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You can create your own tasty Homemade Larabars in a few minutes with just a handful of simple ingredients. In a few steps and minimal effort, you’ll have wholesome snacks ready to enjoy in no time!

A side view of a stack of four larabars on parchment paper.
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How to Make Larabars at Home

My kids are huge fans of Larabars, and I adore the variety of flavors and wholesome ingredients they offer. However, the cost can add up quickly.

That’s why I switched to making them at home, and I’ve never looked back. With basic ingredients and a bit of creativity, whipping up homemade Larabars is a breeze.

I’ve found buying fruits and nuts in bulk from Costco not only saves money but also adds an element of fun as we experiment with different flavor combinations.

After much experimentation, I’ve found the perfect balance of dried fruits and nuts to create Larabars that hold together without being overly sticky or oily, making them easy for toddlers to chew.

And I’m going to share them all here! Be sure to read the “tips for success” section.

You can even shape these into balls, like these bliss balls, apricot balls, and chocolate balls.

Ingredients

All of the ingredients for Larabars portioned out on a white countertop.

You will need 1 1/4 cups of dried fruits to 1 cup of nuts to achieve the perfect harmony of sweetness and nuttiness in every Larabar.

  • Nuts – Common nuts for Larabars include walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans. Pistachios, peanuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are also options, each offering unique flavors. Consider the flavor profile of each nut when choosing.
  • Dried fruit – Common dried fruits for Larabars include dates, figs, raisins, apricots, cherries, and apples. Each adds different flavors and health benefits to your bars. Experiment with combinations to find your favorite!
  • Add-ins – Enhance the flavor, texture, and nutritional profile of your Larabars. Here are some popular options: coconut (shredded or flakes), oats, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, sea salt, or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Looking down at oats in a food processor.

Step 1: If adding oats, add to a food processor and give it a good pulse. You can also do this with the nuts if you want them to be finely chopped.

All ingredients of the larabars in a food processor ready to be blended.

Step 2: Add the dried fruits and add-ins.

Looking down at the ingredients of the Larabars after they've been blended in a food processor.

Step 3: Pulse the mixture until it starts to come together into a sticky dough. If it’s too dry, you can add a tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

The processed Larabar ingredients shaped in a loaf pan.

Step 4: Line a mini loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into the dish to your desired thickness. Place the dish in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. Once chilled, cut into bars or squares.

Tips for Success

  • The dried fruits need to be soft! If they’re not, you’ll need to soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes before blending. Be sure to drain and pat dry.
  • You can easily double or triple the recipe. Simply add to a large square pan and press evenly.
  • You can also shape the mixture into balls rather than bars or squares, like these bliss balls and apricot balls.

Variations

Feel free to experiment and discover your favorite combinations. Here are few ideas to get you started:

  • Cherry pie: Combine 1 cup almonds with 1 cup dried unsweetened cherries, 1/4 cup dates, a dash of salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon.
  • Apple pie: Combine ½ cup almonds and ½ of walnuts with  1 cup unsweetened dried apples, 1/4 cup dates, 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and a dash of salt.
  • Pb and J: Process 1 cup peanuts with 1 cup packed dried cherries, 1/4 cup pitted dates, and a dash of salt.

Equipment

I highly suggest using a food processor when making these Larabars for a few reasons! It makes the whole process super easy and quick—just toss in your ingredients and let it do the work for you. Plus, it ensures everything gets blended together really well, giving your bars a smooth and consistent texture.

A high-powered blender can also be used, but it will yield a slightly different consistency compared to a food processor.

Storage

Once these are cut into individual bars, separate with a piece of parchment paper and transfer to an airtight container and keep on the counter at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

For longer keeping, they can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours in the fridge.

FAQ

Are Larabars healthy?

Larabars can be a great choice for a healthy snack or energy boost. Here are the best healthy toddler snacks. They’re not meant to replace meals, but they can be a smart nutritional addition, as long as the natural sugars and calories fit with what works for you.

Are homemade Larabars cheaper than store-bought?

Yes, typically homemade Larabars are cheaper than store-bought ones. You can buy ingredients in bulk and control the quality, which helps cut costs.

Are Larabars vegan and vegetarian-friendly?

Most Larabar flavors are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Still, it’s a good idea to give the ingredients list a quick scan just to make sure there aren’t any sneaky animal-derived ingredients hiding in there.

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Homemade Larabars

You can create your own tasty Homemade Larabars in a few minutes with just a handful of simple ingredients. In a few steps and minimal effort, you'll have wholesome snacks ready to enjoy in no time!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 bars
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Ingredients 

Oatmeal Raisin Larabars

  • 1 cup walnuts (110g)
  • 1 cup raisins (150g)
  • 1/4 cup oats (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add oats to a food processor and give it a good pulse. You can also do this with the nuts if you want them to be finely chopped. Then add the dried fruits and add-ins.
  • Pulse the mixture until it starts to come together into a sticky dough. If it's too dry, you can add a tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Line a mini loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into the dish to your desired thickness. Place the dish in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. Once chilled, cut into bars or squares.

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Notes

Here are other variations to try!
  • Cherry pie: Combine 1 cup almonds with 1 cup dried unsweetened cherries, 1/4 cup dates, a dash of salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon.
  • Apple pie: Combine ½ cup almonds and ½ of walnuts with  1 cup unsweetened dried apples, 1/4 cup dates, 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and a dash of salt.
  • Pb and J: Process 1 cup peanuts with 1 cup packed dried cherries, 1/4 cup pitted dates, and a dash of salt.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. 5 stars
    Just tried these today with my 2.5 year old and we couldn’t stop eating them before they went into the fridge! We love them! We used a mix of almonds and walnuts, raisins, oats, cinnamon and vanilla. Thank you for this recipe and all your other amazing recipes!