I don’t know about you guys but I’m always looking for a healthy treat that’s great for “on-the-go” snacking. With that being said, I have fallen in love with the Larabar. They’re so delicious (the Coconut Cream Pie is my all-time fav)! Not only are they packed with protein but they’re naturally sweetened with dates and have endless variations with very basic ingredients (nuts, dates, dried fruit, cocoa, etc.).
What I don’t love however, is their price… a whopping $1.50 per bar. While an occasional bar here or there is fine, my husband and I were each eating a bar almost every day! After a week of that, I decided I could probably just as easily make my own and I am happy to say that my copycat recipe is just as tasty as the store version. I usually make two batches every Sunday and we eat them throughout the week. I’ve made a couple of variations but the one posted below is still my favorite! Enjoy :)
Homemade Coconut Larabars
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, not pictured)
- A few tablespoons of water
Place all of your almonds into food processor and process until finely ground (but not paste like). Add remaining ingredients and process until finely chopped and the Larabar mixture begins to stick together (it will clump on the sides of the bowl).
Pour mixture into loaf pan and use spatula to press down (so mixture is nice and even). Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and then cut into squares (or any other shape) and wrap in plastic wrap. We like to keep ours in the refrigerator and snack on them throughout the week.
LARABAR VARIATIONS (prepare using directions above but substitute the following)
Peanut Butter: Substitute 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, 1 cup pitted dates, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
Brownie: Substitute 1 cup almonds, 1 cup pitted dates, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and dash of sea salt.