DIY Larabars (Lemon & Almond-Cookie Recipes)

DIY Larabars

DIY Larabars are so easy to make! You can formulate basic recipes with whatever is in your cupboard and they are quick to throw together. These were a lot easier to make than the DIY Quest Bars, which I also really like. We love keeping Larabars on hand for a healthy snack. They are filling and don’t send your blood sugar skyrocketing like other snack bars.

The basic ingredients for DIY Larabars are nuts & dates. You decide on your flavors. You can add nut butters, dried fruit, fruit juice, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and many other flavors. I decided to try making lemon bars because that is Daniel’s favorite bar. We buy a lot of boxes of lemon Larabars! It turns out that the less ingredients you add, the less sticky the bars turn out and lemon was super easy to make and it tastes exactly like a Lemon Larabar.

I also experimented with a gingerbread cookie/pecan pie hybrid that is really delicious, it is just a tad more sticky in texture than the lemon. I named it almond cookie to simplify things. I mixed pecans and almonds for this bar but you can use the nuts that you love.


Lemon BarsDIY Lemon Larabars

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates, pitted (10 dates)
  • zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp water

Almond-Cookie Bars

  • 1 cup mixed pecans & almonds
  • 1 cup dates, pittedDIY Almond-Cookie Larabars
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch chips
  • 2 Tbsp water


How to make them:

Add all ingredients (except the water) to a food processor. Begin processing andDIY Larabars add water as needed (only 1-2 Tbsp max.) Process for 30 seconds to 1 minute–until the mixture begins to clump together into a ball.

Line an 8×8 pan or bread loaf pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture into the pan (use wax paper if it is sticky) and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Remove from fridge, cut into bars, and store back in the refrigerator. I wrapped my bars individually in parchment paper and store them in a Ziploc bag. The bars DIY Larabarsshould keep 1-2 weeks in the fridge.


I LOVE these bars! They taste amazing & I plan on formulating new recipes. They are so easy to make that this project is fun more than it is work.





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