I love Larabars. I do not love paying $1.30 every time someone in my family wants to eat one. So, I made my own healthy, homemade version with only five ingredients and for nearly 40% cheaper than the original!
Larabars have always been one of my favorite energy bars – they’re super healthy with only a few clean ingredients, have no refined sugars, and they taste great! The only downfall is the price.
Costco carries variety boxes that come out to $0.83 per bar, but the flavors aren’t our favorites. Instead, I’ve had to buy them individually at the grocery store.
We’re used to paying a little more for healthier but $1.39 per bar is hard to justify on a regular basis. But now I’ve got a solution!
Cheap and Easy Homemade Larabars
At $0.82 per bar, my homemade Larabars are about 40% cheaper than I pay at the store, and even slides in just below the Costco price. That savings really adds up when you like them as much as we do!
Plus, they’re insanely easy to make – just place all five ingredients in the food processor, then press into the pan. This is a great one for kids to help with since it’s simple and comes together really quickly.
To save even more time in the kitchen, you can double the recipe and freeze some for quick defrosting later.
Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Larabars
Not surprisingly, my favorite Larabar flavors are the ones with chocolate in them. And while Larabar doesn’t make a salted dark chocolate almond bar, the choice of ingredients for our homemade version was a no-brainer for us.
Medjool Dates – similar to Larabar, these provide a moist and super sweet base for the recipe. I find the best price at Costco. You can save a little more money by buying cheaper varieties of dates (like Deglet Noor), but you may need to add a spoon or two of water to the mixture.
Almond butter – gives a creamy texture and is an especially great choice for those with peanut allergies.
Raw cacao powder – loaded with antioxidants and adds a rich, dark chocolate flavor
Vanilla and sea salt – both of these are optional, but really complement the other ingredients well and add an almost dessert-like flavor
And since these are gluten free, dairy free and peanut free, we can share them with friends, neighbors, and school classmates without hesitation!
Healthy, homemade version with only five ingredients and for nearly 40% cheaper than the original!
Place dates, almond butter, vanilla, and salt in a food processor with the S blade in place and pulse until mixture resembles large moist crumbs.
Pour mixture into a small casserole dish lined with parchment. Use clean hands to spread mixture evenly across pan, pressing down firmly. It's alright if it doesn't cover the entire pan, just press them out to the desired thickness.
Add optional garnishes if desired.
Refrigerate until firm. Then slice into bars with a sharp knife.
Makes 10-12 bars.
These can be kept at room temperature, but I prefer to store them covered in the fridge.
Here are a few other healthy snack ideas!