Love Lemon Larabars? Me too! These homemade lemon Larabar bites taste exactly like the original and can be made in 10 minutes in your food processor.If you were to open up my pantry, you would currently find an assortment of things…
- Wild Friends Honey Sunflower Butter
- Lots of nuts and seeds
- Peanut butter filled pretzel nubs for Pat
- Simple Mills crackers (specifically the sun dried tomato variety)
- Coconut butter
- Wella Bars (Technically these are in my fridge but they are 100% a pantry staple.)
- Tigernut flour
- Approximately 10,000 Lemon Larabars
Ok ok that was a slight exaggeration but I seriously have a dozen of those in my pantry. And it is pretty much the only Larabar flavor I buy.
And while they aren’t expensive (I can get them at Mariano’s for $1/bar), it’s quite easy to make them at home. All you need is 6 ingredients, 10 mintues, and a food processor.
Heeeellllllo. How easy is that?!
The key to these lemon bites is lemon extract. You really want that tart punchy flavor and the extract is concentrated enough to bring the flavor without too much liquid. You will still add fresh lemon juice and zest (whyyyy is lemon zest so amazing?!) but the extract is crucial to having the lemon flavor really come through.
If you don’t want to use lemon extract, you can also use an indigestible essential oil – I highly recommend doTERRA.
This recipe will make about 18 bite-sized balls. If you prefer bars, the mixture can be pressed flat into a bread pan (line it with parchment for easy removal!) and then cut into bars.
As of this morning, I ate my last one (cue uncontrollable sobbing) and will be making another batch this weekend!
Tell me: What’s your favorite Larabar flavor?
Make these Homemade Lemon Larabar Bites, post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!
- ½ cup almonds, raw and unsalted
- ¾ cup cashews, raw and unsalted
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of ½ small lemon
- ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
- Add almonds and cashews to the basin of your food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Add in the dates and pulse until incorporated and a loose mixture is formed.
- Add in the lemon zest, juice, and extract. Process until combined.
- Using damp hands, form mixture into bite sized balls. (Mine were small and yielded 18.)
- Place bites on a baking sheet and place in the freezer to set for 15 minutes. Transfer to a storage container and keep in the freezer.
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