Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bars {Paleo & Gluten Free}


Welp, here’s another copycat recipe! I get addicted to gluten free bars and then I start thinking “I could make this and save some money!” That’s especially true with Lara Bars because at my local health food store they’re $1.49 a pop!!!

One of the things I like about Lara Bars is the ingredient list. Take a look:



If you’re having trouble reading it, it only has 4 ingredients: Cashews, dates, chocolate chips, and sea salt!!!

Unprocessed — Raw — Gluten Free — Dairy Free — Grain Free — Soy Free — Vegan

Since the ingredient list is so small I figured they couldn’t be that hard to make. I’ve seen several Lara Bar copycat recipes around but I decided not to look at them when creating my recipe because I didn’t want to be tempted to copy. Really… how hard could it be?

I knew there were more cashews than dates since they were listed first in the ingredient list so I started with 1/2 C cashews and just winged it from there. I made them 3 times and finally got it perfect. Now time for the side by side. Which one is the real Lara Bar and which one is the fake???



Ready? The real Lara Bar is on the left and my fake Lara Bar is on the right ๐Ÿ™‚

So let’s grab a food processor and get started:

I found these at Wal-Mart!!!
I have no idea why the lighting looks so crazy!



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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bars

This recipe only makes 2 bars, but it can easily be doubled or tripled!
Author Cassidy


  • 1/2 C Raw Cashew Pieces I haven't tried this recipe with roasted cashews
  • 7 whole pitted dates depending on size, about 1/3 C whole dates
  • 1 Tbsp. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Place the dates in lukewarm water to soften. Let soak 3 -5 minutes then drain off water.
  2. Process the cashews until they are finely chopped. Set aside in a small bowl.
  3. Add the softened dates and pulse until they are also finely chopped. Add the cashews back to the bowl along with the chocolate chips and salt. Pulse until it all comes together and is almost like a paste, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  4. Lay out 2 pieces of plastic wrap, then evenly divide the dough between the plastic wrap.
  5. Using wet hands, form each half into a bar: 3 1/2 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 3/4 inch thick. Tightly wrap the plastic around the bars and store in the fridge.



ย this post is part of Raw Foods Thursdays

Posted May 16, 2012 by Cassidy in Bars & Snacks, Egg Free, Paleo, Vegan / 6 Comments


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6 responses to “Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bars {Paleo & Gluten Free}

  1. Sue

    Just found this recipe now! They look great! Just wondering – should I first soak the cashews in water for a few hours?

  2. Well done! I love Lara Bars and have always said the same thing… “Only 4 ingredients? I could do that at home!” Of course, I never got around to it, so thanks for figuring it out for me! Thanks for sharing this at Raw Foods Thursdays!!


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