Introduction: Coconut Almond Energy Bars

Picture of Coconut Almond Energy Bars

Love the portability and real food ingredients list of Larabars, but hate the price? These homemade energy bars pack five-ingredient superfood punch - almonds, coconut, dates, cocoa powder and hemp hearts - and couldn't be easier to make!

Step 1: Combine Ingredients in Food Processor

Picture of Combine Ingredients in Food Processor

1 cup date paste

1 cup almonds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp hemp hearts

Step 2: Remove Ingredients From Food Processor and Roll Into a Ball

Picture of Remove Ingredients From Food Processor and Roll Into a Ball

Step 3: Flatten Your "dough" Mixture Using a Rolling Pin

Picture of Flatten Your "dough" Mixture Using a Rolling Pin

Step 4: Cut Into Bars of the Size of Your Liking

Picture of Cut Into Bars of the Size of Your Liking

Step 5: Enjoy!

Picture of Enjoy!


PDXHICKS made it! (author)2015-02-04

So I made these this morning...easy recipe and fun to make too! I made my own date paste, added too much liquid to it I think so they came out too wet. The other thing I found was they were far sweeter than I prefer so I bumped up the cocoa to 1/4 cup which made them awesomely bittersweet...but it didn't quite solve the moisture problem so I'm leaving them out on the counter for a while to see if that will help dry them off a bit. I am so inspired now to try other versions. I was thinking cinnamon would go well in the original version you gave us and chili powder would be nice additions to the bittersweet flavor of my final product. We'll see how long these last once the husband tries them. I can't wait to have them with that first cup of coffee in the morning. This one is a keeper!

RonitF (author)2015-02-03

I just made a batch using dried dates in place of the date paste and ground flax seeds. I had to add a little water before it would lump together but that may be because I didn't use an electric processor.

I would make one change though. I'd hold the keep the coconut out of the mix and use it as a coating instead.

Dani CaliforniaC (author)RonitF2015-02-03

that's a great idea! Coated in coconut would look so pretty :)

araczynski (author)2015-01-29

if you want this to be healthier (rather fat heavy as is, even if mostly good fats), take out the cocoa powder and replace with chocolate flavored (or any other really) protein powder. this will give a more proper ratio of protein to fat (adjust to your goals). while i'm at it... probably take out coconut and replace with ground flax seeds (just cuz i don't like coconut flavor).

araczynski (author)araczynski2015-01-29

oh yeah, some dried cranberries would be superb here :) love me some dried cranberries (raisins are too sweet for me).

araczynski (author)araczynski2015-01-29

oh yeah 2, some old fashioned (whole flakes) oatmeal wouldn't hurt either :)

I made another version of these recently and used some dry rolled oats. They turned out great!

glad you liked them, i like throwing oats into most of my healthy meals (like yogurt), its a good slower digesting carb to keep you satiated longer.

These are some good recommendations! I don't mind a good dose of healthy fats, however :)

Gregbot (author)2015-02-01


Dani CaliforniaC (author)Gregbot2015-02-02

thanks! :)

dissertationindia (author)2015-01-30

Chocolate makes almost everything yummm....!!

couldn't agree more!

clewis21 (author)2015-01-29

Looks yummy!

they are! gone from my household in less than 2 weeks :)

macgyver71 (author)2015-01-29

Looks perfect for my hunting & camping trips (as well as family trips up to the family cabin), one where I can know what exactly is going into our bought stuff has too many unpronounceable additives. But where can I find hemp hearts? I cant think of any local store where I've seen them. Do you order them online?

macgyver71 (author)macgyver712015-01-29

Also, thanks for sharing this with us....MUCH appreciated from this home-cook foodie dad :)

You can find hemp seeds at most grocery stores in the health foods section, and I know they have them at Whole Foods. You can definitely buy them online on Amazon too.

Another option would be swapping the hemp hearts for chia seeds or flax seeds - both high in protein and healthy fats!

pwitkowski (author)2015-01-29

Any idea about nutritional values?

The nutrition breakdown is as follows (this recipe makes about 18 bars): Calories: 80 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 2g Protein: 3g

araczynski (author)pwitkowski2015-01-29

measure amounts used, google measurements, add up, divide by how many bars you make.

enalvin21 (author)2015-01-29

Cool.. So no baking needed? Just refrigerate the bars? Btw How bout them Date paste.. Can I just take normal date and peel them off

No baking needed! Just a food processor, your hands, and a knife.

Date paste is just ground up dates, so you can make your own date paste with normal, whole dried seedless dates before starting the recipe. I usually do that, but my farmers market carried date paste the other day so I figured I'd save myself the step!

michael.foreman.359 (author)2015-01-28

These look great. What do the hemp hearts add to the recipe? They're the only thing it would be difficult for me to get hold of, so I'm wondering if they could be substituted?

Hemp hearts add lots of plant-based protein and healthy fats. You can sub in chia seeds or flax seeds!

lyrics2 (author)2015-01-27

mmm.... sweet! thanx for recipe

Dani CaliforniaC (author)lyrics22015-01-27

of course!

Ganesh Selvaraj (author)2015-01-26

Looks simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing :D

Of course! Glad to!

amberrayh (author)2015-01-26

These sound really tasty! Thanks for sharing! Do you refrigerate them? How long do they keep for?

They are really tasty :). I did refrigerate them! They were gone in about a week due to hungry household members, but they should keep in your fridge up 3-4 weeks.

About This Instructable




Bio: Hi, I'm Dani! I'm the Cailfornia girl behind my blog at Dani California Cooks where I share the things I cook, eat, and ... More »
More by Dani CaliforniaC:Paleo Almond Joy Thumbprint CookiesChocolate Banana Bread Snack BallsPistachio Parmesan-Crusted Cod with Parsnip Puree
Add instructable to: