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Gluten-Free Homemade Larabars….

Hello Amazingness!  Homemade larabars are sweet, satisfying, delicious, nutritious and SO easy to make!  There is no baking required for these gluten-free snacks. With these you can kick those Girl Scout lemonades to the curb!  And the best part… You (or your kids) can eat the “dough” and you can feel good about it!

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My son Rocco being a great assistant in making these bars… and loving the “dough!” 🙂

Homemade Larabars

Lemononade Larabars

Ingredients

  • 1 c. mixed raw cashews and raw almonds
  • 1 c. dates (Soaked in warm water for five minutes)
  • zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon

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Juice the lemon
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Put all ingredients in the food processor (one of my favorite kitchen tools!)
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Pulse to blend
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It should be in a ball when it is blended completely
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Scoop out six balls of the mix and form into bars
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Using parchment paper, form your bars! You can wrap in the parchment paper individually or just wrap them up all together and store in a container in the fridge

These are great for a snack in between lunch and dinner, a pre-workout or post-workout meal (my husband usually has one before his 7am workout), and/or if you need a sweet treat!  They are my favorite go-to snack.  Here are a couple more flavor’s my family enjoys…

Naturally made Apple Pie “Lara” bars

  • 1 c mixed walnuts and almonds (or any other nut of choice)
  • 1 c dates
  • 1/2 c. dried apples
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 2 TBL cinnamon
  • 1 TBL warm water if needed to moisten

Naturally made Almond Joy “Lara” bars

  • 1 c mixed almonds and cashews
  • 1 c dates
  • 1 c unsweetened natural coconut shredded
  • 2 TBL coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. Raw cacao nibs

LARABAR VARIATIONS

Dark Chocolate Brownie Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/2 cup raw walnuts, 3 tablespoons bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Apple Pie Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup dried apples, 1/4 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw pecans or walnuts, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Cashew Cookie Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw cashews, 3 tablespoons bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (optional), and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Peanut Cookie Dough Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup 
raw peanuts, 3 tablespoons bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (optional), and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Pecan Pie Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1/4 cup raw almonds, 3/4 cup raw pecans, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Gingerbread Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/2 cup raw pecans, 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
PB & J Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1/2 cup packed dried cherries, 3/4 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw or roasted peanuts, 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Cappuccino Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water,
1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1 tablespoon roasted coffee beans, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Tropical Escape Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup dried, unsweetened pineapple, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw cashews, 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut, and 1 tablespoon finely grated tangerine or orange zest (preferably organic).
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup raisins, 1 cup warm water, 3/4 cup raw cashews, 3/4 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Blueberry Cobbler Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup packed dried blueberries, 1/4 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 3/4 cup raw walnuts or raw pecans, 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (preferably organic), and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Carrot Cake Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1/2 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened pineapple, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw walnuts, 1/4 
cup peeled, shredded carrots, 1/4 cup unsweetened flake or shredded coconut, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Apricot Ambrosia Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 1/4 cups dried apricots, 1 cup warm water, 2/3 cup raw almonds, 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Key Lime Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw cashews, 1/3 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest (preferably organic), and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).

Coconut Cream Larabars

Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup packed, pitted, soft whole dates, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup raw cashews, 1/2 cup unsweetened flake or shredded coconut, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional).
Banana Bread Larabars
Prepare the bars according to the above recipe, substituting the following ingredients: 1 cup raw or dry roasted almonds, 1 cup dried bananas, and 1 cup Medjool dates.

 

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11 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Homemade Larabars….

  1. LOVE making larabars! I just made some yesterday and they are almost all gone! I’ll definitely try out these different flavors- always looking for new ones to try 🙂

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  2. I was out of lemons, but tried 2 different flavors this weekend.
    I made one with dates, cashews, and almonds, but added unsweetened coconut & dark chocolate.
    The other I made with dates, cashwes, walnuts, a handfull of oatmeal, and two shakes of cinnamon! Just like a clean oatmeal cookie!

    They both came out great. This recipe is SO easy to modify :o)
    Thanks!

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  3. Made them last night. They were yummy!!! I loved the combination of sweet (from dates) and sour (from lemon juice/zest). We added sesame seeds to ours. Thank you for posting. I love sweets so it was great to eat something that I liked knowing exactly what was in it.

    Keep them coming 🙂

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  4. I tried the almond joy one this morning (which is delicious by the way) but I can’t get them to hold together, even after refrigerating. I added a few more dates and they never formed that “ball” in the food processor. Any suggestions?

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