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Make Your Own Lara Bars


May 22, 2013 by Katie

I am so excited to have Sara from A Teaspoon and A Pinch guest-posting today. I am thrilled that she is sharing her recipes for homemade Lara Bars with us! Please take a minute to check out some of her other delicious REAL FOOD recipes on her website.

Hi there!  I’m Sara from A Teaspoon and A Pinch!  A few weeks back, Katie was sweet enough to guest post on my food blog, so I’m here returning the favor in kind.  And I’m sooo excited to share this recipe with you.

Katie and I are both working to cut sugars, gluten, and processed foods from our diets.  So, I find myself snacking a lot on Lara bars because they’re such a convenient way to meet those needs. But man alive, they are an expensive daily habit.  So I set out to make my own.  And they’re so easy!  And with a basic recipe, it’s really fun to come up with new flavors!  These are the flavors we loved best, and I keep our refrigerator stocked with at least a couple of them.

Homemade Lara Bars

 Lara Bars

heavily adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie


Soak the dried fruit in warm water for 5-10 minutes.  Meanwhile, gather remaining ingredients and pour into a food processor.  Drain the fruit and add to the food processor.  Process for 30 – 60 seconds or until the mixture sticks together when pinched with your fingers.  Pour into a loaf pan and press firmly into bars with a spatula.  Chill for 10 minutes and then cut into 6 bars.  Store refrigerated for up to two weeks.


Cherry Pie Bars


  • 1 c. (160g) dried, unsweetened cherries
  • 1/4 c. (40g) dried, unsweetened dates
  • 1/3 c. warm water (for soaking fruit)
  • 1 c. (120g) almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • dash salt


Sunshine Bars

Cherry Pie Bar

  • 1 c. (160g) dried, unsweetened pineapple
  • 1/3 c. warm water (for soaking fruit)
  • 1 c. (120g) cashews
  • 1/4 c. (20g) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • dash salt


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Bar

  • 1 c. (160g) raisins
  • 1/4 c. warm water (for soaking fruit)
  • 3/4 c. (60g) oatmeal (not quick-cook)
  • 3/4 c. (90g) cashews
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • dash salt

 Chocolate Craving BarsBlueberry Bar

  • 1 c. (160g) dried, unsweetened dates
  • 1/3 c. warm water (for soaking fruit)
  • 1 c. (120g) almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 1/4 c. (50g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • dash salt

Blueberry Muffin Bars

  • 1 c. (160g) dried, unsweetened blueberries
  • 1/4 c. (40g) dried, unsweetened dates
  • 1/3 c. warm water (for soaking fruit)
  • 1/2 c. (40g) oatmeal (not quick-cook)
  • 3/4 c. (90g) almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • dash salt




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  1. Three wonderful raw recipes! While they all sound delicious I would definitely have to start with the Chocolate Craving Bar. Would you be interested in sharing this post at Raw Foods Thursdays? These are perfect recipes.

    Hope to see you there!

  2. Paula says:

    oh, love this, I just made copy-cat kashi bars last week, love Lara bars, will def try. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned to my MM board. ~ Paula

  3. This is a great idea…so informative! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now!

  4. Rosey says:

    I think the blueberry bars sound so good, thank you for sharing this post!

    I’m visiting today from Thursday’s Favorite Things.

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  6. Becca says:

    Yummy! I tried one variety of homemade Larabars before and they turned out really well. Going to pin these!
    Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

  7. Heather may says:

    WOW and THANK YOU!!! I love Larabars but they are so expensive!!! I can’t wait to try making these. Thank you for sharing at and the Friday Follow Along Party! I am a new follower!

  8. Dolly says:

    Can’t wait to try these! I love Lara bars, but it’s too expensive to have them all the time…I can do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Linda says:

    I love all the flavor varieties in this. The sunshine bars seem to be calling my name! Thanks for sharing at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  10. Leah says:

    Thank you for linking up at the Friday Follow Along! These look great! Pinning to make later. Come back Friday for more linking up at

  11. Kelly says:

    Hi there. Got a couple questions. First, do you think that you could use fresh fruit instead of dry/soaked and still get the same firmness? Also, have you tried lemon juice in place of zest? And last, do you need to spray the loaf pan for the bars to come out easy? Thanks so much, looking forward to trying these out! Blessings

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  13. momstheword says:

    Wow, these all look so yummy! I don’t even think I could pick a favorite! Thanks for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party!

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  15. Kate says:

    Hello! I love your beautiful post on making larabars – The recipes look wonderful! I wanted to know if I can post a link to this page on my healthy food blog. Thanks!

  16. Lindsey says:

    These look amazing! Question – what could you substitute for the oatmeal in the Blueberry bar? I can’t have gluten and oats (even if they are gluten-free). Would some other gluten-free flour work or ground flax seed?


    • Katie says:

      I bet you could use coconut flour, although you would need much less. Ground flax seed would probably work, too. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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  18. Tanya says:

    Thank you so much! I just made a few, and they taste amazing, are super easy to make, and are extremely portable. I am a wilderness guide and these will be perfect for the long days on the trail.

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