Larabars are so good. We often treat ourself to them when we go to Whole Foods Market. However, they are very expensive, running 2 bucks a pop.
They are actually simple to make, and a lot cheaper to make them homemade. The children in my family call these the “best chocolate cookies EBER” (Yes, I realize I put EBER… the children I am referring to are all under the age of 5.)
My Price breakdown for making my own:
- Medjool Dates – half a pound, 5.99 (Got them from Door To Door Organics).
- Almond butter – 1/4 cup breaks down to about .75 cents from Whole Foods Market.
- Almonds – Half of a cup, about .32 cents.
- Unsweetened coconut shreds – 1/2 cup, Let’s Do Organics brand, 63 cents.
- Unsweetened Dark Chocolate – Aprox .10 cents.
- Grand total: 10 bars of homemade Larabars for around 7.79. Buying 10 bars costs 20 bucks! So a large savings! The price it cost me to make them would buy me 3 and a half at the store. I had a few dates left over, so technically, the cost to make your own larabars is a scoonch cheaper than my estimated price.
As I said, these are super simple to make. Pitted dates, coconut shreds, almonds, almond butter, cocoa powder and a little water. Pop into your blender. Mix it up until you can form it into a square patty. Put it on a cutting board or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, slice it up, done. Takes less than 10 minutes.
If you are doing the Whole 30, these are NOT compliant. In the rules about cocoa you can use it as a spice, but you can not use it to make a chocolate -y confection. Larabars are ok depending on the ingredients. Also recommended for an emergency snack or fuel during endurance athletics. You can read the Can I Have guide for more information! If you want to make them compliant for an emergency, take out the cocoa powder.
Do you enjoy Larabars? Do you make them homemade? Talk about your favorites below!