‘Healthy Snickers’, she wrote.
Oh yes, it’s true! I told myself I wasn’t going to post this recipe until October, but I just couldn’t wait!
October is my absolute favorite month. Halloween, scary movies, costumes, pumpkins, ghosts, and witches galore…there is no greater joy for me!
Before my husband and I began dating, we actually worked together at a local health food store, and it was there that we connected on our love for all things ‘gore’ (our first movie date was Hostel). Each year, we look forward to the fun Halloween brings, and now that we have kids, we all have fun playing dress up when the 31st rolls around.
My husband’s absolute favorite
Halloween candy is a Snickers bars, so I knew I needed to make a healthy version for all of us to enjoy this year.
If you make these, I truly believe they will blow your mind with their likeness to the real thing.
- CHOCOLATE BASE:
- 5 T. coconut oil, melted
- 4 T. cocoa powder
- 2 t. maple syrup
- ⅛ t. salt
- NOUGAT LAYER:
- 4 T. coconut oil, melted
- 2 T. milk of your choice
- 3 T. maple syrup
- ½ t. vanilla
- ½ c. + 2 T. oats, ground into flour (use almond flour if grain-free)
- ⅛ t. sea salt
- 8 dates, Medjool
- 2 T. peanut butter (I used salted so I didn’t add any extra salt)
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 t. water
- ¼ c. peanuts
- Mix together the ingredients for the chocolate base until well combined.
- Pour the mix into a small baking dish (I used 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish).
- Put the dish into the freezer until hard (about 10-15 minutes).
- Mix together the ingredients for the nougat layer until well combined.
- Pour the nougat layer onto the hardened chocolate base.
- Set in the freezer until the nougat layer is solid (1-2 hours).
- Process the ingredients for the caramel layer until well combined.
- Spread the caramel mix atop the hardened nougat layer (wet and use your hands for this, as it is very thick.
- Press the peanuts into the caramel, scattering them across the entire layer.
- Freeze again until set (about an hour).
- Cut into 12 equal bars and enjoy!
A crisp chocolate base, topped with a soft and sweet nougat layer, all topped by a creamy caramel layer with a bite of crunchy nuts. It is pure bliss.
I had originally intended to coat the entire bar in chocolate, but I thought they had more character this way. I love being able to see the layers and the peanuts on top. You also save on calories this way!
I’m still undecided on my costume this year, but my daughter and I are leaning towards being big and small versions of Tinkerbell. I do, however, know what I’ll be snacking on.
What are you planning on dressing up as this year?