mixture starts to stick together. Add a little more water if necessary to help mixture come together.
  2. Pick up date mixture and using your hands work to squeeze it together into one big clump. Mash it down on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper to form into one even rectangle shape using the sides of your hands (or a knife) to make the edges straight.
  3. Slice into 12 even squares. For best results store in the fridge, although bars can be kept at room temperature.

 
4.7 from 19 reviews
Granola Larabar
Serves: 8 squares
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine granola, dates and water in a food processor and puree until mixture starts to stick together. Add a little more water if necessary to help mixture come together.
  2. Pick up date mixture and using your hands work to squeeze it together into one big clump. Mash it down on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper to form into one even rectangle shape using the sides of your hands (or a knife) to make the edges straight.
  3. Slice into 8 even squares. For best results store in the fridge, although bars can be kept at room temperature.
Notes
* Sub coconut oil for the butter in the granola to make this recipe dairy free.

 
4.7 from 19 reviews
Peanut Butter Larabar
Serves: 8 squares
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Combine dates and peanut butter in a food processor and puree until mixture starts to stick together. Add a little more water if necessary to help mixture come together.
  2. Pick up date mixture and using your hands work to squeeze it together into one big clump. Mash it down on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper to form into one even rectangle shape using the sides of your hands (or a knife) to make the edges straight.
  3. Slice into 8 even squares. For best results store in the fridge, although bars can be kept at room temperature.

Also be sure to check out my nut free Larabar recipe.

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  • Comments

    1. Wendy |

      Does anyone have the nutritional values? Thank you!

    2. Anne |

      These are great recipes! What food processor would you recommend? I have an old 7-cup cuisinart, and it is having a hard time blending – I have to go in and move it around myself…

    3. Susan |

      Just made these with my son and neighbor’s boy. They were SO easy and both boys LOVED getting to help. We just used my small chopper and pulsed it several times. Took less than 20 minutes and easy clean-up. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

    4. Lisa |

      What do Medjool dates look like?

    5. Marin |

      Love the recipe for the cashew cookie bar. Not a huge fan of dates per se, but put into a bar like this was very good. It was all I could do to not eat the whole batch. We have a small food processor attachment to our blender and not a full size, so we had to tweak the recipe a bit proportion-wise. Couple of tweaks we incorporated…pureed the dates first then added the cashews and blended together. Came together nicely. Since we use all natural peanut butter we drizzled it in rather measured it out ahead of time. it tends to be a lot runnier than standard Skippy. We also added rolled oats which required adjusting the water and PB amounts. My daughter insists that we add craisins and chocolate chips next time…hey who am I to say no to some dark chocolate. Thanks for the recipe! I plan to continue using it and tweaking it ;)

    6. |

      While these were simple to make and tasted great, we found they were more expensive to make homemade than the actual Lara bars. The medjool dates were almost $9 and a small bag of raw cashews were $5! Now granted, I’ll be able to make another batch but just one more and it only yielded 8 small, thin-ish bars.

    7. Jamie |

      Odd question, but how do you measure a cup of dates?! A measuring cup seems so inexact with the size and shape of dates.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Jamie. It’s an approximate measurement. :) Just use a cup as your gauge.

    8. Malinda |

      Does it have to be that specific kind of date?

      • Amber |

        I buy my dates from the bulk section of Winco Foods. They do not specify that they are Medjool dates, and may be a little smaller. But I have made many different recipes with them and they turn out just fine.

    9. Dionne |

      Can you freeze these?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello Dionne. You can.

    10. Cindy |

      HELP!! I am 44 and a fairly accomplished cook, but I did something really wrong with these delicious larabars. I am asking for tips/advice!

      I love to cook in bulk, so I made the cashew cookie larabar tonight in my food processor. Quadrupling the recipe=1/4 cup of water. After attempting to blend for a while, I ended up, in 2 more steps, adding another 1/2 cup water. This may be the problem?

      I was tempted to use a paper towel to oil the wax paper, but I did not. I spread it out thinner than what I see now in your picture. I also cut mine in the shape of a dry granola bar. I see why you cut yours in squares.

      The dough is too delicious to let it go to waste, so even if we have to eat it by the spoonful, we will ;)

      I tried freezing it for 20 minutes, but even so, they are just a hot mess trying to get them off the wax paper. NOT pretty.

      For my second attempt, I am planning on trying the following:
      1. Make only a double batch, and don’t use as much water.
      2. Spread more thickly and cut in squares
      3. Possibly use some coconut oil on the wax paper to make removal easier.

      Any other thoughts/comments/advice is very welcome!

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Oh, sorry. Not sure what might have gone wrong! If it makes you feel better, my kids were eating a whole wheat flax seed brownie recipe yesterday with a spoon because we could not get the center cooked. ;)

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