Cherry Pie Lara Bars Recipe

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This cherry pie lara bars recipe is a wonderful, homemade version of these delicious, store-bought bars.

I’d like to start this post with a small confession. I’ve never had a Lara Bar. In fact, I never heard of them until a reader emailed me with a recipe.

Clean Eating Cherry Pecan Lara Bars

It peaked my interest, so I did a little more digging on the internet, and found that there are actually quite a few recipes for these bars.

As I understand it, the real Lara Bars are regular packaged bars you can buy at the store. But having just made these myself, I have to tell you two things:

  1. They are probably the most fabulous, wonderful, yummy things I’ve had in a very long time.
  2. I don’t see any reason for buying them when you can make something this good at home, and with such ease. These are seriously simple to make. Let me show you….

All you’ll need is a food processor and some plastic wrap. I should mention that while these are a clean food, they are definitely a once-in-a-while treat. You’ll see what I mean if you read the nutrition info below.

Please note, Lara Bars is a registered trademark. The Gracious Pantry makes no claim to this name. Its use is for reference only.


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Cherry Lara Bars Reccipe

A delicious, homemade version of these popular, store-bought bars.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Servings: 4 bars
Calories: 273kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Food processor


  • ½ cup dates (pitted)
  • ½ cup dried cherries (no sugar added)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Place all ingredients in the processor, and blend until it becomes a ball.
  • Place on plastic wrap on a flat work surface.
  • Wrap plastic around the "dough".
  • Roll and shape.
  • At this point, you can place the whole thing in the fridge for 24 hours. But I recommend the freezer. The dough is very sticky and soft, so a few hours in the freezer would do it some good.
  • You could also put a few extra nuts in the processor and roll your bars in the nuts as a last step to avoid getting your fingers sticky when you pick it up.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. The only larabars I haven’t cared for are the cherry, I don’t like cherry pie either. Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to tweak it and maybe make the peanut or cashew cookie ones. The recipe is 2x the calories of the larabars, though. So maybe 8 bars instead of 4.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! You can break the bars down into whatever size you choose (as many servings as you like)!

      I’ve heard from a lot of folks that they don’t like the cherry bars. You can certainly switch them out for whatever dried fruit you’d like. This recipe is very flexible!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Chef Vanda says:

    Awesome…I bet the combination of ingredients could be endless ~_~ Love it Tiff thank you!! I do like Lara Bars as a raw food snack!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chef – Yes, they are endless! And so very delicious too!

  3. Thanks for this! I like Lara bars, but I find them to be pretty expensive. I’d wondered if I could make them myself. Now I can!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Definitely! And there are so many different combinations too. Get creative!

  4. Chrystal Nelson says:

    Is there really 820 grams of fat per bar? Seems a little off…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chrystal – Oh gracious no!! That was a typo on my end. Sorry. It’s been fixed. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. I’m so happy that these are really easy to make! This would save me a lot of $$ as LARABARs are usually $2 apiece. You’re right that these are once-in-a-while treats, but I think the fat is natural from the nuts, so you’d be consuming good fats rather than bad (eg. trans) that you would usually find in a store-bought granola bar. Thanks for putting up this recipe! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Zuzu – Yes, the fats are healthy fats. But it’s still a matter of finding balance in your diet. Even with good fats. Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I live overseas and can’t get these bars anymore so I’ve tried many recipes. I’d about given up and then tried this recipe of yours. Oh my gosh! Their perfect! Both the consistancy and taste were what I’ve been looking for. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sue – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Happy Holidays!

  7. Love this! I can’t wait to make them. I have a question though. The recipe says it makes four bars, but the nutritional data says 1 bar or 1/2 of the recipe. Is it really 1/4 of the recipe or does the recipe make two bars with that nutritional count? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Allisone – Ooops! My mistake! Let me go fix that now….

  8. Thank you! I was crossing my fingers that the numbers would go that way. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Allisone – LOL. Glad I could help!

  9. Christine says:

    I tried making a quarter of the recipe today in my mini food processor – I didn’t have the proportions quite right but it was still totally delicious!! I can’t wait to make another one! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christine – Fabulous! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  10. Tiffany, i made these today, with a few substitutions, since I’m allergic to nuts and can’t get unsweetened cherries where I am. I used 1/2c dates, 1/2c apricots, and 3/4c raw sunflower seeds. They were great! On my second batch, I added 1/4c unsweetened large flaked coconut and they were even better!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – That sounds heavenly!!! I love that about Lara Bars. You can pretty much use anything and they will still turn out yummy. Enjoy!

  11. I love Lara Bars and so want to learn how to make my own. Thank you for this! I must try them!

    Winks & Smiles,

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wifey – Fabulous! I’m sure you’ll love them. What I like about these are that they are a bit more chewy, which I prefer. Hope you like them too!

  12. I never heard of Lara Bars until I read your recipe. This sounds wonderful. Especially for the mini people who are still growing vertically (and rapidly). Lots of good nutrients in a yummy treat.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jodi – Most definitely! This is a great snack for the those growing rapidly!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Laura – I no longer use protein powder. But yes, please let me know how it works out!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Jen – Yes, dried fruit is high in sugar. No way around it.

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Shana – I wouldn’t worry about it. As long as they stuck together and formed a bar, all you did was reduce the fat content! Haha!! Seems okay to me.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Rvd – I get mine at Whole Foods. They are the store brand and are fruit juice sweetened.

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Some lara bars are clean, others are not. You have to read the ingredient list.

  18. Tricia M. says:

    Did you ever try it adding the protein? I am really curious how it turned out if you did!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      No, I haven’t. I kinda stopped using protein powder all together.

  19. Tricia M. says:

    I recently became obsessed with Cherry Pie Larabars so I am super excited to try this!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! I hope you enjoy them!

  20. canadasun says:

    What is the best way to store these? One thing I like about Larabars is that I can toss one in my bag and eat it at work or after the gym when I am hungry. Best way to wrap or package homemade energy bars?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      canadasun – Parchment paper works great! 🙂

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