Coconut Date Bars – How to Make Your Own Lärabars

I know what you’re thinking. I’ve been silent for a month and I come to you with rabbit food? Well hear me out, I promise it’ll be worth it. This side of the blogosphere has been dark for the last month, because it’s been a pretty dark time for me. See, my stomach and I are having issues. The issue being that my stomach is an asshole.

Coconut Date Bar - Homemade Larabar

We’ve been arguing for years, and in its seething resentment toward me, I’ve found that breads and pastas weigh like a ton in my stomach and the aftermath of eating chocolate is like a dull kick to the vagina. And if my stomach were a man I WOULD FIGHT IT.

After a few years of this nonsense, my stomach and I reached a stalemate and I decided to treat it nicely for a few months so we can come to an understanding. Which means I have a Russian novel of restrictions including no sugar, minimal fat, no caffeine, no dairy, no alcohol, onions, garlic, citrus and oh my god, I’m legitimately crying right now.

Coconut Date Bar - Homemade Larabar

Coconut Date Bar - Homemade Larabar

But because I’m a thug, I’ve been adapting to my new relationship with food just like Alcoholics Anonymous or people with bad haircuts: one day at a time.  I’ve even found a favorite snack to quell my insatiable sweet tooth while my stomach mends: Larabars.

 

Have you heard of these? These Larabars? They’re gluten, dairy, soy and wheat free and non-GMO, with their primary ingredients being dates and almonds. And at almost $2 a pop in some stores, they aren’t exactly cheap. But I am, so I make my own. Depending upon what brand of ingredients you buy, the below recipe comes out to around $0.65-0.75 per barGo get a taco with those savings!

 

So, come. Follow me and let me teach you my frugal ways.

 

*You can replace the coconut with other dried fruits or chocolate or various nuts or anything you want! Use this as a starting place for your own date nut bars*

 

COCONUT DATE BARS

Coconut Date Bar - Homemade Larabar

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20 Comments

  • sara
    December 19, 2012 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    These look excellent – will try them today!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • December 23, 2012 - 6:52 am | Permalink

    These look great!! I would definitely try them! I’m so sorry about your stomach. :( I hope things get better for you soon!

    • December 31, 2012 - 4:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks Julie! I’m OB-SESSED with Larabars and can’t get enough of them. I have to buy them one at a time (or make a batch and hide the rest) otherwise I’ll eat them all in like, an hour. Which is probably why my stomach is upset with me. And if that stomach of mine doesn’t calm down soon, he better prepare himself for fisticuffs!

      • sharon
        January 6, 2013 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

        I thought you said your stomach was a girl ;)

  • Jason
    December 28, 2012 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    How is the nutritional value on these?

    • December 31, 2012 - 4:43 am | Permalink

      Hey Jason! While I don’t have the specific numbers, I can only go by what the nutritional facts on the back of the actual Larabar package dictate. Since these bars are made without cashews and coconut oil, the fat content is going to be slightly different.

      Please remember that these are rough estimates per bar as stated by Larabar:

      Calories: 210
      Total fat: 10g
      Potassium: 340mg
      Sodium: 5gm
      Cholesterol: 0mg
      Total carb: 31g
      Protein: 3g

  • Karen
    February 27, 2013 - 1:28 am | Permalink

    How do you store these buggers/how heat tolerant are these? I’m always looking for a healthy snack to carry with me because I am The Worst about skipping meals/pretending like I won’t be hungry (and then I get ravenous and eat McDonald’s because, oh, that’s healthy). I live in South Florida so it’s a bit of a challenge to find a snack that I can just leave in the car or beach bag or whatevs that isn’t going to turn into a disgusting mess. Comments/suggestions appreciated!

    (P.S. Have you tried these with flax seeds? I feel like those would be a delicious addition.)

    • April 1, 2013 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

      You can just store them in the fridge! They should keep for at least a week to two weeks, but likely more. I couldn’t tell you for sure, because they would never last that long in my house :)

      You could definitely add flax seeds to them! Or any other ingredient you’d like, honestly. Chocolate chips, dried apples/apricots/other fruits, cashews or peanuts…whatever you want! And it’s guaranteed to turn out awesome every. single. time.

  • April 5, 2013 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I just made these into balls and put them in the fridge overnight. Cannot wait to share them at my box tomorrow morning at my crossfit box post-WOD! :)
    Oh, I also added a little bit of coconut nectar. They really turned out GREAT. The measurements are perfect. Thanks so much for this!

    • May 23, 2013 - 5:47 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you liked them! They’re great if you need something sweet and also want to pack in fair amount of healthy calories — especially when attacking a WOD :)

  • Kristin
    May 5, 2013 - 11:52 am | Permalink

    These are awesome! Made them twice now. One modification I made to this most recent match was to add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder to the mix… OMG! Heavenly!!

    • May 23, 2013 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Oh MAN. Coconut powder is the best kind of addition! Next time I’m going to add some nibs and see how they turn out. I’m so glad you liked them!

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  • Eric
    March 12, 2014 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    These are amazing! They are great for that dessert craving!

  • Artemis
    March 17, 2014 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow thanks for this! I’ve tried replicating Larabars before but could never get them to hold right…soaking the dates must be the trick! Mine turned out perfect and I can’t wait to tweak them with different stuff!

  • Maria
    April 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    These sound fantastic ! I’d love to try them out right away, but i’m not sure I’ve understood the step that involves wraping in plastic wrap ? Am I supposed to leave it in the fridge for a while first or something ?
    Thank you :)

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