Homemade Lara Bars

One of the things that can sometimes be difficult about 4 hour body recipes or Paleo/SlowCarb diets are the lack of sweets.  My cravings for sugary, doughy sweets are pretty much all but gone – but I still crave that basic sweetness that comes from fruits and certain snacks.

One of the best tasting sweets I’ve found are the Lara bars – these things are insanely basic.  They have no preservatives and only a handful of ingredients.  Look at a package and you’ll see at most 4 or 5 items in the ingredient list.  From what I understand they use a double packaging method that allows the bars to stay without using preservatives.

All this is great, except at a cost of about $6.00 for 4  bars, they are a bit pricey.

I decided to try to make my own version – which I call Masekul* Bars.  If you like no-bake cookies or oatmeal cookies – these are the thing for you.  These also make perfectly safe cheat day snacks.  BONUS: My kids love them.

  • 1 bag of dried dates
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup each of your favorite nuts (I used pecans, macadamia, and slivered almonds)
  • 1-2 tbsp of natural sunbutter (sunflower butter) or natural peanut butter (note: pb is no bueno on paleo)
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup of raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1/3 Cup of dark chocolate chips (optional – I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacoa, if you can find higher even better, or omit totally)

Put dates in a food processor and pulse until ground, then add nuts, sun/peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, raisins, chocolate chips (if using) and continue to pulse until everything becomes a thick mixture.

Remove mixture into a mixing bowl.  Using a small ice-cream scooper or tablespoon measure – take out two small balls of mixture.  Combine like you would a meatball.  I keep mine shaped in round balls – but you could make them into bars.  Enjoy!

You could pop them in the fridge at this point for quick snacking.

If you’re interested in other helpful paleo-friendly snacks, you should check out my Paleo Sweets Cookbook Review

This is not the best resource for those following Slow Carb – but I really think the recipes would be great for cheat days.  I’m pretty much off the whole cheat day bandwagon – but there are times where I want to have a cheat, and these types of sweets would help me avoid having a full-on cheat day and making me feel like crap.

The Paleo Sweets cookbook is brand-spanking new.  I just found out about the release date a few days ago – but I like their other products and I’ve featured a couple of their Paleo recipes on here.

a good book, coffee, and the best treats around

If you try the Masekul* Bars or order the Paleo Sweets book – I’d love to hear feedback from you!

*masekul is for my kids – they like the Lara bars and were the inspiration for my homemade version


  1. says

    Your bars look great! All my experiments tend to use applesauce as a sugar substitute…not pure SCD but loads better than sugar, splenda, agave, etc.
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • says

      I tried to stay pretty close to the Lara Bar way – without any added sugars. The raisins make it nice and sweet. The dark chocolate chips give it that extra goodness – but I’ve made them without the chocolate and tastes just as good.

      I’ve also made some where I add a tbsp of high quality protein powder – they still taste good, but you need to add more sun/peanut butter to increase the binding.

    • says

      Hey Gene – thanks for stopping by!

      In all honesty, I don’t really know that nutritional breakdown of the bars – I don’t really worry too much about that. I will say, it is probably heavy on the carbs/fats side since it’s loaded with dried fruits and almonds/nuts, etc…

      I’ll look into the nutritional breakdown of the ingredients I used and see if I can come up with a roundabout figure!

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