Are Larabars Vegan? (Breaking Down The Original Larabars)

Commonly used as snack-on-the-go bars, the Larabars are promoted as gluten-free snacks made of a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices with no more than 9 ingredients, and minimally processed. 

The Original Larabars are definitely suitable for vegans. In fact, of the 30 different flavors highlighted on the brand’s official website, all 30 of them are vegan. 

In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Larabars, and even break down each Original Larabar into its individual components. 

What Are Larabars?

Larabars are snack bars mostly made of dates, nuts, and other fruits and spices.

They’re useful for long activities such as climbing, hiking, skiing, and many others that require you spend a lot of time away from home. Despite not having many ingredients, they pack a variety of nutrients, as well as enough calories to give you the energy you need to spend more time outdoors. 

For example, Cashew Cookie, a Larabar flavor, has only two ingredients (cashews and dates), but 220 calories, which is quite significant for a 48g serving. 

Larabars are also healthier compared to many other snack bars on the market, as the brand minimizes the use of processed ingredients, namely sugars, oils, and flours. 

Are The Original Larabars Vegan?

There are 30 varieties of Original Larabars, each one with its own ingredient mix, so we’ve taken the time to look at each one, enumerate the ingredients, and determine its vegan status.

Check out below which original Larabars are suitable for vegans:

Larabar Original: Almond Butter Chocolate Chip

larabar almond butter chocolate chip

Ingredients: Almonds, Dates, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Apples, Cocoa Powder, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Almond Cookie

almond cookie larabar

Ingredients: Almonds, Dates, Apples, Sea Salt, and Almond Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Apple Pie

larabar apple pie

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Apples, Walnuts, Raisins, and Cinnamon.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Banana Bread

larabar banana bread

Ingredients: Almonds, Dates, and Unsweetened Bananas.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Banana Chocolate Chip

larabar banana chocolate chip

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Bananas, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, and Vanilla Extract).

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Blueberry Muffin

larabar blueberry muffin

Ingredients: Cashews, Dates, Apples, Blueberries, and Vanilla Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Carrot Cake

larabar carrot cake

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins, Dried Pineapple, Unsweetened Coconut, Carrots, Cinnamon, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Cashew Cookie

larabar cashew cookie

Ingredients: Cashews, and Dates.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Cherry Pie

larabar cherry pie

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, and Unsweetened Cherries.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Chocolate Chip Brownie

larabar chocolate chip brownie

Ingredients: Dates, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Almonds, Walnuts, Cocoa Powder, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

larabar chocolate chip cookie dough

Ingredients: Cashews, Dates, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Appls, Sea Salt, and Vanilla Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl

larabar chocolate hazelnut swirl

Ingredients: Dates, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Pears, Cocoa Powder, Sea Salt, and Vanilla Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Cinnamon Raisin Cookie

larabar cinnamon raisin cookie

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Raisins, Apples, and Cinnamon.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Cinnamon Roll

larabar cinnamon roll

Ingredients: Dates, Walnuts, Almonds, Raisins, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Cocoa Coconut Chew

larabar cocoa chocolate chew

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, and Unsweetened Coconut.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Coconut Chocolate Chip

chocolate coconut chip larabar

Ingredients: Dates, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Unsweetened Coconut, Cashews, and Almonds.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Coconut Cream Pie

larabar coconut cream pie

Ingredients: Dates, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, and Cashews.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Gingerbread

larabar gingerbread

Ingredients: Dates, Cashews, Almonds, Raisins, Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, and Vanilla Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Key Lime Pie

larabar key lime pie

Ingredients: Dates, Cashews, Almonds, Unsweetened Coconut, Lime Juice Concentrate, and Dried Lime Juice Concentrate.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Lemon Bar

larabar lemon bar

Ingredients: Dates, Cashews, Almonds, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Dried Lemon Juice Concentrate, and Lemon Oil.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Mint Chip Brownie

larabar mint chip brownie

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Cashews, Cocoa Powder, and Peppermint Oil.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Peanut Butter & Jelly

larabar peanut butter & jelly

Ingredients: Dates, Peanuts, Unsweetened Cherries, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Peanut Butter Banana

larabar peanut butter banana

Ingredients: Peanuts, Dates, Unsweetened Bananas, Apples, Peanut Oil, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

peanut butter chocolate chip larabar

Ingredients: Dates, Peanuts, Semsweet Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Peanut Butter Cookie

larabar peanut butter cookie

Ingredients: Dates, Peanuts, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Pecan Pie

larabar pecan pie

Ingredients: Dates, Pecans, and Almonds.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

larabar pineapple upside down cake

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, and Pineapple.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Pumpkin Pie

larabar pumpkin pie

Ingredients: Dates, Cashews, Apples, Almonds, Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, and Ginger.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: SnickerDoodle

larabar snickerdoodle

Ingredients: Dates, Cashews, Almonds, Cinnamon, Sea Salt, and Vanilla Extract.

Status: Vegan

Larabar Original: Strawberry Chocolate Chip

larabar strawberry chocolate chip

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Vanilla Extract), Strawberry, Apples, Cocoa Powder, and Sea Salt.

Status: Vegan

Are The Original Larabars Healthy?

Larabars are pretty healthy overall. 

The reason I’m telling you this is because I’ve looked at the ingredients present in 30 different Larabars, and the ingredients I found were derived mostly from natural sources.

Ingredients like dates, almonds, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, and unsweetened chocolate are among the few ingredients I found inside the different Larabars. These are healthy, plant-based ingredients. 

Naturally, you still have to consume them in moderation because they’re rich in natural sugars and fats, but they’re certainly a better option than their highly processed counterparts (i.e: refined sugar, refined oil, etc). 

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 24g of sugar per day for most women and no more than 36 grams of sugar for most men. Larabars have between 13g and 20g of total sugar per bar; so as you can see, a single Larabar can get you close to both numbers very quickly. 

My suggestion would be for you to consume the Larabar with the least amount of sugar, as that would be the healthiest option in my opinion. 

Do The Original Larabars Have Added Sugars?

Some Larabars have added sugars, while others do not and mostly get their sugar from natural sources like dates, and in some cases, fruits. 

Some Larabars also contain chocolate chips, which also have a considerable amount of sugar. 

Here are all the Larabars that contain added sugars: 

  • Almond Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl 
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip
  • Mint Chip Brownie
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Strawberry Chocolate Chip

And these are the Larabaras that don’t contain added sugars:

  • Almond Cookie
  • Apple Pie
  • Banana Bread
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew
  • Cinnamon Raisin Cookie
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Gingerbread
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Bar
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Banana
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Snickerdoodle

While it’s true that processed (or added) sugars are unhealthy, it’s also true that overconsuming high-sugar fruits like dates can also cause problems.  

If you have health conditions like diabetes or obesity, it might be a good idea to opt for options that don’t have as many sugars per serving. 

Here are the Original Larabars with the lowest sugar content (from lowest to highest):

  • Almond Cookie (13g)
  • Cashew Cookie (15g)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (15g)
  • Almond Butter Chocolate Chip (16g)
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew (16g)
  • Lemon Bar (16g)
  • Peanut Butter Banana (16g)
  • Pecan Pie (16g)

The Almond Cookie is the option I would choose, mainly because it’s the least harmful. 

Summary

Fortunately, all the Original Larabars are suitable for vegans.

Not a single flavor/variety contains animal ingredients and the fact that Larabars stick to natural ingredients means it doesn’t have shady ingredients from questionable sources. 

Larabars are also quite healthy when compared to other offers on the market, so they’re certainly an option that would cater to a more health-oriented vegan. 

Our Recommendation For Vegans

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Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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