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Pecan Pie Larabar Recipe

by Deliciously Organic on June 21, 2009

Since I was a teenager, I’ve had a phobia to protein bars. It all began back when I was 16 and my parents took my two brothers and I on a family vacation to British Columbia. To be economical, my Mom made huge batches of granola (you know, the kind with dried fruit, peanuts and m&ms) and she also bought several boxes of some type of protein bar. For three weeks, most of what I remember is sitting in the back of the minivan looking at mountains and glaciers while eating gobs of granola and protein bars. Don’t get me wrong, every day we ate regular meals, but unfortunately, my only food memory of that trip of these 2 staples my Mom provided. By the end of the three weeks, just thinking about having another protein bar made my stomach turn. Apparently I wasn’t the only one; I soon found out my Dad and brothers felt the same way. At the end of the trip we kindly asked Mom not to buy any more of those bars. For the next several years, before heading out to Sam’s Club she would ask if we would like for her to pick up some protein bars. We would all reply “No!” in unison.

So, as I’ve been packing for our summer trip I was trying to come up with some type of economical food to bring that would be filling enough for, say, breakfast. I began looking all over the web and came upon the “Larabar“. The ingredients fit the bill but unfortunately, here in our little Florida town, Larabars are no where to be found. So, I bought the ingredients listed on the package and made some. I wanted to try a hand at the pecan pie bar because that was a flavor I could foresee me eating many times over the next few weeks. I put my processor to work and blitzed away and I have to say, it’s pretty darn good.

This afternoon, as I was cutting and wrapping my bars, I was thinking about all of the great friends and family we are going to see and what fun we are going to have on our trip. Then the thought came to mind, that in three weeks, I hope I still love these bars as much as I do today.

 

Pecan Pie Larabar

Serving Size: Makes 10 bars

Pecan Pie Larabar

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups pitted dates

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper (horizontally and vertically) and then brush with coconut oil.

Pour dates into food processor and process until they become paste-like and form a ball in the bowl (if your dates are very dry you can add a tablespoon or two of hot water to help them break down). Pour dates into a large mixing bowl. Place pecans in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Pour the nuts over the dates and also add the vanilla, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until combined. Press mixture into baking pan, cover (I just used the parchment that was hanging over the sides of the pan) and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and cut into 10 evenly-sized bars.

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LA September 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do more of these!! we LOVE larabars but theyre kinda pricey and i'd make them all the time if i knew how to do say.. the gingerbread or key lime bars :) oh! or banana! do the banana one!! thanks – LA

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Vicki H February 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Made these with the kiddos today and YUM YUM YUM! Even my pecan hater loved them. Its been a few months since you first posted these, have you come up with any other versions in the meantime?

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Deliciously Organic February 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed them! More variations of the bars has been on my list for so long! I will have another up very soon!

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erin March 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

OH my. Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe. I made them and love them. I posted about it here with a link back to you. Check it out! My sister and I have made 5 batches between the two of us in three days! :) Thanks.
http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2011/03/pecan-pie-larabars.html

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Jen D September 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

Thank you so much! I just recently discovered Lara Bars and love them. They ARE pricey. I was just talking the other day with my husband about how we could make them. Thanks again!!

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Jen B. September 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Anyway that we can print out the recipe?

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Deliciously Organic September 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I added the print link!

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Theresa @ Two Much Fun August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Oh Carrie, these are so sweet and so delicious. Thank you so much. You captured the date to nut ratio perfectly! My twin 2 1/2 year olds thank you as well.

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Deliciously Organic August 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

You’re welcome! I’m so glad you all enjoyed them. :)

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Amy C February 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

Oh. My. Goodness….

I just made these with my 2-year-old and we couldn’t stop eating the batter!!! Yummy! I personally think these are WAY better than actual Lara Bars. Who needs peacan pie when you have these?!!

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