Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lara Bars

5 from 1 vote

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Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lara Bars from www.laurenslatest.comI’m sort of in love with the movie 17 Again. I may have discussed this before in a previous post, but forreals. I loooooove that movie. I also can’t stop watching Sleepless in Seattle or little clips from Glee. I like to live vicariously through all the characters.

Pretty sure I was an actress in a previous life. And a really good singer. I sing along/lipsync to all sorts of songs. #copacabana4ever My 4 year old daughter is the exact same way too! Mwahahaha. I have taught her my ways.

In this life, I’m a good mom and food blogger. Did I mention I know how to make magical things with dates? Dates on their own make me want to kind of hurl. –>truth. Dates incognito with chocolate and peanuts? LARABARS. Who woulda thunk it?

I like certain kinds of lara bars because I’m picky. The peanut butter chocolate chip kind is probably my favorite. Did I mention it’s only 4 ingredients? And a really yummy snack? Well it is. When I eat them though, I need to remind myself to forget that there are dates in them. That doesn’t make sense but it prevents me from loosing my cookies.

Seriously. Dates make me want to hurl.  Odds are they make you want to hurl too. But never fear!! Homemade Lara Bars will make you a believer! And make you ‘regular’ at the same time…if ya know what I mean πŸ˜‰

Here’s how you make them:

IMG_0020Start by pulsing your peanuts in the bowl of a food processor until they’re pretty finely ground.IMG_0005Next, crack out a whole lotta dates. I used three packages of these sunsweet dates. This brand is great for this recipe because they are so soft and pitted. IMG_0025Throw those dates into the food processor with the peanutsIMG_0026along with some chocolate chips and sea salt.IMG_0030Pulse the mixture until all the ingredients are together in one large mass. The dates should be unrecognizable and there should be itty bitty chocolate and peanut pieces throughout all the ‘dough’. IMG_0033Press the mixture into a lined 9×9 baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove using the plastic wrap and cut into 10 even bars. The freezing helps the bars cut nicely.IMG_0049Wrap each bar up individually and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.IMG_0057I throw all mine into a freezer bag and keep them in my fridge for up to 2 weeks–except they never seem to last that long πŸ™‚

Give these a whirl! 4 ingredients, nothing too crazy or strange and they’re healthy! Love that. Enjoy, friends!

5 from 1 vote

Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lara Bars

These don't taste healthy at all and they only have 4 ingredients.
servings 10 bars
Prep Time 40 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 24 oz pitted dates I use the sunmaid brand
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Place peanuts into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to chop into fine pieces without turning into a paste. Add in dates, chocolate chips and salt. Continue pulsing until one large mass comes together in the bowl. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap and press date mixture evenly into the dish. Dip your fingers into water to prevent sticking. Place into freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove completely from pan using excess plastic wrap as help and cut into 10 even pieces. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Lara Bars
Polaroid photo of granola bars

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  1. Karen

    These looks yummy. I agree with you that dates look gross. The whole pitted ones have always reminded me or cockroaches. The chopped ones not so much. All that aside, I have a recipe for date bars that is so addicting and date bars are also a fond memory from my childhood. Those date bars were from a mix, but I LOVED them. I will definitely try these, and just not tell anyone what the main ingredient is in them.

    1. Heather

      Hey Lauren, Love your site. Could you do half dates and half apricots? Just for more flavor since they both are dry fruit? I just made these today and added dry coconut to them. Can’t wait to get them out of the freezer!!

  2. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    Im so happy to see this recipe! I have this thing with dates. My husband loves them so from time to time the owner of this local produce market will hand over an 11 pound box. Yes, 11 pounds! He’s a super nice guy :). I’m always looking for ways to use them. Can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Erin @ The Grass Skirt

    Yum! I am pinning this. I make my own version of the cashew cookie Larabars at home, but I roll them into little balls. Larabar is the greatest, but the addiction can add up unless you make your own!
    The Grass Skirt

  4. Sara @ Confectionary Tales

    Oh wow these look good! Dates always make me squirm (and prunes too) but this recipe looks great

  5. Mimi @ Culinary Couture

    I JUST made your easy chewy granola bars yesterday and they were AMAZING! I can’t wait to try these–I always have dates on hand!

  6. Julie

    Ohh my goodness, I just tried one of the actual Larabar’s from the store and I think I’m officially hooked! Thank goodness I found your blog! I’m leaving for college soon, so I’ll be a broke college students, which means I’ll have to get use to making my own KIND and Larabars–What food processor do you use? I’m freaked out to get one because it can be quite the investment. I’ll have to try this recipe once I get a food processor! πŸ™‚

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I was totally thinking about making my own Lara bars yesterday while at the store buying some. Love this!

  8. Jen

    I LOVE larabars. When I make my own, I like the combo of dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and coconut. For some reason I haven’t made the peanut butter chocolate chip ones, but it is next on my list!

  9. Katie

    I made these today and they are awesome! I like dates by themselves, so this was a no brainer for me! I don’t have a food processor, however I do have a hand blender with a chopper grinder attachment and it was able to get the job done in smaller batches. I would suggest using a food processor because it will get it done a lot easier (and your end product will be smoother) but mine were still tasty!

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  12. Sophie

    Hey Lauren! This recipe seems foolproof but I’ve made it twice and both times it came out like paste. What am I doing wrong??

    1. Lauren

      What kind of dates are you using? Also, are you over processing the mixture? You just want to pulse it until it comes together!

  13. Laura

    I know this is a really old post, but I come back to it every time I want to make these and always leave wanting to watch 17 again (….again). ❀❀

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