When you see just how easy these Homemade Larabars are, you’ll be kicking yourself for not making them sooner! Just 4 easy ingredients make up these delicious grab-no-go snack bars. And once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, the sky’s the limits to the flavor combos you can make!
The first flavor I ever tried is this basic Pecan Pie Larabar. Literally 4 ingredients: dates, almonds, pecans, and sea salt. And they are SO delicious!
I realize that some of you are probably thinking “Why would I make a Larabar when I can just buy one?” Well, besides the fact that they are ridiculously easy to make (and super fun too!) they are budget friendly. And that’s something I can definitely appreciate.
Pecan Pie Larabar
Adapted from Leite's Culinaria
- 1-1/4 cups packed, pitted soft Medjool dates
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 3/4 cup raw pecans
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Line a 9″ x 9″ pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper and spray with coconut oil.
- Combine dates and water in a small bowl and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until dates are soft and pit removes easily.
- Meanwhile, place the almonds and pecans in a food processor and process until finely chopped but not pastelike. (if you don’t have a food processor just grab a knife and a cutting board and chop, chop, chop!)
- Add the dates and salt to the food processor and pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the larabar mixture begins to stick together and clump against the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. (Again, don’t have a food processor? Time to get messy. Chop those dates into fine bits until sticky and mix them with the nuts with your hands until it’s good and sticky!)
- Transfer the larabar mixture to the prepared loaf pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, or plastic wrap slicked with oil atop the bar mixture and use it to spread and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Using the paper or plastic lining the pan, lift the bar mixture from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Discard the paper or plastic and cut the square into approx 8 bars (2 rows of 4). Tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap. The bars will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months (let the frozen bar thaw for 1 hour before attempting to bite into it).