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Cashew Cookie Dough Bars a.k.a Homemade Larabars

These are very, very...


Just like little neatly wrapped gifts. Bars of Gold!

Cashew Cookie Larabars

If you love Larabars like I do, then you must give these a try. They are a replica of the cashew cookie larabar. Now if you're wondering why the heck you would want to make these at home if you can just go to the store and buy one, I'll let you in on a little secret. They taste SO much better than the packaged ones! Sorry Larabar, I will still buy you, but these really are worth the extra effort.


Plus these are such a simple snack and are a cinch to make using only 2 wholesome ingredients. All you need to make them are dates and nuts. If you happen to be allergic to nuts you can swap the nuts for sunflower seeds.

They are awesome for healthy on-the-go snacking and can provide you with enough energy to get you through your workout (one of the main reasons I created these). In fact, I had one of these just before hitting the gym yesterday for a killer leg and bicep workout with repetitions of 3x20. Ouch! It sure boosted my energy, but I'm really feeling it now.

These are also totally gluten free, vegan and raw. And that's not to mention kids will love them too.

Homemade Larabar Recipes

Energy Bars

Cashew Cookie Dough Bars {Vegan, Raw & Gluten Free}

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  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted (or 1 cup of regular dates)
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)


  1. Pulse cashews in your food processor until finely chopped. Empty the nuts into a bowl.
  2. Place the dates into the food processor and grind until roughly chopped into small pieces.
  3. Now add the cashew nuts back to the food processor with the dates, add a pinch of sea salt if using, and pulse until well combined.
  4. Form into bars.
  5. Store in an air tight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap for convenience and refrigerate.


*If you are using regular dates instead of medjool and the mix is not holding together, add 1-2 tablespoon of warm water.

*It is best to use medjool dates because they're much softer.

*If you are allergic to nuts, swap the cashews out for sunflower seeds.

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Thanks for this great recipe, I have been looking for some nice tasting bars for a long time so I am going to try this one. Nice photos too.
November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeggiegourmande
@Veggiegourmande - Thanks! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
November 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Looks simple and yummy!!! About how many bars will this make. I am on my phone and hopefully not looking over the serving size. I have two children born on the same day (tomorrow) 12 years apart, this may be a perfect to go on the party menu.
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersunshyne
@Sunshyne - Thank you! Happy Birthday to your kids! The recipe will make 6 or 7 bars, which are about 3 inches in length and 1 inch wide.
December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Hi! Just came across your blog via Pinterest :)

These look great, I'm definitely going to give these a try. I make raw energy bars all the time, but never this simple! Thanks!
@Deryn - That's awesome, thanks! I love making raw energy bars too. They're the best.
March 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
I just made these for our snack today, and they were so good! Thank you for the idea. I posted about them on my blog and linked people back to you, too. http://wp.me/p36SL1-eC
March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna
@Johanna - Thank you so much! I'm really happy you liked them!
March 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
I just came across your post and these look amaxing, but I was curious if you've ever done it with other combinations of dried fruits and nuts?... Specifically, I was curious if cranberry apricot almond would work out just as well.
March 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremma
@emma - I've tried different dried fruits before, including dried apricots, which seemed to work the best because they had more moisture. To answer your question, I don't see why not. Cranberry-apricot almond sounds amazing! I'd love to hear how they turn out :) Let me know if they do!
March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Do you think I could add some Enjoy Life mini chocoloate chips or would it cause the bars to fall apart??
March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith
@Meredith - mmm, chocolate. I wouldn't have any worries about them falling apart. They should turn out just fine. Enjoy!
March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
The name is very miss leading, these DO NOT taste like cookie dough. I tried making theses since I know how good dates are for you (even though I dont like the taste of them) with the thought of the recipe tasting like cookie dough. Not even close. They tasted just like dates, yuk!
March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
@Brittany - So sorry you didn't like them.
March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Awesome recipe! I used dried cranberries and raw almonds. I added some honey and a little vanilla (I won't do that next time. It overpowered the overall taste). I think I will try macadamia nuts and dried mangos for my next attempt.
April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanie
@Janie - Thank, Janie! Cranberries and almonds sound like a great combination. I love the creativity!
April 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Cashew Cookie Larabars----I made these and used peanuts because I wanted to make the peanut butter cookie bar. I also added chocolate chips to one batch...my FAVE larabar recipe! SO simple and good!!
April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
@Laura - Awesome! The peanut butter cookie Larabar is my favourite too. I'll be doing a recipe post for them :)
April 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer
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October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMercedes-Benz sunglasses
I've beefing making these for a while. We absolutely love them! Decided to add the zest of a small orange and roll into balls for a healthy Thanksgiving sweet. OMG! Turned out so good... I have to hide until Thursday!
November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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