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Homemade Luna Bars!

homemade luna bars

Since beginning this blog, I’ve created many flavors of Homemade Larabars.

But when, out of curiosity one day, I googled homemade Luna bars, I was surprised to find zero relevant results. Really? No one had made these yet? It was definitely time to change that.

luna bar recipe

I don’t usually buy Luna bars, but every now and then I find myself craving either one of their chocolate-dipped coconut or nutz over chocolate bars. The following recipe more-closely resembles the latter:

Homemade Luna Bars

Inspired by Homemade Rice Crispy Treats.

  • 3 cups rice crispies (I used brown rice crispies. For a less-crispy bar, you can sub 2 cups of the crispies for 1/2 cup oat flour.)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used salted pb, too)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice (for lower-cal option, see below link)
  • 1/2 cup sticky sweetener, such as agave or brown rice syrup (I used agave)
  • 2-3 tablespoons protein powder (you can omit)
  • melted chocolate chips or Sugar-Free Chocolate Sauce

Mix your pb, sweetener, extract, and salt. Melt (either in the microwave or stove), then pour over the cereal and powder, and stir very well, making sure to coat all the crispies. Smush and smash the crispies. (Get mad; it’s fun!) Line a pan with wax paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of wax paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Really press it down! Spread the chocolate on top, and freeze for at least a half hour before slicing.

Click for lower-sugar and Lower-Calorie Options.

I didn’t bother to figure out the nutritional info for these, as it will vary depending on what protein powder and chocolate sauce you use. But they are probably pretty comparable, calorie-wise, to packaged Luna bars. (The bars in the photos were made with the no-sugar chocolate sauce.)

luna bars

Do you like energy bars?

My favorites are probably my Hot Fudge Brownie Larabars.

But I don’t always have time to make homemade bars. So if I’m in a hurry and need a quick and portable snack, I’ll often grab a cookie dough Larabar or a chocolate-chip Z bar, or a chocolate Jocalat bar… I’m picky about my energy bars; I only like the ones that have chocolate!

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Published on October 19, 2011

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    • Allison says

      What I meant to say was that I made the Crisp Rice Bars with the sugar Free Chocolate sauce and they were amazzzzing!!!

  1. Alissa S. says

    I just want you to know…you’ve been included in a list of dancer’s favorite homemade snacks on the blog of Discount Dance Supply 🙂 way to go!

  2. April Wallace says

    Ok. These are amazing! My little guy always LOVED Luna bars. I sent them to school with him almost everyday, but we started the Nemechek Protocol and they were off the list because of the ingredients. Now I can give him back his favorite breakfast treat. I add in flax seed for more Omega 3s and fiber. Love, love, love!

  3. Tikkirikkitumba says

    I made this the other day and it turned out even better than Luna bars! They taste kind of like Reeses Puff cereal. I used 3 tablespoons of Orgain chocolate protein powder, and the flavor was just right. I wish there was a way to decrease the amount of honey and still have it stick together because there was more than enough sweetness from the sweetener in the protein powder (I think it has stevia) and the sugar count is much higher than luna bars but as it is it makes a great recipe for quick energy. I cut it up into single servings and wrapped each one in plastic wrap to keep in the freezer at work so it makes for a quick lunch!

    • Tikkirikkitumba says

      Oh yeah I used honey instead of agave, regular Rice Krispies, Orgain protein, extra crunchy peanut butter, and about a cup of melted milk chocolate. Delicious!

      • Tikkirikkitumba says

        Thanks for the reply! That sounds good too! I think I’m going to keep half of the honey and then try pumpkin puree for the other half and see if it still holds together (although it’ll be mainly right out of the freezer so it should be fine) I think it was somewhere on the list of suggestions and I just happened to have leftover pumpkin so it just might be fate. Either way this recipe is definitely a keeper!

        • Tikkirikkitumba says

          Update: the pumpkin definitely doesn’t work! It makes it soggy and rice krispies lose their crunch. The original recipe is def the one!

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