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Homemade Walnut Mocha Fudge Copycat Larabars

Have you heard of Larabars? They are basically a fruit and nut bar made with some combination of dried fruit (raisins and dates primarily) nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), and add-ins like dried cherries, blueberries, apples, chocolate and peanut butter. We are  basically obsessed with Larabars around here! Nate’s favorite is the chocolate chip cookie dough, and Layla is crazy about the peanut butter cookie. I’m a non-discriminatory Larabar consumer–I love them all!DIY Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabar

 

The only drawback to Larabars is their price…they are a dollar a bar. Which is a little much for me, but I buy them when we are traveling or I know I need a quick, easy snack. So in an effort to protect our pocketbook (saving for that mom-mobile!!) I started making our own at home. (I’m not going to lie, there are a lot of these recipes on the internet so you can find copycat ones of your favorite Larabar flavor, just you know, use the google.)

DIY Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabars

And so rather inevitably while making other people’s recipes, I ended up creating my own variation that incorporates two of my favorite things: chocolate and coffee. These bars are rich and fudgy and oh so delicious! Layla thinks they are candy! She freaks when she sees them! Haha! (Please don’t worry, I only feed her tiny pieces so she’s not getting a caffeine buzz.)

make your own larabars!

Recipe inspired by Hot Fudge Brownie Larabars

DIY Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabar

Homemade Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabars

Yield: 8 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Homemade Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabars are a quick and easy snack that you can make at home with a few simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 Teaspoon Espresso or 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • Dash of salt
  • Splash of vanilla

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well blended.
  2. If you have a small food processor work in batches. Pulse half the dates and walnuts, set aside and pulse the remaining. Then combine your batches and the rest of the ingredients and pulse all ingredients together.
  3. Line bread pan with wax paper. Spread date mixture evenly in pan using a spoon. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours until firm. Slice into 6 bars and store between pieces of wax paper in the freezer.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is approximate and varies by ingredients used.

They are the perfect indulgent snack that is completely healthy! They are sugar-free, gluten free, dairy free–you basically can’t go wrong with these bars. They are very calorie dense so I sometimes like to halve them for a little more portion control. Their are great for when you’re out and about and your meal is delayed or for after you finish a killer workout! (I get so hungry after my longer workouts!)

Walnut Mocha Fudge Larabar

They also pair lovely with a cup of coffee for nice little coffee date with yourself in the middle of your day. No matter how you enjoy them, they are perfect.

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Homemade walnut mocha fudge larabar

Hope your Monday is off to a fantastic start! (It will be even better if you make these!!–Haha! No pressure, though.)

Do you like Larabars? What are your favorite flavors? 

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14 Comments

    1. I love that the recipe is basic….equal parts nuts and dried fruits and then you can get creative from there! It would also be good to omit the coffee add dried cherries to this! YUM! Or mint essential oil…gosh the possibilites are endless. And now I’m hungry. 😛

  1. I’m SO excited to see this recipe. I cannot find Larabars now that I’ve moved to Scotland! I LOVE them and my life has felt incomplete! Seriously, it’s like Christmas day for me right now!

    1. Well happy to oblige! If you google homemade larabars I’m sure you can find other flavors too. Generally you can add equal amounts nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts) and dried fruit (dates and raisins seem most common) and then add in any extras you’ve been missing like pb or whatever! I love them so much and it’s definitely cheaper and really easy to make them yourself!

  2. This recipe looks amazing, I am definitely going to add it to my GF snack arsenal. Some unsolicited advice – Larabar is a registered trademark, You might want to acknowledge that and call this a Larabar Copycat recipe or something similar. Good luck with your blog!

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