• Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars

    Posted on June 5, 2013 by Whitney Fretham in diet, food, healthy, kitchen, recipe.

     

    If you’re not already allured by this blog post title, let me get you just a bit more interested with a [mediocre, but still] tantalizing photo…

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    Ooooooohhhhh yeeaaaaahhhhhh!

    Since making the switch to a vegan lifestyle, I have become even more aware of the ingredient labels on any packaged foods I buy. (I don’t buy many, or very often, but when I do, rest assured I’ve read the label.) To my dismay, most of my favorite chocolate candy bars and treats I would rarely indulge in contain dairy, so they are no longer appealing to me in the same way they once were. 

    But the good news is that it’s got me feeling creative when it comes to making healthier and even more delicious versions of my treats at home! Nice!

    Last night, craving inspiration struck when I was wanting a creamy and gooey sweet treat, and really longing for a Snickers bar. So, drawing upon some of the recipes I’ve tried before (like Angela Liddon’s healthier Twix Bars – you must make these, too!), I concocted my own sweet treat in the matter of 10 minutes. 

    Yep, 10 MINUTES! That’s how quickly you can get these made (well… plus the freeze time, but that’s just agonizing wait time, not active). 

    These healthified candy bars will conquer any sweet craving you have! But I warn you… it’s also hard not to eat the whole (small) pan at once. ;)

    Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars
    Serves 6
    A gooey, sweet chocolatey candy treat that is reminiscent of Snickers Ice Cream Bars.
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    171 calories
    20 g
    3 g
    10 g
    4 g
    4 g
    37 g
    95 g
    16 g
    0 g
    5 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    37g
    Servings
    6
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 171
    Calories from Fat 83
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 10g
    15%
    Saturated Fat 4g
    19%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Cholesterol 3mg
    1%
    Sodium 95mg
    4%
    Total Carbohydrates 20g
    7%
    Dietary Fiber 2g
    8%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 4g
    Vitamin A
    1%
    Vitamin C
    0%
    Calcium
    4%
    Iron
    4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. 1/2 cup nondairy chocolate chips
    2. 1 T. coconut oil
    3. 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked in boiling water for 2-5 minutes, or cold water for 1 hour)
    4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    5. 2 T. peanut butter
    6. pinch of sea salt
    7. 1/4 cup peanuts
    Instructions
    1. Boil water, and soak pitted medjool dates for a few minutes until soft; drain.*
    2. Place chocolate in a small bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Add coconut oil halfway through and stir until liquified.
    3. Line a 5x7 pan with parchment or foil, and pour a thin layer of melted chocolate in the pan, reserving about half of the melted chocolate for later. Freeze until set and firm. (10-15 minutes)
    4. In a 3-cup food processor (or Magic Bullet), add the softened dates, vanilla, salt, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth and creamy. (You can add a splash of water if needed.) Spread the date caramel over the hardened chocolate, and sprinkle with peanuts. Spread the remaining melted chocolate over the peanuts, and return to the freezer until firm. Slice into 6 bars.
    Notes
    1. *To make these a RAW dessert, pre-soak your dates in cold water for an hour or more, and sub raw almond butter for the peanut butter.
    2. * To keep these bars refined sugar-free, make your own chocolate sauce by using 1/4 cup cocoa (or carob) powder, and 1/3-1/2 cup coconut oil (or enough to make a liquid chocolate "sauce"); sweeten with stevia and/or agave nectar, to taste.
    3. *When frozen, the chocolate will harden and the date caramel will stay creamy and gooey - which gives these bars when cold a texture similar to a Snickers Ice Cream bar! Store these bars in the freezer (if you have any leftover...).
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    calories
    171
    fat
    10g
    protein
    4g
    carbs
    20g
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    I hope you try these bars and enjoy them! I’d love to hear if you do, especially if you have a major sweet tooth like me and really value a good chocolate treat now and then (*ahem* daily). 

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Jillian says:

    These sound wonderful! I’ve never bought or done anything with dates before.

  2. Jen says:

    These look really yummy! I can’t wait to try them!

  3. blanche says:

    OMG I tried these and they are RIDICULOUSLY good!! My kids went ballistic over them too! Thanks for sharing, I actually keep them in the freezer–beats any candy bar I have ever tried in my life!

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