Chocolate Coconut Larabars

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I love larabars. They are a delicious, gluten-free and vegan snack that I can easily grab on-the-go during a busy day. What’s even better than store-bought larabars are homemade ones.

These chewy and decadent chocolate coconut larabars are far better than store-bought ones. You can rest assured that they are a better snack option for the kids since they are made with all-natural, wholesome ingredients, such as raw nuts, sweet dates, and organic sweetener.

Chocolate Coconut Larabars

Homemade larabars are so unbelievably easy to make and only require a few essential ingredients to prepare; raw nuts, chewy Medjool dates, and all-natural liquid sweetener (plus additions, if you so choose).

The addition of melted dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dark cocoa powder, and pure vanilla make these chocolate coconut larabars just as decadent as any other chocolate treat, yet they are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as soluble dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, selenium, and magnesium.

Chocolate Coconut Larabars

One cannot come by the house and not find a stash of these delicious chocolate coconut larabars (or Cinnamon Pecan Larabars, Cherry Pie Larabars, in the freezer or fridge. They are my all-time go-to snack; after-school treats or decadent dessert for the kids, or a midday power snack or pre-workout energy boost for me.

This recipe yields about 8 bars however, the recipe can render more by cutting the bars into smaller, more kid-friendly portions. You can also make bite-size versions of these bars by rolling the batter into small balls with your hands.

Chocolate Coconut Larabars

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Yields: 8 bars
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs. dark cocoa powder
1 cup dried Medjool dates (about 8-10 large dates), pitted
1/2 cup cashews or other raw nut of choice
1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
1-2 tbs. organic brown rice syrup, depending on desired sweetness
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1/8 tsp. sea salt


Place the raw cashews into a large food processor and blend for about 1 minute or until they are almost finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until combined and the dates and nuts are finely ground.

Chocolate Coconut Larabars

The mixture should be somewhat crumbly but still pack together easily without falling apart. If the mix is too crumbly add more sweetener (about 1 tbs. at a time). On the other hand, if the batter is too sticky add 1-2 tbs. at a time of walnuts, pulsing each time until finely ground.


Transfer the mix into a small pan lined with parchment paper (I used a biscotti pan) and press down firmly until the mixture is uniform and compact.


Transfer to the fridge and let sit for at least 2-3 hours to cool and firm up. Remove the bars by lifting the parchment paper out of the pan and peeling off the back of the bars. Cut into desired portion sizes. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Chocolate Coconut Larabars

  • Christine-JoyfulParentingWEC

    Yum! We always have Lara bars on hand, now we can make our own :)

    • I always did too…making your own is so much better (and healthier, and tastier,etc…!!)

  • Jen Leeman

    These look AH-Mazing. I’d feel great giving these to my daughter as a healthy dessert too! Thanks for sharing at #SITS

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      No problem…these NEED to be shared, lol! We ALWAYS have a stash of these in the fridge or freezer. They’re so decadent (yet healthy) and SO easy to make! Thanks for stopping by ;-)

  • Robin Rue

    Those sound totally awesome. I eat Larabars all the time, but have never made my own, I need to try these.

    • You have to make these (at least once), if only to compare the flavour of packaged bars versus homemade ones ;-)

  • ckrusch

    It sounds soooo good! I can’t wait to try your recipe! I’ve been looking for new snack alternatives! Thank you for sharing it!

  • I need this in my life! I’m all about snacks that are delicious AND good for me. Thanks!

  • sandyalamode

    drooling at my computer right now! ;)

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Jeanette

    I think these would be a hit in our house (minus the dates LOL) I love these kids of bars!

    • You’d be surprised about the dates…I don’t like them on their own but they make these bars delicious!

  • Megan Elford

    Now these look like pure goodness! Full of stuff that’s good for you, and delicious too!

  • This sounds perfect for a midday energy boost. I’d love having a few of these ready for everyone going about their busy days.

    • I have one of these before I hit the gym (around 4pm) and they give me enough energy until dinner time (at around 7pm).

  • tiarasandtantrums

    I have never had a larabar before. But these look and sound like something I would totally eat so i don’t know why I have not had one!

  • Brandi_B

    These look so good! I bet my kids would even eat them!

  • rika agustini

    Yum.. this recipe looks delicious, healthy and easy to follow tutorial! Love it

  • That looks like a healthy and delicious snack. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  • Maggie Branch

    I love larabars but they can get pricey. This is a great DIY version with easy to follow instructions!

    • Yes, they can! Homemade larabars aren’t necessarily super cheap however, at least you know that you are paying for healthy, quality ingredients ;-)

  • Melissa

    I have always loved lara bars until they were purchased by a big name company recently and now they don’t disclose what is actually in them. I would love to make my own!

    • I didn’t even know that!! I rarely ever buy them…only if I am on-the-go somewhere and decide I need a last minute snack.

  • I just realized I’ve never had a date before. I’m not sure how I missed out.

    • Really?! These are a must-try…I actually don’t love dates on their own but in a bar like this these are delicious!

  • chubskulit

    Now that would be a perfect treat for me. I love coconut and nuts!

  • I love coconut anything. These look like a great recipe to make at home and have for breakfast or a quick snack!

    • Me too! Chocolate and coconut are the best combo! I prefer these for a mid-afternoon snack but a lot of my clients (I sell these on the side!) actually have them for breakfast.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I have never tried Larabars before. They look so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I am always looking for new recipes to try.

  • I love Larabars! I have never made some of my own before, though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Homemade Larabars?? Sounds yummy!! I need to make these asap!!

  • blm03

    I totally need to make these! I’ve not heard of larabars before!

  • Jeanine @

    These look amazing. Larabars are so good, so these would be awesome to be able to make at home!

  • michele d

    Why, these bars look mighty delicious! This recipe looks simple. I gotta try it out.

  • I love coconut! These look really good. Thanks for sharing these.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg these look absolutely delicious!!! I must give your recipe a try. Yum!

  • Never ate this before but its tempting me. Definitely need to try this recipe.

  • Ashley

    Oh wow!! This is perfect for us!! We are always on the go, and I hate our fast food options (I thought Chick Fil A was the healthy fast food until I read the nutrition facts, ugh) so I’ve been searching for easy to pack, filling, healthy snacks!

    • I don’t trust ANY fast food restaurant…or even some ‘healthy’ chain restaurants for that matter!

  • April Mims

    I love making my own snack bars. I can get the perfect flavor combination for my tastes and know exactly what’s in them.

  • themommyfiles

    I love both chocolate and coconut. This sounds like a really yummy recipe! I’ll have to try it sometime!

  • These look great. I’ll be able to make these soon when I’m off my liquid diet!