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Vegan Snickers Bars

Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars

$9.24 recipe | $0.77 serving
Bite into layers of rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts, creamy date caramel, and chewy nougat. These no-bake Snickers bars are completely vegan, gluten-free, and a delicious way to curb your hunger!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Freeze time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings 12 bars
Calories 339 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • 8x8 baking dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Double boiler

Ingredients
 

Nougat

  • 1 ¼ cup rolled oats ($0.24)
  • ¾ cup almond flour ($0.74)
  • ¼ tsp salt ($0.01)
  • cup pitted Medjool dates ($1.15)

Caramel

  • 1 cup pitted & soaked Medjool dates ($1.84)
  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter ($0.44)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ($0.21)
  • cup roasted & salted peanuts ($0.21)

Chocolate

  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp cacao butter ($2.58)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil ($0.12)
  • ½ cup cacao powder ($1.25)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup ($0.45)

Instructions
 

Nougat

  • For the nougat crust, add rolled oats, almond flour, and salt to your food processor. Blend until you achieve a fine meal texture.
  • Next, add in the pitted Medjool dates and blend until you have a dough-like consistency. It should easily stick together between your fingers. If your dates are dry, you may want to soak them for a few minutes in hot water before adding them to the food processor.
  • Once your nougat is blended, press it into a parchment-lined baking pan or dish (an 8x8 works best) and set it aside while you prepare the caramel layer.

Caramel

  • For the caramel, place pitted & soaked Medjool dates, peanut butter, and vanilla in a small blender or food processor (leave the roasted peanuts out). Blend until you achieve a smooth consistency. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Once you have a smooth texture, spread the date caramel evenly on top of the nougat crust. Then, layer the roasted peanuts evenly across the caramel (it helps to push down on the peanuts slightly in order to help them stay in place).
  • Place the whole pan or dish in your freezer to set for at least 3-4 hours (we usually leave it overnight to make cutting easier). Once the caramel has set, cut into 10-12 bars and pop them back in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate.

Chocolate

  • For the chocolate coating, melt cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Once they have melted, mix in the cacao powder and maple syrup. Whisk everything together until there are no clumps left.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness to your taste. Then, dip each bar in the bowl of melted chocolate with 2 forks to roll them around. Once they are coated, transfer each bar back to the parchment-lined pan.
  • Let the Snickers bars set in the freezer for at least another 15-20 minutes before serving them. Keep these treats in your freezer for a healthy, yet delicious snack!

Notes

  • If you don't own a double boiler or can't makeshift one, you can also melt the cacao butter and coconut oil in the microwave. Just be careful not to burn the cacao butter by microwaving it in 10-15 second bursts.
  • If your dates are quite dry, soak them in hot water for a few minutes or hours to soften them up. The dates for the crust don't need to be as soft as the dates for the caramel though.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars
Serving Size
 
1 bar
Amount per Serving
Calories
339
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
7.5
g
47
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
3.8
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
346.2
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
7.4
g
31
%
Sugar
 
22.8
g
25
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
30
IU
1
%
Calcium
 
5.4
mg
1
%
Iron
 
2.96
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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