Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars. Here they are, finally!
Larabars are ridiculously easy to make at home. Not to mention less expensive! My kids love them — especially my 15-month-old monkey-child. It’s only a matter of time before she figures out how to climb up on the counter to find them herself.
She’s a handful, that one. I’m convinced she threw away my recipe notebook. I haven’t seen it in a few weeks, and she loves to throw things in the trash can. We managed to save my husband’s wallet and keys a few times, but I’m afraid my notebook is long gone.
I may have stashed it in an unusual place, and if that’s the case I will apologize for blaming her. I’m still 83% sure it was her, though.
Have you ever worked with dates? For the longest time I thought I didn’t like dates. I really dislike most store-bought energy bars, and I thought it was the dates that gave them that funky flavor. When I created my little Snack Ball/Energy Bites I didn’t use dates, but I have since realized that dates are just fine. I don’t like eating them alone, but I don’t mind them in things like this.
I recently found pitted dates at my favorite wholesale warehouse store, but if you can only find the regular ones, they’re easy to pit. I just rip them in half with my fingers and take the pits out. Then I put them in my food processor (which has since broken… RIP little buddy. I now use my Twister Jar that fits on my Blendtec. Works like a charm.).
I add the cashews back in (which I ground before the dates), and buzzed it up with a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla. At this point you might think the mixture is dry. Dump it into a bowl and knead it a few times. The dates will continue to coat and add moisture to the nuts. Add the chocolate chips and mix them in, too.
It’s hard to tell from these photos, but I actually used a quarter sheet pan (not the half sheet pan that everyone has) to roll these out. It was the perfect width to get the thickness I wanted and nice, flat edges. Well, on two sides. I also used a child-sized rolling pin because my pan was small. It was perfect for this! You don’t have to do that, though. You can use whatever pan and pin you’ve got.
I cut them into 1 1/2-inch squares. I like them that size because they’re kid-friendly.
I usually put them into a glass jar and keep them on the counter. I made this particular batch for my husband’s health lectures he does at the clinic. I just flattened mini cupcake liners and dropped them in! Sadly, we had no leftovers. Not surprising, though. These really do taste like cookie dough!
Try the other homemade Larabar recipes on my site!
If KIND bars are your jam, check out these Gluten Free Vegan Homemade KIND Nut Bars from Demeter over at Beaming Baker!
Or if you’re wanting NUT-FREE and allergy-free chocolate chip energy bites, check out these Chocolate Chip Protein Bites from Vegetarian Mama.