Coconut Cream Larabars

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No matter who you talk to, most everyone seems to love energy bars.  My two most viewed posts on the blog are the Peanut Butter Granola Bars and the Homemade Clif Bars. The first larabar flavor I created was the chocolate brownie.  I think this coconut flavor came out even better!

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These literally took about 5 minutes to make.  Can it get any easier?  I love recipes like this.  The store bought Larabars cost $1.50 a piece.  That can get pretty pricey if you are buying a lot of them.  So here is my recipe.  I hope you like it as much as we did.

Coconut Cream Larabars

15 Medjool Dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 T coconut oil
2 T water

Mix the almonds, coconut and cashews in the food processor until fine. Then add the dates, oil and water and pulse until a dough forms. Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper leaving enough room for some to come out the sides. That way, the bars will be easy to remove and cut with a pizza cutter. Press down the down so that it is packed well and place in the fridge to set. It will take an hour or two. Slice and eat. These should keep in the fridge for a couple weeks.

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208 thoughts on “Coconut Cream Larabars

  1. Hi Melissa! I never make coconut Larabars (we make them in balls like you sometimes do, and call them Laraballs!) since I didn’t like coconut as a kid, but I do actually enjoy coconut now! I’ve put together lots of different “Laraball” recipes — like you said it really saves money, and they’re super fast and nutritious!! Here you go! http://fresh-you.blogspot.com/2006/06/laraballs-look-alike-larabars.html PS- these bars/balls will stay for a LONG time in the fridge! They might get a little dry, but a few drops of water should moisten/soften them right up! Ours usually are all gone in a few days (or hours!), but I somehow found one remaining at my mom’s house (6 wks maybe?)…and I was hungry, daring, and curious — so I ate it, and it was fine, good even! You figure it’s all pretty sturdy stuff!…no flour or fresh fruit to go bad :)

    • The medjool dates are larger and my Turkish mother-in-law says they are the best. I had someone make my chocolate larabar recipe with a smaller date and it didn’t turn out as well. If you use another kind, you may need to alter the recipe slightly. I have never tried any other date besides medjool.

      • Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I made them the way another commenter did–more like Lara Balls–and they are absolutely delicious. Also, I *did* use regular dates and they turned out fine. I just used 20 dates instead of 15 medjool ones since the regular dates are a bit smaller. They turned out perfectly!

      • I keep mine in the cabinet (I hope this is ok) but it’s still in a solid form, like Crisco shortening. Should I melt it to a liquid?

        • I melt my coconut oil before using. I keep mine on the counter as well, but it never really gets to a liquid form. If it is still in that soft shortening form, it will not blend as well as if it is in liquid form.

  2. LOVE LOVE them. Finally took out the food processor to use these medjool dates I had bought for your recipes and didn’t have time…little did I know most of these recipes take minutes in the processor! Kids love them and I am SOO happy I found something natural while they are young (3 and 1) Can’t thank you enough.

  3. This is my second attempt at making these bars…the first time I didn’t have coconut oil so I used almond milk…they where yummy BUT very moist and sticky so I fiqured it was do to the almond milk. Today I purchased coconut oil from Trader Joe and made these again and I still have a moist sticky batter. They are in the fridge right now but I’m very skeptical if they will harden….I also used a smaller date..would that make a difference?

    • The smaller date may make a difference. I had a similar thing happen with another reader when they used the small dates. I think they are a bit softer than the medjools, so if you use the small ones you can try adding a little more nuts or coconut to see if it dries them a bit.

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  5. These are great – thanks for the recipe! I make something similar (in ball shape) that is the Asian version: black sesame seeds, walnuts, and honey. They are always a hit.

  6. Ohmigosh, I’ve died and gone to heaven. These are amazing and I can’t believe they don’t have a spec of sugar. They really kill a sweet tooth. Also the recipe is really hard to mess up. I’ll have to half it next time, because my 4 cup food processor could not handle it very well. But with a little extra water and persistence, I got it to work. I had to use all almonds because i didnt have cashews. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to give it that extra “cream” flavor. I’ve never been much of a cook, but sites like yours make me feel like a top chef, lol!

    • Yay! So happy you like them! They really are so yummy and curb my sweet tooth as well. I have a 7 cup food processor and that handled it pretty good. I am not a cook by nature and that is why my recipes are easy to make. :)

  7. These were my favorite too… Until I decided to add some cocoa power to them! Chocolate coconut cream! Try it you wont regret it!

  8. I made these for the first time last week and they are delicious ! I chopped it up into small bars and have frozen them. They don’t quite freeze, stay nice and chewy and are perfect straight from the freezer as an after gym protein fix that tastes naughty!

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  10. I’ve never had a commercially prepared Larabar before but these looked so good (on Pinterest) that I tried them. The dough was so sticky I didn’t care for it so I added some quick oats (raw) to the mix and I liked it a lot better. Next time I will up the dates and/or oil a little to compensate for the dryness of the oats because the bars were a little crumbly, but overall I liked these a lot. Thanks!

    • I am glad you liked them. The dough is sticky, but very similar to a commercial larabar. I am glad you could adjust the recipe to your taste. :)

  11. I make these all of the time and use regular dates with no problems. We love them here. My favorite Larabar is Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte..hint, hint ;) Thanks!

  12. I have some chopped dates coated with oat flour. Any idea how much to use to match the amount called for in this recipe? Ounces will do; I have a scale. Thanks!

  13. Ran out of dates so I threw in some dried apricots and a handfuls of raisins and the flavor is still really good. Also needed more water and coconut oil. mmmmmm…..so good and filling! How many servings/bars does your original recipe make? Just so I don’t eat the pan!! may need to cut them up right now.

  14. One of the women in my Triathlon training group made these and let us taste them – we were SOLD! Now we are all making them to take with us on the long bike rides. So much better the gels and goo.

  15. Almond Joy! That is the variation I made this evening. I used all almonds, added 3 Tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon of pure almond extract. Yum!

    • Awesome! I have one reader that uses this recipe as a base so she can create her own flavors. Personally, I love making these with a bit of almond extract.

  16. These are so good!! The only issue was that I do not have a food processor so I tried to make it in my blender. After violently shaking my blender back & forth for about 10 min trying to get the food to fall down in the stupid hole in the middle I gave up on the blender & tried my magic chopper (by the way I did not witness any magic). After banging on the less than magic chopper for about 5 minutes I decided it was good enough!! I burned a lot of calories making these but they were worth it :) I rolled them into meatball sized balls and refrigerated them. I think I need a food processor!! :)

    • Haha! That’s funny. I am glad you liked them! I love my food processor! You can probably make a 1/2 batch in the magic chopper?

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  19. Holy cow! I had no idea these would taste THIS good. Never had a larabar, but thought I would try it. Plus I got to play with my food processor. :) just started the Paleo thing 11 days ago and I wanted something to grab for an easy snack. THANK YOU!

  20. Larabar has discontinued my favorite flavor, Gingersnap! (my other fave is Coconut Cream). Is there any chance you could whip up a recipe for those? Please?? =)

  21. I just found you by trying to find somewhere to purchase the Coconut Cream Larabars for less than what I am now paying. I LOVE the fact I can now make them myself. I signed up for your emails but would like to know if you have a website or place I can go to find all of your recipes. The few I saw sound like the way I eat. Thank you in advance, Amy

  22. Have to put this recipe on my to-do list this weekend! I saw it awhile back and completely forgot to make them! Dying to try it so I must write this down, thanks for reposting for those of us with permanent Mommy-Brain! LOL:)

  23. Thanks for this recipe – it’s great! Just a random question – how long have you found that medjool dates last? The container said to refrigerate which I thought was strange as I wouldn’t refrigerate prunes or anything, but just wondering if you knew how long they would be good for. Having said that, I will probably use them trying out your other Larabar recipes!

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  25. Should the coconut oil be liquid or solid? I ask because I live in FL and in summer, my coconut oil is always liquid :o)

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  28. Great recipe – better than lara bars – especially since they use GMO and also financed against labelling. I think we should stop throwing their name around – bad or good press is still press. Thanks for the share Melissa – call them mel-bars :)

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  30. These are so addicting!

    I toasted my coconut, almonds & cashews, and added some organic Indian cinnamon = pure deliciousness ! :D

  31. Can you tell me how many servings for the recipe? I looked twice and didn’t see that anywhere, but it could be my early-morning eyes that are the problem! ;) Thanks!

  32. JUST saw this recipe! It sounded delish, so I made it as written (plus 3T of cocoa powder) in less than 5 minutes. Hubby and I both LOVE them!

  33. Thanks for this recipe! Awesome. I substituted Brazil nuts for cashews it turned out so good! Next time I will use less coconut oil though (maybe the brazil nuts added a lot of oil.) FYI: brazil nuts are supposed to be great for anti-inflammation.

    Thanks again!

  34. If I hadn’t made them myself, I would have sworn that there was a pound of butter in them – totally amazing. They may not last a day in my house!

  35. I love these homemade larabars! Coconut cream is my favourite! I make them all the time – so easy & great for lunches! Thanks for sharing…

  36. Have stumbled upon your website recently and made these to bring to site with me for a healthy snack and oh man do i love them! Also made the Chocolate chip cookie dough larabars as well.

  37. Is there a really good food processor you can recommend? have you tried using a blender. I really love Larabars and I really need to attempt to make them since where I am from in Nunavut, Canada which is considered a remote location so of course these bars are expensive. How long would you heat up the coconut oil?

      • So I borrowed a friends food processor, I could not find raw cashews so I used walnuts and I also added a little bit of Enjoy Life mini chips< I hope they turn out good :) they are firming in the fridge right now!! can't wait!

          • They turned out really good! although I think the cashews would have made them a little tiny bit better! I will pick up some raw cashews at bulk barn when I am south again. They also firmed up really nicely in the fridge overnight. I just gave one to my co worker but I did not tell him what was in it, I want to see what he says. :)

  38. Made these tonight. Added milled flaxseed. Can’t wait to have them for snack tomorrow. Thanks again for all the great recipes!

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  40. Wheee do you get your dates? The only place I’ve found them around here is Fresh Market and they’re about $10 for a small container. Is that normal?

  41. I just made them & put them in the fridge! They will be ready & waiting when my kids get home from school. I can’t wait to taste! I might reduce the oil a bit, as they seem a bit oily, but will decide after they are set & tasted. I’m always looking for healthy snacks for my kiddos! Thank you so much!

  42. I went with another commentor’s suggestion of adding cacao and almond extract to make them Almond Joys and WOAH!!! Totally blown away. I will have to try the original recipe next time. These were just wonderful, having a healthy slice of heaven!!

  43. I’ve just made these and they’re soooo yummy and so easy! I was fresh out of almonds so I substituted some old-fashioned oats and threw in a splash of vanilla. I also added a handful of chia seeds. Yum! Thank you :)

  44. I apologize if this posted twice, my computer is being odd or something. I’m out of coconut oil, do you think coconut butter would work as a replacement? Thanks!

  45. I was wondering where you get your nuts and seeds. My daughter has Celiac disease and cannot eat things that are processed on shared equipment with wheat products. Most seeds and nuts are processed on shared equipment. thank you

    • I get them in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. If you look at the labels, they should have that listed. There is also nuts.com. Maybe they have nuts that are not on shared equipment.

  46. These are amazing! I once had some coconut coated cashews from Trader Joes, a long time ago and loved them. These taste exactly the same! So good.

  47. These are so yummy! I also used (more) regular dates, plus the almond because I put it in just about everything ‘sweet’. Made a batch for my busy-life sister for her birthday so she’d have a healthy on-the-road snack. Keep the great recipes coming!

  48. Love, Love Love these!! Trust me people, you will need to make a double batch!! I added about a cup of Popped Amaranth to up the protein etc Perfect!

  49. I have tried many of your recipes, and this remains a favorite! It is amazing how simple it is, but so yummy! I find that after a week, these seem to absorb the “flavors” of my fridge, so I need to eat them before then, but that’s certainly not a problem!

    Thank you for this great site!

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  52. I just made these and am impatiently waiting for the hour to pass while they chill in the fridge! Thanks for another fantastic recipe!

  53. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from your site and I am happy with the way they turned out! However, I must add, that I have never worked with dates before and I had no idea they had pits in them. Not only did I have to dig them out of the dough, but the terrible sound they made in my food processor worried me! This probably makes me sound a little daft, but maybe you could mention in the recipe to remove the pits (for other kitchen newbies like me, lol). Thanks for the great recipe! I look forward to trying many more!

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  55. Yum yum I made these with fresh coconut (ground in my thermomix ) and used the coconut water and just almonds- thanks they’re awesome.
    Ps -I used the remaining fresh coconut to make a fresh coconut Sri Lankan sambal with chilli, lime, red onion, and garlic hm hmmmmm :-)

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  57. Hi, I recently found your blog and I love your recipes!! I’m trying to eat healthier and I recently found a link between gluten and my migraines. I made this recipe and they are soo yummy!!! I’m going to make for the next party or gathering! You can’t even tell they have no flour or sugar! Thank you!!

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  60. Hi!

    Not only does you food look amazing (and taste amazing, I must add), the pictures are so beautiful and look professional. Food photography is so difficult!

    • Thank you! I agree food photography is very hard. My photos have come a long way since the beginning. I am still learning though.

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  64. These are seriously delicious! I think they taste even better than the actual Larabar brand coconut cream bars. So easy to make in my food processor, my husband is obsessed with them, just an all around great recipe! Love your blog!

  65. I made these for the 2nd time last night and instead of cutting into bars, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter for Valentine’s Day! I think they are better than the packaged larabars:) Thanks again for a great recipe.

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  68. Absolutely delicious! Thank you. I’ve done these twice and this last time, I used only almonds- and they were roasted/salted. Super good.

  69. Can anyone tell me what the nutritional breakdown for these would be? Calories, protein, sugars, carbs, fats, etc… I am very curious to know the protein per serving and how to adjust the recipe if I wanted to bump the protein with whey powder.

  70. Here’s a funny story for you. My children are grown & we have no grandchildren; so our dogs are like our grandchildren. It was our German Shepherd’s 4th birthday this weekend & he has leaky gut syndrome just like me; so we can’t have wheat or a lot of sugar. So I decided to make this recipe for the birthday cake. We even put candles on it; but as soon as Buddy saw the fire, he ran away. I must say that he did enjoy the birthday “cake.” Thanks for the recipe!

  71. If you cut the bars into 6ths it’s 246 calories per bar. 4g protein, 51g carbs, 41g sugar, 7g fiber. Got this from a food app- not saying it’s right!
    Sure wish I could pin this so it doesn’t get lost in a sea of bookmarks. Oh well!

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  74. Hi!

    I made the larabars this week and they are divine. I didn’t melt the coconut oil and it worked perfectly fine!

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