Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars

I’m a huge fan of Larabars- they have saved my rear more times than I can count. And I much prefer the consistency of them over other popular bars. They’re convenient and easy to keep in my purse or car to eat when I’m so hungry I just can’t wait. But my kids have caught on to the yumminess and our Larabar habit was getting expensive. So, I started doing a little research and decided to try my hand at a homemade version. I’ll still keep a Larabar in my purse and probably one in my car, but this is a great budget friendly option to keep at the house. We’ve enjoyed these with coffee for breakfast, I’ve used them to fuel before a long run and packed them in my kids lunches. I was prepared for the first batch to fail me but I’m three batches in and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the outcome. We’ve liked all of the combinations and I’m brainstorming new ones already!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! If you make it and post a photo to Instagram tag me! Tag me in your actual photo and use the hashtag #EmilyEatsRealFoodRecipe. I love seeing the creations you come up with from my recipes.

Blueberry Nut Bars
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Serves: 12 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup of walnut halves or pieces (you can also use unsalted cashews)
  • 2 cups of dates, pits removed
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried coconut
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place both almonds and walnuts into a food processor and pulse until nuts are finely chopped. (Don't over mix or it will start to look like almond flour.)
  2. Pour mixture into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. This may take some stopping and scraping off of the walls of the food processor- it's really sticky.
  4. Pour fruit mixture into the bowl with the almond mixture and use clean hands to mix all ingredients together.
  5. Lay a large piece of parchment paper out on countertop or large cookie sheet.
  6. Use hands to form mixture into a ½ in thick square.
  7. Use a pizza cutter to cut out 12 bars.
  8. Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator up to a week.

 

Two other flavor combinations we’ve tried and loved:

Apricot Coconut Bars

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup of walnut halves or pieces (you can also use unsalted cashews)
1 1/2 cups of dates, pits removed
1 cup of dried apricots
1/2 cup dried coconut
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Place both almonds and walnuts into a food processor and pulse until nuts are finely chopped. (Don’t over mix or it will start to look like almond flour.)
Pour mixture into a large bowl and set aside.
Add all other ingredients to food processor and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. This may take some stopping and scraping off of the walls of the food processor- it’s really sticky.
Pour fruit mixture into the bowl with the almond mixture and use clean hands to mix all ingredients together.
Lay a large piece of parchment paper out on countertop or large cookie sheet.
Use hands to form mixture into a 1/2 in thick square.
Use a pizza cutter to cut out 12 bars.
Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator up to a week.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1 1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup of walnut halves or pieces
2 cups of dates, pits removed
1/4 cup of canned 100% pumpkin
1/2 cup dried coconut
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

 

Place both almonds and walnuts into a food processor and pulse until nuts are finely chopped. (Don’t over mix or it will start to look like almond flour.)
Pour mixture into a large bowl and set aside.
Add all other ingredients to food processor and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. This may take some stopping and scraping off of the walls of the food processor- it’s really sticky.
Pour fruit mixture into the bowl with the almond mixture and use clean hands to mix all ingredients together.
Lay a large piece of parchment paper out on countertop or large cookie sheet.
Use hands to form mixture into a 1/2 in thick square.
Use a pizza cutter to cut out 12 bars.
Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator up to a week.

 

ENJOY!! And tag me in your Instagram photo if you make these! I’d love to hear what you think.
5 replies
  1. Pam
    Pam says:

    These look really good!!! My husband was a migraine sufferer…severe…he went on whole 30 and they totally went away…I am a mom of seven and life got busy and we slowly slipped away from it…needless to say he has had more…Would love prayer that I can get us both on Whole30 and stay the course…I also want to lose 10 pounds…exercise a LOT but need to be disciplined on the diet! Thanks and love your sight and instagram… pkanderson22 on instagram:)

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  2. Nora
    Nora says:

    These look so delicious. Can’t wait to try and also experiment with different nuts and dried fruit. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Emily
      Emily says:

      You aren’t crazy! I’m in the middle of trying to figure out how to offer a few really neat features like that. Stay tuned!

      Reply

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