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Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars

Zesty Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars are simple gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan snacks that you can make in your own kitchen. Learn how to ditch the store-bought Lara Bars and make a spicy chocolate version yourself!

homemade mexican hot chocolate lara bars on a white dish with cashews and a date

I’ll never forget the first time I had Mexican Hot Chocolate; it was so delicious. The taste of it checked all the boxes my tastebuds love so much – sweet, and spicy! The flavor combo of sweet and heat gives me all the feels.

And while I adore Mexican Hot Cocoa, it has quite a bit of sugar in it and I don’t always want to be sipping on something hot. And thus, Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars were born.

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Lara Bars – Step by Step

  1. Pulse nuts in a food processor until the pieces are somewhat uniform in size. Some larger chunks may remain.
  2. Add the dates, cocoa powder, and spices and process until most of the mixture is spinning in the processor in one lump.
  3. Pinch off chunks of the mixture and roll into balls.

Process shots for making homemade Mexican Chocolate Lara Bars

Can I Make These Whole30?

Yes. There is a saying in the Whole30 community about “sex with your pants on”(SWYPO), i.e., going through the motions of the Whole30 plan but faking it a bit.

These Lara Bars are a bit of SWYPO because they contain cocoa powder. Technically all the ingredients are Whole30 compliant but how you eat them and how often can make you walk a very fine line. Proceed with caution.

Recipe Notes for Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars

  • It’s kinda hard to screw these up, so feel free to experiment at will! Want more nuts? Go for it! A touch fewer dates? This is your world, my friend.
  • Most nuts will work well. I have experimented with almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pecans. Cashews tend to be my favorite but they are also the most expensive. Use what you have!
  • A pinch of cayenne is really all you need to make these have some substantial heat. I love spicy stuff and I used just the tiniest bit and greatly enjoyed these as is.
  • Store the bars in an air-tighter container at room temperature for up to two weeks. They are soooooo tasty, and I guarantee they will not last that long!homemade Mexican hot chocolate lara bars on a tray with cayenne pepper, dates, cashews, and cocoa powder

More Delicious Homemade Lara Bar Recipes & Other Healthy Snacks

These homemade lara bars are also Whole30 compliant and the ocassional keto treat. If you are a big nerd and love to hear about how companies were founded (my hand is raised), one of my favorite podcasts called How I Built This interviewed the founder of Lara Bar and it’s a great episode.

Two years ago: Blueberry Muffins – Delicious, Healthy, and 100% Whole Wheat
Three years ago: We Are the 10%
Six years ago: Cleaning Out the Camera

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homemade mexican hot chocolate lara bars on a white dish with cashews and a date
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Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Delicious homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars are simple gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan snacks that you can make in your own kitchen. Learn how to ditch the store-bought Lara Bars and make a spicy chocolate version yourself!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mexican hot chocolate
Servings: 18
Calories: 58 kcal
Author: Sarah
Instructions
  1. Pulse nuts in a food processor until the pieces are somewhat uniform in size. Some larger chunks may remain.

  2. Add the dates, cocoa powder, and spices and process until most of the mixture is spinning in the processor in one lump.

  3. Pinch off chunks of the mixture and roll into balls.

Recipe Notes

It's kinda hard to screw these up, so feel free to experiment at will! Want more nuts? Go for it! A touch fewer dates? This is your world, my friend.

 

Most nuts will work well. I have experimented with almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pecans. Cashews tend to be my favorite but they are also the most expensive. Use what you have!

 

A pinch of cayenne is really all you need to make these have some substantial heat. I love spicy stuff and I used just the tiniest bit and greatly enjoyed these as is.

 

Store the bars in an air-tighter container at room temperature for up to two weeks. They are too tasty, so I guarantee they will not last that long though!

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Delicious no-bake Mexican Hot Chocolate Homemade Lara Bars are Whole30 compliant and paleo approved. Subtle chocolate and zesty spices combined with dates and cashews are a healthy snack. #sustainablecooks #larabars #whole30 #paleo #snacks #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfree

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2 comments on “Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars”

  1. Yum! These are so much better than any of the store bought bars I get. I love the bit of heat.