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!

Larabar Recipe

Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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  • 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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51 comments on “Easy Homemade “Larabars”

  1. helix jumpposted February 15, 2019 at 3:37 am Reply

    this the best recipe I have ever seen on the internet I really appreciate your work. My family will be really happy

    Rating: 5
  2. Annetteposted October 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm Reply

    My daughter has adopted a vegan lifestyle and in support of her, we made these bars, I substituted raw cashews for walnuts.The result is fantastic, absolutely delicious, perfect to go snack.

    Rating: 5
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  5. pbergposted April 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm Reply

    These came out really well. Very impressed with the recipe. Here’s some nutritional info for 1 bar:

    166 Calories, 10g fat, 1g saturated fat, 1g monounsaturated fat, 2g polyunsaturated fat, 78mg sodium, 206mg potassium, 18g carbs, 4g fiber, 12g sugar, 4g protein

    Rating: 5
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  8. Nicoleposted March 23, 2014 at 2:20 am Reply

    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?

    • Sommerposted March 23, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply

      Yes! I freeze them all the time. :)

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  11. Teri Smythposted January 31, 2014 at 11:34 am Reply

    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

    Rating: 5
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  14. Darleneposted January 17, 2014 at 12:39 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted January 17, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply

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

  15. Millieposted December 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm Reply

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

  16. Jenny Flakeposted November 20, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

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

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted November 20, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

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

  18. Rachel @ the dessert chroniclesposted November 16, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply

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

  19. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted November 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm Reply

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

  20. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted November 15, 2013 at 11:17 am Reply

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

  21. Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul)posted November 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm Reply

    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!

  22. Natalie @ Tastes Lovelyposted November 14, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

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

  23. Phoebe Lapineposted November 14, 2013 at 11:02 am Reply

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

  24. Mary Beth Eldertonposted November 14, 2013 at 7:07 am Reply

    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. Carolynposted November 14, 2013 at 6:25 am Reply

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

  26. Shari | Tickled Redposted November 14, 2013 at 5:23 am Reply

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

  27. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm Reply

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

  28. Jeanetteposted November 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm Reply

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

  29. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply

    I love everything about this recipe, Sommer!

  30. Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self Disciplineposted November 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm Reply

    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.

  31. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted November 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    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!

  32. Joanneposted November 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted November 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm Reply

      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. :)

  33. Loriposted November 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply

    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!

  34. marlaposted November 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Such a smart & healthy recipe :)

  35. Laurenposted November 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

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

  36. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

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

  37. Heather Christoposted November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am Reply

    these are brilliant Sommer…

  38. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 13, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

    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!

  39. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted November 13, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

    Homemade larabars sound like fun!

  40. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted November 13, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

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

  41. Angieposted November 13, 2013 at 8:34 am Reply

    Love these, so healthy!

  42. Tammy Kurzposted November 13, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

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

  43. Aimeeposted November 13, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

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

  44. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted November 13, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply

    Love Larabars! These are so happening soon!

  45. AmyCKposted November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

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

  46. Marian (Sweetopia)posted November 13, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply

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

  47. Marlyposted November 13, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

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