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Homemade Date and Nut Bars

homemade larabars

You guys...these bars are a homemade version of the delicious Larabar. They're packed full of goodness, are absolutely delicious and make a great anytime snack for the whole family!

Larabars are expensive! This recipe allows you to make them at home...preservative free, and for a lot less you get more bars!

This recipe is my adaptation of one that I found on 100 Days of Real Food.  My version is very similar to the Cashew Cookie Bar on that site, and it's so yummy!

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  • food processor* - really essential (Note: if you have a Vitamix* blender you may get similar results, but other blenders won't break the ingredients down into uniform pieces and you'll be left with a big clump)
  • 1 cup pitted dates - I like these ones from Walmart, they're 8 oz for about $3.50 (8 oz = 1 cup so no measuring...just throw the whole bagful into the food processor)
  • 1 cup assorted nuts and/or seeds - I put my 1 cup measure on the counter and just start filling it with a little of my favorites (cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, whole almonds) and fill in the gaps at the end with whole flax seeds* and chia seeds* - don't go too overboard on the flax and chia as they're loaded with fiber and too much is hard to digest! Enough said :)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter - natural, organic peanut butter*, even almond butter* or cashew butter* will be healthier options
  • 1 Tablespoon water
That's it!  Add everything to your food processor all at once.

homemade larabars
I had a little bit of toasted coconut* that I threw in on the top!  Why not?!  

Use your imagination and add your favorite ingredients. Craisins, raisins, even a few chocolate chips would be wonderful as well (I would add those with your nuts so you keep it to 1 cup).

Start processing.  It takes more than a few pulses.  I turned my processor on high and let it go for a minute or so and then turned it off and checked it.  If it looks dry and is not coming together, add another tablespoon of water.  You want it to all clump together and form one mass.  Like this. If it still won't come together, add a tablespoon of honey and give it another whirl.

Now dump it all out onto a sheet of wax paper.

I know, it's not the prettiest picture in the book, but wait until you taste it!  Stick with me here. You can either make balls. I roll them into golf-ball-sized balls just using my hands. 

Or you can make bars. Just set the whole mass, including the wax paper, into a plastic container. Place another piece of wax paper on top and press down with your hands until flat and even. Using a pastry roller* makes the job even easier! 

Then it's just a matter of cutting it into bars. My scraper* tool is so handy for this. 

I was able to get 12 balls from my batch and 15 bars.  I keep mine in the fridge and they keep well for over a week (if they haven't been eaten by then).

Here are my homemade 'laraballs'...

homemade larabars

and my homemade date and nut bars (same recipe)...

homemade date and nut bars

These date and nut bars are moist and sweet and a little crunchy. I love to have one for breakfast with my coffee...or a  mid-morning snack. You can make this even healthier by using all raw nuts*!
I'm thinking of trying cocoa powder next time for a chocolate-y taste. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please feel free to share it with friends.

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  1. Love it!! Larabars are our favorite!! My favorite one is the chocolate chip cookie one. YUM!! This looks delish!!


    1. Hi Claire, you need to try these and let me know how they compare to the real ones! I'll have to try adding choc chips next time I make them :)

  2. Hey rock star! Welcome to blog land!!!!!!! Love Lara bars and adore you!!!!!!

    Happy day!

    1. Thanks for the welcome Karianne! You are amazing!!

  3. These sound really good and so easy too! And I love the addition of coconut - one of my favorite flavors!

    1. Sharon, they are so quick and easy, with so few ingredients! I love that you can customize them with what you have on hand.

  4. That sounds good! I love the no back energy bits and it sounds like these would be equally as good and good for you!

    1. I think they're very healthy; nothing is processed. Plus they're just really yummy!! Thanks for visiting :)


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