Over the last couple of years I’ve made my share of homemade Lara Bars or little energy bites filled with nuts sweet medjool dates and other flavor specific additions. I’m not sure why I haven’t posted about them until now. They’ve literally been a staple in my kitchen for a couple of years. Maybe its because they aren’t the most beautiful little bars to photograph or that there so essential that I forget to highlight them on here. It also, could be that they disappear quickly after we make them.
We take these little bars with us for quick energy on hikes, while running errands, to curb the constant pregnancy hunger pangs, or just as a little after lunch guilt-free treat. And the recipe is simple but you will need a food processor. If you don’t have one (as I didn’t for many years) just make these with a friend who does. Cooking with friends is always better anyways!
Though I’ve made many versions of lara bars over the years, I think these are my favorite. The addition of coconut flakes and coconut oil add a depth of flavor that some of the other bars don’t have. Though we do make them into bars that look similar to the actual Lara Bars, most often I roll them up into little bites, which are easy to grab on the go and nice for a lighter snack when you don’t need a whole bar. They keep well in a airtight container in the fridge, as I often just put the bites in a large jar with a tight lid.
What healthy snacks do you like to take with you on-the-go?
You can make Lara Bars at home with this easy recipe.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 6 medjool dates, pitted and quartered
- 2 tablespoons honey, use agave for vegan
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a food processor, process the almonds and cashews until they resemble a course flour-like meal. Add in coconut and pulse a few times, then add in dates (pitted). After this is well combined add in the honey and coconut oil, adding more of either as needed. The dough should stick together if you pinch it between your fingers and it will likely form a ball in the food processor when you've added enough of the oil and honey.
Remove the dough from the processor and make into a ball. Place it on a flat cutting surface with a layer of parchment on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into bars 1 3/4 inch by 4 1/2 inches, saving the jagged edges to form into little energy bite balls. Wrap the bars in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Store energy bites also in an air tight container in the fridge (I use a jar for these).
More Lara Bar and Energy Bite Recipes:
Apricot Almond Lara-like Bars by Cookie and Kate
Chocolate Almond Cherry Bars by Delightful Delicacies
Fig Newton Pecan Balls by Heather’s Dish
Carrot Cake Granola Bites by Cookin’ Canuck
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bars by Oh She Glows
Chocolate Lara Bars by Chocolate and Zucchini