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Coconut Cream Larabars

These copycat coconut cream Larabars are the best of the Larabar flavors, in my opinion! Once you try making homemade Larabars, you’ll never go back to buying them.coconut cream larabars

*UPDATED POST* This post was originally published in January 2017. The original post and recipe remains the same, but I’ve updated the photos.

Sunday afternoons are one of the best parts of the whole week. After a long hard work week (this includes “Momming”) and usually some fun on the weekend, Sunday is when my little family and I get to lay low, go for walks together, enjoy a huge Sunday brunch AND when I get to do a lot of my baking for the week. As I’ve mentioned before and will continue to mention, I am a big time snacker. I snack ALL day long! I like to have a variety of healthy, filling and nutritious snacks in the fridge ready for the kiddos and I as we go about all our activities during the week.

I can’t wait to share all of my favorite snacks with you! There are a few bars and healthy cookies that I cycle in and out, but there are a few that are a constant staple in our house. One of those staples is the star of today’s post, coconut cream Larabars!!

What are Larabars?

Larabars are such a great invention. They’re simple, convenient, and delicious and made with wholesome, healthy (pronounceable) ingredients! The store-bought Larabars can be a little sweet, and a lot expensive, so I decided to create my own at home. 

Generally, Larabars consist of a few things:

  • nuts, including cashews, almonds and pecans
  • Medjool dates
  • coconut oil

Different flavors will contain different variations of the above, and include other flavorings like cocoa powder or dried fruits or even nut butter. They’re so good!

What is the best Larabar flavor?

The coconut cream Larabars are by far the family’s favorite, although Larabars are so simple that it is really easy and fun to experiment with different kinds! I love giving these to my kids, as they’re sweet enough to feel like a treat, but all of the added sugar.

The sweetness of these bars comes from Medjool dates, and although they are a little high in sugar, it’s an all natural sugar with added benefits such as fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Everybody in the house loves them.

How do you make coconut cream Larabars?

To make these copycat bars I start by placing the nuts and shredded coconut in my food processor and pulsing until the nuts are fairly fine. Be sure not to just turn on your food processor and let it run, as you could end up with nut butter instead (which definitely wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world). I like to use unsweetened coconut, as the dates add enough sugar to the mix on their own.

The next step is to add the pitted dates, coconut oil and water and pulse until the mixture is blended into a dough, about 2-3 minutes.

Press the dough into an 8 x 8 baking pan, lined with parchment paper to facilitate an easy removal of the bars once they’re set. Pop the pan into the fridge for about an hour or so before cutting into bars.

How long do coconut cream Larabars keep?

If you’re storing them either wrapped in saran wrap for an individual treat, or all together in an airtight container, the bars will keep for a couple of weeks, but I can almost guarantee they won’t last that long. I do keep mine in the fridge, which I would recommend; however, when I pack these bars for our lunches, they hold up just fine at room temperature for the day.

Although I haven’t frozen them myself, I would imagine you could easily double a batch of these and freeze them for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge!

Feel free to use this recipe as a base for your own Larabar creations; try cocoa powder, different nuts, chocolate chips, or cinnamon.

Happy snacking, everyone!

coconut cream larabars

For more healthy snacks, you can check out my category on granola bars, or try a few of these:

Or try these teff bars by my friend Girl Heart Food!

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Coconut Cream Larabars


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x

Description

These copycat coconut cream Larabars are the best of the Larabar flavors, in my opinion! Once you try making homemade Larabars, you’ll never go back to buying them. 


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almonds (raw, unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup cashews (raw, unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup coconut (unsweetened, shredded)
  • 1.5 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 16)
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil, solid
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the almonds, cashews and coconut in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until fine. Be sure not to go too far to avoid creating a nut butter consistency.
  3. Add the dates, coconut oil and water and pulse for 2-3 more minutes, or until a soft dough forms.
  4. Using a large wooden spoon, press the dough firmly and evenly into the baking pan.
  5. Place the pan into the fridge for about 1 hour, before removing and cutting into 16 bars.

Notes

  1. You do not have to use the exact mix of almonds and cashews I have used; you could use all almonds or half and half.
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: food processor

Keywords: Larabar flavors. // homemade Larabars // coconut cream larabars

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  3. These sound amazing!! Especially with that coconut cream Katherine! I would love to batch make these for the week!

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