Chunky Nut Date Bars, A Larabar Knock-off

Posted on | May 13, 2013 | 4 Comments

We love Larabars. Well most of them. We’re not so fond of the Apple Pie ones.

Anyhoo. In an effort to make them myself & know how they were made, I decided to take a stab at making them myself. It’s not that I don’t trust the Larabar company. I find it hard to trust any company. I don’t even trust whole foods, unless we grow them ourselves or I know who did. However, sometimes there are compromises we have to make.

By making these myself, I cross one more middle man off my list.

I have seen folks across the web make these but always forgot to get dates to make them. I finally remembered one day while at Earth Fare. I couldn’t remember how many I should be buying, so I just grabbed a tub & prayed for the best. Of course, that’s how most of my experiments are. However, this was a hit the first time around. It all goes in the processor at one time, so it’s quick & easy.

The first time I bought the dates, the dude at Earth Fare coerced talked me into explained why I should buy Medjool over the other ones they had. He was actually right. I tried these with other dates, & the Medjool definitely lent a softness to the bars. They also held together much better. The subsequent batch fell apart, & we had to eat the crumbs with a spoon…


I’ll just get on with the recipe now… Just don’t do like we did & eat them all in the first day. Haha, oops!


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4 Responses to “Chunky Nut Date Bars, A Larabar Knock-off”

  1. rachel v.
    May 17th, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    About how many cups would 2/3 of a pound of dates be? I buy my dates in a 5Lb packs an don’t have a kitchen scale. Also, should I soak the dates? Some recipes I’ve seem suggest that soaking helps them not be too crumbly.

  2. The Vintage Wife
    May 17th, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh goodness, I’m really not sure how many cups it would take. I just happened to get about 2/3# when I bought them & went from there. I’ll try to remember to measure them next time. If you use medjool dates, there’s no need to soak, since they tend to be softer & stickier already.

  3. Heather
    May 21st, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    you should try making them up in muffin tins as well. it makes it really easy to portion them. I have a couple of silicone muffin tins that I don’t bake in anymore but since these aren’t exposed to heat I’m not that concerned. Then the pop out super easy. Enjoy!

  4. The Vintage Wife
    May 21st, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I never really got into the silicone craze, so unfortunately I don’t have them. Hopefully, someone else will see this tip & be able to use it! Thanks for that! 🙂

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