Healthy Vegan Snickers Bar Recipe

What is a snickers bar?

The classic Snickers bar, while undeniably delicious, often comes with a load of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients. In contrast, the Healthy Vegan Snickers Bar, the star of our blog post, offers a guilt-free and nutritious twist on this beloved treat. Picture a base of finely ground oats, a rich date caramel mimicking the original’s gooeyness, and a topping of salted peanuts, all encased in luscious vegan chocolate. It’s the same delightful taste, but with the added benefit of wholesome, plant-based ingredients that make it a healthy snack and a healthy dessert. In this post, we’ll delve into its health benefits, provide detailed steps for crafting it, explore tantalizing variations, and address your questions, making this treat a perfect blend of flavour and well-being.

Are these vegan snickers healthy?

Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars are not only a delicious dessert but also a nutritious choice. The key ingredients in this recipe offer numerous health benefits:

  • Medjool Dates: Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, dates provide natural sweetness and are a source of sustainable energy.
  • Oats: Packed with fiber and antioxidants, oats are known to support heart health and digestion.
  • Peanut Butter: A good source of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium.
  • Salted Peanuts: While consumed in moderation, they add a satisfying crunch and supply healthy fats and protein.
  • Vegan Chocolate: Dark chocolate is renowned for its antioxidants and potential mood-boosting effects.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This vegan snickers bar is:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy Free
  • Low Fat
  • Ultra Processed Food Free

Ultra processed food free recipes are recipes that use ingredients where no additives have been used. This will include ingredients that can be made at home to be UPF free such as stock cubes, sauces and seasonings.

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Step 1: Prepare the oat flour

Start by blending 1 cup of oats until they become a fine oat flour. Set it aside for later use.

Step 2: Make the date caramel

Soak 300g of Medjool dates in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften them, then remove the pits. Place the pitted dates in a blender along with 1.5 tbsp of smooth peanut butter and half of the 1 tbsp of vanilla essence. Blend until you achieve a thick, caramel-like consistency. If it’s too thick to blend, add a spoonful of water at a time, but be cautious not to make it too runny.

date caramel - vegan snickers

Step 3: Create the first layer of snickers

Remove most of the date caramel from the blender, leaving about 4-5 tablespoons behind. Add the oat flour and the remaining vanilla essence to the blender. Mix until the ingredients form a dough-like ball. If the mixture seems dry, add a spoonful or two of water as needed. Line a small loaf tin and firmly press the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan to create a compact base. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.

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Step 4: Layer with date caramel and peanuts

Spread the remaining date caramel on top of the oat base and press the salted peanuts into the caramel layer. Return it to the freezer and let it set for 1-2 hours. You don’t want it to be so frozen that you can’t cut it but it needs to be cold enough to stay firm enough to dip in the warm melted chocolate.

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Step 5: Dip in chocolate

Melt 200g of vegan chocolate over a double boiler. Once the healthy vegan Snickers bars are well-set, cut them into 6 equal slices. Dip each slice into the melted chocolate and place them on greaseproof paper in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Variations:

The Healthy Vegan Snickers Bar is highly adaptable to suit your preferences. Here are some creative variations:

  • Peanut-Free Version: Substitute peanuts with other nuts like almonds or cashews for a different flavor and texture.
  • Flavour Twist: Add a pinch of sea salt to the chocolate coating for a sweet-and-savoury contrast.
  • Topping Options: Experiment with different toppings like shredded coconut, crushed pretzels, or drizzles of almond butter.

Can I use regular chocolate instead of vegan chocolate?

Absolutely! However, using vegan chocolate ensures the recipe remains entirely dairy free.

How long can I store these vegan snickers?

You can store Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for longer shelf life.

Can I make these bars without a blender?

While a blender is recommended for the best texture, you can try using a food processor or simply chopping the ingredients finely by hand.

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Healthy Vegan Snickers Bar Recipe

HealthyHeartyWholesome
Savor the sweet nostalgia of Snickers in a healthier way with our Vegan Snickers. This recipe features oats, date caramel, peanuts, and vegan chocolate for a guilt-free treat that's both delicious and nutritious. Dive into the recipe and enjoy the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Servings 6
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 blender
  • 1 loaf tin

Ingredients
  

  • 300 g medjool dates
  • 1 cup oat flour (blended oats)
  • tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 50 g salted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 200 g vegan chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Start by blending 1 cup of oats until they become a fine oat flour. Set it aside for later use.
  • Soak 300g of Medjool dates in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften them, then remove the pits. Place the pitted dates in a blender along with 1.5 tbsp of smooth peanut butter and half of the 1 tbsp of vanilla essence. Blend until you achieve a thick, caramel-like consistency. If it's too thick to blend, add a spoonful of water at a time, but be cautious not to make it too runny.
  • Remove most of the date caramel from the blender, leaving about 4-5 tablespoons behind. Add the oat flour and the remaining vanilla essence to the blender. Mix until the ingredients form a dough-like ball. If the mixture seems dry, add a spoonful or two of water as needed.
  • Line a small loaf tin and firmly press the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan to create a compact base. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  • Spread the remaining date caramel on top of the oat base and press the salted peanuts into the caramel layer. Return it to the freezer and let it set for 1-2 hours.
  • Melt 200g of vegan chocolate over a double boiler. Once the Snickers bars are well-set, cut them into 6 equal slices. Dip each slice into the melted chocolate and place them on greaseproof paper in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks so tasty! I never thought about making snickers from scratch. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my. I’ve made a similar version but these are so much better and closer to the real deal!

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