Chocolate, Banana, and Mango Lime Coconut Homemade Larabars are a delicious, easy, energy-boosting snack. These homemade protein bars taste like a treat.
We real foodies love our homemade Larabars. They are a wonderful, protein-packed snack made primarily of nuts and dried fruit. The store-bought version comes in all sorts of delicious, decadent flavors like Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Cherry Pie. The only problem with these little treats is that the can be expensive. The lowest shelf price for Larabars in my area is $1.25 per bar at Target. If I were to stock these in my pantry and use them as a regular snack for my family, it would eat up a big portion of our snack budget.
I’m happy to report that you can make your own homemade Larabars without breaking a sweat or breaking the bank. They’re very easy to make. The key ingredient in Larabars is dates, which sweeten the bars so much that they don’t need any added sugar. I’m including three homemade Larabar recipes, but feel free to improvise with whatever fruit, nuts, and other flavors you like.
Three Homemade Larabars Cost Breakdown
Banana: The banana bars are the least expensive by far. The batch of 6 bars costs $2.24, which comes out to $.37 per bar.
Chocolate: The chocolate bars come next, with the batch of 12 bars costing a total of $5.75, or $.48 per bar.
Mango Lime Coconut: The mango lime coconut bars are my little splurge. This batch costs $3.55 to make, or $.59 per bar. This is still less than half the shelf price of a store-bought Larabar, and the Larabar company doesn’t actually make a mango flavor!
Let’s say my family of four goes through 48 of these bars a month (that’s 3 per person per week). At Target I would pay $60 to support this habit. With my homemade bars, I pay $23.08 to make a variety of the three recipes listed above. That’s a savings of $36.92 per month that I can use to buy other food. Over the course of a year, I would save $443.04 by making my own Larabars instead of buying them. That is some serious cash! It’s amazing how much money we can save by making homemade Larabars from scratch.