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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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