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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!

Published on October 19, 2011

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  1. Gen says

    I pretty much love any energy bar!! Luna bars were the first that I tried and loved, and now I’m hooked on larabars! By the way, we don’t have dates here, could I use raisins or prunes to make larabars instead?

  2. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says

    These look great! Luna Bars and Larabars are my favorite energy bars, so I might need to try making these little guys. I don’t buy energy bars often because I’d rather have a homemade snack. On the other hand, it’s nice to have one every so often if you’re on the go and don’t have time to whip something up for a snack.

  3. MANDEE says

    i’ve never tried a luna bar! i think i’ll be trying your homemade version first!

    the only bars i LOVE are larabars!!! other than that, the cliff z kids “smores” flavor is really good. i’ve been dying to find their halloween flavor (white chocolate chip brownie) but can’t find it anywhere!

    • Marla says

      I was just going to comment that I too love the Clif Z Bars (I am partial to the brownie ones). Mandee, I found the Halloween flavor at Harry’s Market, which is a Whole Foods market in Georgia that somehow managed to retain part of its independent business name and a few other things. But you might keep bugging your local Whole Foods. When I found them, after searching high and low, I bought a full box!

      And I have to say that a) this recipe looks amazing and b) I LOVE THIS BLOG. <3

  4. Ashley says

    I love Luna Bars! When I saw the title of your post, I was ecstatic! I cannot wait to try them– my personal fave is the S’mores or Mint Chocolate Protein (this one seriously tastes like those Thin Mint girl Scout ones). Great post!

  5. Mallory says

    Oh my gosh, I made your brownie larabars last night and I seriously felt like I was eating a rich and chocolate brownie! Love it. Luna bars aren’t my favorite because they have a lot of ingredients, unlike larabars, but this recipe is great (:

  6. Rebecca says

    I switched from Luna to Lara a couple years ago, but I do like Lara bars as an occasional treat. My favorite is the Chocolate Peppermint Stick. I’ll have to try adapting your recipe to mimic that one!

  7. Michaela says

    wow, these look superb!!
    which protein powder did u use? just curious!
    I like energy bars, but I don´t like to buy them, as they are always wrapped in tons of foil and I do not wish to increase the waste. So, homemade versions it is 😀

  8. shea says

    omg i went through a luna bar phase. I think i had lunas everyday for a month! Then befor that it was the clif crunchy bars. My fave was the white chocolate. 🙂

  9. Char says

    mmmmm yummy!! I’ve never tried a Luna Bar (though I’m a die-hard for Larabars & Clif Bars), but this recipe looks delicious! I’ve already made your rice krispies (using cashew & macadamia butter!), so I think it’s time to give these a try!

  10. Kit-Kat says

    They are a big staple in my life, since I exercise a ton, and am constantly having to grab something to top off my tank.
    I really love Clif and Luna bars (and all of the Clif and Luna bar products, actually), and I’m also pretty big on most other granola and protein bars. Even if there are some no-no ingredients in a bar, I look at the big picture and figure that I eat really healthy almost all the time, so a little bit of something “bad” won’t do much damage to my health. Besides, being a vegan means that I will be checking lables anyway for non-animal stuff!
    Do you have a favorite Clif bar and a favorite Luna bar? I am rather partial to the mini packs of the clif bars (containig choco-chip, PB, and brownie) and the Carrot Cake bar. As for Luna…..I can’t decide! But I really like their cinnamon raisin and their new chocolate chip bar…. but like I said, I love about ALL of their bars (veganized, of course).
    PS: I’m going to whip up a batch of these tonight, and make the bars a little more bite-sized, so me and my family can nibble on them during the World Series game. I think I will add dark chocolate chunks to the mix, and maybe even toss in a few dried Trader Joes orange-flavored cranberries. YUM!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      The only Clif bars I like are the Maple ones, white chocolate, or the oat-raisin ones. But I haven’t had a Clif bar in quite a while! As for Lunas, I only like the coconut-chocolate and the nutz-over-chocolate. But I reeaally like the coconut ones :).

  11. Melissa says

    I am a Clif bar junkie. I used to eat Lunas, but they started making me feel weird, so I stopped. Pretty sure the homemade-ness of these would take care of that problem! 🙂

  12. Barb says

    Have you tried Honey Stinger bars? They are my favorite before runs. I used to only have Luna bars until I discovered these. My other favorites are the new Kashi bars that have recently come out!

  13. katy sparrow says

    Yay Luna bars! I love them. That creamy coating on the bottom just rocks.
    I’m gonna try to make my own Lemon Zest, my fav!!
    Thanks for the inspiration and empowerment to make my own bar, Katie! You’re so right.. just adding a protein powder to rice krispies can totally mimic that isolated soy protein kinda thing like they use.

  14. Katherine says

    KATIE! You have just become my favorite person. 😀
    I am seriously a Luna bar addict – they’re my one real splurge item at the store and thankfully I know somewhere that I can get them for less than $1 each. But homemade is always better! I’m definitely going to experiment with different flavors next time I’m home because the chocolate raspberry is my favorite.

  15. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says

    I’ve always wanted to make my own Luna bars! They’re so yummy but I don’t buy them anymore because of the isolated soy protein and palm kernel oil. Yay for a tasty looking clone! 🙂

  16. Faith @ For the Health of It says

    I do love my energy bars once in a while. Clif’s are my favorite (I would LOVE to find a recipe for homemade ones) and they save my bum pretty often when I’m on the go.

  17. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I LOVE LUNA BARS!! Energy bars are one of my FAVE things, because I am always hungry and always on-the-go so I need something to keep me going!! I am buying some crispies as soon as I can to make these! 😀

  18. Anna says

    Oh, yay!!!! I love Luna bars!! I’ve been trying to figure out how to recreate the Lemon Zest ones, actually, so if you have any ideas let us know please. 🙂

      • Vanessa says

        Luna copycat on Google, it was on the first page this spring, but now I see it’s down to the 3rd page….
        Btw-the reason I went searching for the Luna bars, is b/c I found several recipes (including yours) for Clif, and lara type bars, (and then got hooked!) and then became interested to see if I could find Luna ones too, but that was the only one I found at that time…

  19. Stefanie says

    I know you could do it. I used to be a big fan of luna bars but switched to Odwalla bars. After eating a Luna bar I was not happy with it. It had a funny taste. These are perfect because the ingredients are not so processed like the soy in the Luna bars. Plus, a little more chocolate wouldn’t hurt either. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  20. Veggie V! @Veggie V's Vegan Adventure says

    I was seriously just thinking the other day I’ve not seen a recipe anywhere for homemade Luna bars, so I thought about trying to make some. But then I thought about something else and forgot. LOL Thanks for taking on the challange! Now, I just need to find some crispie brown rice cereal…

  21. Holly says

    I don’t think I’ve commented before but I’m a long-time reader, non-vegan that is a big fan or your recipes! (Even though I love butter.) Luna bars are my favorite energy bar and these look great–can’t want to try them! (If you could figure out a recipe for homemade Chocolate Raspberry Luna bars, you would be my hero! (;)

  22. Moni'sMeals says

    LOVELY!! These look fantastic Katie, nice work! I have a “bar” recipe similiar to this but I love yours, here just as much. 🙂 Love your pics too!

    Not a big fan of bars…unless they are homemade or with exceptional ingredients. 🙂

  23. Dalai Lina says

    I used to live off of energy bars! Now I try to grab an apple or some nuts. I bet my kids would love these bars! Thanks!

  24. Lou says

    I’ve never tried Luna bars…. but these looks delicious! Can’t seem to get Luna, lara or cliff bars in Australia – booo! Good thing you’ve come up with homemade versions for us Aussies who are missing out (you’re awesome!) 🙂

  25. Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. says

    Nice job tackling the ‘never been done before’! I think Luna bars are more intimidating to do at home because of the soy crunch part – rice crispies + protein power is better than the soy stuff if you ask me so I need to give these a try!

  26. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas says

    I’m not a HUGE fan of energy bars because I sometimes wonder where all of that energy is coming from! lol
    I love these! So new and exciting!

  27. Amber K says

    I’m really picky about bars, because some taste AMAZING but have the nutritional content of a candy bar, and others don’t taste so good. My absolute favorite are peanut butter chocolate Zing bars. I just wish they weren’t so expensive! I guess that is to convince me to not eat them too often. 😉

  28. Danielle says

    I am definitely going to have to try this! I LOVE Clif and Luna bars…I have to resist them very often and try and save them when I don’t have time to eat a meal but am very hungry. I love the Brownie flavour Luna bar…it is amazing!! (You should try and replicate that one…)

  29. Lisa says

    choc chip z bars are my pre workout bar of choice!
    white chocolate macadamia nut clif bars are also amazinggggg 🙂

    yummy looking recipe looks like chocolate dipped rice krispie treats 🙂

  30. Jodi Theisen says

    We don’t have Luna Bars here In Oz, so much as loony bars! 😉 But my girls have a playdate this morning and what better way to coerce a group of 3 year olds into doing what you want them to do than by bribing them with said Luna Bars!!! Thanks Katie, you’ve saved the day again! I think I’ll chuck in a handful of cocoa nibs and see how they go, I’ll let you know…

  31. katie @KatieDid says

    It’s like a healthier chocolate dipped rice crispy treat! Most energy bars are sort of glorified candy bars in my opinion, except several companies like larabar that really take the time to make a nutrient dense energy bar. I haven’t purchased an energy bar in a really long time though.

  32. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles says

    Very cool! I’ve only ever had a Luna Bar once, but it was delish. Plus, this is awesome because their protein bars aren’t vegan!

      • Andrea says

        Yum. I found the mint chocolate stuff wayyyy on sale after the holiday season was over at my local foodmaxx! I thought I had died and gone to heaven- I bought at least three boxes of the stuff since it has a long shelf life! I mostly drank mine over ice as a desserty drink.

  33. Ellen says

    I go through energy bars phases. The last one was a big clif bar phase because they were one if the few sources of vegetarian protein to be found in my now an ex-boyfriend’s house…they were tasty, especially the peanut butter chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin flavors.

  34. Lindsay@LivingLindsay says

    Looks great!! Just a question – where does the protein powder go? In with the cereal mixture or into the melted chocolate? Can’t wait to try these!

  35. Albizia says

    I love all kinds of bars but they don’t make any here which really sucks. There is only one thing they call protein bar but for me a wafer is not a bar. You should come back to Japan and teach them how to do it right 🙂 .

  36. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    You did a great job on these…they are so professional looking! I love making rice krispie treats and frosting them with chocolate-peanut butter frosting or just chocolate…so do those count as liking energy bars? They give me energy…haha! 🙂

  37. Treats With a Twist says

    Funny that you would post this today, because I ate a Luna bar this morning! I eat 1-2 protein bars every day, and I’m pretty picky about the ones I choose based on my particular diet. I’m always making different granola bars at home, too, including Larabars, so I’m so happy you tackled this project. I made Larabars and posted them this morning ( and I love coincidences like this! Happy baking!

  38. Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking says

    What a fantastic idea! I love having granola bars around for a quick snack but I don’t like spending so much money on them, and these look way healthier!!! 🙂

  39. Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance says

    Oh this is great! I love Luna bars and Lara bars the best, haven’t tried making my own though. Looks rather simple!

  40. kaila @ healthyhelper says

    I am not a big fan of lunas but something tells me I’d like your version! They look like chocolate covered rice crispy treats!!!!!! YUMMMMMMMM!

  41. Whitney says

    I absolutely love your blog! I recently found this through the website pinterest, and was so interested I began exploring your page. I have a big weakness for sweets, and always try to think of “healthy” treats to make. I love how basically all of these are gluten free and how healthy they are. I made the energy balls and I cant wait to make some of the others. Its a staple for me to follow your blog everyday now. Once I make some of the recipes, I will let you know how they turned out and taste!! Thank you so much for bring such an inspirational person and having an inspirational page!!

  42. Kate Bartolotta (@kate_bartolotta) says

    Love Lara Bars if I don’t have time to do the homemade ones! Also – Raw Revolution Raspberry & Chocolate is great too:)

  43. Erin says

    Clif Mojo bars, Z bars and Luna bars all rock my socks off! My favorite of each is peanut butter pretzel, honey graham, and chocolate peppermint, respectively! I always have some stashed in my car, gym bag, and desk at work 🙂

  44. Andrea says

    Do you think maple syrup would work as a sub for the agave/brown rice sugar? Or would the flavor be too strange a combination with the nut butter? Also- what pan size did you use for these? So excited to try this out!!!

  45. LizAshlee says

    I love Luna bars…what a fabulous you know how these nutrition stats compare to the actual bars? Have a great day!

  46. Anna Crouch says

    You could also maybe sub out 1/3-1/2 of the krispees for sliced/slivered/chopped nuts, could you not? That would maybe increase the nutrition a bit, but still have the crunch flavor 🙂

  47. Denise says

    Ohh man these are scrumpdillyumptious! I could have eaten a ton of them. I’m not vegan, so I used Honey, I love Honey to death…such a great treat, and nutrient filled too! Keep up the fantastic work Katie, I am new to your blog, but have found so many treasures! Thank you 😀

  48. Luxembourg says

    Clif bars are great tasting and have some good vitamins/ingredients. I would like to see them make the packaging fit the bar though. The bar has gotten smaller over the years, but the package has stayed the same size. Just kind of annoying. It makes me feel like the company wants the customer to believe the bar in larger. Also, several other companies are lowering the sugar content without compromising taste. I believe Clif could do this as well.

  49. Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie says

    I love Pure bars because they also only have a few ingredients like Larabars but they actually have some protein and I like the flavors better! I only like a couple Luna bar flavors too, the toasted nuts and cranberry one and the berry almond, but I think they discontinued that one! I don’t know if you could recreate that one though because it was infused with a bunch of berries but maybe it wouldn’t be that hard 😀

  50. michelle says

    Ok so this is one of my favorite recipes ..I’ve made it both ways. With full peanut butter and one with banana butter(it doesn’t quite stay together as well) I could eat the whole batch lol. Thx for the recipe!!

  51. Andrea says

    Katie, how do you suggest we store these once they’re made and sliced up? Fridge or just in an airtight container at room temp? How long do they last (in your estimation)? They are very tasty! Also, I wasn’t sure how much melted chocolate is needed, can you give an amount? We ballparked it but I was curious as to your measurements. Thanks!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hmmm, I think you should probably keep them fridged or frozen if you use the PMS chocolate, because coconut butter melts at room temp. But if you just used melted chocolate chips for the tops (without coconut oil), I think they’d be fine at room temp. I kept mine frozen and just thawed as needed, which made them last at least a few weeks. As for the chocolate amount, I didn’t really measure either. It’s actually a chore for me to remember I have to measure recipes out if I’m planning to blog them… I like to just throw things together on a whim! 🙂

  52. Jennie says

    oh my goodness…how we LOVE these! I just made them and they smelled so good, my husband and I had a hard time waiting for them to finish setting up in the freezer!

    These will definitely be on or regular rotation of “snacky” foods to have on hand. 🙂

  53. Cally says

    How many bars do these make? I want to make them for the basketball team-12 high school girls. Will I need to double the recipe or anything?

  54. Nicole says

    hI! love your site!

    I tried this recipe using:
    -MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread
    -PlantFusion Vanilla Bean Protein Powder + Chocolate GreenSuperFood Powder
    -Cocoa Crispies
    -Vanilla Extract
    -Dark Chocolate Chips

    Sooo good! thank you for all your creativity!! :))

  55. Kristina says

    I’m a first time reader and I’m SO happy I found your site. I can’t eat a lot of dairy and I’m always desperately searching for baking recipes I can actually eat! I”m a big snacker too so Luna bars are a daily staple. I can’t wait to try these!

  56. Jeanna says

    Substituted some coconut and almonds for some of the krispies and used almond butter. OMG you have to try this!!! I froze them first then drizzled with chocolate!! Yummy.

  57. Claire says

    Hey Katie! Do you know what I could add to make these “smores” luna bars? I don’t mind using marshmallows if I have to, but I only have enough puffed rice for one batch, so I don’t want to get it wrong! Thanks for this recipe…it looks delicious!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sorry lol I am the WORST at knowing how a recipe will turn out until I try it. I have so many experiments that go wrong :-?.
      But for s’mores, I think you need to find a nut butter that’s much less strongly-flavored than pb… maybe raw (not roasted) cashew butter? And maybe add some crushed graham cracker crumbs to the mix? And a little marshmallow fluff or ricemellow creme?

  58. Anna Lynn says

    These look really easy and yummy! I do love energy bars, especially chocolatey ones! However, I rarely buy them simply because they are often too calorie and sugar heavy for me. I know you’re not a calorie counter, but over the summer, I went from 155 lbs to 120 lbs and I really have calorie counting (paired with lots of exercise of course) to thank for my weight loss and it’s now a habit. Not gonna lie, I get a little obsessive but I’m working on it. I’ve uped my calories from 1,200 a day to around 1,400-1,500 and I’ve managed to maintain my weight for the past 4 months. So, a 200-400 calorie energy bar that has several grams of fat and upwards of 20-25 grams of sugar isn’t worth the few grams of protein and fiber I’m getting from it. I’d much prefer other snacks, but that’s just me. They are delicious of course! I may just have to try your versions so I can control what all goes in them 🙂

    • Mandi says

      Hey Anna Lynn, just wanted to say that Luna Bars, especially these homemade ones, are great for pre and post-workout snacks as you generally need to get a good 50g of carbs with a little bit of protein in to fuel your exercise and to refuel afterward too, especially if you’re working in your aerobic system. So long as you eat them at the right times, those 20-25g of sugar are definitely worth it!

  59. Sherry says

    I love love LOVE these!!! I use a tiny loaf pan tin and when they are cooled I turn them out, and pour the chocolate over the top and let it drip down the sides….SUPER CUTE!!! Thanks for all the amazing recipes—-you are my “go to” gf website!!!

  60. Sherlock says

    Wow! These are awesome! My 3 year old really loved them. So easy, delicious and healthier for you then the boxed crap.

  61. Nicci says

    Have you ever seen Liquid Sugar in the Raw? I’m wondering if i could use that for the sticky sweetner…any thoughts? The bottle says for sweetening cold drinks, but i thought i’d check.

  62. Paige says

    Hey Katie. I would be so delighted if you added a recipe for white chocolate macadamia nut luna bars. You don’t seem to be that into white chocolate, but I know this bar is a fan fav!

  63. Rosie says

    OMG these look incredible. I’ve heard a lot about Luna bars, but I’m from the UK so have never tried one. HOW INCREDIBLE. Shopping list for next baking session…MADE. Thankyou!!! xx

  64. Vicki says

    I’m wanting to recreate a Zing bar. I think I’m gonna combine a little of this recipe with the one for your chocolate pb no-bake cookies and see what transpires.

  65. Natalie says

    These are In the freezer. I added some blitzed banana chips to make Elvis Luna bars. They’re maybe a little sweet. I made the cashew cookie Lara bars too the recipe took some serious searching for! Worth it though 🙂

  66. Missy says

    Hey! Not sure if this was already asked or not. Could these be easily freezed? Im afraid I’d be the only one eating these! And I simply won’t eat that much in a day. lol

  67. Ali says

    Hi Katie I was wondering if maybe an extra 1/2 cup of protein powder could be added or would that give it a weird texture?! 🙂

  68. QWERTY says

    Usually I find that the S’more Luna bars taste like cookie dough. I know, it’s weird how I refernced it to cookie dough, but I was just making your cookie dough dip and it was SO GOOD!!! I have yet to try the coconut cookie dough oatmeal. And yes, I am aware that I am a cookie dough addict. 🙂

    Love all of your recipes and keep up the good work!!!!!

  69. Cristina says

    Have you ever tried to make Homemade Clif Builder Bars? I often thought about it. I googled this to see if anyone has ever tried. No one has. These are my absolute favorite energy bars for years. They are a little pricier than the other Clif Bars, but worth every penny. I don’t even have a favorite flavor. I love them all.

  70. Pam says

    Katie, you are a GENIOUS! I have one kid who is a bit of a fussy eater and another who always seems to end up in the class (or in this case summer camp) with the nut allergy. Trying to find a high protein snack that doesn’t contain nuts and isn’t an egg is challenging but this one works (I found soy butter at the grocery store which almost tastes like pb). We made these luna bars last night and used melted white chocolate chips. They are so tasty I’m sure we’ll need to make more very soon. THANK YOU!!!!

  71. maria says

    Like several others who posted here, my favorite Luna Bars are the Peppermint Stick. Does anyone have a good recipe for those? I prefer not to buy the Luna Bars because they have soy protein and especially because the soy is not organic and therefore is most likely GMO.

  72. maria says

    Oops, I forgot to add that I would like to add some Organic Whey Protein powder to these bars. The protein powder I have is vanilla flavored. Any advice regarding adding a significant amount to these bars? I would like the bars to have at least 14 grams of protein each to help balance my blood sugar.

    Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

  73. Laura @ Mrs in the Making says

    Oh gosh… when I found this, I wanted to find you and give you a big hug!!! I am OBSESSED with the Luna Nutz Over Chocolate… but I always feel SO GUILTY buying them, because they are just so dang expensive! I already have everything I need for these, so in essence, they’re free! Woo hoo! Rock on, Katie ~~~

  74. Denelle says

    Yum. I think I’ll try this with puffed millet and see what I get. Your spirit of adventure for the sake of health and flavor is contagious! I’m experimenting all the time now. Thanks!

  75. Anonymous says

    I am curious about the nutritional comparison of the home made vs store bought Luna. I fuses I was under the impression the Luna had some added suppliments you can’t mimic at home? Does all that come in the protein powder?

  76. Alanna says

    These are super-yummy! I skipped the chocolate (lazy) and used melted banana as my sweetener since I didn’t have any liquid sweetener. Mine came out a lot thinner than the picture, though (I did use an 8×8), and the rice crispies were really soft after freezing. I wonder if baking for just a few minutes would help with that? I don’t mind since the flavor was great, but I thought they’d still have a little bit of crunchiness.

  77. Susannah says

    Hi there! LOVE your site. Your recipes are fabulous and every single thing I have made has turned out to be stellar!

    I am making these for my son who is on a high protein diet. He has major sensory challenges & will only eat crunchy things – so this is perfect!

    Do you think that adding a bit of ground flax and/or wheat germ would effect the taste or outcome to this recipe? Thanks!

  78. Mandi says

    Hey Katie, what would you suggest for storing these? I’ve currently just taken mine out the freezer and popped them in an air-tight container, would this be suitable enough? By the way, thank you so much for this recipe, it’s so good and I had fun making them!

  79. Tory says

    I just made these!!! They are fantastic, I have nut and peanut allergies. I used sun butter and agave and they are fantastic! Not a vegan, so, I used milk chocolate. I also have no patience so, I tried one before it was “set and fell in love with them!!!

  80. Claire says

    So I just read you don’t like measuring your ingredients while baking/cooking… well, I’m sure it’s tedious! But I bet writing down the recipe is just as much work, since you’re constantly adapting it. I’d be curious to sometime see what your recipe creation process is like! Maybe you should set up a video camera in your kitchen and just turn it on while you cook. 🙂 It might help you remember what you did in the recipe, and if you were really brave, you could share it with us then too, so that we can see your creative genius. 😀 Haha. Anyway…keep up the good work!

  81. Felicia says

    Luna bars are ok. I like the coconut chocolate one the best, because I am obsessed with coconut. You should try to re-make that one… you are halfway there! Yours would be tastier, I think, because I don’t really like the taste of the soy they put in it.

  82. linda carlson says

    These are so very good, I couldn’t help but pin them Katie. You are a blessing!
    And a person can add whatever they prefer to this recipe and they still turn out
    wonderfully! Kudos and {{{BIG HUGS}}} for all you do!

  83. Mary says

    I just made these this afternoon. OMG!!! These are amazing! I used Puffed Rice instead of Rice Krispies. I used your No Sugar Chocolate Sauce recipe for bottom. I was going to bring them to some friends on Saturday (This is Monday), but they are NOT going to last that long! My husband and I have already eaten two of them.

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes! You are a gem!

  84. Guilla says

    I think these are fabulous! Thank you! Katie do you think my 3 year old is able to eat these? It is hard for me to get her to each protein other than egg and dairy, she is a very high nugget consumer and even when I try to always make those nuggets myself so that they are healthy I sometimes feel she isn’t getting enough protein… Is it safe for her to eat the protein powder?

  85. Asia says

    I doubled this recipe in a 9×13 pan and got 18 large bars. I’ve never had real luna bars but I know they probably cost $1.50-$2/each like most fancy energy bars. This recipe cost only about $5 (one bag bittersweet chocolate / half jar peanut butter / 6c krispies / 1c agave). Probably one of your most frugal recipes! I stored them in individual snack bags in the freezer to grab and go. I will probably end up eating them as dessert though.

  86. Juila Dewolf says

    SO I made these, but had to add like 5 cups of crispies (I used Edison Organic Brown Rice Crispies), with sunflower seed butter trader joes, (12 tbsps), raw agave nectar trader joes (10 tbsps), 2 tsp Vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tablespoon of vega sport vanilla protein powder. 70g of dark chocolate nestle morsels, and 42g of white chocolate chips (melted together and spread on top).
    I sort of feel like i could have even added more crispies and they still would have been covered.

    I did the nutrition breakdown. If you put them in a 8.5 inch square pan, cut into 8 pieces (servings).
    For ONE bar:
    319 calories
    45g carbs
    14g of fat
    7g protein
    246g sodium
    27g sugar

  87. Kathleen Estes says

    I just made these bars and, although the “mouth feel” is SPOT ON, I found them to be a little too salty. I am guessing this was caused by one of two things; either the peanut butter I used ( “Justins” ) is too salty or the fact that I used maple syrup as my liquid sweetener upset the balance?

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      I read that some people have tried this and had good results. Although I’m not Katie, I’d say it’ll work pretty well with almond butter.

  88. Kari says

    I tried this with:

    3 cups rice krispies + 3 scoops protein powder
    1 medium banana blended with 3/4 cup splenda, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt
    Microwaved banana blend then added to krispies+powder mixture
    Added 1/8 cup plain yogurt to add some moisture
    Put mixture into pan just as Katie noted.
    Chocolate sauce was just cocoa powder and a bit of splenda and water.

    Turned out absolutely great! A little soft after 30 minutes of freezing, but I’m sure it’ll harden up tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration Katie!

  89. Rachel says

    I just made these using regular Rice Krispies and corn syrup for the sweetener. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan. Instead of spreading chocolate I melted a 4 oz ghiradelli white chocolate bar and spread that over it. Super yummy. Thank you for the recipe. My friend and I love to get together and combine the power of our blendtecs to make your larabars!

    • Dani says

      I put these in probably an 8×8 and got about 8 generous bars! If you double this, you could get away with quite a lot more and save time. These bars were SOO delicious!

  90. Laura Kineston says

    These are fabulous! I made them with almond butter, instead of pb, and didn’t even need to melt them. They just stirred right up 🙂 Also added 3 TBSP. of chocolate whey protein…can you say yumm…Thank you for the recipe!

  91. Julie says

    I’ve made these a few times now and they’re so so good! Way better than a luna bar in my opinion. I’ve made them with both peanut and almond butter; I prefer peanut. I made them yesterday and added 1/4 cup flax meal and I used 1/4 cup of chocolate egg white protein powder (Jay Robb brand). So good, very healthy. Great recipe!

  92. Amy Robison says

    Hi Katie! Long time follower, first time commenter. 🙂 I just made these for the first time a few days ago. I don’t know why I waited so long! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a long time! I guess I thought I’d just try the other recipes first since I could just grab a Luna Bar at the store.

    I did the option for using part oat flour, and used sunflower seed butter…because that is the only nut butter I allow myself to keep in the house. Otherwise the jar is gone in a few days! I knew they would be good, but they are seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I can’t even imagine if I would make them with peanut butter!! I’d seriously have to eat the whole pan…especially after they sit for a about a day and get a little softer.

    Thank you so much for all of the work you put into all of your recipes!! You are amazing!!!

    • 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!!!

  93. 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!

  94. 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!

  95. 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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