Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

When I tell people I have a nut allergy, their reaction is usually something along the lines of “How do you survive without [insert tasty nut-filled food here]?!” But I’m actually okay with having a nut allergy. I’ve grown up with it, so I’m used to it. And besides, there are tons of great alternatives out there. Instead of peanut butter, I have soy nut butter. Instead of DQ Blizzards, I have McDonald’s McFlurries. Instead of Reese’s Pieces, I have Sun Cups.

But one food I’ve yet to find an alternative for is granola bars. There are seriously no good nut free granola bars. I’ve searched high and low, but the only ones I’ve managed to find are basically glorified chocolate bars that fill me up for all of 30 minutes. So I’ve gotten into the habit of making my own over the past few years. Today I want to share with you my nut free coconut cream pie Larabars. They’re made with only a few simple ingredients and are a great source of fibre and protein to make for a healthy and filling snack!

Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars
 
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A homemade nut free version of coconut cream pie Larabars. Vegan and gluten free as well.
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Yield: 10-12 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pitted chopped dates (not the pre-chopped kind)*
  • ¾ cup organic roasted soy beans
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until all the ingredients are very fine.
  2. Pour it out onto wax paper and use your hands to press it into a ball.
  3. Place another piece of wax paper on top of the ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it to about ½" thickness.
  4. Shape it into a square with your fingers then cut into bars. Store in a closed container in the fridge.
Notes
*Make sure your dates are not old and dried out. The dates need to be soft for this recipe.

Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

What is your favourite packaged granola bar?

Have you ever made homemade bars? Any favourite recipes?

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30 Responses to Nut free coconut cream pie Larabars

  1. I get the same reaction from people, and I give them pretty much the same answer… It’s the only life I’ve ever known, so what can I really say? Yeah it kind of sucks, but there’s no use moping over something you can’t do anything about. The lack of good bars is a serious problem though. I’ve noticed the same thing, but I have yet to make my own… I think I might actually forgo making another batch of Rice Krispies this weekend and work on a bar recipe instead…

  2. I love roasted soy nuts on their own so I’m sure I’d like these! I’d love to make these and see how they compare to the original…they probably are BETTER! :)

  3. Ohhh, I love DIY Larabars! This is a great flavour that I haven’t tried before. Awesome!

  4. i guess if you’re used to having a nut allergy, it can’t really bother you to much by this point…but to suddenly develop a nut allergy at 23 would probably kill me a little.
    I’ve never tried any homemade larabars! It’s hard to say what my favourite granola bar would be…I pretty much grew up on the chocolate covered Quaker ones though. Which are absolutely chocolate bars in disguise ;-)

  5. I love homemade Larabars! I finally admitted that I just don’t really like dates so I’m been experimenting like crazy with recipes. Some successes, lots of failures, haha

  6. I definitely get reactions like that to with mustard…since I typically have to avoid most ethnic cuisines, but I guess it’s not as “bad” as a nut allergy. Especially since it’s typically in everything. I bet it gets more annoying than anything;)
    I loooove making my own bars! I really prefer it to buying them because it’s definitely more healthy and cost effective when you make them yourself, and these look awesome.

  7. Mmmm girl, that looks so good!! I have yet to work with dates, but this gives me a good reason to get some and try ;) I love nature’s valley granola bars..oats and honey is probably my fav! Have a great weekend, girl :)

  8. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing a nut free alternative! The only granola bars I can find that are nut free are Quaker! They are great for kids lunches or as a treat but definitely don’t offer much fuel! I’m starting to
    Like coconut and can’t wait go try this recipe! Yum!

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    these look so much like the real deal!

  10. I love how you describe life with an allergy and finding alternatives that are just as great! McDonalds Mcflurries are awesome BTW ;) These look great girl and most likely they are a more money efficient way of eating a larabar too! lol

  11. I have been looking for nut free larabar! I’m currently babysitting my baby cousin who is allergic to every type of nuts and coming up with a snack seems impossible, seeing as when I grew up I would always just grab a nut-filled granola bar! These look so good! My favorite packaged bar is probably Chewy. I’ve never tried a bunch of other types. I suppose Chewy Bars seem like my childhood, and I always go back to them for sentimental reasons! :)

  12. These look fantastic! I am impressed with how perfectly shaped they are! I can’t do soy, but maybe I can find a substitute! :)

  13. I’ve never made my own granola bars yet, but I think it’s about time I get started! ;-) I love Larabars and I’m sure making them homemade are even better. These sound so delicious!

  14. Your bars look just like the “real” thing! What a great alternative for those that can’t have nuts. I wonder what a sunflower seed larabar would be like. ;)

  15. Wow they look really good :D I haven’t made anything in ages! I may just have to make these though ;D

  16. I love Larabars! The coconut creme pie is my favorite.

  17. I think it would totally be different if you developed a nut allergy after falling in love with peanut butter or something, but I can totally understand how it wouldn’t be a big deal if you’ve never had the stuff to enjoy!! These sound equally as amazing as any nut bar :)

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