Lemon Lara Bars

I used to eat a lot of energy bars in the past.  They’re easy to eat, and so easy to carry around during my undergrad days.  However, it did get really pricey and even now with a full time job, I really don’t want to pay full price or even a bulk (Costco price) for these energy bars.

I really love Lara bars because they contain very little ingredients that you can pronounce!  They were limited in flavours in Canada for a while, but now the options are much better!  I still don’t want to buy them at full price because the ingredients don’t justify the cost!

This recipe is from Rawified, so all credits go to her.  I am going to show you how I made my version of Lara bars!




Measure out your nuts.  It doesn’t look like a lot does it?ImageGrind them using your food processor.


Measure and process your dates as well.


Zest and juice your lemon.

 ImageMix it all together (I would’ve just thrown everything in a food processor, but I have a tiny 1 cup food processor so I had to do things separately).

Using saran wrap and a cookie tray, I used the edges of the cookie tray to line the bar and used a wine bottle to roll it out to my desired thickness–about 1/2″ (yay for improvisation!)

I threw them in the fridge to harden and cut them into the desired size that you want.  I could get 4 full sized Lara bars if I followed the exact dimensions, but I’d figure that I should reduce the sizesImageI got about 6 bars (2.5″x1.5″).  These bars are really delicious and if you don’t have a sweet tooth like me, the citrus really cuts the sweetness of the dates.  I really love these and will make the Key Lime Pie version too.  Lemons and limes are my favourite fruits to work with!

Lemon Lara Bars

Want to make your own energy bars on the cheap? This recipe will keep your wallet full while keeping your energy levels up!

This recipe is not low FODMAP friendly.

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dates
  • zest and juice of one lemon


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until thick consistency
  2. Use a cookie tray to help flatten the bars and flatten to desired thickness--about 1/2"
  3. Put the bars in the fridge to harden and cut into 2.5"x1.5" sized bars

Which Lara bar flavour is your favourite?  Have you tried making your own?

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