Homemade Larabars Paleo (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)

Homemade Larabar Recipe

A look in to the history of the Larabar:

Lärabar was created by Lara Merriken, she was wanting to create a “very healthy product that tasted delicious”. On the General Mills website, it’s written that her inspiration for larabars occurred during a hiking trip in 2000, in Colorado (of course). She thought to make a food bar that was made out of only fruits, nuts and spices. The larabar was available commercially in 2003.

Clean Ingredients for Paleo Larabars

  • Cashews (I used roasted/salted)
  • Medjool Dates, pitted
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chips (we use the Enjoy Life brand)
Homemade Larabar Recipe

Back in our pre-paleo days, I had perfected the chocolate chip cookie. The secret was the salt. You had to have the right ratio of salty to the sweet. The same goes for these bars. If you leave out the salt, you will be sorely disappointed.

Larabars Paleo

The thing I love most about these homemade Larabar recipes (don’t forget to try the Apple Pie Bites, they are my favorite!) is that they require very little ingredients. Why bother paying a buck a bar at the store when you can make them fresh at home and in any flavor combination you want?


Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 8
  • 1-1/2 cup Cashews (I used roasted/salted)
  • 18 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Chocolate Chips (we use the Enjoy Life brand)
  1. Pour the cashews, dates, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
  3. While the processor is running, add a thin stream of water, about 1 tsp, maybe less depending on the moistness of your dates.
  4. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, then you've got the right consistency. If it's still crumbly, add more water. You don't want to add too much water because the bites will be too sticky.
  5. When you've got the right consistency, add the chocolate chips. Mix by hand (this may require a bit of elbow grease).
  6. Press mixture into a parchment-lined 8x8 baking pan. Chill in the refrigerator about 30 minutes or until firm.
  7. Use parchment flaps to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into bars. Makes 8 bars, depending on what size you cut them.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or so, if they last that long.

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8 Comments on “Homemade Larabars Paleo (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)

  1. Christina

    can i use pecans instead of cashews? we have 4 mature pecans in our yards and i need to use up all of the pecans we have gathered 😉

    1. Kendra

      I’m sure you can, it will probably just have a slightly different taste. Cashews are a little creamier which lends nicely to the cookie dough taste/texture. Let me know how it turns out if you try it. By the way, totally jealous you have a pecan tree!

  2. Laura Eckerfield

    These are awesome!!! I made them for my partner and he didn’t believe I made them, he thought I bought themat the coffee shop. So yummy and sweet

  3. Mary

    About how many cups or grams would you amount the 18 dates to? I want to use up some deglet noor dates that I have in the pantry, but I know they’re smaller than medjool 🙂 Any insight you can offer would be awesome, thank you!

    1. Kendra

      It is about 2 cups, not packed. Medjool dates tend to be more moist than deglet so you may need to add a bit more liquid to get the right consistency so they’re not crumbly, but go slow with it so they don’t get too sticky 🙂

  4. Monica M

    Made them today – used gloves and rolled them into balls. Also used the Enjoy Brand chips. They were great. A definite keeper. Thanks!!

  5. Beckie

    I recently adopted the Paleo lifestyle and I am so glad I found your blog! Your recipees have been incredibly helpful because I am not a natural in the kitchen. I made the chocolate chip bars as a snack to take with me on a trip and couldn’t believe how delicious they are. These bars are so much better than the real ones!! My kids loved them too! Thanks for sharing:)


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