Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabars

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These homemade coconut chocolate chip Larabars require only five ingredients: dates, almonds, cashews, coconut and chocolate chips.

If you’ve ever had a Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabar before you’ll know it’s packed with coconut flavor and studded with sweet chocolate chips — basically a health nut’s candy bar. I think it might be my favorite Larabar flavor, although I do love Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Cookie and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip as well.

5 homemade coconut chocolate chip energy balls on a table surrounded by chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

Homemade Larabars are So Easy

If you’ve never tried your hand at making Larabars before, I’ll let you in on a little secret… they’re incredibly easy to make. Plus, they’re cheaper than buying Larabars at the store. I’ve made homemade key lime Larabars as well, but this coconut chocolate chip flavor is my fave and it’s perfect for a nagging sweet tooth.

Coconut flakes, almonds, cashews, dates and chocolate chips on a table.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabar Ingredients

You only need five simple ingredients and a food processor!

  • almonds and cashews – raw and no salt added
  • Medjool dates – you can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes – be sure to get unsweetened shredded coconut, not the sweetened coconut
  • chocolate chips – I like using dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or Lily’s. Both of these options are dairy-free.
Food processor with coconut flakes, cashews and almonds.
Food processor with coarsely pulsed nuts and ingredients for homemade Larabars.

Can I Use a Blender to Make Larabars?

When making homemade Larabars I like to use my food processor fitted with the S-blade. A high powered blender (like a Vitamix) will likely work in a pinch, but I prefer using my food processor because it chops the dates and nuts more evenly. Using a blender to make energy balls with dates can be done, but it’s kind of a pain and results in a sticky mess.

If you don’t own a food processor, I highly recommend getting one. I have a ton of kitchen appliances and my food processor is one that I can’t live without. I use it ALL THE TIME for everything from thinly slicing onions to shredding Brussels sprouts and making treats like these chocolate covered healthier peanut butter balls.

If you don’t have a food processor and still want to make energy bars, check out my recipe for tahini fig bars or these baked oatmeal bars.

Stack of three homemade chocolate chip Larabars.

How to Store Homemade Larabars

You can store your homemade Larabars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags.

4 homemade chocolate chip Larabars on parchment paper surrounded by chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

Not in the mood to press these into bars? I have a recipe for coconut chocolate chip energy balls too!

More Energy Balls and Bars

Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabars

4 from 13 votes
These homemade coconut chocolate chip Larabars require only five ingredients and take just minutes to make.
5 homemade coconut chocolate chip energy balls on a table surrounded by chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted*
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, dairy-free if needed

Instructions
 

  • Prep dish: Line a square or rectangle baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Process nuts: Place coconut, almonds and cashews into food processor fitted with the S-blade and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces. Place nut mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  • Process dates: Put dates into the food processor and pulse until a paste forms. The dates will probably form into a sticky ball. If they do, break about the ball a bit with your hands.
  • Add nuts and coconut back into the processor with the dates and pulse until well combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and pulse a few more times, until they’re just incorporated.
  • Set and slice: Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden up and then slice into bars.
  • To store: Store any leftovers in the fridge with parchment paper between them for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Notes

  • Hard/dry dates: If your dates are hard and dry, you can soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Just drain them well before using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 152kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Protein: 3g Fat: 10g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade larabars

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    53 comments
    1. Roma
      September 6, 2021 AT 11:13 pm

      3 stars
      Hi, I made the recipe and it tastes good but the bars did not set. Not sure what I did wrong.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2021 AT 8:41 pm

        Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Roma. Did your dates seem dry to you? If your dates are a tad dry you can always soak them in water for 5-10 minutes to soften them up before processing.

    2. Caitriona
      December 14, 2020 AT 12:23 am

      5 stars
      I wish I could give this 10 stars!! These are so delicious! I’ve made them both as bars and balls. I love having them as an on the go snack or for dessert. Highly recommend trying them with toasted coconut!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2020 AT 11:56 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, so glad you’re loving this recipe!! 🙂

    3. Mido Dally
      September 2, 2020 AT 12:13 pm

      Thank you for the information and advice that is in this beautiful article, really thank you for the effort

    4. Leigh
      September 1, 2020 AT 3:17 pm

      5 stars
      These are delish! They were so easy to make and I like the fact that they’re less wasteful than buying prepackaged bars.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:37 pm

        Ahh yay!! So pumped you enjoyed these bars, Leigh! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

        1. Cheryl
          September 7, 2020 AT 11:14 pm

          Can other nuts be used, almonds and cashews aren’t good for IBS.
          Than you.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            September 8, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

            Yes, you can swap the almonds and cashews for other nuts. 🙂

    5. Shailaja DESAI
      August 28, 2020 AT 2:01 pm

      5 stars
      Thes bars look delicious! Great to have around to beat insane sugar cravings!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 28, 2020 AT 5:22 pm

        Yes!! The ultimate healthy treat. 🙂

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