Homemade Cashew Cookie Larabar

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. 😉

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 recipes featuring dates?

 Chocolate Peanut Date Squares

Carrot Date Muffins

Banana Bread Larabars

Homemade Hemp Milk

Originally posted April 18, 2013 * Updated July 21, 2018

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I used a Kitchen Aid Food Processor for this recipe.

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DIY Larabar – Cashew Cookie

Sharon Rhodes
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Freeze 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 132 kcal



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


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 584mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cashew cookie larabars, homemade larabars
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  1. 5 stars
    really delicious. recipe doesn’t state how long to process them or show pictures so that would be my only suggestion. I processed them until I could squeeze it together and it held.

    1. Properly stored (wrapped in an airtight container/frezzer bag) they should last at least 3 months.

  2. I just found this recipe, and being a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic, I need to record my food intake. In the nutrition info, you state that a serving size is only 4 grams…is that correct?

    1. Hi Gini! This recipe makes 4 servings but the grams thing is a glitch with the recipe card. It has been updated. Thanks!

  3. Yum! These are perfect for traveling, too! I like to take a snack like this for airline travel. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the simplicity of this recipe! Now you’ve got me thinking about all those other Larabar variations…

    1. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

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