One thing that was a perk of social distancing was the amount of time we were almost forced to spend at home. I’m not complaining, and as a stay at home mom, it’s pretty normal anyway. But that gave me a little more time to play in the kitchen. We’re always looking for healthy alternatives to our favorite sweets because my sweet tooth in NEXT level. I recently tried some Lärabars at my sister’s house and was so impressed. The ingredient labels are clean, and they were really good! I decided to give a try at a copycat at home and was pleasantly surprised how they turned out. This recipe is for copycat chocolate coconut Lärabars that are vegan and gluten-free.

Gluten-free and vegan Lärabars are a great snack or even dessert that you can eat guilt free. These used nuts, dates, chocolate chips, and coconut making them only 5 ingredients, and they are no bake. 

What you’ll love about these copycat chocolate coconut Lärabars?

  1. They are only 5 ingredients. If you like to bake, you likely have everything in your pantry you’ll need to make these.
  2. No bake! You can make these without even turning on the oven or stove. 
  3. Super easy. All you need is a food processor and a pan or square/rectangle piece of food storage. 
  4. Healthy! These have fiber, natural sugars, and protein. What’s not to love?
  5. They’re much cheaper than store bought Lärabars. You can make a batch of 6 (or double for 12), and it’ll be much less than $1-2 per bar depending on size of your ingredients. I always buy these ingredients at Costco so they come down in price significantly.
  6. Snacks or dessert. These can be used for a healthy dessert or a pick-me-up afternoon snack. Don’t feel any guilt eating these as they use healthy ingredients.

How to make these Lärabars?

  1. If you use dried dates, soak them for 15-20 minutes prior to when you want to process. If you use fresh dates or ones that are pretty soft, skip this step.
  2. Add dates to a food processor. Pulse until they are broken up and start to stick together.
  3. Dump in the nuts and coconut. Continue to pulse until the nuts break up and start to mix into the dates.
  4. Pour the chocolate chips over the top and continue to pulse to break up the chocolate chips some.
  5. Remove the lid, and in a small square or rectangle pan or small food storage container (I like to use this sized one for 6 bars, or a brownie size pan for 12) add the contents from the food processor.
  6. Flatten it to the sides well and try to make it even across.
  7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the bars to harden. 
  8. Remove from the fridge, cut into however many bars you want to make. To remove you’ll likely need to use a knife and wedge around the sides and peel it off the bottom of the pan.
  9. Store the remaining bars in the fridge for up to one week in an air tight container. They should also freeze fine up to 2 months in an air tight container.

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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Copycat Lärabar

Make your favorite flavor of Lärabar at home with just a few ingredients. They save you money and you can store them up to one week in the fridge.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 bars
Calories 141 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup pitted dates noor or medjool
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coconut

Instructions
 

  • Soak the dates (if using noor pitted dates) for at least 15 minutes prior to processing. They shouldn't feel hard.
  • Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until they are in pieces and starts to stick together.
  • Add the nuts and continue to pulse until they are broken up.
  • Now dump in the chocolate chips and continue to process until the chocolate chips get slightly broken down.
  • Remove from the processor and flatten into a square or rectangle pan.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to cutting.
  • Remove the bars from the pan and enjoy! Place the remaining bars in an air tight container and store for up to a week in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 8IUCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bars, copycat Lärabar, snack bar
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-Cassie

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