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Homemade Cherry Pie “Larabars”


Like many other families, we love the flavors of Larabars but find the price tag of $1.50 per 1.8oz bar to be too high, so I decided to try making homemade Cherry Pie Larabars.  There are lots of recipes out there on the internet for homemade versions of these popular snacks and they are all super simple.  I studied a handful of recipes and decided to wing it with the ingredients available in my pantry.  I happened to have dried cherries, dates and walnuts so my flavor choice was clear – Cherry Pie!  I buy dates, nuts and dried fruits at Costco so my cost per bar is dramatically lower than the store bought bars and my children LOVED my homemade version.  This recipe is amazingly simple and infinitely variable according to what dried fruits and nuts you have on hand.  I read the ingredient lists for all of the Larabar flavors on their website and I feel confident that I can re-create just about any of their flavors now that I have seen for myself how easy the process is.

Homemade Cherry Pie “Larabars”

Yield: approx 7 1.8oz bars

Homemade Cherry Pie “Larabars”


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts


  • Measure out the dates, cherries and walnuts.
  • Pulse the nuts in your food processor until well chopped with some bigger chunks remaining.
  • Pour nuts out into the bowl of your stand mixer, or any large bowl.
  • Process dates and cherries in your processor until a dense, sticky paste forms.
  • Add date and cherry paste to the nuts and mix with your stand mixer or by hand until all of the nuts are evenly distributed throughout the paste.
  • Move the mixture to a small baking dish.
  • Use a wet spatula to pack down the mixture evenly into the dish. Then move the dish into the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the bars can firm up.
  • When the mixture has firmed up, cut it into small bars to serve as snacks or add to lunchboxes. You can store the bars in a container with a tight lid in the refrigerator for up to a week (if they last that long!)


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  1. Now that is a treat I could feel good about feeding my kids. Super simple, healthy, and yummy!

  2. Sounds good and looks so easy to make.

  3. I love larabars but they are owned by General Mills (who is supporting Monsanto and gmo foods) so I quit buying them. I am going to be making these very soon!

    • Kat,
      It is very disappointing about General Mills/Larabars/GMOs isn’t it? Thankfully, these snacks are SUPER easy and very cost effective to make at home!

  4. I love the fact that these are so easy and healthy!
    Thanks so much!
    The whole family was big fans of those bars so this will be a WONDERFUL replacement. :)

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  6. I love cherry and larabars are so healthy. thanks for sharing this recipe on foodie friday.

  7. We love those bars too, but never want to pay the price for them!!! Love your at home version!!!

  8. Yum! Those look so good!

    Thanks for linking to Healthy 2day Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!

  9. I am featuring these homemade treats this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :)

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  11. I need to get making these! How easy peasy!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party last week! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you’ll join us this week to share more yummies! Also, be sure to stop back by to see who the winner of the Planet Rice will be! The winner will be announced at GFF #9 Cindy from

  12. Your ‘Larabars’ sound wonderful – I like the cherry/date combination. What a wholesome and delicious treat!

  13. I’ve never actually tried a larabar but I do buy similar bars and they are so expensive so it’s so good to know how easy it is to create something very similar. I love recipes with healthy whole foods with ingredients I already have in my house. These look gorgeous. Many thanks

  14. Your “larabars” look delicious! What a frugal alternative to store-bought.

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  16. These sound great! I have a son with a nut allergy, but he loves dried cherries and dates. Is there anything other than nuts or seeds I could sub for the walnuts? Maybe shredded coconut?

    • April,

      Shredded coconut sounds yummy but I haven’t tried it myself. I guess it would taste somewhat like those date rolls that you can get in the Whole Foods bulk section. Let us know if you give it a try!

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