Homemade Pecan Pie Larabars

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Yes!  More larabars.  This time it’s pecan pie larabars.   I just can’t seem to get enough.  The Coconut Cream is still my fave, but these pecan pie larabars are very tasty as well.  No bake and minutes to throw together.  This is my kind of recipe.

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They taste just like pecan pie with none of the guilt!  Feel free to have two, or three.  No added sugars in here.  They get their sweetness from dates.  Nature’s candy.  Yum!  Warning….these are addictive.  These larabars are also gluten free and grain free!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Pecan Pie Larabars

Pecan Pie Larabars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Pecan Pie Larabars

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend the pecans and the almonds in a food processor until they are fine.
  • Then mix in the dates.
  • The nuts will release their natural oils so there is no need for water. If yours looks a bit dry, you can add a tiny amount, but I didn’t have to.
  • Line an 8X8 pan with parchment,
  • leaving enough room for some paper to stick out the sides.
  • Press the dough evenly into the pan.
  • Once it’s spread out, use the extra paper to press the dough down with your palms so it’s packed well.
  • Stick in the fridge to firm up. About 2 hours should be good. 
  • Once it’s chilled, cut into squares with a pizza cutter.
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89 thoughts on “Homemade Pecan Pie Larabars

  1. These look great! I’ve made some versions, but was never ambitious enough to actually make bars (just rolled them into balls). I’ll have to try some of your recipes :).

    1. Hi :) I’m assuming that date paste is blended up dates….if that is true how much would you use in place of 12 medjool dates if you had a bunch already in a container? Maybe 12 TBS?

  2. Hi ! I tried this one !! it looks so good. but I want to know why some “naturals” bars are baked and this one is not ? what the difference ? thank you

    1. I don’t think any larabars are baked. I bake my homemade clif bars and kind bars though. I think it just depends on the ingredients.

  3. I am wanting to make the chocolate chip larabars. Your recipe calls for medjool dates. I only found pitted dates. Is there a difference?

    1. I actually buy the dates with the pits and then pit them myself. The medjool dates are pretty big, so if you are using another kind, you may just need to add a few extras.

    2. There are many varieties of dates (e.g. medjool, deglet noor) just like there are many types of potatoes. All dates are pitted off the tree, but are often sold pitted. Medjool dates are treasured as they are almost like a caramel, so rich and smooth. However, they are also the most expensive. We restrict our use of Medjools to snacking, and for a recipe like this, we use a cheaper pitted date such as Deglet Noor. FWIW.

      1. My cousin just found out she has gestational diabetes, so I want to make her some treats while i’m back home. Based on your knowledge, and the carb content you found, would something like this be acceptable?

        1. I’m a diabetic and retired OB/GYN nurse. I would think these would be fine for your cousin as long as she counts the carbs in her daily allowance. If she’s not sure, a dietician consult might be something to consider.

  4. Do you mash the dates into a paste or something or do you just add them whole? I have regular dates, not medjool dates (bought Sunmaid, pitted, in a bag). Do I add dates? Leave some out? Thanks!

    1. If you bought the Sunmaid, I would say to add a few extras. I have had readers use those and say they didn’t firm up. I think the Sunmaids are smaller and softer than medjools. When I make them, I just pit the dates and add them in whole.

  5. Made these today. They are SO good!! Definitely satisfied my sweet tooth. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. These turned out delicious, but they were messy and expensive. I think my mini food processor was just no good – the nuts didn’t grind down very fine and when they started to turn into butter the blade wouldn’t pick up the dates any longer. I got about half the dates processed properly. Also, next time I will make them into patties instead of pressed in the pan because it didn’t firm up enough.

    1. I am glad you liked them! If you are using a mini food processor, I would half the recipe and soak the dates in water for about 5 minutes prior to using them. That way, they will be easier to process.

      1. I just did these in a mini processor. I ground all ingredients separately — nuts first and then dates. When dates started breaking up, I added the nuts in about a 1/3 cup or so at a time and also added in a tsp coconut oil. Doing that they came together in a dough pretty well, though I could tell the heat was putting my processor out a bit.

        Think I may need to buy a bigger one as I’m hesitant to make these in my vitamix since three s a very small window between ground nut flour and nut butter in it.

        1. I am glad you were able to make them that way. I have had people tell me that they are okay in the Vitamix, but I haven’t tried. If you ever do decide to try in the Vitamix, I would soak the dates ahead of time to soften them.

  8. I love all these kinds of nuts bars. I’m finding that I “think” I need to put a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips in all of them. ;) (Which isn’t a bad thing, since I use the good kind.)

  9. Can these be stored at room temperature? I know it says to put them in the fridge for a few hours to firm up but I didn’t know if they had to be stored in there as well.

    1. I don’t think they will hold up at room temp for as long. Maybe a day or two, but it’s best to store them in the fridge.

  10. Take some little bits of apple, and roll this into a ball AROUND the apple bit. Serve them up at your halloween par-tay! Guiltless Caramel Apples. Yumm!
    With good dates and nuts, the possibilities are endless.

  11. Just made up a batch of these and they’re setting in the fridge. I only had pitted dates so instead of increasing the dates by a lot, I decided to add a couple teaspoons of maple syrup. The mixture tasted great! Can’t wait to try them once they harden!

      1. They turned out great! My husband loved them! I just finished another batch and had some dried Turkish figs (my husband loves them) so I substituted them for the dates (I used 6) and added a drizzle of honey. They are awesome!

  12. Hi, I made these this morning with the medjool dates. I have a good food processor (KitchenAid) and it had a very hard time getting everything mixed well. I ended up having to add a fair amount of water because I didn’t want to burn up my food processor. The taste is good so I will make them again but I will either cut up the dates into smaller pieces or figure out a way to make a paste since it was pretty thick.

    1. How many cups is your food processor? I make mine in a 7 cup Cuisinart with no issues. You can try chopping up the dates and also soaking them prior to making these. That should help soften them.

  13. I’m getting ready to make my second batch of these. Although I’m out of Medjool dates and am using organic zahidi dates this time. It would be great if the recipe also told how many cups of dates. My husband loves these and said they are better than the store bought Lara bars. Thank you!

  14. Perfect & easy recipe! I made these in my Vitamix and they came out perfect. I didn’t have medjool dates but the pitted ones I had worked just fine. My husband LOVED them. Can’t wait to try some more of your Lara Bar recipes. Thanks for the help!

  15. I know everything is better and tastes better fresh, but I know myself… having excess of this recipe will make sick of them after a few days and ill have to dump the rest. Have you ever had to freeze any of your “larabar” recipes? Maybe if I turn half the pan into little “truffle” balls they will freeze and thaw better? Thoughts?

  16. Tried using my manual food processor. hahaha No luck Getting chopped up pretty good but need to get a real food processor. Always wanted one and we have lots of food sensitivities so I will be using it a lot. Do you have a brand or size you recommend for these types of recipes. I see al sorts of them including a ninja bullet type. They are pricey so would like to get information from a pro like yourself who has used one. By the way what we have put together so far is great. Saving a fortune making them ourselves. Will be making recipes around sale prices to cut the cost. Our diet tends to run us more money anyway. Thank you for the yummy recipe. =)

  17. I got it thank you. Actually found the same brand but another model at Kohls since I needed it for today. The bars turned out great. Thank you again. =)

  18. I want to start making this for my breakfast, got any idea on portion size? how many I should have without overkilling it!
    I have a lot of food intolerances and a HUGE sweet tooth …this is basically the perfect option! please reply!!!

    1. I think if you made these in an 8×8 pan, and cut them into 9 squares, you could probably have 2 squares. :)

  19. I make these and it always falls apart into crumble. It is so good my family doesn’t mind but I want to be able to package it easier for when school starts. What could I be doing wrong? I did try and cool.

    1. Really? I have never had it happen before. I am sorry it happened to you. What kind of machine are you using to blend?

  20. I am using a Kitchen Aid from Khols I did only use pecans since I didn’t have almonds. Maybe that was it. I will try again. Either way it is gobbled up. =)

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