Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bars

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 16, 2013

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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

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!

Nutrition Information

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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E May 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

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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E May 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

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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Elyssa August 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

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Debora Basini-Herman August 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

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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Kaitlin September 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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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Rachel September 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

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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Mich December 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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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Kristie December 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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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Katy G. January 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

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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Niki January 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

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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Shanna January 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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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Aankhi January 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

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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Elizabeth March 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

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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Prisca May 3, 2015 at 6:16 am

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

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Melanie May 5, 2015 at 11:07 pm

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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renee June 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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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Britt July 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm

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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Grace October 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

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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Jennifer October 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

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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Michelle January 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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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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Charlie January 25, 2016 at 8:13 am
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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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Gauri January 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm
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Just tried these. Turned out awesome :) Thank you :)

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Lisa March 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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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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Angela Liddon March 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Lisa!

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K Smith March 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm
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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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sam rosebraugh April 17, 2016 at 11:34 am
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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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Angela Liddon April 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sam!

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Katiek April 18, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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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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Angela Liddon April 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

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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Desiree May 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm

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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Em @ Love A Latte August 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

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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Krystina September 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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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Angela Liddon September 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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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Kiarra Hand November 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm
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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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Angela Liddon November 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

So happy you enjoyed them, Kiarra :)

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Tam March 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm

I just made these. Quite tasty! I may of grinded them up too much. But my Ninja could not handle processing so I switched to my smaller food processer and the pits from the dates did not mix. Are they supposed to? As I picked out 7 pits. Lol…maybe my little food processer needs an upgrade.

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Angela Liddon March 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

Hi Tam, Not to worry, it’s not your food processor! The dates aren’t meant to be mixed into this recipe. :) You’ll want pitted dates for these bars! (If you can’t find store-bought dates already pitted, remove the pits from the dates by hand yourself before processing.) Hope this helps!

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Tam March 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Well that solves why my smoothies tasted pitty too! Pitted means pit out lol.. My bad! Thanks for replying, now I know for future use. Lol :)

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Lena May 31, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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Wow! that’s my favorite thank you so much for sharing with us

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Amy August 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
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Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been using it for years and refer to it often as a formula for other variations.

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