When you were a little kid, you probably had a favorite chocolate bar. I had many favorites and one of them was Snickers. Unfortunately, the real stuff isn’t very good for you. And it’s not vegan. So I decided to create a homemade version of the Snickers bar. This version is healthy, completely vegan and everyone who’s eaten it said it beats the original. So whenever you have sugar cravings or want to serve a healthy snack at a party, this recipe is exactly for you.
These homemade Snickers bars have 4 delicious layers. First, comes a crumbly cashew nougat base. Then a sweet date caramel which is topped with a layer of chopped, roasted peanuts. And finally, a rich layer of extra dark chocolate. Oh, yes.
Since peanuts are the star of this recipe (no one could image a homemade Snickers without peanuts, right?), let’s have a closer look at the nutritional value this little nut hides within. But first, let me break a myth. Believe it or not, the peanut is actually a legume (just like beans or peas). Peanuts grow underground, as opposed to nuts, like walnuts and almonds, that grow on trees. However, its nutritional value is similar to nuts, so in culinary peanuts are used in the same way as other nuts.
Peanuts are packed with protein (23g of protein per 100g) and contain B vitamins that increase energy and prevent muscle spasms. These benefits make peanuts a perfect pre and post workout snack.
Peanuts also contain a significant amount of minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium. These nuts also have the ability to boost your memory, lower cholesterol and – surprise, surprise – promote weight loss. As peanuts are high in protein and fiber, you’ll feel fuller for a longer time. This will help you to eat less during the day and keep your cravings low.
Enough talking. Let’s dive into the recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need to make 8 regular-size (or 16 small-size) snickers bars.
- 1/2 cup of cashew butter
- 2 tbs of maple syrup (or other natural sweetener)
- 1 tbs of coconut flour (coconut crumbs work as well)
- 3/4 cup of soft, pitted dates (if they’re too dry, soak them in water overnight)
- 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- a bit of water, if needed
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts
- 100 g of dark chocolate for the topping (with at least 70% cacao content )
- To prepare the base, mix the cashew butter, coconut flour, and maple syrup together in a bowl and place the “dough” on baking paper. Use your hands to make a rectangular shape. Place it in a freezer to set for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the caramel. Put dates, salt, vanilla and coconut oil in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add some water, but be careful to not make it too runny! Take the base out of the freezer and gently spread the caramel on top of it.
- Sprinkle chopped, roasted peanuts on top of the caramel. Leave in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.
- To prepare the layer of dark chocolate, fill a saucepan with 1/5 of water. Bring the water to boil and place a smaller heatproof bowl in the saucepan. Chop the chocolate and put it into the smaller bowl. Make sure that water doesn’t get into the bowl with chocolate. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts.
- Take out the Snickers bars from the freezer and slice into 8 regular-size bars or 16 smaller ones. Using a teaspoon, spread the chocolate evenly on the top and sides of each bar. You can sprinkle them with some extra peanuts if you like. Set in a freezer for at least for 15 minutes before serving. Keep them in a refrigerator because they can become quite soft at room temperature.