Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites

Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites.  I just love making larabars!  So easy and they take minutes to make.

My favorite is still my coconut cream, but I think these banana bread larabar bites are my daughter Meadow’s favorite.  This is also a reader fave!  It’s easy to see why, they are delicious!

 

Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites

 

I think my husband’s favorite is the Chocolate Brownie.  This banana bread recipe took me two tries to get right.

I wanted to change it up, so this time I rolled them into bite sized balls instead of bars.  I got about 20-25 bites out of this batch.

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Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites

Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites

10 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 ripe banana sliced
  • 10-12 pitted medjool dates

Instructions

  1. In the food processor, grind the almonds into a fine consistency.
  2. Next at the banana and the dates and pulse until a dough starts to form. You may have to stop every couple of pulses to scrape down the sides to insure that everything gets well combined.
  3. Roll dough into little balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place in the fridge to set.

Notes

Keep them stored in the fridge and they should last a couple of weeks. Mine have never lasted more than a handful of days though!

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85 thoughts to “Copycat Banana Bread Larabar Bites”

    1. I pit dates myself, so technically, they come with their pits. Medjool dates are large. I get them at Sprout's, but you can buy a big box of them at Sam's or Costco. I think for around $8.
    2. You have to google it to know! I'm from a country where we speak portuguese and had the same doubt but google solved it...
    3. I only have one doubt. I used to get a lot of dreid fruits, bun then I discovered some of them are added of sugar (like strawberries, oranges, mangoes) to get that look. Are medjool dates only dried out? Is the sugar all natural from the fruit itself?
  1. These look great! I have been making no bake peanut butter bars that are similar. I am excited to know that I can use bananas too! My recipe is below. I am excited to make a new adaptation with banana!http://bedstuyfoodie.blogspot.com/2013/01/ooey-gooey-vegan-chocolate-peanut.html
  2. Can you use a vitamix instead of a food processor? I don't own a lot of kitchen appliances and I am considering buying a Vitamix but it has to be an appliance that can do several jobs since we are on a tight budget.
    1. You can, but you may want to soak the dates to soften them a bit. Maybe soak for 10 minutes? That will make it easier to be done in the Vitamix.
      1. I would think the vitamix would not have trouble with the dates. I own one and LOVE it for making all my nutbutters and flours. It is very powerful
      2. I have a ninja kitchen system which has a food processor bowl and blade for dough mixing. It has the same horse power as the Vitamix just not quite as expensive. I love it and use it for everything including making baby food and many baking mixes.
  3. I just made these and they are yummy! I used a combination of almonds and hazelnuts (cause that's what I had in my freezer) and added a tiny bit of cocoa powder to get a chocolate fix. Next time I'll leave out the chocolate, I think they'll be better without it. Mine are really gloopy though. I'm hoping they harden a bit in the fridge. Maybe not enough nuts?
  4. Are you using the dates for taste or simply for the sweetness? I always try to cut the sugar when I can. I've made something similar with almonds, coconut oil, cocoa powder, then roll the balls in coconut. I used a little stevia to sweeten them. Do you think this substitution would work with your recipe?
    1. The original store bought Larabars use dates and that is why I use them in this recipe. If you use stevia, add another banana to help bind them.
  5. These were amazing! I altered it a bit and used 1 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup walnuts Then put a dash or some of pumpkin pie spice in them and we were all eating them right out of the food processor. So good! Thanks for all you amazing recipes!
  6. Hi I leave a comment first time here, but I follow Your blog all the time:) Thank You so much for Your recipe. I made some changes, because I didn't have dates and raw almonds. So I put instead 2 cups of almond flour, 1 cup of raisins and two bananas, 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice and 1/4 cinnamon, and a little bit of vanilla:) It turned out so so good:) Fall dessert for my family:) Thank You so much! Greetings
  7. I have a child who was just diagnosed with a severe nut allergies. Do you think these would work with sunflower seeds. I really miss larabars:( I miss the convenience of nuts and how they really "stick with you" in snacks.
      1. The sunflower seeds worked perfectly! I added a bit of cocoa just for fun and to persuade the kids to eat them:) Thank you so much for this recipe. I've been really struggling with on the go substantial snacks that are nut free. Now I'm going to go back and try your other larabar recipes with sunflower seeds!
  8. This was the first recipe I made from the blog and definitely won't be the last. I didn't try them. They smelled a little too sweet for me. Nothing against the recipe, the store bought banana bread Lara bars aren't my favorite either.However, my kids (6 and 3) loved these! They called them "cookie bites" and ate them like candy. I can't wait to make more flavors.
    1. Awesome! This is my kids favorite flavor as well. My favorite is the coconut cream. If you like coconut, I highly recommend trying that one next!
  9. I had to use a blender because the food processor was to small. They were to gooey to even roll into balls so I just put them in a small baking pan. Hopefully they harden a bit in the fridge. Do you think I could put them in the freezer if need be? I just don't want to waste them.

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