Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bars

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Oh, homemade Larabars. It’s been too long. Really though, I can’t say I’ve had a good reason to make energy bars. Let me tell you, my energy is in zero danger of plummeting any time soon. With all the recipe testing going down, my only challenge is trying not to pop the button off my pants from all this good food. The freezer is bursting at the seams; one wrong move and I’m pummeled in the face by a 10-pound solid chunk of homemade pasta sauce or chocolate pie. The last thing I need is an energy bar.

Eric, on the other hand, could use a portable snack. He plays in a volleyball league which meets for a few hours around dinnertime and he’s usually famished by the time he sits down to eat dinner at 9 or 10 pm. Since I can’t play in the league myself (I have a torn meniscus in my knee), I support him in the best way I know how – homemade snacks.

Of course, I enjoyed a couple bars (ok, ok and some dough!) – all in the name of taste-testing purposes of course. It’s amazing how much of an appetite I can work up hovering over a food processor. Tell me I’m not alone.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free

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These are my take on the popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars. Now you can make them at home for a fraction of the cost! I like to store them in the freezer so I have an energy bar ready whenever I need a pick me up. For thick squares, press the dough into a 9x5-inch loaf pan. For thinner bars, use an 8x8-inch square pan.

Yield
10-12 servings
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (230g) raw cashews
  • 1 cup tightly packed pitted Medjool dates (190g)*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water, if needed
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons mini non-dairy chocolate chips (regular size chips work too)

Directions:

  1. Add cashews into a food processor and process for 3 to 4 seconds, until a coarse meal forms.
  2. Add in the pitted dates and vanilla. Process until the mixture comes together, for about 15 seconds, or longer if needed. The mixture should stick together easily when you squeeze it between your fingers. If it doesn’t stick or it’s still a bit crumbly, add a very small amount of water (1 teaspoon at a time) and process it again. I usually add between 1 to 2 teaspoons of water.
  3. Finally, add the salt, to taste, and the chocolate chips, and process briefly to combine.
  4. Line a loaf pan or an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper so that there's overhang to lift out the bars after freezing. Scoop the mixture into the pan and smooth out with your hand until it’s level. Push down firmly all over the mixture. The more you pack it down the better the bars will hold together. Roll out with a pastry roller if you have one.
  5. Freeze, uncovered, for at least 15 to 20 minutes and then slice into bars. For on-the-go, wrap bars in plastic wrap or tin foil and store in the fridge or freezer. I prefer these straight from the freezer. Most of all, hide from other members of the family!

Tips:

  • *If your dates are stiff or dry, soak the dates in boiling water for 30 minutes before beginning. Drain well and quickly pat dry before use.

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If you are looking for another tasty energy bar/ball recipe, check out my Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites. Love those!

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 16, 2013

Food processor hovering is a full-body workout… my feet start tapping, my stomach tightens in anticipation, my arms are busy messing with the buttons trying to get it to blend faster. Definitely warrants testing. :)

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

oh that made me laugh :)

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3 Tanya @ playful and hungry January 16, 2013

Haha… oh that’s so me! =D

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4 Meaghan March 25, 2013

I loved the Lara bars! I substituted 1/2 cup of cashews for 1/2 cup oats. They turned out marvelous! Thank you for sharing. A perfect winter snack.

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5 Brittani January 16, 2013

You’re so not alone! I get hungry just reading about using the food processor. These looks great – I’ll have to try them this afternoon!

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6 Natalie January 16, 2013

I’ve been eating the Cocoa Coconut Chew lately and I’m in love! They are a bit expensive, so I would love to make them at home, but I don’t have a food processor.

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7 Cheyenne Holman January 16, 2013

A food processor is definitely a worthy kitchen investment. When I moved out of home last year, despite being a poor student I had to have one and managed to get a blender and processor for $69. I use it multiple times a day and after nearly 12 months its still going strong!

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8 Natalie January 16, 2013

Thanks for the reply! What kind of processor do you have?

I have a magic bullet, does anyone know if that would be strong enough to process dates? I’m afraid to try it – don’t want to burn it out!

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9 Cheyenne Holman January 16, 2013

I have a Ronson from Target. I’m in Australia though and I assume you’re not! I got a Magic Bullet too actually. But for $98 I was so disappointed, not very powerful at all :(

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10 Natalie January 16, 2013

I’m in Canada. Darn, I don’t see that processor on Amazon. Ya, that’s why I’m afraid of putting dates in the Magic Bullet. It gets stuck with banana and berries, I’m sure dates would fry it!

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11 Sharon January 29, 2013

I just processed dates (no pits) in my magic bullet today. Definitely pre-soak the dates, and it if the Magic Bullet sounds angry, add a bit more water (1 tbsp at a time, max).

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12 laura March 1, 2015

No the nutribullet burns out when u try and process dates… well mine did!

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13 meghan January 29, 2013

keep an eye on craigslist, I have bought some great kitchen items on there.

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14 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) January 16, 2013

Yum! Cookie dough is my biggest weakness and greatest {food} love. I’m just finishing up a snack of my Sacher Torte raw balls now. Gotta’ love healthy recipe re-mixes!

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15 Vibeke January 16, 2013

What kind of food processor do you have? Mine won’t these.

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16 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

I have a Cuisinart processor – pretty happy with it overall!

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17 Amy January 16, 2013

Food processors amaze me sometimes with the things they can do. This week, I finally worked up the courage to buy dates to attempt something like this. The results were pretty good with dates and oats, but my little food processor will need a major upgrade to handle nuts. :)

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18 Gillian January 16, 2013

Just got a food processor for Christmas… looks like I’ve found the perfect way to break it in! :)

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19 Shundara@ SavyNaturalista January 16, 2013

Cookie dough bars and no sweetener added I can not wait to try theses babies, I love cheap easy snacks that do not take much time yum!!!

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20 Katie January 16, 2013

I love that you use cashews….I am so tired of pecans/walnuts and dates! I’m going to add in some goji berries for good measure!

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21 Lisa January 16, 2013

Oh i love these types of recipes!! Keep em comin!!! :)

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22 Lily January 16, 2013

Cocoa mole is my favorite! spicy chocolate yum yum yum.

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23 Stacy L January 16, 2013

This is one of my favorites (so thank you!). Cherry Pie and Apple Pie also top my list. I can’t wait to make this!

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24 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

I don’t think I’ve seen the apple pie around here yet…hoping to try it soon!

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25 Rosalie January 16, 2013

I always see Apple Pie sold in boxes of five (also, usually, in singles) at Loblaws/Superstores around Ontario (in their natural foods aisles) :)

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26 Angela January 16, 2013

Thanks for the tip :)

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27 Jamie April 3, 2016

Apple Pie is magnificent. We always SAVE THE PULP after juicing!
And then add it to our bars. The pulp is perfect!!
Because after juicing, it’s already pretty strung out, and still has flavor.
We just keep them seperated, and they can always be on hand!
Sometimes, if it’s still too wet, we’ll let it try out a little first.
Very low in the oven, or even just a wile in the fridge.
Apples, Beets, Carrots!! ABCs of Heaven… In a juice.. AND.. IN A BAR!! Lol
All of our kids LOVE them.

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28 Joanne @ A Nicer Choice January 16, 2013

I’ve never tried a Larabar (I’m in the UK) but we have Nak’d bars which I think are pretty similar. I love the Cocoa Mint, Caffe Mocha and Cashew Cookie flavours.

I need to get a decent food processor asap!

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29 kimmythevegan January 16, 2013

Oh wow – these look awesome. Yummy yummy!
I think my favourite flavour is cashew cookie – so these will replace them rather nicely =)

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30 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 16, 2013

You keep fueling the fire with wanting a food processor! I have a blender, but some things just don’t work in a blender, you know? Do you think that you would ever just use the food processor in place of the blender? I don’t love having a ton of appliances, but I think the food processor might be a must : )

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31 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

Now that I own both I don’t think there is any turning back! I use both daily usually. :)

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32 LeeAnn January 16, 2013

Me too. A few years ago I got a combo blender/food processor and it was a bust … very sad, as it was a Cuisinart. I’ve come to the conclusion there’s no way around having both appliances. I bit the bullet and got a Vitamix blender, and it’s worth every penny for someone who uses it every day.

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33 Ariel January 17, 2013

The Ninja kitchen system works very well. My husband got it for me for my birthday, and I’ve been very pleased with it — I can finally process items like this and cookies/batters, and still have a blender feature.

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34 Jacklyn January 17, 2013

For people that don’t want to get a food processor and blender (or don’t have the cupboard space!) I use a Ninja blender and it can handle anything the food processor can! It is wonderful for Larabars.

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35 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 18, 2013

Thanks for the tip! I’ve heard those Ninjas are good :)

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36 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 16, 2013

These are my moms favorite flavor! Can’t wait to make them for her!

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37 jodye @ chocolate & chou fleur January 16, 2013

Anything that has to do with cookie dough (especially in its raw form) immediately gets me drooling. I’ve made many date bars, but never tried to recreate the oh so delicious cookie dough larabar. These bars will definitely be in my snack lineup this week! I wonder if using half pecans and half cashews would work as well?

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

I can’t see why not. I think any nuts would work as long as you like the flavour. I also made a fun mocha flavour using almonds and hazelnuts….very good as well.

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39 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 16, 2013

It must’ve been in the air because I just made these yesterday sans chocolate chips but with nutmeg and cinnamon. We pop ’em just before a workout. SO good!

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40 Miche January 16, 2013

These look mouth-watering yummy! It was just the other day that I was thinking to myself I wanted to experiment making my own Cherry Pie Larabars, and now you’ve posted this delicious looking treat. I can’t wait to try these :)

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41 paula January 16, 2013

Hello…..
I am just wondering when your cook book is going to be out?

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42 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

Hi Paula, It’s due out early in 2014…..date TBA. :)

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43 Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 16, 2013

You are NOT alone. I think some of the biggest meals I have happen while I’m hovering over the food processor! Can’t wait to try these, because I LOVE your dark chocolate cherry energy bites.

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44 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

hah I hear you!

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45 melissa January 16, 2013

these look yummy- but i’m allergic to nuts and have celiac. with those challenges do you have substitution ideas for me?

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46 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

Hmm do you think sunflower seeds might work? Obviously, the flavour would change a lot, but it might be worth trying out. or maybe try a mix of seeds like hemp, sesame, sunflower, etc

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47 Heather January 16, 2013

Well, I know how I’m spending my Sunday afternoon, yum! Dough tasting counts as quality control in my book.

Also, I’ve been on a ball-making frenzy these past couple weeks but I’ve yet to find a good way to transport them. Maybe if I pop them in the freezer they’ll be more durable for travel and not be so ‘sticky’? Thoughts?

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48 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

I’ve had that problem too. You could always wrap them individually? Maybe in saran wrap? Or pop a ball into one of those tiny salad dressing containers?

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49 Roseva January 27, 2013

I think the balls work good in a small cupcake paper liner thing! Size of a mini muffin. And, I usually wrap my bars in wax paper, then in a ziploc, and freeze them. This way, the paper comes off easy, and it doesn’t stick to the bag.
I am excited to try these cookie dough larabars. Do they have a strong date taste? I am not crazy over the taste of dates, but if it just adds sweetness, and not tons of flavour, I might give it a whirl!

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50 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2013

Yes I find it has a fairly pronounced date flavour. :) I dont find it overpowering due to the nuts though

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51 Laura June 28, 2013

Try rolling in unsweetened coconut to help with stickiness and add yum yum.

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52 Catherine January 16, 2013

Oh my goodness! These look so good!! Everyday I am reminded why I love you blog haha. I will be making these later for sure. The dark chocolate cherry energy balls you made were amazing!! I’ve never had the actual dark chocolate cherry Larabar, but I’m sure your version is better– my fav actual Larabar flavor is the apple pie.

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53 Herbivore Triathlete January 16, 2013

Homemade Larabars for the win!

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54 Carley @ OptimisticHealth January 16, 2013

Perfect! I’m looking for an economical way to make granola bars for my husband at work, this’ll do it!

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55 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 16, 2013

Yes! I adore larabars and have been meaning to make a cookie dough bar, as cookie dough is the best thing ever. :) Can’t wait to try these!

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56 Kayla @ Lovely Ride January 16, 2013

Such a great idea. They look amazing. I’ll have to try these!

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57 Wendy J January 16, 2013

Angela, love your web site and recipes! Where do you get your nutrition data from? I’ve tried NutritionData.com but I can’t get it to work on my computers (I think it’s a browser compatibility issue). Keep up the great recipes!

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58 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2013

I’ve used Nutrition data in the past, but I’ve been trying caloriecount.about.com for recipes. It seems to be quicker, although I admit the site is very “busy” and a bit confusing to navigate.

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59 bitt January 16, 2013

It’s good you posted this. Larabar the company has spent money blocking GMO labeling initiatives and I don’t want to support them. Better to make our own!

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60 Hailey January 16, 2013

Oh my goodness, these look so good! I’ve made them before with cocoa powder, a few chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut, and espresso powder. Soooo good!

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61 Barb C January 16, 2013

Just made these – love the short ingredient list!!! They are in the freezer and I’m forcing myself to wait the 15 minutes!

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62 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 16, 2013

Ahhh cookbook recipe testing and being inundated with more food than you can imagine or know what to do with. Well, at least your world is tasty & delicious :)

And these bars look great. Love cookie dough anything as well as homemade nobake bars that are portable. A win on all fronts!

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63 Hannah January 16, 2013

It’s been almost six months since I left my food processor behind in Australia. My lack of ability to blend dates and nuts into deliciousness is starting to feel physically painful. I actually dreamed about my own chocolate chip cookie dough treats a few nights ago. *rolls eyes* I want yours! Now. ;)

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64 Mikayla January 16, 2013

My favorite are the cookie dough ones! I’m addicted to cookie dough and can eat it by the spoonful and make a dinner out of it!

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65 Teri January 16, 2013

Hi

Love your blog! Im trying to go towards a vegan/raw lifestyle and love the inspiration I get from here. Do you post the nutritional information anywhere? m training for a competition and the right combination of macronutrients are essential factors.
Thanks
Teri

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

Yup it’s posted at the bottom of the recipe. Enjoy!

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67 Teri January 17, 2013

Thank you Angela!

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68 A farmer in the dell January 16, 2013

Yay! This is my favorite Lara bar flavor!!! Thanks for the recipe

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69 Jennifer January 16, 2013

I like balls better than bars (dirty) because they hold together better and are soooo much easier to assemble. But no matter what the shape, these looks great! I love me so nut/date/chocolate combinations! Easy and YUM!

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70 Kara January 16, 2013

Just tried Coconut Cream Pie recently – that’s my new fave! Can’t wait to try a few of your homemade versions.

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71 DG January 16, 2013

What are you feelings on articles like this? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-truth-quinoa

It really makes me seriously think about whether or not what I do makes much sense sometimes…

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72 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

Well, I think the article has a valid point that we should be more conscious of where our food comes from and the impact it has, but it also makes a lot of generalizations. It is possible to eat more locally as a vegan or vegetarian if that is your goal. I always try to support fair-trade businesses when I do buy products from other countries. It’s not a perfect solution by any means, but it’s a step in the right direction and I do think it can make a big difference. It’s troubling to me that this article seems to shame vegetarians and vegans for their diet, especially given the positive effects it has on the environment, health and animals. Many different types of diets can have a large footprint (just think about the social and environmental impacts of factory farmed meat, for example) and I do think we need to be more mindful of this. It’s one of my own goals to be more mindful about where my food comes from and while I try to do this on a regular basis, I admit that I could be doing better. Anyway, thanks for the “food” for thought!

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73 Ariel January 17, 2013

One thing the article ignores is that many non-veg/vegan foods bear the same “non-local” qualities their animal-free counterparts are criticized for. I also think that if you interest in veganism comes primarily because of concern about cruelty to animals, then you should be true to that.

Food sourcing is extremely complicated – and goes far beyond the one aspect addressed here (corn, for example, not because of food, but alternative energy, is skewing prices). Still, I do think that eating more locally is a fantastic goal – and more easily accomplished than one might think. I try to eat seasonally, and can get most fresh foods from the region I live in the US.

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74 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2013

Not sure if you saw this yet, but there`s an interesting response to the original article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/22/quinoa-bolivian-farmers-meat-eaters-hunger

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75 Kelly Z. January 16, 2013

We have nut allergies at our house. Any suggestions on what to replace the cashews with?
Thanks!

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76 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

Hi Kelly, Someone asked this in the comments above – see my reply. Thanks and goodluck!

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77 Belinda January 16, 2013

I want to make these tonight, but I don’t have cashews. Have you tried making these with any other kinds of nuts or seeds?

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78 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

Not yet but I think many nuts would work, like almonds. goodluck!

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79 Belinda January 17, 2013

Thanks. I just made two batches. The first one I made with almonds and they are really good. The next batch I made were with 1 cup of pumpkin seeds and half a cup of sunflower seeds. I made them into balls and rolled them into a mixture of cocoa and oat bran. They are very delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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80 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

That’s great! Thanks for sharing with me, and everyone else :) Enjoy

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81 De'Etta January 16, 2013

I will try these soon. I love Chocolate Peanut Butter Lara Bars.

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82 Katie January 16, 2013

I have never eaten a Larabar, but I’m excited to make these to take on my long run next weekend. I love the short list of what I consider to be “real food” ingredients. Cashews are my favourite nut as well, so I’m sure to love these!

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83 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 16, 2013

I love making homemade Larabars (with almonds instead of cashews/walnuts so that I can actually eat them)! I’ve only made coconut flavoured ones before, but these ones look delicious too!

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84 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 16, 2013

Oh my gosh, these MUST be made!!! They look and sound amazing! I haven’t really eaten a ton of Larabars to be honest (I need more volume to fill me up!) but I really liked the apple pie one!

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85 Alina January 16, 2013

My favorite are the banana bread or lemon ones. I’m not too into nutrition bars though, unless they are homemade. These look really nice, though!

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86 Rose January 16, 2013

Oh girl, you are NOT alone. Give me a Cuisinart bowl of nut/date dough, and I will demolish it. Super dangerous.

You’re not alone with the pants issue, either :) It’s that time of year.

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87 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 16, 2013

Wow, these look amazing!! And the fact that they only contain 5 ingredients is incredible. That is one of the things that I truly appreciate about Larabars. I am sure this homemade version is even tastier!

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88 Alex @ Raw Recovery January 16, 2013

Eric is so lucky to have such an amazing chef as a wife!!

The chocolate cherry Larabar is my favorite! I need to try your version! Another recipe that I forgot to make!

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89 Butterfingers January 16, 2013

Ths is going to sound really wired but I had a dream about this exact flavour and was contemplating making this today….can’t tell you how happy I am to see this post!!!

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90 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

It’s a sign!

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91 Vegan RAdhika SArohia January 17, 2013

“It’s amazing how much of an appetite I can work up hovering over a food processor. Tell me I’m not alone.”

^ Nope nooooo not alone!
I actually make myself a huge snack to have while cooking and waiting for something to cook…otherwise I start eating whatever I’m cooking before it’s even done (it’s so weird!! haha)

“With all the recipe testing going down, my only challenge is trying not to pop the button off my pants from all this good food.”

^ I’m imagining someone flying around a kitchen like Vegan Wonder Woman with buttons popping off everywhere while trying to man a hot stove…like a vegan super-hero (super-heroine?) contending with wardrobe malfunction while bravely preparing recipe hahaha

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92 Vegan RAdhika SArohia January 17, 2013

Oh gawd why didn’t I leave that comment in my head…plz feel free to delete, no prob

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93 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

haha….this is so funny! Now I will have to start thinking of myself as a vegan wonder woman. ;)

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94 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 17, 2013

Yum! I love homemade larabars way better then store bought. Homemade has such a better taste. Fabulous recipe!!

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95 Stephen@HappyHeart January 17, 2013

Love these! We don’t have Larabars in Ireland, we have others which are similar called Nakd bars but so much better making your own!

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96 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

My friend Leah gave me some Nakd bars before and they are SO good!!!

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97 Fit Missy January 17, 2013

I’ve been trying to perfect these balls for a long time but I think I’ve been adding too many dates.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I added it to my Evernote. :)

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98 Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness January 17, 2013

Yum! These sound pretty easy to make to. My favorite flavors are cashew cookie and coconut cream pie!

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99 Lindsey McClennahan January 17, 2013

HAH I know hoe you feel about your freezer! These look dangerous! I’m hungry already just looking at them!

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100 Joann @ Woman in Real Life January 17, 2013

I love the cherry Larabar. This homemade recipe sounds wonderful. Chocolate chips are always a plus. I wonder if I could get my kids to eat these bars…hmmm. They need some good snacks to keep them dancing, playing basketball, etc. I sit on my butt a lot so I’m not much in need of calories. ;)

Joann
womaninreallife.blogspot.ca/

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101 lynn @ the actor's diet January 17, 2013

excited to make these now that i have a blendtec blender – i can make these in there, right?!?

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102 Christy January 17, 2013

Made these last night and had one for lunch today. Awesome! I forgot the salt so just sprinkled some on before freezing. Tasted great.

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103 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

Glad to hear that Christy!

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104 Janina Locascio January 17, 2013

Larabars truly are one of the greatest snacks of all time – natural, raw, healthy, quick and easy to make – love it. Yours look delicious! The pics actually look like they have Chia Seeds in them, which would be a wonderful addition either way!

yummmm

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105 Cara January 17, 2013

I’m so excited to try these! How will it affect the dough to use roasted instead of raw cashews?

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106 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2013

I think it will be the flavour that’s impacted the most – raw cashews have more of a cookie dough flavour than roasted.

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107 Christine @ Shot Bun January 17, 2013

I always have Larabars stuffed in my purse or in my desk at work. Such a great snack and energy booster!

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108 Lori January 17, 2013

I can’t wait to try this one. Looks delicious!

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109 Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen January 17, 2013

I love how beautifully you cut these bars!!! Mine would look like they were attacked by a hacksaw. I love Lara bars and the homemade version ones too, so I’m totally going to make these…and then make my super patient husband cut them ;)

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110 Denise @ pink-vegan.blogspot.com January 17, 2013

These look REALLY look… I need to make these!!!! THANKS for the recipe.

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111 Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife January 17, 2013

Omigosh! The chocolate chip cookie dough are by far my favorite larabars! I cant wait to try these!!

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112 Anna @ the Guiltless Life January 17, 2013

OOh love the idea of homemade LARABARs! My favourite flavour is the Cocoa Coconut… soooo good! (I think that’s its name – the brown wrapper, in any case!)

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113 {Moni} @ Moni Meals January 17, 2013

Amazing recipe here! I remember these too! I would eat these every morning. :) Can’t wait to make em Ang. I love your photos too.

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114 Jody January 17, 2013

Have I told you how much I love your header? And have I told you how much I love you for this recipe?! I LOVE Larabars, but have recently noticed that not all of them are vegan….I thought they were…anywho, thanks for this recipe!

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115 Kristine January 17, 2013

How marvelous! This just happens to be my favorite flavor of Lara Bar. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks!

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116 Christin January 18, 2013

Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it. My favorite Larabar is the blueberry muffin. It is very hard to find though.

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117 Olga January 18, 2013

This is amazing! I was just buying these today, thinking to my self ..it would be good to learn to make these.. and here they are, THANK YOU!

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118 Bek @ Crave January 18, 2013

These look so good, especially since us Aussies don’t even get LaraBars over here :( I bet you could sub cashews for peanuts and it’d taste like a peanut butter choc chip cookie dough- couldn’t get any better!

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119 Allie January 18, 2013

I just made these and they are so yummy! I rounded them out into little ‘energy balls’ and they were devoured in a day. I am pretty sure that I just found a new staple in my house.

Thanks Angela!

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120 Eliana January 19, 2013

I am buying a food processor today!

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121 cristina January 19, 2013

hi
just saw thay u have a knee problem :(
sorry to hear that ..i also have the same problem with my knee .do u do any tyoe of exercisse ? my doctor said an operation will be needed but im trying to avoid that and postpone as much as possible because i cant stand the thought of not doing any exercisse for a whille

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122 Robyn January 20, 2013

These were great little bars but they did not hold together for me. I added extra water as suggested and pressed down firmly on the dough with the back of a metal measuring cup (I didn’t have a pastry roller) but after freezing them, they fell apart when I tried to get them out of the pan. Perhaps the pastry roller makes all the difference?

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123 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013

My guess is that the mixture just needed more moisture or more dates. The dates have to be soft and not dry. It`s also important to use a PACKED cup of dates, anything less and it might not hold together. Hope this helps!

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124 Sandy January 20, 2013

Oh.my.goodness. I just made both of these today, and I am hard pressed to choose a favourite. I am at this very moment eating one of the chocolate cherry energy balls… yes, okay, I think these are my favourite, but then again, the chocolate chip cookie dough ones are so vanilla-y good… lol. Wow. Thank-you for two amazing recipes. I am a breastfeeding mom, and so I frequently need quick, substantial, nutrient-rich energy-boosting snacks. I discovered your site because my baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy and as that protein transfers through breastmilk, we both need to be dairy-free. Your site has given us a lot of yummy options. These are incredible. Thank-you again so much! Happy New Year!

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125 Jen Broyles January 21, 2013

I love Larabars (the mint chocolate is my favorite), and now I can’t wait to make my own! This recipe sounds amazing! Thanks!

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126 Jen January 21, 2013

Just made these bars. Oh my, they are delicious. My son loves larabars and he said these are better. Way better and way less expensive. I can’t wait to experiment with different flavors. Thank you Angela!

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127 Jayne January 21, 2013

I made these bars yesterday and they are delicious!! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

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128 Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama January 21, 2013

I made these and they are very sticky and lighter in color than yours. Any ideas what I did wrong? Or is the stickiness normal?

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129 erin burnett January 22, 2013

hi Angela,
love your blog even though I’m not vegan I love all of your recipes and am obsessed with your perfect veggie burger! my kids and husband love it too. I love the cherry pie lara bar and just posted about it on my brand new blog here, just days before reading your lara bar post :)
http://www.blondeburnett.blogspot.com/2013/01/healthy-homemade-cherry-pie-bars.html

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130 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 22, 2013

Sounds yum, I will check it out!

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131 Amy M January 22, 2013

Oh my gosh Angela! These are ammmmmazing! They are better than any store-bought Lara bar I’ve ever had! AND because I got to purchase the ingredients, they are mostly organic (unlike Lara bars) and much CHEAPER!!! I can’t wait to try out other versions, maybe peanut butter next!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

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132 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 22, 2013

Yay!! Thanks for your feedback :)

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133 Jenc January 22, 2013

My 6 yo gave these 1,000 thumbs up and my 2 year old inhaled them!! So easy to make and I love giving them a healthy snack – thank you!

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134 Elle January 23, 2013

I love Larabars! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is probably my favorite hands down. Cherry flavor is probably the worst.

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135 Julie January 23, 2013

Thanks for the recipe, Angela. I made these this weekend and just ate one. They are so delicious. These and your dark chocolate cherry bites are my favorites. Thank you for making this recipe so easy and delicious.

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136 Christa January 24, 2013

Thanks for this great recipe! II simply wanted to note that these bars taste great with some toasted coconut pressed on top. I used melted coconut oil to make the toasted coconut stick (esp since it hardens after you stick it in the freezer), and they taste amazing. I don’t know if you’ve ever had Girl Scout Cookies in CA, but for the US readers, it reminds me of the Girl Scout Samoa cookies.

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137 Amira January 25, 2013

Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! We do buy Larabars because they are so good with very few and only REAL ingredients. They are costly at around $1 each on sale. I made these on Sunday and they were DELICIOUS! Perfect. I will never buy them again :)

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138 -joshua! March 5, 2013
139 Stephanie January 26, 2013

Can’t wait to try these!! My favorite are the Larabar apple pie bars. Just found your blog today – been vegan for 10 whole days. I’m totally clueless and SO happy to have found you!

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140 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2013

I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying the blog! Thanks Stephanie :)

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141 Lisa January 27, 2013

I made these the other day and they were fab! The only thing i’d suggest is a bit more vanilla to give it that cookie dough flavor, otherwise a great recipe!

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142 Anna B. January 28, 2013

I made these last night as a snack to have in my lunch this week, and they were so easy! Plus they took no time at all to make. I couldn’t resist myself, so I sampled some after I let them sit for 15 minutes in the freezer, and my gosh they tasted good! I was apprehensive because I don’t eat dates and wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I’m pleasantly surprised!

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143 April January 29, 2013

Any tips on getting the bars to stick together better? Mine patted into the pan nicely but once I cut them they were a crumbly mess. (Tasted yummy though!)

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144 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2013

It sounds like you needed the water? if the mixture is a bit dry when mixing add some water in to make it sticky. I used 1 tsp or so but you may need more

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145 Janel Thamkul February 14, 2013

I think I added too much water. My bars are super sticky. (They’re more like dough than bars, really.) Any advice on how to make the mixture drier after you’ve added too much water? :)

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146 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 14, 2013

Yes you can add more nuts or oats to dry it up, goodluck!

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147 Aly January 30, 2013

Hey! I’m a huge fan of the homemade “larabars”. I make a mean PB&J version :) Anyway, just wondering if you’ve even made them in your Vitamix? I use it and they texture is really interesting. Obviously they aren’t chunky, but totally smooth almost like fudge. I pass my chocolate coconut (dates, coconut, salt, cocoa, cashews) version off as “vegan fudge” all the time. If you haven’t already, try it! I usually make squares or balls and roll them in coconut.

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148 Ashira February 8, 2013

I am a new vegan and live in a severely health-food deprived area. I can’t find raw cashews anywhere, but I can get a hold of raw almonds. Would that work as a substitute?

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149 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2013

Yes Im sure it would be just fine!

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150 Helene February 8, 2013

Hi Angela,
Just found your website – nice! I couldn’t believe it when I saw that you also got into running (hope 2013 brings you meniscus relief) and that you live in TO. I’m just down the highway from you and it feels comforting to know that there are other vegan runners/triathletes out there and not that far away. I’ve been vegetarian since 1988, vegan since 2007 and gluten-/soyfree since 2008. It’s been a challenge but new products and new restaurant offerings are making it easier and easier. The recipes you provide are fantastic, thank you for all that work and looking forward to seeing your cookbook, hopefully at Toronto Veg Fest!

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151 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2013

Hey Helene, Thanks for your comment! It’s a pleasure to meet you :) Thanks for reading, Angela

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152 Roberta February 10, 2013

Oh my gosh! Even my picky kids devoured these, including one who “hates cashews”. These were a major hit!

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153 Samantha February 12, 2013

Note to self: BUY CASHEWS this week! :D

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154 Bek February 13, 2013

Hi Angela.
I came across your site yesterday when I was looking recipes to make my own oat and almond milk.
I ended up spending almost all day going through recipes & articals on here!
I just made these bars as my first recipe from here and they are easily one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted!!
Iam currently awaiting surgry to remove my gallbladder & have had to make big changes to my diet to control attacks & pain, there are so many good things on your site I should be able to eat! Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to trying so many more recipes, lucky I’m a baker!!

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155 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 14, 2013

Hi Bek, Welcome! So glad you are enjoying the blog so far.

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156 Andrea February 14, 2013

Just made these for the first time. Oh. My. Goodness. I only made a half-recipe, and am now kicking myself for my lack of faith….because I might eat the entire half all by myself, and there won’t be any left for my husband and sons! Thanks, Angela, this is wonderful. By the way, I took the lazy cook’s option and rolled these into balls, then rolled the balls in a mixture of cocoa and sugar. Am thinking of mixing a little ground chia into the next batch…

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157 Staci February 20, 2013

Could you put the carb and fiber count (any nutrition info)??
Thanks!

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158 -joshua! March 5, 2013

My wife sent me in search of a recipe for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lärabar.

We swore off of them ever since we heard her owners contributed half a million dollars to fight our right to know. Now my wife is pregnant and has been buying them against our better judgement for a few weeks now. Time to fight back, again.

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159 -joshua! March 6, 2013

Ok…For the record: these are WAY better than Lärabars…

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160 Julie McColley March 20, 2013

omg just made these (double batch) & they are delicious!! its going to be hard to only eat 1 bar at a time!!

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161 S April 6, 2013

Do you think it would be possible to substitute the almond meal from your almond milk in place of the cashews here? I’m thinking of what to do with all that almond goo.

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162 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 7, 2013

It definitely could work, although I would probably try and dry out the pulp a bit before using (try popping it into the oven at the lowest heat setting) until mostly dry

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163 clothespin April 15, 2013

Oh… I LOVE this flavor of Lara bars! I buy the entire box at the store! And, I’m getting my new food processor tomorrow so was looking for this exact recipe! Thank you so much!

I’m getting the Magimix processor that is made in France (not China) but in the US is only sold apparently at Williams Sonoma.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/magimix-4200xl-14-cup-food-processor/?cm_src=PIPRECENTVIEW

I had this one before and loved it… worth the money! And, I’m supporting non-Chinese industry. Love my Chinese friends but would prefer some industry to remain in Europe/North America!

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164 Meghan April 21, 2013

do you store these in the freezer?

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165 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2013

yup!

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166 lisa April 22, 2013

I added shredded coconut and organic cinnamon!

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167 Lauren May 31, 2013

These are AMAZING!

Thank you!

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168 Erin June 7, 2013

I love this bar and many of your snacks. I make them all the time for my kids. But, my son is starting in JK this year and he has to pack no-nut alternatives. I don’t do soy and find the seed butters out of my price range, any ideas? You need to do a ‘school friendly vegan lunchbox’ post sometime! You know, no nuts, no fridge required, kid friendly ingredients and not so out there that the other kids will think his parents are hippies. I am happy to provide a taste tester with my 4yo son. :)

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169 Miranda June 24, 2013

HI Angela,

For anyone interested, I made a “protein” version of this:
I added 1 1/2 scoops of raw vegan vanilla protein powder (Sun Warrior – Warrior blend), and it was delicious! Didn’t notice the protein powder, but felt better about eating these ;)

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170 Hannah January 10, 2014

This recipe sounds delicious! Could I use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips? I’m not sure if it would work the same. Thank you xx

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171 gillian January 11, 2014

easiest. recipe. ever.

absolutely delish :)

thanks for sharing

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172 Heather January 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing your recipe! I made these today, and they are delicious!

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173 Robin February 2, 2014

I just made these and they are delicious! Our local grocer sells blocks of pitted dates. Since they are fairly dry compared to Medjool dates I added a few teaspoons of water. I made them into balls instead of bars. Thanks for the recipe!

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174 Michelle February 10, 2014

I made half a batch of these yesterday and they’re almost finished already. Yum!

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175 Genevieve March 9, 2014

I made these and brought them to work. At first my colleagues were skeptical so I offered them a bar and they loved it! I love how it’s delicious and sweet and yet healthy.

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176 Becky March 10, 2014

Daaaaamn are these good! I just made my first batch. For some reason I only got about 6 bars. But cry, cry, cry – I’ll just have to make more. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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177 Kayley April 30, 2014

Yumm made these lasts night. Dangerously delicious. Thank you.

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178 E May 12, 2014

I was drooling over the photos so skipped the part of soaking the dates and just added water to the last blend step. Warning! This resulted in a paste that would not form balls or bars. Even though, it was delicious!!! Way better than any larabar I’ve tried, thank u!

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179 E May 12, 2014

I was drooling over the photos so skipped the part of soaking the dates and just added water to the last blend step. Warning! This resulted in a paste that would not form balls or bars. Even though, it was delicious!!! Way better than any larabar I’ve tried, thank u!

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180 Elyssa August 2, 2014

If you use dried figs, they turn out wonderful and you don’t have to worry about pitting/soaking!

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181 Debora Basini-Herman August 29, 2014

Hi Angela…made the chocolate chip cookie dough larabars for my son who was stopping by the house…you are a sweet genius…not only did they set up fast in the freezer, but they were way to yummy…glad I didn’t give them all away. I used a touch of honey to bring the meal all together instead of water…:)

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182 Kaitlin September 7, 2014

I’m a long time larabar fan and just made this for this first time. These are even better than the packaged ones in my opinion – I couldn’t stop eating the mixture out of the food processor before they were even finished! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m currently trying out veganism after 2.5 years of being a pescetarian and your website has been a fabulous resource!

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183 Rachel September 23, 2014

Ohhhhh my gosh… These were phenomenal. I used a mix of cashews, almonds, and pecans. Oh wow.. Even before the chocolate chips they were heavenly. Bonus: ALL 3 kids plus the neighbor kid liked them! That NEVER happens!!

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184 Mich December 6, 2014

This is my favorite kind of Larabar! I must say that this recipe is far better than the actual Larabar. It taste more like cookie dough. The original Larabar has a large date ratio compared to the other ingredients. Also I noticed that the chocolate chips in the Larabar has vanilla in it, but actually getting vegan chocolate chips and putting the vanilla extract individually with a pinch of salt (as in your recipe) makes a world of difference, so this recipe is perfect. Thank you!

It would also be fun to roll these into little balls and toss them into a vegan homemade ice cream. :)

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185 Kristie December 8, 2014

These are great! I am recently grain free and still missing chocolate chip cookies. These really do taste like cookie dough! I was dubious because I have made the fruit varieties for breakfast and they are not at all like cookies. These amazed me. I had mine with a glass of milk for nostalgia and they were great! The best part is I could only eat 3 of the 22 pieces before I was full. That’s hardly any calories at all! (135 by my count)
My husband has not yet given up his after dinner cookies, but said these are BETTER!
I used 1\2 C walnuts because I like them in my cookies. I didn’t find them too datey, either.
Thank you for sharing!!

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186 Katy G. January 9, 2015

I just made these today and they are great. They really taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough, and I feel would satisfy any sweet craving. Mine did not hold together quite as nicely as I would have liked, but I think I should have soaked the dates, and I was too excited to get them made. Either way they’re a great treat. Also, I just tried vegan chocolate chips for the first time today and loved them. I bought the Enjoy LIfe mini chocolate chips a while back because they were the only mini chips I could find, and I hadn’t used them. Wow, I would not know they were vegan. Great recipe…again.

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187 Niki January 22, 2015

These were really delicious, but for practical purposes, I couldn’t get them to not fall apart. I am hoping the next go-round will be better. They really did taste like cookie dough!

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188 Shanna January 22, 2015

Angela, I love all your recipes, I follow the blog and own the cookbook and love it. A lot of your recipes require a food processor. I have resisted purchasing one because of the cost and storage issues. But realize I need one to make these kind of recipes and the nut butters. My blender doesn’t cut it. Anyways, I came across a Hamilton Beach processor. A very small one and only $42. In your experience do you think this would do the job when it comes to your recipes and the nut butters? Even only $42 I still don’t want to waste my money on something that won’t suffice.

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189 Aankhi January 24, 2015

I have never tried a Larabar and I wanted yo enjoy a healthy, tasty snack withouy breaking the bank, so I tried this. It turned out really delicious. Now I have 10 individually wrapped cookies (that’s how I made them – cookie dough cookies! Who would have thought?) in my fridge ready to fight cravings and hunger pangs. Might I add that I ate at least 2 portions while making these – sugar free healthy treats. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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190 Elizabeth March 20, 2015

Hi! I love how simple this recipe is! I actually made up a few of my own homemade Larabars and Kind. I just posted the Gingerbread Larabar one on my new blog. My other favorite homemades are blueberry muffin and apple pie. I would love to hear your input on my latest recipes!

Thanks!

http://www.mynuttyperfectionism.com

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191 Prisca May 3, 2015

What could I use in place of nuts. I’m allergic.

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192 Melanie May 5, 2015

I love a lot of your recipes, and so do my kids, but our school is a nut-free school so most of the snacks I can’t put in the kids’ lunch boxes. It would be great if you have some more recipes that are nut-free.

Thanks for all the recipes so far.

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193 renee June 25, 2015

These are soooo awesome! I added some dehydrated raspberries to the mix and it’s like healthy candy!! Thanks for the great recipe, it will be used many times!

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194 Britt July 5, 2015

Delicious! Just made these but added hazelnuts to the mix. I made things a bit too moist to make into bars, so I rolled them into balls then rolled them in cocoa powder. I have been trying not to eat them all like a healthier Cookie Monster.

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195 Grace October 6, 2015

These are delicious and even better than a Larabar! The first time I made the recipe, the bars were perfect. The second time I made the recipe, the bars were crumbly. It’s a mystery since the dates were relatively fresh both times. I might reduce the cashews slightly next time.

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196 Jennifer October 20, 2015

Yay I found your blog & LOVE IT! I have a lot of dried figs on hand at the moment, do you find that they work as a substitute for dates in these types of recipes? Thanks :O)

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197 Michelle January 24, 2016
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Thank you for this recipe! I made it yesterday and everyone in the family loved these bars! Have you tried making them nut free? I would love to be able to send these to school. Do you think a combination of pumpkin, sunflower seeds and hemp hearts might work in place of the cashews?

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198 Charlie January 25, 2016
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Just made these and WOW – they’re so delicious I can’t stop eating them. So much for self control.

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199 Gauri January 27, 2016
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Just tried these. Turned out awesome :) Thank you :)

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200 Lisa March 11, 2016
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So delicious! Actually tastes like cookie dough, but much healthier. Even my extremely picky daughter loved these.

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201 Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

I’m so glad to hear that, Lisa!

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202 K Smith March 28, 2016
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So good! Made these for a girls’ weekend with one vegan friend and everyone enjoyed. Simple too. Thanks!!

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203 sam rosebraugh April 17, 2016
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I made this recipe and loved it! I added more dates for recipe for some extra flavor, but all around it was great

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204 Angela Liddon April 18, 2016

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sam!

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205 Katiek April 18, 2016
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Has anyone tried baking this recipe? I ask only because my fiancé found it too crumbly and prefers a more solid consistency. Any help would be awesome!

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206 Angela Liddon April 19, 2016

Hi Katie, it sounds like you may have needed the extra water? I find that if after you process in the dates and vanilla the mixture doesn’t stick easily between your fingers, or it’s still a bit crumbly, it helps to add a very small amount of water (1 teaspoon at a time) and process it again. I usually add between 1 to 2 teaspoons of water. Hope this helps!

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207 Desiree May 26, 2016

Just finished making these… Guess I should pay more attention next time! My dates were NOT pitted.. Spent a good 20 minutes going through the ‘dough’ inch by inch to make sure I got them all out, I hope I did. Are they toxic or anything? Or should I just be careful when I go to eat them as the pits seem hard.

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208 Em @ Love A Latte August 13, 2016

I just made these and they are SO GOOD!!! I actually processed the chocolate chips a bit too much and it all was blended together but it tastes amazing. Can’t wait to make these for my toddler swapping the chocolate chips for some peanut butter!

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209 Krystina September 20, 2016

Hi there, any good subs for the cashews? Our school has gone nut free and I would love to make this for lunches :)

Cheers!

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210 Angela Liddon September 23, 2016

Hi Krystina, I’m not sure, but sunflower seeds might work. The flavour would obviously be impacted, but it might be worth experimenting with. Or, you could try a mix of seeds like hemp, sesame, sunflower, etc. Maybe even a bit of oatmeal? (I know someone substituted oats for a portion of the cashews and really liked the results!) If you give something a try, I hope you’ll let us know how it goes! :)

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211 Kiarra Hand November 10, 2016
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Yummmm!! These were so easy and so delicious! Hubby thinks they taste like a mix between a Snickers & Mars bar :) Definitely making again, thanks for the recipe!

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212 Angela Liddon November 14, 2016

So happy you enjoyed them, Kiarra :)

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