Pecan Pie Larabars

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Yes!  More larabars.  I just can’t seem to get enough.  The Coconut Cream is still my fave, but these 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.

Pecan Pie Larabars

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
12 medjool dates

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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73 thoughts on “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 :).

  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

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

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  5. 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!

    • 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.

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

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  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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.)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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  14. 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.

    • 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.

  15. 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!

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  17. 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!

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  19. 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?

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