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New Video: How to Make Larabars


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Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make homemade Larabars! They seriously taste better than the real thing… but be careful, they are highly addictive! πŸ˜‰

Homemade Larabar Recipe


2 cups of your favorite nuts (I chose almonds & cashews)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Medjool Dates (8 oz container or about 12) – pits removed
Fresh lime and/or lemon juice

Blend the 2 cups of nuts and 1 cup coconut flakes in food processor (or blender) until a powder forms. Now add the wet stuff – Medjool Dates and lime/lemon juice (I used the juice from one lime). After blending, if it’s still on the dry side, add a few tablespoons of water so that a dough forms. Finally, line the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish or pan with parchment paper, then evenly spread the dough in the dish. Now just throw the baking dish in the fridge for a few hours. Enjoy!

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Comments 52

  1. Amanda

    I recently started a Whole30 so this is perfect timing!

  2. rae

    Lol you’re killing me with the cockroach thing. Our favorites are the coconut and chocolate chip and the pumpkin ones.

      • Carolyn

        How many does it make?

    • rosana

      I know i was like what!!! LOL

  3. rae

    Costco has good prices on dates!

  4. Gina

    Just a quick note about the dates. Not that there is anything wrong with the way Collin pitted them but you want to open them up more…sometimes bugs get in there and you will see poop. So please make sure to look at them all. I also make my own because for the longest i wanted to try the peanut butter chocolate chip and chocolate brownie but it has walnuts (allergic) so i decided since the ingredient list is so few i could make them…Came out wonderful!

    • mich

      Is bug poop noticeable? I’m kinda scared to eat my prunes now, even though they aren’t really dates.

      • Gina

        It is but i dont fret about it…I just check and keep moving. It does not happen all the time (i buy them very frequently like a case a month) just a precaution. Did not mean to scare you…just passing on information.

        • Nilo

          If you keep dates in refrigerator, there will be no bugs.

  5. Maja

    Thanks Collin:-) I make bars with half dried prunes half dates and then nuts … dried prunes are good for digestion….;-)

  6. Jaclyn

    yes! They look like roaches! When I was pregnant I read that eating dates was supposed to make labor less painful and faster. I had to not look at them in order to eat them.

    • 1luv

      Dates are awesome during pregnancy! They provide all the vitamins and nutrients including iron! Plus they speed delivery!
      I love medjool dates, but always open before eating, there could be a mold cloud or bugs inside!

  7. Jade

    Yum! I wanna try these. I’d like to try a tablespoon of maple syrup to the recipe!

  8. Katie

    Great tutorial Collin! I make these weekly as snacks for my hubby at work, my 18 month old and myself throughout the day. I just use the recipe of 1 cup dates, 1 cup nuts and 1 cup dried fruit. I even buy the pre-pitted dates in the bulk section of my local stores to make it easier! I’ve also started rolling the mixture into bite sized balls to make it easier for my toddler to eat. So delicious and much cheaper too!

  9. jennifer

    Hmmm, my absolute favorite larabars are the cherry pie ones. I am thinking I could could just add in the dried cherries. Anyone had experience with the cherry larabars?

    • Stephanie Sitz

      I would recommend 1 part date to 2 part dried cherries! Keep the rest the same.

    • Lkel

      I make my own all the time. I just add a handful of dried cherries or dried blueberries or even cocoa nibs. I leave the rest the same as Colin did (minus the lemon or lime). They turn out great!

      • Keyko

        Lykel, do you just use water? Or no liquid?

  10. Erin

    It’s so nice to see a non-Target shopping video!

    • kelly

      I like to see any of Collin’s videos!!

  11. Alissa

    Dried fruit, especially apricots are great in these, too! Experiment with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, dried cherries, etc.

  12. Rose

    woww yummy gonna try it out soon

  13. Jaci

    Don’t laugh at me but is this normal stuff you find at grocery store? Jewel? Trader Joes? Target? Minus the nuts I can find those.

    • Maja

      almost any store with bulk section has. If you are NW part of contry try Winco, Fred Meyer and Safeway. Also Costco has them too. HTH

  14. Karen

    All the talk about bugs and poop in the dates makes me not want to eat anything with dates in it. Surely Larabar makers can’t look in all the dates…ughh, how many bugs are in those??

    • Maja

      at some countries they eat bugs so you and all of us is going to be fine eating dates;-) LOL

    • mich

      I know. Maybe it’s the organic ones with bugs. I don’t know what’s better, having organic with bugs or non organic with no bugs.

      • Jen D

        Probably, I ALWAYS find bugs in my organic celery. Especially earwigs, ewwww

    • April

      I knowwwww. I wish I hadn’t read this.

      • Mona

        Me either. This killed the recipe for me πŸ˜–

    • Kylah

      Ahhh! LoL dang it, I love medjool dates too. Had no idea about bugs & turds being an issue. I always soak mine in warm water before opening to pit them. It helps soften them too. Bleh! Extra protein? Eeek


    • Gina

      Dont be scare…if you really think about we cannot monitor anything not cooked or handled by our own hands. So you just pray over food and enjoy!

      • kelly

        I Love your outlook Gina!

    • Erin

      I don’t understand bug/bug poop fear. It’s not like I’d go out of my way to intentionally eat them, but the way I look at it, there’s far worse stuff in food–both processed and unprocessed–but we just don’t know about it or see it. Most of the time, anyway.

      • AGF

        Not to mention, anything processed or made in a factory has bug parts or bug eggs. Flour always has bug eggs, which is why it should be frozen for a week before using to keep them from hatching. My mom worked in a ketchup processing plant in college. Let’s just say she never ate ketchup after that. I found a huge, cooked grasshopper in a can of green beans. My friend found a little frog in a bag of packaged greens. Unfortunately, it is part of the food chain. I guarantee we’ve all eaten nasties. πŸ˜€

  15. alice

    Thank you Collin! I just made them. Really good, and easy to make πŸ™‚

  16. lala

    I do not like coconut, how would this be without??

  17. Pharmchick

    Just made these… I had a bunch of medjool dates leftover from last month plus like exactly 2 cups of mixed nuts and the rest of the ingredients and it tasted so good!!

  18. Amy

    These were great, just made them and ate some before even putting in the fridge oh and my toddlers loved them too, which is a bonus. Now i need a recipe for the KIND bars πŸ™‚

  19. jean

    I would have made these if you hadn’t mentioned made the gross cockroach statement.Now thats all I would be thinking about when using the dates.

  20. Gina

    I want to make these for my father. He has Type 2 Diabetes. Do you think these are ok for him as a snack? He loves granola bars but the store bought ones have so many different types of sweeteners in them so this seems better with just the dates.

  21. Mari

    I am so going to make these!! Thanks!!

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