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Homemade Fudge Brownie “Larabar”


I just discovered my new favorite lunchbox snack, and it is a homemade fudge brownie “Larabar”.  I find it amazing that with a few simple and healthy ingredients; dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla and a pinch of salt, I can make a fudge brownie snack that completely satisfies my kids cravings for “treats”.  This combination of ingredients makes a rich, chocolatey, fudge-like treat that is completely surprising.

Homemade Fudge Brownie “Larabar”

Homemade Fudge Brownie “Larabar”


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted, if solid)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  • Measure out all of your ingredients (this picture is missing the vanilla, oops!).
  • Put all ingredients in your food processor.
  • Process until everything is combined and the walnuts are in small bits.
  • Put the mixture into a small baking dish and press down very firmly with a spatula. Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours to help it firm up. Cut the tray into approximately 8 bars and enjoy!

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  1. These bars look so moist & fudgy. I’m on it! =)

  2. Yay! Thanks for the leg up. I was thinking of experimenting in this direction – you’ve saved me a lot of time, and a lot of dates…

  3. This is worth trying. Have you tried almonds in place of walnuts? I have almonds in the pantry. :)

  4. I just made some with almonds – very tasty!

  5. I’m totally going to try this some time. Larabars are so expensive and this looks like a great alternative!

  6. These look amazing! I have been wanting to attempt healthier homemade versions of a snack bar. I will be starting with your recipe as my inspiration – pinned this to my naturally yummy board :)

  7. Looks super easy. Pinned for later :) THANKS!

  8. I have been wanting to make homemade ‘larabars’ for awhile. I have figs here, but not dates. Are the dates a necessity for their moistness or can they be replaced? you have so many good tips I’m going to start following you on Facebook and, of course, would love for you to do the same.

    • Hi Lyza :)
      It is funny that you mention it because I have been thinking of trying out the bars with a fig base instead of a date base. I think that dates and figs can be equally moist so they should work about the same, BUT, figs have all of those tiny seeds so there will be a significant texture difference. Personally, I love figs and the crunchiness of the little seeds so the substitution sounds good to me!

      BTW, I’m headed over to your Facebook page right now! :)

  9. These look great! I know LaraBars are very popular, and it’s always nice to find an alternative you can make at home. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  10. Hi Jen, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the barn hop.

    These look great. I’m trying to go healthier with what I serve my family, and this would be a great addition. Thanks!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  11. Jen, these look great, I have been wanting to try homemade larabars for a LONG time! I think you gave me the inspiration! And I also love your pics and recipe box, I need to learn how to go that!

    And thank you so much for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesdays as always! Hope you have a blessed week and hope you’ll be linking up this week! I also wanted to let you know we are looking for another person to co-host H2W’s with us if you are interested! :)

  12. How do you think these would hold in the room temperature for couple of hours?

  13. YUMMY! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Thanks for helping get our party kicked off this 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! Cindy from

  14. Larabars are so expensive! Thanks for this great homemade version. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my Gluten-Free Monday party at and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  15. You mean I can have a healthier, less expensive bar this easy?! Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Pinning for grocery shopping next week!

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