Chocolate Energy Bars Recipe (“LaraBars”) – Gluten and Grain Free

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This recipe developed after I stumbled across a recipe on Elana’s Pantry. I was looking for something different to make as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and these hit the spot! They are really soft, so make sure you keep them refrigerated or frozen until you want to eat them.

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Discussion

14 comments

  1. Ummm, sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing it at Fresh Bites Friday 🙂 I’m going to give these a try very soon! See ya next Friday!

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    • Hi Amy! It’s great to hear from you! Thanks for hosting the Fresh Bites Friday – it’s awesome to check out what everyone’s making and find new blogs to read. I love how this blogging experience has brought me in contact with so many wonderful people! People I would have otherwise never met! Hope you have a wonderful week and I look froward to “seeing” you on Friday! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 02/26/11

  2. I would love to make these, but can’t have stevia. Any recommendations?

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    Beyond The Peel
    Posted 12/06/11

    • Hi there! So sorry for the delayed response. You could just omit the stevia. You could add a little extra honey or maple syrup, or just leave the sugar out completely if you wanted a lower carb snack. The dates are pretty sweet as they are, so I don’t think you’d miss it too much!

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      Jessica
      Posted 12/10/11

  3. Is that a TBS each coconut sugar, maple syrup, rice syrup, raw honey or are you saying use TBS of whichever one you choose?

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    Peggy
    Posted 01/22/13

    • Hi Peggy – That is 1 tbsp of sweetener of your choice. I will go update the post so that it’s a little more clear! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/22/13

  4. What would be my option if I have to omit walnuts due to a severe allergy?

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    Heather
    Posted 10/30/13

    • Hi Heather – I think any nut or seed would work, but if you’re strictly nut/seed free, you could try adding some coconut butter in the recipe in place of the nuts. The texture may be a tad different, but it would still be delicious! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 10/31/13

  5. Hi! I’m allergic to cashews (they’re related to poison ivy). Is there a good substitute for them in this recipe? I used to make homemade larabars in the past before I became allergic to cashews and they were delicious. Would love to make these for my kids…I just don’t want to touch cashews! Thank you!

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    Michelle
    Posted 03/22/14

    • Michelle – You could use all walnuts and it should work just fine! Enjoy! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 03/22/14

  6. I hate dates. Any chance I can substitute prunes?

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    Brooke
    Posted 03/23/14

    • Hi Brooke – I’ve never tried it, but I think prunes would work just fine. The taste will definitely be different than the dates, but they should still be good. Enjoy!

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 03/23/14

  7. Hello, sounds wonderful, expensive & rich, How big would your portion size be?

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    Roxanne
    Posted 02/25/15

    • Hi Roxanne – It really depends. I cut them into about 2″ by 2″ squares. I just roughly guess. 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 02/25/15

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