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 Larabars , 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 healthy 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!

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabars

These homemade coconut chocolate chip Larabars require only five ingredients and take just minutes to make.
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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade larabars
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59 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So glad to have found this recipe! These are my favorite Lara bars and I’m so excited to have made them at home! They are over $2 each online now so I was thrilled to find a recipe that works and is DELICIOUS! Thank you!!!

    1. Yay! I am so glad you found this recipe and are enjoy these, April. Thanks so much for your review + star rating, Ir really appreciate it!

  2. 5 stars
    I just started an elimination diet and have been looking for snacks that I can make myself. I came across these and they are SO delicious!!! I had to leave out the chocolate chips and only had salted cashews and probably put one too many dates, but DANG!! Even my kids love them and they are SO picky. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

    1. Woo! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit for you, Brandy! Thanks for leaving a review, I really appreciate it.

  3. Hi there! if i had added the dates and dry ingredients together and blended but it formed a ball, is that okay? or have i added too much dates?

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 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. Yay!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them, Kristin. Definitely come back and let me know. 🙂

  6. These look great! How well do they last outside of the refrigerator for a few hours? Since he’s been working from home, I’ve been making my husband a snack box that he keeps on his desk. (He was eating us out of house and home.) I stick a Larabar in every day but they get SO PRICEY. I’d love to go homemade but only if it would retain its shape for a few hours. Thoughts?

    1. Hey Kristina! These should definitely be fine out of the fridge for a few hours. They’ll be softer than when taken directly from the fridge, but they should still hold their shape. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you guys think of them if you make them!

  7. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. 10/10 stars in taste, flavor, and texture. It’s a great snack for anyone on a diet, with food allergies, or if your just looking for a snack.

    1. Woot woot! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. It means the world to me that you came back to leave a comment + star rating, so thank you. 🙂

  8. Hi!! Curious on the nutrition counts. It what your showing per individual serving or entire batch then divded by how many pieces you would cut it into?

    1. Hi Glanna. The nutrition facts are for one bar and the whole batch makes 12 bars. 210 calories for one.

  9. I don’t know if this question will be seen but here goes. What size baking dish did you use? I’m guessing 8×8 but want to confirm. I just started making “plain” homemade larabars for my daughter and I think she’ll love this flavor!

    1. Hi Mina! I see all the comments so you never have to worry whether your question will be seen. 🙂 I used a 5X7 rectangular baking dish, but any size will work. If you use an 8X8 baking dish your bars will just be a bit thinner. Hope this helps!

  10. Getting ready to try this recipe. If it goes as easily as you describe, I add this to a new blog I am getting started. The pictures and descriptions give me the confidence to try this out. Not much of a food processor person. Have to pull it out of the original box after all these years.

    1. Follow up to my previous post. Used the food processor and have found a snack better than Girl Scout samoas. I had 1 1/4 cups of dates, so added 1/4 cup of oatmeal. Your recipe is now going to be a staple in my weekly routine. Thank you for such a delicious treat.

  11. Followed recipe exactly
    Wonderful flavor!!!! But they were Kind of dry and didn’t hold together as well as I thought they would
    I used whole medjool dates from Costco
    I pitted and packed down well into the neasuring cup

    Suggestions?
    SJ

    1. Hmmm.. That’s odd Sharon. The dates were probably just a little dry. I’d try adding some water to rehydrate the dates a bit and make the dough stick together better. Start with just a teaspoon or two and see if that helps.

  12. I made these with dates (soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drained) with 1/2 c raw sunflower seeds (lightly toasted in the oven), 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds instead of nuts. SO GOOD! And my son can take them to school:)

  13. Oh gosh! I just discovered this flavor of Lara Bars, and I am obsessed. I’ve been getting them at the local co-op this month because they’re on sale, but I will be all over this recipe when the sale ends! Thank you!!

  14. What would you suggest for a net free bar like this? My kids cant have nuts in school and I have been looking for something like this to use as a snack. Thanks.

  15. HI!
    So I just made these–and they are so yummy but have question…I soaked the dates for a bit before making–so they would be easier to blend in the food processor–I also subbed cacao nibs for chocolate chips. I spread the bars in my pyrex square pan–and refrigerated a while..They taste AMAZING–but are quite sticky—do you think it’s because I soaked the dates? I put the bars in the freezer now for a bit–to see if that helps!! Just wondered if you maybe knew why!

    THANKS!!

    1. Yes! Mine weren’t very sticky so I have to imagine that the extra water from soaking is what caused the sticky texture. I bet freezing them will help!

  16. These look like the perfect on-the-go snack! I love Lara bars but don’t always want to dole out the money for them so this will be a great substitute!

  17. These look great! Do you think they would be good if I doubled the almonds and left out the cashews? Or subbed in walnuts for the cashews? I don’t have any 🙂

  18. Congrats on moving in! These sound delicious – I always have a few Larabars on hand. The texture is great!

  19. Yumm!! I love Larabars and the only reason I don’t buy them all the time is because they’re a little pricy! Clearly I need to just make my own 🙂

    I can’t wait to see more photos of your house!!

  20. I’ve never tried them before but I’m always up for recipes that involve putting ingredients into a food processor and blending! Would love to see some photos of your kitchen when it’s all finished xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

    1. Yes! Once everything is setup and looking a little more put together I’ll post some photos. 🙂