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These DIY Larabars Are A Healthy Way To Avoid Getting Hangry

collage: dates, dried apricots, and cashews on marble surface/two homemade larabars stacked

I am one of those people who the word “hangry” was invented for. You know, hungry + angry = hangry! That’s why I always have to have some sort of snack on my person at all times. Granola bars are a great option, but after my daughter-in-law introduced me to Larabars, they quickly became my emergency snack of choice.

What’s great about Larabars is that each of their bars has a very short ingredient list. (In fact, some of them only have 3 ingredients!) All Larabars are non-GMO and gluten-free, and most are vegan and soy-free too.

With the exception of the ones that contain chocolate chips, Larabars don’t contain refined sugar, but are naturally sweetened with fruit or fruit juice. If you follow a Paleo diet or are doing the Whole 30 program, the non-chocolate chip bars are a great approved snack.

You should note, however, that Larabars are not low-calorie or low-fat. My favorite Cherry Pie flavor has 200 calories and 8g of fat, so I wouldn’t go eating a whole box of them! But when I’m hungry and need something more substantial to tide me over, a Larabar always hits the spot.

three glass jars with cork lids: currants, dates, almonds, with a few dates almonds and currants scattered around jars.

Homemade Larabars: 2 Easy Recipes

Prepare to be blown away by how easy these homemade Larabars are to make. The basic formula is equal parts pitted dates (which act as a binder and a sweetener), the dried fruit of your choice, and the nut of your choice. Feel free to get creative here, with additional ingredients like coconut shreds or adding spices or seasonings. The possibilities really are endless!

When shopping for ingredients, make sure to check the labels on dried fruit, as many of them have added sugar. If you strike out at your usual grocery store, you may have more luck at a specialty store like Sprouts or Whole Foods.

dates, dried apricots, and cashews on a marble surface

Apricot Cashew Bars


  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup raw, toasted, or roasted cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
dates, almonds, and currants on a marble surface

Currant Almond Bars


  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
collage: Blendtec blender containing dates, cashews, and dried apricots/view into blender from above with the larabar ingredients blended


To make your homemade Larabars, you’ll need a high-powered blender or food processor. The mixture is really thick, so take care not to burn out the motor.

I used a smaller-than-normal blender cup when I made these, so I ended up combining the ingredients and processing them in two batches.

Blend the ingredients until they are well mixed, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of your blender or food processor.

rolling pin with red flowers next to larabar mixture in plastic wrap

Next, transfer the blended mixture to a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and lay it out on your countertop. Add another piece of wrap or paper on top, then roll out the mixture until it’s about 1/2 – 3/4″ in thickness.

two golden colored homemade larabars stacked

Place the whole thing in your fridge to chill for one hour, then remove the wrap and cut it into individual bars.

The bars will keep for a few weeks in your fridge, or a couple of months in your freezer. I like to eat mine at room temperature, so I try to take them out of the fridge and let them warm up a bit before I dig in.

two dark brown homemade larabars stacked

Is It Cheaper To Make Your Own Larabars?

The most recent time I made them, I spent $32.94 on ingredients and got about 30 bars in total, which works out to $1.09 per bar. My local Smith’s sells Larabars for $1.59 each, so at that price, I’m saving 50 cents per bar!

However, that same Smith’s also sells boxes of 18 bars for $22.39, which works out to $1.24 per bar. And I’ve seen those boxes go on sale for $18.19, putting each bar at just $1.01.

So is are homemade Larabars cheaper? Yes and no. If you can find a box of them on sale, it will probably be cheaper to buy that box than to make your own.

But then again, making your own bars does have its benefits, like getting to create your own flavors. (But then again again, making them also takes time, so that’s a factor worth considering as well!)

Do you have a favorite homemade healthy snack?

collage: dates, dried apricots, and cashews on marble surface/two homemade larabars stacked

Homemade Larabars with Apricots and Cashews

Jill Nystul
Featuring only dried fruits and nuts, these snack bars are both easy to make and a healthy, satiating snack option.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bars
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates


  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until they are well mixed. (You may have to stop once or twice to scrape the sides.)
  • Pour out the blended mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper, then top with another piece of plastic wrap or wax paper.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture until you reach your desired thickness.
  • Chill in the fridge for about an hour, then unwrap and cut into bars.


Mix it up by swapping the cashews with almonds and the apricots with currants!


Serving: 1.6ozCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 587IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 2mg

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  • I made the apricot-date-cashew bars as soon as I saw your post. I used parchment paper to roll, which worked well, and I made them thinner so I could have a sweet snack without too many calories. Just about burned up my Nutri-bullet before I discovered it works great about a quarter of the recipe at a time. I also wondered about different fruits and have made a list for future bars. Thanks! Great Post :)

  • I love this recipe. I am looking forward to trying this. I will be trying to make a lower-carb version so I appreciate the earlier comments on how to do that. Maybe i’ll add some sugar-free choc chips too. Yum.

  • I’ve made snacks like this but in ball form (then they’re called ‘date-nut balls’, etc. Buying when items are on sale can keep costs down and determine what your bar flavors will be.

    What’s especially nice about making your own is lack of packaging, starting with buying in bulk if you can. (I’m lucky enough to have a Whole Foods nearby) and then no ‘per bar’ packaging headed to a landfill. Worth the few extra cents/unit cost, to me…and I’m generally a tightwad. :)

  • So after I read your post, I made this using dates, almonds, a bit of shredded coconut (sugar-free) and a bag of mixed tropical fruits. The dried fruits were old (back of the cupboard) and on the dry side, so not very tasty. But when mixed this way, the end result was amazingly delicious. I will definitely be making more of this as everyone in the house loved it.

  • Love your blog!! Follow you all of the time. My question is not about the Larabars, but to see if you know what fractionated coconut oil is??? Hope that you can help me out with this. Thanks

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      • Thank you, Gwyn for the help! I had never heard of that before and didn’t know what to do with it. So many new things to learn!

  • Jillee,

    This is totally brilliant!

    Our body needs sugar but not white and refined sugar. This is the best kind of sugar for us. Easy, healthy and portable! You can also mix and match the ingredients to your taste. Also, you can add cinnamon, vanilla or any other spices and flavors for both their health benefits and well as their taste.

  • These sound so good since I forget to take lunch to work almost everyday and then I am starving when I get home 4 hours later. Wondering about using just peanuts. I am highly allergic to all nut except peanuts (because they are not a nut of course) What type of peanut would you suggest? Spanish, shell in, out of the shell.

      • Thank you! Cannot wait to try making these. Finding bars without nuts is a very hard task and have mostly given up ever eating them. It is just not worth the trip to the ER every time.

  • Where’s the chocolate? You do know you can add cocoa powder or chocolate chips to the mixture, don’t you? Absolute necessities, in my snacking choice!

    • I agree — adding cocoa powder to the blender or stirring in (mashing in, maybe?) mini chocolate chips after blending would complete the recipe.

      This recipe could be a lot of fun to play with! I followed the link to the original recipe, and a couple of links in comments there and found suggestions about adding coconut flakes, flax seeds, chia seeds, crystallized ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, flavorings, and other interesting things. Reducing the fruit and adding more nuts and other low carb ingredients would lower the whole carb count.

      • The last photo (I think it was the last one) looks like some version of chocolate, I was actually hoping to find that recipe somewhere. I may still since I haven’t gone exploring yet. :) Thanks for this (and everything) Jillee!

  • I’m so making this! Since I”ve started more gardening this year and keeping busy around the house and keeping my family happy by spoiling them by cooking and going places ( even money free) . This would come in handy for energy and control that hunger.

  • Any alternatives that don’t use dates? I hate dates (which is why I don’t eat Larabars), but I like the IDEA of something this simple.

      • I’m wondering the same thing Marie. I think you just need something sticky and sweet so prunes would probably work great!

    • I was thinking prunes as well. I think they have a similar consistency and moisture content to dates I think. I mix the two up all the time! Lol

  • I LOVE these bars. I make own too. I made Pecan Pie last week and they were amazing. Dates, pecans, almonds and a little bit of vanilla extract. Also doing the Whole 30. I have had amazing results.

  • Costco does not sell Lara Bars in CT.
    Have made them before but my Cuisinart had a crack and it was shooting out the side, Arghhh.
    Repaired with Gorilla Glue and am ready to go.
    Winged it last time, without a recipe, love your suggestion about rolling out.
    Thanks, Juilee.

  • Great post! I love recipes that are easy to follow, nutritious, and contain heart healthy ingredients. Love Larabars. Thanks for the recipes and the Costco tip. Jennie

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