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Homemade Larabars aka Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Christmas Cookies

12/15/2012

Have you ever had a Larabar?

I really do love them but for reasons unimportant to this recipe, I don’t buy them anymore. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them, and frankly they taste much better made from scratch. So I decided to make homemade Larabars.

homemade Larabars

My daughter wanted them to be round, you can actually shape them any way that you want.

The great thing about these homemade Larabars is that they are no bake and are sweetened with dates. There is no sugar added to these yet they taste sweet! They can be gluten-free very easily, and even nut-free with a bit of creativity using granola or seeds. You can use whatever ingredients you want to create a variety of different flavors. We chose chocolate peanut butter because who doesn’t love that combo and my kids thought Santa would love them. I tend to agree, “he” is going to really enjoy these with his milk on Christmas Eve.

homemade larabars

You can also sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

homemade larabars

Santa and little boys like them that way.

homemade larabars

5.0 from 3 reviews
Homemade Larabars Recipe aka Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Christmas Cookies
 
Homemade Larabars - they make great no bake Christmas cookies or treats for any time of the year
Ingredients
  • 1-1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp water (as needed)
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, peanut butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt in a food processor and puree until combined and sticking together.
  2. If the mixture seems a bit too dry, add water and continue to puree. You probably won't need it.
  3. Remove mixture from bowl and for bar shaped pieces, press it down onto a cutting board and form into a square or rectangle. Cut into 10-12 square or bar shaped pieces.
  4. For balls, take small pieces of the mixture and roll into small balls. Makes approx. 18 balls.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  6. Chill until eaten.
Notes
These do end up a bit stickier than Larabars. I would suggest wrapping each bar in wax paper if you want to take them on-the-go.

None of us can stop eating these.

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  • Reply Abigail 12/31/2012 at 7:55 am

    Both “Lara Bar” Recipes sound amazing!! Thank you for sharing! I just finished the last of my dates but ill be stocking up stat! Can’t wait to try!!!:)

  • Reply Mom Foodie 12/23/2012 at 7:12 am

    The ingredients sound yummy, and they look good, but I keep thinking how these would make edible Reindeer poo for naughty kidlets on Christmas…lol

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 12/17/2012 at 10:04 am

    I’m adding dates to my shopping list to give these a try!

  • Reply Kyle 12/17/2012 at 12:33 am

    These look too good. I have a co-worker who likes to make something similar for our office Christmas Party each year, but, honestly, these look better. :)

  • Reply Marla Zickefoose 12/16/2012 at 1:33 pm

    Sounds yummy!! I can’t wait to make these!

  • Reply pam 12/15/2012 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try these!