Homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar

by Sharon on July 21, 2018

Everyone loves the simple, clean and healthy ingredients of larabars but not necessarily the price tag. This Homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar recipe will supply you with the flavour you love at a half the price. Vegan and Gluten free recipe!

Homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar sitting on a piece of parchment paper with cashew pieces and dates in a jar

Who out there loves larabars?

I do!

Who out there loves paying big $$$ for larabars?


Me either. ūüėČ

OK. It’s settled. Time for a homemade version.

I’m pretty sure can handle sourcing out the long ingredient list.

Dates? Check. Cashews? Check. I pick up both in bulk at Costco. 

Let’s get to it!

Homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar

The nice thing about these sweet, chewy bars is the fact that they are no-bake. Just a blitz in the food processor and the work is done.

Dates and cashews in a food processor.

Measure out your dates, cashews, a pinch of sea salt and a splash of vanilla and pulse until they are blended together but still leaving some chunks of the cashew for some crunchy texture.

Dates and cashews in a food processor.

Dates and cashews chopped up in a food processor.

A spatula with blended dates and cashews

The mixture is then plopped onto a parchment lined surface and molded into a bar. It will be on the sticky side so wetting your hands a tad is helpful when shaping.

Wrap in saran and put the bar in the freezer for about 1/2 hour. I then cut my creation into squares and wrap them individually in saran or wax paper. They are rather sweet so a little square is plenty.

Date bars sitting on a piece of parchment paper with cashews and dates in jars in the background.

These enticing little beauties are such a great way to cut out the refined sugars.

Dates are natures candy!

They are sweet yet naturally rich in minerals.¬† The nice thing when you get your ‘sugar fix’ from whole foods is that they come with added bonus of nourishing your body too.

These Cashew Cookie Larabars are tailor made for packing in your lunch for that mid-afternoon energy crash.

Date bars sitting on parchment paper with cashews and dates in jars in the background

Savour one of these nutrient-dense, energy boosting goodies and you will sail through the rest of your day.

Date Bars on parchment paper with jars of cashews and dates in the background.

Looking for more yummy recipes featuring dates? These Chocolate Peanut Date Squares are delish!

Chocolate Peanut Date Squares










Yields 4 servings

Serves 4-8

DIY Larabar ‚Äď Cashew Cookie

35 minPrep Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 8 large dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Pulse all ingredients in food processor.
  2. Shape into bar, wrap in saran and freeze for 1/2 hour.
  3. Cut into squares and re-wrap individually.
  4. Store in fridge or freezer.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

kt h April 20, 2013 at 2:19 am
How funny! I was planning on developing a homemade Lara bar recipe this weekend, and then I happened upon your blog via the Fitnessista. Lovely pictures; thanks for sharing. :)
sharon April 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm
So sweet of you:) Thanks for stopping by...Let me know how your bars turn out!
lavanya May 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm
This looks great. what kind of food processor do u use?
Sharon May 9, 2015 at 8:16 am
I have a Black & Decker I got on sale a few years ago.
Deliah February 23, 2018 at 8:01 am
Is there a reason you added the salt and the vanilla?
Sharon February 23, 2018 at 9:28 am
I like a little salt with my nuts. And vanilla is just lovely, no? Feel free to leave them out and add whatever flavours YOU like.
Cathy July 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm
I love the simplicity of this recipe! Now you've got me thinking about all those other Larabar variations...
Sharon July 25, 2018 at 10:16 am
Right? I've made the banana bread version too which is delicious. :)
Elaine July 25, 2018 at 9:30 am
Yum! These are perfect for traveling, too! I like to take a snack like this for airline travel. Thanks for sharing!
Sharon July 25, 2018 at 10:17 am
So true! These are very portable. :) The rest of the plane will be envious! Lol :)
Lizzy July 26, 2018 at 6:03 am
Yum! I love larabars and they are so simple to make. Thanks for sharing!
Sharon July 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm
They are popular for sure. Why not make your own, right? Like you said, so simple!

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