Homemade Snickers Bars - How to make your own healthy Snickers bars, made with natural, real food ingredients!
October is my favorite month. Halloween, scary movies, costumes, pumpkins, ghosts, and witches galore!
Before my husband and I began dating, we worked together at a local health food store, and it was there that we connected on our love for all things 'gore' (our first date was to see 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.
And because my husband's favorite candy is a Snickers bars, I knew I needed to make a healthy version for him (and me!).
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Why you'll love these Snickers bars
I tried my best with this recipe to create a believable facsimile of the real thing.
The chocolate base has a nice crisp bite, while the nougat center is soft and rich (you'd swear there was dairy in there!). The peanut butter caramel coating is a blended mixture of dates and peanut butter, and I think it's even better than the real thing.
I had originally intended to coat the entire bar in chocolate, but then the bars had more character with the layers showing. You could easily add a few peanuts on top as well.
I truly believe you will love these!
You'll be making three layers of deliciousness, each requiring their own ingredients and steps. Because these are no-bake, there is just the process of chilling the bars and letting them set to hold together.
I make my own chocolate by combining coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and sea salt. When coconut oil is cold, it hardens, which is what holds the chocolate together. Be aware that if these bars get warm, this layer will melt.
If you'd like to prevent this, use cocoa butter in place of the coconut oil.
My nougat is very unique. In lieu of copious amounts of sugar and cream, I've employed a combination of coconut oil, maple syrup, milk (any kind will work), and....oat flour!
Yes, oat flour gives this layer substance and bite, but the specific amounts of each ingredient still allow this layer to have a soft bite, thus resembling the classic nougat.
Vanilla and salt are added for flavor.
A simple blend of dates and peanut butter creates that familiar caramel layer. Dates are eerily similar to caramel when blended, and the addition of peanut butter truly screams Snickers!
A bit of water is added for blending purposes and vanilla helps to flavor the mix.
I use this small food processor to get this particular layer made.
You can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a coffee grinder or with the flat blade of a Nutribullet.
If you have trouble with the chocolate base separating from the nougat layer, add the nougat layer a bit before the chocolate hardens completely.
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Homemade Snickers Bars
- 5 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 3 Tablespoons milk of your choice
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup +2 Tablespoons oat flour
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 8 soft dates
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter I use salted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon water
- Begin with room temperature ingredients. Cold ingredients can cause your coconut oil to clump.
- Mix together the ingredients for the chocolate base until well combined.
- Pour the mix into a small baking dish (I use a 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 (about an hour).
- Process the ingredients for the caramel layer in a small food processor until well combined.
- Spread the caramel mix atop the hardened nougat layer (wet and use your hands for this, as it is very thick.
- Freeze again until set (30-60 minutes).
- Cut into 12 equal bars and enjoy!
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