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Homemade Almond Joy Larabar Recipe: Almonds, Dates, Prunes and Coconut

Updated on August 2, 2012

Almond Joy Larabar

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I attend a high intensity kick boxing class every Wednesday. Our instructor is always looking for new and healthy 'sweet tooth' options. A friend of mine, creator of Kneadfresh, came up with an amazing treat. She shared them with the group. If you enjoy a healthy, sweet pick me up, try Almond Joy Larabars! Once I had one, I had to have the recipe!

Almond Joy Larabar Ingredients

Almond Joy Larabar Ingredients
Almond Joy Larabar Ingredients | Source

Ingredients For Almond Joy Larabars

  • 9 pitted prunes, chopped
  • 15 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 7 raw almonds
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, optional for rolling
  • 1 tsp. Stevia (a no calorie sugar alternative), optional for rolling

Almond Joy Larabar: All Mixed Up!

Almond Joy Larabar: All Mixed Up!
Almond Joy Larabar: All Mixed Up! | Source

Making Almond Joy Larabars

  1. Put the first 5 ingredients in a food processor and blend until sticky and clumping together.
  2. Add additional nuts or coconut if mix is too wet. Add more dates/prunes if it is too dry.
  3. Stir in optional mix-ins. Suggestions: vegan chocolate chips, dried cherries, dried cranberries, or craisins.
  4. Use a Tablespoon to scoop 12, individual servings. Roll in your choice of coconut, cocoa powder, or a mix of 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tsp. Stevia.
  5. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy!
  6. Makes 12 balls

Almond Joy Larabar: Finished Product

Almond Joy Larabar: Finished Product
Almond Joy Larabar: Finished Product | Source

Other Options for These Amazing Almond Bars

While the recipe called for 15 pitted dates, other options include using all dates or all prunes. Prunes create a "fruitier" flavor while dates are more sugary. Because prunes are stickier than dates, you will use less prunes than dates if ONLY using prunes.

For those of less excited about coconut, perhaps omit this ingredient and add a few more almond.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Analysis

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 ball
Calories 55
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 10 g40%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Jaye, let me/us know how your versions turn out! My friend is always looking for new sweet treats! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I like dates, but not prunes, so I'll try it with the dates. Crazy about coconut. Also, I use stevia instead of sugar always.

      I'm likely to try your recipe in different ways--first with almonds, then with walnuts, then with pecans, so I suppose the last two variations won't fit the name. Nutty Bars, perhaps?

      Thanks for what looks as though it will make a delicious healthy treat.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Joaniebaby, I am strange with my time! Stevia is a sugar alternative. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar and has none of sugar's unhealthy drawbacks. I am not a fan of dates by themselves but they made the bars sweet and chewy. Let me know if you try them! Enjoy!

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      Although I am not a fan of dates, this recipe sounds good. But can you tell me what Stevia is? I have never heard of it. Thanks for good Hubs. I don't know where you find the time.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Cheds, let me know what you think if you try it!

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      Cheds 5 years ago from Maine

      This looks so good! I'm gonna try it. Thanks!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Just Ask Susan, let me know what you think if you do try. They tasted amazing!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Anything that has almonds I usually really like. This recipe sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it.

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