January 1st, 2015

3 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars (Larabar Copycat)

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I thought after all of the holiday indulgence, it would be best to share something healthy about now–but also ridiculously easy and delicious. If you’re a fan of the Lärabar, you’re going to love these 3 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars.


Even if you’re not a fan, I think you’ll still love these! You can whip them up in just a few minutes in your food processor, and they can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks and the freezer for up to 3 months! Once you’ve tried the basic recipe (you can use any combination of dates, nuts and other dried fruit) feel free to experiment with add-ins like sesame seeds and coconut. Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year!

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3 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars

3 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bars (Larabar Copycat)

Preparation 15 min Total Time 15 mins

Three ingredients is all you need to make this healthy, delicious Larabar copycat recipe!


  • 1 cup almonds or other nuts
  • 1 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit
  • 1 cup (12-15 whole) pitted dried dates


  1. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times just to mix things up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.
  2. Process continuously for 30 seconds. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking.
  3. Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1-2 minutes. Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.
  4. Place the mixture in a bowl and cover and chill until firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes.
  5. On a piece of wax paper, roll or press the mixture out with your hands until it forms an 8x8 inch square.
  6. Wrap and chill for at least an hour, or overnight, before cutting into bars.
  7. Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature bars (kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day) will be softer but still delicious!
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from The Kitchn.



  1. These look delicious! I’m a huge fan of lara bars. But these look even better. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year

  2. I do love larabars, and these look so easy! They’d be perfect for my after school snack- I’m pretty sure they’d combat my 3:30 sinking spell very nicely. 🙂

  3. I do love making my own energy bars so this is a perfect recipe for me.. and wow only 3 ingredients too? I definitely need to try it!

  4. Have you ever calculated calories or other nutritional values on these? thanks

    • I have not Angela, but a good tool for doing that is the My Fitness Pal App. And I’m sure there are online tools as well that let you plug in a recipe and get that information.

  5. What is nutrition info …. Grams of sugar? Carbs? Calories?

  6. what is a serving size for this treat? Don’t want to go over my calorie allotment

  7. Shirley Rodnitzky says:

    I am wondering if I made the recipe correctly. After rolling out in an 8 inch square, the bar mixture was only about 1/8th inch thick. I have refrigerated the mixture but I can’t figure out how the bars could come out like the photo unless the mixture was cut in squares and piled on one another. Please let me know how you get so much mixture. Do you double or triple it. I would love them to come out what looks like an inch high?

    • I’m not sure what could have happened. When I make the bars (I do not double or triple the recipe), they turn out just over 1/2 inch thick (so about half what you were guessing.) The only other possibility is that you aren’t measuring the ingredients properly. But I really don’t know how they could come out only 1/8 inch thick.


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