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Homemade Larabars Paleo (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)

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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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars | Our Paleo Life

Clean Ingredients for Paleo Larabars

  • Cashews (I used roasted/salted)
  • Medjool Dates, pitted
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chips (we use the Enjoy Life brand)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars | Our Paleo Life

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?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites {grain-free; dairy-free}

Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Cashews, I used roasted/salted
  • 18 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • Pecans, finely chopped, optional

Instructions

  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.

Alternate Instructions

  1. Rather than forming into bars in the 8x8 baking pan, scoop mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and roll until smooth, then roll to coat in finely chopped pecans. Store the same way. *NOTE* Nutrition is for 8 bars, not rolling into smaller balls.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 311mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 5gSugar 43gProtein 5g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

Skip the store and make your own Larabars with just 4 simple ingredients. Roll into balls or cut into bars for the perfect anytime snack.

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Marty A Kowalski

Monday 10th of May 2021

I was wondering if I could use hemp hearts in place of the pecans? DH is on an elimination diet.

Kendra Benson

Monday 17th of May 2021

You may need to use a LOT of hemp hearts in place of the pecans, but I don't see why you couldn't sub them out for any other nut or seed as well.

Duck life

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Mater with very good very good for the health.

running fred

Monday 25th of June 2018

It sounds so easy to make, Thank you for sharing the recipe! Gonna try it this weekend!

Isheeta

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Can I ask you how much it costs to make these bars? Cashews (most nuts for that matter) tend to be pretty expensive, and I'm just wondering how much money you would really save once you add up the cost of cashews, dates, and chocolate chips. Is there a significant savings compared to the cost of the bars in-store?

Kendra Benson

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

I haven't done a detailed cost breakdown, but I buy the cashews in the bulk section at Sprouts, the dates at Costco, and the chocolate chips from Thrive Market, so the cost of those particular ingredients isn't too high because of that.

Beckie

Friday 18th of July 2014

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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