Easy Homemade “Larabars”

Breaking the bank on Larabars? This 5-minutes larabar recipe will help you save money by making your own healthy homemade larabars. They are so easy to make, the kids can do it themselves.

5 Minute Larabar Recipe that saves money on #healthy #snacks!  #copycat #recipe

I love sweets and comfort foods just as much as the next person…. and I’ll never stop eating them.

However, the majority of the time I try to feed my family “whole foods” free of processed ingredients. I feel like doing this not only keeps us healthy and strong, it also makes our splurge meals so much more enjoyable.

Along with fresh fruit and veggies, one of the convenience snacks I always keep around the house are Larabars.

I buy the healthiest varieties like Apple Pie, Cherry Pie and Blueberry Muffins, made solely out of unsweetened dried fruit and nuts… not the chocolate varieties. That way I can say “YES” every time the kids ask for a Larabar as a snack.

Yet after I started buying Larabars by the case, I noticed a huge increase in our monthly grocery bills. $1.50 a pop adds up quickly when your family goes through at least 4 of these babies a day.


So I decided to make homemade larabars and see if they were worth the time and savings.

Verdict: Totally worth it.

You will not believe how easy it is to make Larabars, and for a fraction of the cost! In fact it only took me 5 minute to make this “Apple Pie” larabar recipe and I saved almost $10, by buying dried fruit and nuts from my grocery store bulk bins.

Simply pour all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse unto you’ve reached a thick sticky consistency with finely ground chunks.

Then press them into a pan and cut.

So easy!

5 Minute Homemade Larabar Recipe that saves money on #healthy #snacks!  #copycat #recipe

In fact, my 10 year old daughter has been experimenting with her own variations without any assistance at all.

This Apple Pie copycat larabar recipe is something we make again and again. I feel good about serving them to my kids, knowing they are free of junky ingredients and chemicals.

And today I’m serving them to you on my “Cook for the Cure” Pass the Plate!

5 Minute Larabar Recipe that saves money on #healthy #snacks!  #copycat #recipe

Two of my favorite companies, KitchenAid and Villeroy & Boch, have come together to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in this Cook for the Cure initiative.

Each “Pass the Plate” purchased raises $5 for the Susan G. Komen fund, each time it is passed to a friend and registered here.

They make spectacular holidays gifts that encourage continual giving and goodwill to men women. I love giving these to friends, piled high with homemade treats, then encouraging my friends to pass their plate onto someone else.

We’re all affected by cancer in some way… This fall my family is personally celebrating the life and recovery of one friend, and mourning the loss of another.

Pass the Plate is a great way to give a gift that makes a real difference in people’s lives!


Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Larabar Recipe


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, packed
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened apples
  • 1/4 cup raisins, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  1. Place all the ingredients in the food processor and blend until finely chopped and sticky.
  2. Line an 8X8 inch baking dish with wax paper with extra hanging out to cover the mixture. Dump the mixture into the dish and cover with wax paper. Press or roll the mixture out until smooth.
  3. Lift the wax paper and bars out of the pan and cut into 12 equal bars. Wrap individually in wax paper and store.

BASE LARABAR RECIPE: Use this to make any variety of fruit-and-nut Larabars.

1 1/2 cups raw nuts (Use 2 cups of nuts when working with stickier dried fruits.)
2 cups dried unsweetened fruit (always use at least 3/4 cup dates as the main binder.)
1/4 tsp. sea salt

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45 Responses to “Easy Homemade “Larabars””

  1. #
    Marly — November 13, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    These look incredible! It’s like a whole batch of Larabars for a quarter of the cost!


  2. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — November 13, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    What a brilliant idea, Sommer! I’ll be trying this!


  3. #
    AmyCK — November 13, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    These look delicious – I’ve been trying to work more protein into my breakfasts, but I need something easy to grab & go.


  4. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 13, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Love Larabars! These are so happening soon!


  5. #
    Aimee — November 13, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Such a great recipe for school lunches! Thanks, Sommer!


  6. #
    Tammy Kurz — November 13, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Do you know the nutritional info. for these bars? Calories and protein?


  7. #
    Angie — November 13, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Love these, so healthy!


  8. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 13, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I absolutely love this recipe and I adore the “Pass the Plate” initiative. Fantastic!


  9. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — November 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    Homemade larabars sound like fun!


  10. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 13, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I love how incredibly easy these are! I’ve had Lara Bars before and they’re such a good snack to help curb my appetite!


  11. #
    Heather Christo — November 13, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    these are brilliant Sommer…


  12. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 13, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I adore this homemade version of Lara Bars!! What a great idea, Sommer!


  13. #
    Lauren — November 13, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    These look amazing! Love all the spice add-ins!


  14. #
    marla — November 13, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Such a smart & healthy recipe :)


  15. #
    Lori — November 13, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    While I like the larabar recipe… had to comment on the napkins. Vintage? I could swear my mom made me a dress out of same fabric when I was a kid!


  16. #
    Joanne — November 13, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    I just signed up to your site Sommer when I found this recipe on Pinterest. I really wanted to try it since me and my daughter are always on the go and bars are part of our daily snacks. Commercial bars are often unhealthy and the good ones expensive. When I saw the time needed to make these ones and how healthy they can get, I had to give it a try. I’m eating one just right now and am amazed by the taste and how quick and inexpensive they are!!! But You need to know that I cheated a little cause the mixture didn’t come out sticky enough to hold so I through in pure maple syrup in (I’m a Quebecois, couldn’t resist!) the mixture and the taste is just Fab. This recipe will definitely stay on my counter for years to come! and I’m sure all my friends will ask for it after tasting them! Thx for sharing :)


    • Sommer — November 13th, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

      Hi Joanne, You reminded me a of good point!

      If the dates are a little dry, they don’t stick together as well. When that happens I add 1-2 Tb. of water to the mix. Maple syrup was a great idea! I’ll have to try that. :)


  17. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 13, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    I’m a huge fan of my store’s bulk bins and the cost is why I always shy away from those bars, even though I know how yummy they are! What a great recipe Sommer!


  18. #
    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self Discipline — November 13, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    I love kit’s organic bars – just like Lara bars, but 100% organic. This is a great recipe to recreate them! I’ve been meaning to get in the kitchen and try a pumpkin version.


  19. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 13, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I love everything about this recipe, Sommer!


  20. #
    Jeanette — November 13, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Homemade bars are so much better than store bought and so much less expensive to make. This look fabulous Sommer!


  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 13, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    These bars look so good and since they are so quick to make, I have no excuse not to try them! :)


  22. #
    Shari | Tickled Red — November 14, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    Oh I just love these! Especially because they are so easy. xo


  23. #
    Carolyn — November 14, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Wow, they look exactly like the real thing! Nice work.


  24. #
    Mary Beth Elderton — November 14, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    These look wonderful! I make something like these with cocoa and roasted coffee beans. I’ll definitely have to try these. I usually roll them into small balls and flatten them a bit to make “bites” rather than bars.


  25. #
    Phoebe Lapine — November 14, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Yum! Love making my own bars … I will have to try this recipe!


  26. #
    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — November 14, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I bet they taste even better knowing you’re saving so much money. These look great!


  27. #
    Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul) — November 14, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    Nice quick and easy recipe that’s great to make so you always have a wholesome snack on hand! I have actually never had a Larabar before but people seem to really love them, and now that I see the ingredients list, I understand why! Plus, I’m a huge fan of dates. We need to use more of these in our recipe because they are so sweet & tasty!


  28. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 15, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Love that you made a homemade larabar! These will be happening soon!


  29. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — November 15, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    I love Larabars and you are right about it being so costly. I know I’ll love these homemade and nutritious bars even more! :)


  30. #
    Rachel @ the dessert chronicles — November 16, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    This is such a great idea! Can’t believe how easy this is either. I will definitely be trying this tomorrow!


  31. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 20, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I need to do this today. I love homemade bars so much better than the store bought.


  32. #
    Jenny Flake — November 20, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    How cool! Can’t wait to try this recipe Sommer! We buy bars like this by the dozen. Would love to try our own!


  33. #
    Millie — December 28, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    totally looks delicious!
    I desperately want to try this out with some coconut in it mmm :)


  34. #
    Darlene — January 17, 2014 @ 12:39 am

    My son is allergic to peanuts. Do you have a substitution that could be use?


    • Sommer — January 17th, 2014 @ 8:43 am

      Hi Darlene, there are no peanuts in these bars. :)


  35. #
    Teri Smyth — January 31, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for sharing Sommer. I’m always looking for ways to make my own nutritious snack bars. I just attended a class on losing belly fat, I know right ? and the nutritionist wants us to eat protein 5X day. That’s a lot.
    This recipe is sure to help me do that.

    Looking forward to many more of your tasty and nutritious treats


  36. #
    Nicole — March 23, 2014 @ 2:20 am

    Hi, I was wondering if these were freezable? I’m a student living alone I wouldn’t be able to eat them all! Alternatively how long do they keep?


    • Sommer — March 23rd, 2014 @ 9:45 am

      Yes! I freeze them all the time. :)



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