Dr. Laura’s Tasty Tuesday – Apple Pie Larabar Remake

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Ahh…Larabars…I have a love/hate relationship with Larabars.  I LOVE them.  I HATE that they are so expensive!

Although I have indulged more than once at the grocery store, I was so excited to see that Katie from Kitchen Stewardship had remade Larabars in her eBook Healthy Snacks To Go.  So, of course, I immediately bought the eBook, which by the way is full of great recipes!  The soaked granola bars are next on my list.

Back to the Larabars.  Unfortunately, Katie had recipes for 14 varieties of Larabars, but, alas…not Apple Pie.

Apple Pie is my favorite.  I had actually been saving a wrapper in hopes of reverse engineering one and figuring out how to make them myself.  And, then along came Katie’s eBook.  Well, after my hopes were dashed, I messaged Katie and she was kind enough to point me toward the Larabar recipe where she got her starting point from over at Enlightened Cooking.

I printed off the recipe, and weeks went by with it sitting in my “recipes to be tried” area.  Partly because I was busy canning, and partly because I had to soak and dehydrate the nuts, as well as dehydrate the apples.

Well, yesterday everything finally came together, and I made the Apple Pie Larabar.

Heaven…pure yummyness!

It worked beautifully, and tasted exactly like the Apple Pie Larabar from the store!  I was so excited.

Here’s the recipe for you:

Apple Pie Larabar

1/4 cup pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup dried apple slices
1/3 cup soaked and dehydrated nuts (I used 1/2 almonds and 1/2 walnuts)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I increased this from the original formula’s 1/8 tsp, purely on accident (I dumped too much in), but it tasted great)
plastic wrap

Cut out two pieces of plastic wrap for forming your bars and storing them later.  Do this now, because you will be mixing with your hands at the end, and you won’t be able to get the plastic wrap out then.

Place dates and apples in food processor, and chop until a paste-like consistency.  Transfer dates/apples to a medium bowl.  Put nuts into food processor, and chop until fine.  Pour the nuts into the date/apple mixture in the bowl and mix with your hands until incorporated.  Divide in half and use plastic wrap to form bars (or balls, or whatever shape you want), and then wrap in the plastic wrap and place in an airtight container in the fridge.  Enjoy!

Just a note, I made 2 bars, but really, I think I could have made 3-4 bars.  The two I made were quite big.

What’s your favorite Larabar?

To your success,

Dr. Laura

P.S.  Check out the original post at Enlightened Cooking for more variations and more pictures!

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25 comments to Dr. Laura’s Tasty Tuesday – Apple Pie Larabar Remake

  • I’ve never had a Larabar (I live in England…) but your recipe sounds very delicious! I’m sure it must be even nicer than the ‘real thing” with such healthy ingredients!

    • Hi April!
      Larabars are a raw bar here in the States. It’s made of only natural ingredients (the Apple Pie bar has: dates, walnuts, almonds, apples, cinnamon and raisins…that’s it!), no preservatives or other ickyness. This is why they are SO good, and SO expensive! So, I was excited to be able to make my own and have them taste the same. Much cheaper and can still satisfy my cravings! Let me know how yours turn out if you give it a try!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • Honestly, I almost never buy them because I can’t justify the expense…but making them I CAN do! These look and sound perfectly delicious and satisfying. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe w/ t4t this week…can’t wait to try it out! :)
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    • Hi girlichef,
      I know! I only bought them when they were on sale (or I had a major craving and could justify the $1.80/bar price). Let me know how yours turn out when you make them. What’s your favorite kind? Thanks for hosting Two for Tuesday!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • Hi Dr. Laura! Yep, I too have this love hate thingie with Larabars, but I must say, it is one of my GO to’s when all else fails and I am starving! I too love apple pie and will try this version for the girl’s breakfasts on a school day. Thanks for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. Alex@amoderatelife
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    • Hi Alex,
      I also indulged in the Larabars too, even though the price was steep, because of the quality and the good ingredients. It’s also one of my “go to” kind of things. Let me know how your girls like them when you make them! Thanks for hosting Two for Tuesday!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • I keep seeing dates pop up as the sweetener in all sorts of goodies (like pie crust!). I love date sugar on oatmeal, so I think it would provide just the right sweetness. Thank you for bringing your “Laura” bar to Two for Tuesday. I really want to try these as a hiking snack.
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    • I never used dates as sweeteners until recently, when I started to look at more traditional methods of cooking and found dates in everything! I even like them plain – they taste a bit like a caramel candy. Thanks for hosting Two for Tuesday!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • I have never even had a larabar – but this sounds extrememly tasty and I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids (ahem, and me too!!)thanks for linking to two for tues!
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    • Awww Christy! You are so deprived! Just kidding. I had never had a Larabar until recently, and then got hooked! Some flavors I like, and some not so much. But, my favorite is the Apple Pie. Let me know how yours turn out! Thanks for hosting Two for Tuesday!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • Barbara Grant

    I just tried this recipe, with these changes. Dried peaches and dried blueberries ( as I had no dried apples) and all crispy almonds. It is good!

  • Okay, when you said dates taste kind of like caramel candy (I never thought of it that way), you made me think of caramel apples. Hmmm…now I might need to try this! So far I have only had the Jocalat Larabars, my favorite being chocolate mint. I have a box of them in my closet, which I dig into every now and then. I need to start making my own crispy nuts and making these. I, too, have Katie’s cookbook, so it is time…. Thanks!

    • Kate,
      I haven’t tried the chocolate mint, although I love chocolate and I love mint, so I may have to indulge next time I am in the store. It took me a while to make these as well because I had not soaked and dehydrated my nuts, so once I did a big batch of nuts, then I was ready to go!
      To your success,
      Dr. Laura

  • I wanted to thank you again for contributing to Two for Tuesday. This is such a handy recipe (school lunches, snacks, on-the-go meals) that I decided to feature it in my Best of the Blog Hop post this week. Be sure to stop by next week, where we will be unveiling some exciting changes at the hop :)
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  • This recipe? It’s my favorite. . .I am in apple larabar heaven over here. .
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  • Emily Woodall

    I am so making these! Apple Pie larabars are my favorite snack…My hubby brings me one every now and then to surprise me:) They are $1.60 a bar at our local grocery store. I have priced them on amazon.com and you can get them for $0.93 a bar if you do the subscribe and save option. I wonder what the price breakdown on the homemade would be per bar…I may have to try and figure that out when I make them. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Emily Woodall

    ok…made these last night. I think they are even better than the ‘real’ Larabars! I broke down the price as best as I could based on what I spent on ingredients. I bought my ingredients at Whole Foods. The nuts were pretty average-priced. I looked at amazon.com and realized I could get nuts for considerably cheaper. Whole Foods had organic apples on sale for .99 a lb. I dehydrated 2 apples worth, which cost me $0.70. I only used about 1/3 of what I dehydrated, or about .24 worth. The dates ran me about .30 a piece and I used 3 to get the 1/4 cup. The nuts cost me about $8/lb. If there are 3 1/2 cups of nuts in a lb, that would put 1/3c costing about .76. So, 90 cents + 24 cents + 76 cents + 5 cents(for cinnamon-I totally just made that number up. I have no idea how much I payed for my cinnamon)=$1.95. This made 3 nice-sized bars for me, so I divided by 3. That made these come out to $0.65 per bar. Not too bad for a wholesome, nutrient-dense and delicious snack!

  • Kelty

    Dear Laura,

    Thank you SO much for this recipe! I love larabars and have recently become very attached to them since starting a gluten free and no sugar lifestyle (was already vegan). I was so excited to try my hand at making them myself and they turned out amazing!!! My husband was impressed too and voted to have these replace his regular oatmeal raisin cookies in his lunch! Thank you for sharing…before I had to ration them out (because of the cost) and now I can indulge whenever I like!!! Yay!

  • Kathleen

    I just stumbled upon your recipe. What is the importance/significance of soaking then dehydrating the nuts?

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