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How to make homemade LARA Bars

I love LARA bars! I think they are the perfect mid-morning snack (or meal 2 if you are on any of the DAMY plans). My clients share my affection for these little bars of goodness as well. They are great for many reasons: They are easy to throw in your purse when you are in a hurry, you can pack them easily for the kids, and they satisfy the sweet tooth. LARA Bars are: GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, SOY FREE, and VEGAN. These sweet pieces of heaven are made of basic natural ingredients, fruits and nuts. It doesn’t get any simpler. Each bar provides you with a great source of fiber, healthy fats and some protein. All-around they are wonderful and give you the boost of clean energy your body is craving.

NEW – If you love LARA Bars you will love these creative LARA Bar-like Recipes. Here you will find a variation of Larabar cookies, truffles, bites and even blizzards! Enjoy!

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How to make homemade LARA Bars

Here I have included the recipes for some of my favorite flavours of LARA Bars. This is for anyone that feels the bars are a bit pricey or like me, has one almost daily (my husband always has at least one per day). I just can’t get over how easy they are to make. You honestly can not go wrong! You have to try to make them. You will be hooked and so will your family.

I have also included a “build your own LARA Bar section” for you to get creative and make your own LARA Bar flavor creations.

*Some of the lara bars recipes included fall more under the “treat” category (the varieties that include chocolate)  but these are defiantly a healthy treat option. The rest can be eaten daily as a mid morning snack!

Peanut Butter and Jam

  • 1/4 cup cherries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea salt

Place the dates and cherries in a food processor. Blend until it becomes like a paste. Transfer blended dates and cherries to a bowl.

Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until chopped fairly small (but not too much, not nut flour. You want texture). Add the nuts, along with the sea salt, to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste. Next you can spread the mixture out onto a plate covered in cling wrap. Using your hands mold the mixture into individual bars. Wrap each separately in plastic wrap or in small ziplocks. It is a good idea to refrigerate the bars after making to maintain freshness and let the form set (try to let them set in the fridge for 20 minutes before you eat one).

*Some like to just roll these into ball shapes and use them as “power balls” for on the go, pop in your mouth snacking. You are free to do that as well! I know some children that prefer to have them in the ball shape. You can use a cookie cutter and get all kinds of fancy with this. I prefer just the bar shape but do what suits you and your family.
*If you find your Lara bars are a bit crumby add a couple tbsp of warm water and process again.
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**For the recipes below, follow the same instructions as above, but substitute the different ingredients and measurements. All recipes make 2-3 bars. Feel free to double the recipes to make more.

Blueberry Muffin

  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


Cashew cookie

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup whole raw unsalted cashews
  • a dash of sea salt


Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • dash of sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut


Almond Cookie

  • 1/3 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


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Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanuts


Chocolate Coconut Macaroon

  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut


Cherry Pie

  • 1/4 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/3 cup almonds (unsalted)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


Pecan Pie

  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup Salted Cashews
  • 1/3 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Organic Chocolate Chips


Here are the official LARA Bar flavors

  • Apple Pie
  • Banana Bread
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Ginger Snap
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Bar
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Tropical Fruit Tart

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Feel free to get creative and make your own LARA Bars in your favorite flavors! You really can not go wrong making these little bars of goodness. Here are some ingredients for you to choose from when creating your own!

Build your own LARA Bar menu

When making 2-3 bars use ½ cup of nuts and/or seeds on their own or in combination.

Nuts and Seeds you can use:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios


Base Pastes:

When making 2-3 bars use ½ cup of the dried fruit on their own or in combination (* I would always suggest to use some dates to make sure you achieve the desired consistency.

  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried pineapple
  • Dried Papaya
  • Prunes
  • Dried apple


Flavorings and Extras:

When making 2-3 bars use ½ tsp of extracts, a teaspoon or so of the spices and 1 tbsp of the zests and juice depending on how much flavor your would like.

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Ground Flax
  • Lime Zest and Juice
  • Lemon Zest and Juice
  • Orange Zest and Juice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Ginger Spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Dark Chocolate (for the treat variety)
  • Mint Extract
  • Coco Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Natural Peanut Butter

Let me know what you create with this “build your own LARA Bar” menu. I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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***It was a very special day here at DAMY Health. Our Lifetime membership awards were given out to 5 very special DAMY Health Program Members. Once a year we award 5 ladies that have been with us a long time and represent what DAMY is all about. They stuck to their goals, celebrated others success and embody such a wonderful attitude! Congrats again ladies and thank you for being such amazing ambassadors for the DAMY Health Programs.

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  • Sabrina

    I like the coconut maccaroon idea! So going to try it this week! Thanks :)

    • Amy Layne

      That is great! These bars are amazing!! You will love them! Enjoy!

  • Nursenadine01

    Looks yummy! In the first recipe (PB &J) it calls for cranberries, then in the directions it says cherries. Just wondering which to use and if it is dried or fresh. Thanks!

    • Amy Layne

      You can use either! They are both great! ( I have tried both! )

      And that would be dried!


  • Kelli Slitzker

    Hi Amy! Me and my 2 girl friends made these tonight for our volleyball tournament we’re going to. They are very yummy! We will be making them again! We made the Peanut Butter and Jam ones. So delicious!

    • Amy Layne

      Hey girl!

      So happy you enjoyed them! Aren’t they the best? Thank you so much for sharing! Hope you have a great Saturday! xo

      • Kelli

        Thanks girl! You too! They all insisted that I send them the recipe too! Where did you come up with this?

        • Amy Layne

          Just in my kitchen! Feel free to send them to this post.

  • Sdelpkseitz

    I love the peanut butter ones. My daughter now asks me to make them for her track meets and invitationals. I just roll them into balls, grab and go……. Perfect snack!!!

    • Amy Layne

      That is wonderful to hear!!! They are so great for the quick to grab fuel! Thank you so much for sharing!! I love to hear it!! Hope you had a great day!

  • sarah

    i made the cashew cookie and pb&j ones tonight – so delish! and it only cost me about 5 bucks to make 10 bars. love it!

    • Amy Layne

      That is awesome Sarah!! I love to hear it. Isn’t it a great deal?? I just love making my own too! Thank you so much for sharing!! Hope you had a great weekend!

    • Stacey Laviolette

      Thats what i was going to ask….are they cheaper then buying the bars on their own?

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  • mford

    These are all SO delicious! I made them as balls rather than bars.

    • Amy Layne

      They are so good! 

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  • Leticias

    I have to be gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free, rice free and peanut free. When I seen the Larabar I had to try them and they are sooo yummy only problem was my variety pack comes with peanut ones…so when I seen these recipes I had to try making them and yum yum yum!!! Thank you so much for sharing its hard finding recipes for something soooo yummy

    • Amy Layne


       That is so wonderful! I am so happy that you have enjoyed these! Have a great week! 

  • Jessica Simmons

    Hi Amy! Imagine my surprise when I googled homemade Lara Bars and came across your site! It has been a LONG time since we have seen each other but I’m always reminded of you whenever I walk by your old cottage at the beach. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to reading more!

    Jessica (Jed’s sister)

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Jessica!! So nice to hear from you! I bet it was a surprise for you. I hope you and your family are wonderful. I still miss Jackson’s Point I hope you are enjoying the summer,
      Take care and thanks for stoping by!


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  • Lori F.

    I made the peanut butter cookie one last night and I’m sold!  they are really good.  even my husband said he’d eat those instead of the kind of protein bar that he likes best.  thanks for this!

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Lori! Great to here! You will have to try all out protein power balls! They are amazing too! Thanks for trying and sharing!! Have a great day! 

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  • Maria Carolina

    Hi I was just wondering about the peanut butter and jam bar….um it says cranberries but in the directions it says cherries? And  is it dried or fresh berries?

    • Amy Layne

      Hi Maria! 

       I have use both depending on what is have! And they are dried! I have never tried it will fresh but would think that the bars would be too sticky. 

      Hope you love the recipes!!! 

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  • Kendra L Abbott

    Thanks so much for this!  How long do you think these bars stay fresh and “edible”?  Thanks!

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Kendra!  I can’t say that our bars last too long around here! lol But I have stored mine in the fridge or freezer for 2 weeks!  Hope that helps! Have a great day! 

  • itsdi

    these are delicous!  thank you!!!!  I do have a question – because I have to log my daily fat and calories, I was wondering if you think these have the same fat and calories as the original?  or have you ever added up nutritional info of the different recipes?  thanks again!

    • Amy Layne

      Thanks so much! We love these recipes here. DAMY Health was created partially from my life experience and partially from my education. Here we are completely count-free. We eat whole, natural food diets within reasonable portion sizes, timings, etc. We do not count calories, fats, etc. Instead, we eat balanced whole food diets. If you want to learn more about us and why choose to live count-free feel free to click on the Amy Layne page above and take a look at my story. 

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  • Jkclgard4

    I came across your site while looking for deals on boxes of Larabars, I assumed that I could probably make them myself looking at the ingredients BUT the experimenting part of that scared me.  I was so excited to see all of your recipes.  I made some bars tonight in my food processor.
      I used 10 oz of pitted dates, a cup of raw almonds, a heaping 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, 3 tbsp natural peanut butter (no sugar), a 1/4 tsp salt, and about a 1/4 cup raisins because i was out of dates and the mixture looked a little dry still :).  They are delicious!  I can’t have dairy or sugar so the choc. chips wouldn’t work for me.  My boys even tried them and said they taste like Peanut butter cups, and I agree. The recipe made about 12 larabar sized bars.

    • Amy Layne

      That sounds great. If you find your mixture is ever dry adding 1 tbsp of warm water at a time until you reach your desired consistency is an awesome tip. Glad you loved them!

  • Cynthia_e_john

    I found this link on Pinterest  and posted the link on my FB page! I have been dying for the Cherry Pie Lara bars but they are hard to find in my small town. I didn’t have dates at my grocery so I used prunes instead and they turned out just as good at the Lara bars, not sure what that does to the calorie count or nutrition. To be honest, taste is why I like the Lara bar and this is just an amazing recipe, thank you for your work!

    • Amy Layne

      Sounds awesome Cynthia. A great way to switch up and make due with what you have. As long as you are eating whole, natural foods I wouldn’t worry about the rest. 

  • Sew2speak

    Made Hawaii balls.  Coconut, pineapple, macadamia nut, almond, dates, and vanilla.   Wonderful

    • Amy Layne

      Sounds awesome! Ohhh that sounds delicious!

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  • Sarah

    Thank you for these recipes! I have celiac disease and I was looking for a homemade version of the Larabars, your recipes sound delicious I cannot wait to try them!

    • Amy Layne

      Great to hear Sarah! You will love them! Enjoy!!! 

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  • protein powder

    Thanks for sharing these recipes. Some of them are my favorite flavor of Lara bar. It’s taste great.

    • Amy Layne

      You are so welcome!!! 

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  • Melanie

    These are AWESOME!! I made the blueberry and key lime pie flavors this weekend and they are so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipes!!

    • Amy Layne

      You are so welcome!! SO happy you made them and loved them!! Have a great week! 

  • Ashley

    As a recent Larabar addict, and a cook to boot, these are DEE-licious, and couldn’t be easier to make. I do an equal part dates/fruit/nut combo and find this works the best for me. I looooooove all the flavour combos you’ve posted for us! I’ve already forwarded this on to many friends, and have had nothing but great feedback. I gave up desserts for Lent, so these are the perfect little sweet-snack. Thanks!

    • Amy Layne

      That is great! Thank you for the comment love! 

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  • GabrielleY

    This is fantastic!  I have recently been introduced to Larabars, and as someone recently diagnosed as having gluten intolerance (along with several other food sensitivities), I’ve been looking for healthy, gluten free snack foods that I can enjoy.  These are prefect.  Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Amy Layne

      You are so welcome! Hope you look around and find more gluten free yummy snacks on the site you love! Have a great week! 

  • Mark Gailmor Ⓥ

    Why are you using cranberries in your cherry pie recipe? When did cranberries begin to taste like cherries? They don’t. Could this be a mistake?

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  • Brian Raz

    These are great! Fills that between meal snack perfectly. Made a couple of the above recipes (which were all delicious) before experimenting… made a peppermint patty batch; 9g fresh mint leaves, ½ cup dark chocolate chips, ¾ cup raw cashews, 1/3 cup shredded coconut 2 teaspoon peppermint extract, 2 teaspoon coconut extract and 1 cup dates, made 9 good sized 213 calorie bars. Not too bad even with the sweets.  

    • Amy Layne

      Sounds great Brian! Good idea.

  • Anna

    I’ve heard so much good stuff about these lara bars but they don’t seem to sell them out of the states so now I can give them a go! woohoo. 

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  • Chris

    Great site!  Curious why you list cranberries for the cherry pie recipe?  Also noticed no cherries in your “roll your own” list of pastes.  Bad experience with the round red nugget of fruity goodness? 



    • Amy Layne

      You are so welcome!!! Have a great day! 

  • Mgeorge86

    I made the almond cookie bars last night, let them set up in the fridge overnight and just tried a little bite – they are fabulous!! I might have to have someone hide them before I eat all of them! They were fast and easy to make and came together with no problem. Thanks for sharing such great stuff!

    • Amy Layne

      You are so welcome! Thank you :) 

  • Kara

    YUM! Can’t wait to try these, I do love Larabars. I was thinking of making these for a backpacking trip. would they hold up without refrigeration? will putting them in my food dehydrator help keep them, or will that just make them brittle and hard? Thanks in advance for any suggestions…

  • Senor Popo

    Shouldn’t the cherry pie recipe have cherries instead of cranberries?

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  • kara

    On the larabar website, yes, they use cherries for the cherry pie recipe (cherries, almonds and dates)

  • Elle

    I am an expectant mother, and I have been searching for healthy snacks to fill the times in-between meals. I’m very excited to make these and hope they help to curb my constant hunger, even a little :)

    • Amy Layne

      You will love them Elle! There are all kinds on great snacks on the site you will enjoy! Congrats on the little bundle to be :) 

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  • Elizabeth

    I have used your recipes as a starting point dozens of times in making my own power balls as a snack for my kids.  Thank you so much for sharing this.  We love it!

    • Amy Layne

      That is wonderful! Thank you!! Enjoy :) 

  • Jen Bienstock Cohen

    My son loved the peanut butter & jelly bars.  I used dried cherries.  Perfect! Thanks.

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Jen! That is great to hear! Thank you for the comment-love :) 

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  • AkMom

    In  your Key Lime recipe, you call for 1/3 shredded coconut.  Is that 1/3 of a cup or  1/3 of an entire coconut?

    • Amy Layne

      Hi AKMom, That should read 1/3 cup shredded coconut. Thanks! Have a great day,


      • Debbie Goodman

        What kind of dark chocolate do you use? melted or cocoa powder? The chocolate coconut macaroon sounds delicious!

        • Amy Layne

          I use all natural, organic cocoa powder :) They are sooo yummy!

    • tictok

      id assume shed still use a cup size, and not a coconut size. 

  • Amy Layne

    You are so welcome Alicia! I know you will love them.


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  • Portia Burke

    I love this recipe!  Our first batch was the Cherry Pie and the second was the Blueberry Pie.  Both were wonderful but the Blueberry Pie….AMAZING!!!  Next, I want to try a Pomegranate  White Chocolate.  We make these into 6 snack sized balls and keep them in the fridge, my boys think they are a special treat:-)  Even my parents in FL are making these now….so fun and so addicting.  Thank you for the wonderful recipes, I can’t wait to keep trying them

    • Amy Layne

      That is great!!! Thank you for sharing!! 

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  • Bethany

    Isn’t 24g of sugar for one of these larabars a lot of sugar?

    • Ember

       Most of them have no added sugar! All fruits.

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  • Cameron

    This sounds wonderful, I was especially happy to find a recipe for the Peanut Butter and Jelly bars, but it is a little unclear to me as to where to add the 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter? Do we add the peanut butter while kneading the cherries, nuts, and salt?

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  • Alix Scott

    Love these bars, very costly in the store, save me money, & easy to make!

    • Amy Layne

      Glad you loved them Alix!

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  • Anamaria Serbescu

    1/4 cup of pitted dates is not enough it doesnt even make enough paste for 1 bar :O and the recipes yeald for 2-3 bars :C

    • BellaBella

       All of the recipes call for a total of 1/2 cup dried fruit (for example, the Cherry Pie recipe asks for 1/4 c. dates, 1/4 c. cherries).  Together these make up the paste.  A little bit goes further than it looks like it will.  Plus, store bought Lara Bars are tiny things.   I’ve made several of these recipes now and each one has made 2-3 bars (usually 2 and a bit).  If you want to make more, just double, triple, quadrulple the recipe. 

  • Megan

    At any point do you need to puree anything? Such as the dates? Also what type of blender/puree machine do you have? I love the homeade Lara bar idea and it comes with perfect timing as I was just looking into buying the magic bullet or something similar.

    • melissa

       I use a food processor and put all the ingredients in at once.

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  • Jenn

    Made the cookie dough bars last night…OMG they were amazing.  My hubby loves them and shared with all my friends and they want the recipe too. Thanks, love all your recipes :)

    • Amy Layne

      So glad you loved them Jenn!

  • McKenna

    I just finished making the cookie dough bars (the first Larabar I ever had, so I saw it fit to make it the first mock larabar I’ve had). It was fantastic! Although, the recipe listed only had 1/3 cup dates, and was missing the remaining fruit to really make it bind, so I added a couple dried black mission figs. It was perfect! I’m thinking about making the coconut macaroon ones next, as my dad loves coconut and see if I can trick him into eating them 😛

    • Amy Layne

      Great idea with the figs McKenna! Glad it worked out for you.

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  • jamie

    We love these, thank you! I have made the chocolate chip cookie dough ones twice and both times it was way too much salt. Like, not edible. So I thought you might want to check that. I had to triple or quadruple the rest of the ingredients to tone the salt down. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Jennifer

    Has anyone tried making the Carrot Cake larabar?

    • Cynthia Schneider

      Nope, but I’m going to! I’ll let you know how well it turns out!

  • Sam

    Do these need to be refrigerated?

    • Amy Layne

      If you are storing them for a longer then a week your should put them in the refrigerator

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  • Jessie Riboli

    I am on the whole 30, so I have been eating LARA bars a lot for an easy snack. I just KNEW i could make them myself with such a simple ingredient list! Thank you to your post it gave me the confidence to try! I used Dates, Prunes (with cherry), almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and cinnamon. My first batch of nuts came out too “flour”y … but good thing i didn’t throw away the nut flour, because when i was done shaping the bars with the beter nut mixture, i dipped them in the nut flour and it gave it a great texture! And I used more nuts than the traditional bar, so it had more texture! MY ENTIRE FAMILY went “nuts” for them!!! Cant wait to try my almond butter bars now!

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  • rachchow

    Omg these are such a great idea! I made bars containing dried cranberries + dates, roasted cashews + pumpkin seeds, sea salt and vanilla. Wow I’m hooked. And they are so easy to make. Thanks Amy :)

    • Amy Layne

      You are welcome rachchow! Have a great day!

  • Ricky Cortez

    Also add Chia seeds for natural appetite “Fulfillment” & ground flax seeds for health benefits!

  • Oz

    I just made these and they are awesome! I would have never think of making Lara Bars at home. I bought a bunch of different ingredients and my first try was Peanut Butter and Jam recipe. I used prunes instead of dates, because I’ve never had prunes. These bars are delicious, can’t wait to bring them to work as snack.. Thank you!!!

    • Amy Layne

      That is so great to hear :) I hope you are having a wonderful day!

  • alana

    Love love love!! So do my kids. I always double the recipe to make 6 bars. I found a very easy, clean way to press and shape them too. I divide the mixture into three saran wrap lined 1/2 cup square plastic dishes. Then loosely cover each with a second piece of saran. Next, using a fourth container of the same exact fitting shape, press down to fill the bottom evenly with the mixture. When done pressing the bars, pull out of the square dish using the overhanging plastic. Place on a cutting board and cut the square in half to make single serving portion. Wrap each new rectangle individually and place back in the container used to shape and press. I was able to get all six back into one container fitted with lid to store in fridge.

    • Ribbon

      THANK YOU for that tip. I feel like I everything I try to use to shape my bars never works out and it always looks terrible and amateur. Your idea is so simple, I can’t believe I never thought of that! I’m excited to make another batch of bars just so I can try that out!

    • Amy Layne

      Great idea for shaping alana!

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  • littleclose

    What are the nutrition facts for these?

  • Hannah

    Where can you find dried fruit without sugar added?

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  • Wendy Mims-Rivas

    Just made the almond bars but I added chia to it (3 Tbs) and I LOVE them! So does my oldest daughter and I’m so glad that you posted these recipes. Can’t wait to try more of them out.

    • Amy Layne

      That is so great Wendy!

  • Jennie

    I made 2 different types of Lara balls for the first time.) the 1st batch was: peanut butter, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, almonds, cashews, dates,& coconut oil. That batch came out way too sticky. So the second batch had: dates ,cranberries, cashews, macadamia nuts white chocolate chips, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. That batch was perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe’ I look forward to creating new flavors:)

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  • Shae Love Lassman

    This is probably going to sound really weird to most people, but I am
    odd…Anyway, I have a variety of dietary issues and I REALLY wanted to
    love Larabars when I found them, but, tragically, I don’t. There’s a
    funky taste to them and I think I figured it out once I read through the
    recipes. I do not care for my fruits to be mixed with much of anything
    at all. Is there something other than fruit I can use in place of the
    fruit paste? I would be eternally grateful to anyone who would help me
    out as I am struggling not only with a GERD-friendly, grain free, dairy
    freer and rawer diet, but also my traditionally unhealthy American
    palate I’ve been struggling as I was brought up by parents who believed
    that canned vegetables were really healthy, ketchup was a vegetable and a
    peanut butter and jelly sandwich (sugary and junky peanut butter and
    jelly, FYI) was a complete meal. LOL SAVE ME!!!

    • Kendra Ashleen

      @Shaylovelassman. The funny taste comes in part because they are not fresh from the store but I recommend dates, peanuts and chocolate chips using the same amounts in the above recipes. You could use any type of nut really such as cashew, almond, hazelnut, or macadamia. I recommend dark chic as there is less sugar and a more concentrated flavor. Don’t like dark? Use semi sweet. The sweetness of the dates makes up for the difference in both the dark and semi sweet. You need the dates as a binder but you could use peanut, almond or cashew butter and add some flour ( any type of flour) or potato starch to make it more solid. Make the nut butter yourself. Just nuts and a food processor. I would use agave nectar to sweeten the nut butter type.

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  • Kate

    Wow, this is a really elaborate post on making your own Lara bars; I love it. Thanks for taking the time! Can I post a link to this page from my food blog ?

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  • laralover

    Is this more cost effective? I can get larabars at my local grocers for only $1/each every other week. I have a hard time believing buying all these ingredients is cheaper.

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  • Chelsee

    I figured up the price and they are roughly 62 cents each bar made this way. Compared to the $1-$1.25 everywhere else I’ve seen them

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  • Michelle

    Thank you so much for these recipes! I’ve been looking for ages for recipes for protein bars that don’t need protein powder due to dietary restrictions and here you have a whole range! Thank you again!!

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Michelle! You are so welcome! Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer

    I really want to try these, but my son has a nut allergy so I have to keep nuts out of my home. I see the only option on the list is pumpkin seeds, what about sunflower seeds. We eat those a lot around here but I know they do soften when moist. Would sunflower seeds work in these recipes to replace the nuts?

    • Amy Layne

      Hey Jennifer! Yes! Any seeds that is ok for your Son will work great. You just may need a bit more to get the right consistency.

    • Sefa

      I used sunflower seeds and it worked great for me. Just dates Choco chips and sunflower seeds. Yum!

  • Michelle Goodrich

    Theses do not require a liquid like oil or water? Thank you for the build your own list. :)

  • Sefa

    My school is nut free so I used sunflower seeds dates and Choco chips… Came out amazing:) I love these bars! Thanks for posting these recipes!

    • Amy Layne

      Love to hear this!

  • Genny

    I made cashew almond mocha bites using both nuts, 1 tsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and a pich of finley ground coffee. They were delicious!

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  • Elizabeth

    I actually have my own recipe of the Blueberry muffin that is somewhat similar to yours! I just posted my Gingerbread Larabar recipe on my new blog – I would love to hear what you think!

  • Ronda Bass

    My son is going on a 50 mile hike this summer with his scout troop. He has a major nut allergy so we are looking very closely at the food list. Lara Bars are on the menu. There are a few nuts he can have (almonds, peanuts and brazil nuts) so I would be quite willing to make a few batches of these to send with him as an alternative. My question is this: can these recipes go a few days without being refrigerated?

    • Sally O’Keeffe

      Hi Ronda! I’m assuming that these are made with the same ingredients as Larabars (which have no preservatives in them) so I believe they are completely safe to go without refrigeration. I don’t refrigerate my Larabars so he should be good! I hope he has a wonderful time! x

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