Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownie Lärabar with Coconut

I’m a huge fan of Lärabars.  I’m a huge fan of chocolate.  So it was a pretty safe bet that I’d probably love the Chocolate Chip Brownie flavor that came out last year.  I generally stock up on Lärabars when the local health food store has them on sale, but they never discount the Chocolate or Jocalat flavors.  And well, $2.00 per bar seems a little steep.

Taking a quick glance at the ingredients, it seemed like it would be easy enough to recreate…and it was. These delivered intense chocolate flavor with no added sugar.  The best part?  They only took a couple minutes to make start to finish.  For you coconut lovers out there, definitely add some dried, unsweetened coconut into the mix as well- I think you’ll really like it.


Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownie Lärabar with Coconut


* 1/2 cup almonds*
* 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
* 1 1/3 cups pitted dates
* 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
* 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut (optional)


Process the almonds,walnuts, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and coconut, if using, in a food processor or high speed blender (if using a blender you'll probably need to use the tamper). If you'd like these extra chocolatey, you can also process with the chocolate chips, or chop the chocolate into small pieces and manually mix it in.

Roll the mixture into small balls and enjoy!

* Note: you can also use all almonds or all walnuts in this recipe, but the original Lärabar uses both.

Adapted from several sources, including The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Chocolate Covered Katie's Fudge Babies

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13 Responses to “Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownie Lärabar with Coconut”

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    Charissa — August 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I've been wanting to make some homeamde lara bars…so I'll be making these today! Thanks girl! Can't wait to try them!


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    Eielofview — September 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I made these today, I used hazelnut meal instead of the nuts, they were amazing! thank you for posting this!


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    CATE — September 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

    So glad you liked them! I loooove hazelnuts… just wish they weren't so expensive out here :)


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    Daniella — January 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I have not found a really good recipe for a lara bars – I tried one I found but they were not good. SO tried yours and found them to be much better. I'm not sure what the difference was but I think it is the combination of ingredients your all working together. Thanks for sharing!


    • CATE — January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:40 am

      You're very welcome Daniella- so glad you liked them!


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    Carla — March 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I literally just finished making these. I put the resulting mixture into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap and pressed it down (very firmly!) into the bottom. I'm letting them sit in the fridge for a bit and am hoping to cut them into bars. If that doesn't work, I'll roll them into balls as you suggested. But I did taste it before I did that and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Yours seemed the closest to the original larabar ingredients.


    • CATE — March 6th, 2012 @ 8:51 am

      Carla- hope the bars worked out for you :)


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    Alice — May 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Looks great! I'm going to try this soon! I used to have something similar but I lost it during a move – so I am thrilled to have found this! I actually forgot about it until I ran across your site! Thanks for sharing!


    • CATE — May 1st, 2012 @ 3:30 am

      You're very welcome :) That's actually one of the best parts of the blog… always being able to find recipes without having to search through my binders filled with print-outs or random pieces of paper with my handwritten notes!


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    urban-horticulture.com — September 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Cate,
    how long can these lara balls last till before spoiling?


    • CATE — September 9th, 2012 @ 6:54 am

      You know, they've never lasted more than a day or two around here. But not because they spoiled- just because we ate them all! So I'm not really sure.

      I looked around the web at various homemade Lärabar recipes and most people didn't specify how long these would last. The recipe in the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, which is slightly different, said they'd last sealed in a container on the counter for 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week. That's probably about right for these as well.


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    Brittany — February 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I make a batch of these almost every week! They are my husbands new favorite treat and we absolutely LOVE them. Thank you for the recipe!


    • Cate — February 22nd, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

      So glad you guys like them! Comments like these always make my day :)


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