Ever since our first Whole30, we have loved Larabars and if you have ever tasted one you more than likely share that same love. The clean-eating date-based bars are packed with fruit and nuts and not much else, making them one of the best healthy snacks you can have. It also makes them very easy to make at home. Dates, which are the main ingredient in Larabars, are very versatile and easy to work with. All you need to make your own homemade Larabars is a food processor, plastic wrap, a spatula, and your ingredients.
For this recipe, we decided to go do a copycat version of one of our favorite Larabar flavors, Chocolate Coconut Chew (who can get enough chocolate?). Our Homemade Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabars are made with dates, almonds, cashews, Organic shredded coconut, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Prep time for these bars is under five minutes and with the food processor and your fridge doing all the work, they are a very low maintenance snack to make. Best of all, they taste like freshly baked brownies, without the added sugar, flour, eggs, or guilt.
If you aren’t a fan of chocolate you can make these bars in a variety of flavors. Stay tuned as we will be sharing more homemade Larabars recipes in the future. Can you say Apple Pie? For now, check out the video and the recipe below and give it a try.
- 2½ cups pitted dates
- ¼ cup whole almonds (Can be raw, or roasted; with or without salt)
- ¼ cup cashew pieces
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- In a food processor add the dates and process until the dates are finely chopped and they start to form a ball.
- Add the almond and cashews and pulse few more times until the nuts are chopped. If the mixture if to stick, add water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture begins to mix.
- Add the cocoa powder and coconut and pulse until the mixture comes together in a ball. You may need to scrape down the edges of the bowl several times.
- Take the date-nut mixture out of the food processor bowl using a spatula and transfer onto a large piece of plastic wrap.
- Place plastic-wrapped mixture into a glass 8x8 dish and spread it evenly.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for few hours before cutting into bars.
P.S. – Our food processor isn’t professional, but you wouldn’t know by its performance. We have had it for a couple years now and we swear by it. We use it to make all sorts of stuff: purees, dips, sauces, almond meal, etc. Best of all, it’s almost always available on Amazon for under $50. Check it out if you are on the market for a good food processor.