Guest Post- Pecan Pie Lara Bars by Carol

Hi guys! Fingers crossed that by the time you all are reading this I am safely settled into NYC, stalking Sam Champion on Good Morning America and shoving my face at Momofuku Milk Bar…  

You all are in for a real treat today! My newest foodie friend Carol, from the fabulous blog, Ditch the Wheat is guest posting for me here! I was absolutely thrilled when she agreed to come up with a yummy recipe for you all while I’m gone. I guest posted for her last week while she was in the Dominican so I thought it would be so fun for her to takeover my space while I”m out of town! Her blog is bursting with delicious low carb and gluten-free recipes and tips. If you don’t know Carol yet, you need to get to know her! Check her out at Ditch the Wheat and indulge in some super yummy healthy recipes!


Thanks Carol!



Hi Whipped readers!  I’m Carol from Ditch The Wheat.  I specialize in cooking and baking gluten free, low carb, and dairy free.  I was so excited when Kristina wrote a guest post for my blog while I was in the Dominican.  When she asked me to guest post while she is in New York, I jumped at the opportunity.  I hope you like the recipe because I enjoyed developing it for you and eating it too!


I first discovered Lara bars when I needed snacks for my business trip to Texas.  I rushed around the grocery store looking for “healthy” bars but most contained a paragraph of ingredients.  When I stumbled upon some Lara bars in the grocery store I decided to give them a try.  I had heard of Lara bars but I brushed them off as probably gross tasting.  Lara bars are gluten free, vegan, sweetener free and contain only natural ingredients. The majority of the bar is made from dates, which I didn’t find appealing.  But I discovered they taste pretty darn good.


When Kristina asked me to guest post for her I had trouble coming up with an idea.  I wanted to stick with her emerging theme of desserts that are vegan.  I eat gluten free and low carb.  I enjoyed the challenge of combining all three lifestyle choices.


The result is a YUMMY bar that has the softness of that thick gooey caramel and pecan chunks.  It is divine.  Actually more like sinful.  The ingredient list, 3 ingredients!  Baking time, zero!  Prep time, maybe 1 minute to de-pit the dates.  Then use a food processor and voila you have Pecan Pie Lara Bars.  Doesn’t that sound simple?  I love simple.


Let’s get to the good part.


[typography font=”Delius” size=”20″ size_format=”px”]Pecan Pie Lara Bars Recipe (Gluten-Free, Vegan)[/typography]  

Adapted from Damy Health’s How to Make Homemade Lara Bars


  • 1/2 cup of Seedless/Pitted whole medjool dates (about 7 dates)
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla



  1. De-pit your dates.  Take a date and gently tear it apart and pull out the seed.
  2. Add all of the ingredients into the food processor.  Process until desired smoothness.  I added half of the pecans, all of the dates, and the vanilla, processed and then added the remaining pecans to get a nice texture.
  3. Take the mixture and mold into 5 bars.
  4. Store in your refrigerator.
  5. And finally, the best part, EAT!



[typography font=”Delius” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]Carol[/typography]


Hi! It’s Kristina again! I just wanted to make sure I sent a HUGE thank you and lots and lots of love to Food Stories for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!! I’m so honored you thought of my blog :) You are absolutely too sweet!


  1. I love lara bars! These look amazing!

    Also, get some crack pie for me at Momofuku! Hope you’re having an amazing time!

  2. Carol – I love Lara Bars and these look just like ’em … Great Job :-)
    Kristina – Enjoy your NYC time :-)

  3. Hi K, hope you are having a ball in NYC – thanks for having guest posts :D
    Hi Carol nice to meet you – I am loving this recipe and am very happy to have found your blog :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Oh, this sounds interesting!

  5. I certainly have a love-hate relationship with Larabars. Some of them are so tasty, and others taste like a waste of calories. I am split on them, It is a great idea to mix your own at home so you can adjust the flavoring and consistency!

  6. These look great not to mention dead easy. Thanks!

  7. Great guest post and thank you for introducing me to Carol! These bars look incredibly delicious.

  8. Awesome recipe! These look scrumptious and I love the flavor choices here!

  9. Yum! And it looks so easy to make…I’ll bookmark these!

  10. Hope you have a great time in NYC! and omg these sound so simple and delicious, i definitely will be trying these!

  11. I hope you had a fabulous time in the city. It was gorgeous weather.

  12. Yum! I’m definitely going to have to check out Carol’s blog! Hope you’re having fun in NYC Kristina!

  13. I have never had a Lara Bar but, they sure sound good! I think I’ll skip going to the store and make these instead! yum!

  14. Hope you’re having a fabulous time in NYC, Kristina! You’ve left us in good hands…these bars look incredible! Off to say hi to Carol :)

  15. I love making my own Lara bars! Pecans are a great flavor idea.

    Have fun in NYC, Kristina!!

  16. Made these the other day and we loved them!! thanks for the recipe!


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