5 from 2 votes
homemade mexican hot chocolate lara bars on a white dish with cashews and a date
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
  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*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.