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