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Dessert,  Gluten-free,  Quick & easy

Healthy peanut butter and chocolate Snickers bars

I feel as if I should start with a warning straight away… These Snickers bars are highly addictive! And are probably one of the best treats I’ve ever made… I mean what beats dark chocolate, luscious date and peanut butter caramel with chrunchy peanuts. YUM!

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Coating the Snickers bars in chocolate.

Favorite childhood treat

The original Snickers bar was my go-to candy bar when I was young… and oh how much I loved it! I remember having it as a kid before performing at my dance shows. It gave me all the energy and security I needed… or so I thought.

Now when I look back, I see 27 grams of sugar per one bar.

Moreover, I see unnecessary ingredients which my body does not need. I’m not saying we should be depriving ourselves of all treats. I’ve shown you in my What I eat in a day  how I still enjoy chocolate and treats. What I am telling you is that there is another way to savor our favorite childhood candy bars without all of the bad stuff. No refined oils, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy. Just a few wholesome ingredients.

And guess what- these bars still taste AWESOME!

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All the layers inside of the bars.
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The three memorable layers

Nutrition

I am astonished at how good the homemade healthy Snickers bars actually taste. Seriously, I can’t keep my hand off of them. But bewere, these are a little nutrient bomb, they are rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids. That comes from the peanut butter, which is also a good protein source, contains a substantial amount of vitamins B3, B6, Folate, Magnesium, Manganese and Copper and antioxidants. Unfortunately, it is really high in calories, so we probably shouldn’t eat as much as we would like to… Although I can’t resist having it straigh out of the jar with a spoon… I bet you can relate! 😉

Oh- and the date caramel… I knew that was a thing! A really, really delicious thing. But I didn’t know how incredibly well it goes with peanut butter and maca powder! Insane. Nevertheless, dates are also very nutritious. Logically, they are high in carbs, mostly sugar, but have a decent amount of dietary fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Folic acid, Phosphorus and vitamins A and K.

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Making the bars is messy…

Conclusion

Compared to a normal Snickers bar these homemade, healthy bars are definitely more nutritious and less refined. However, they still are quite high in calories and should be consumed in moderation… although that is a challenge!

Don’t be intimidated, I highly, highly recommend you try them out.

The snickers bars are…

  1. Easy to make. No baking!
  2. Have just a few wholesome ingredients.
  3. Suitable for a gluten free, vegan and dairy-free diets.
  4. Incredibly tasty.
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Rich chocolate coating
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Delicious Snickers bars

If you are, however, looking for a more weight-loss friendly recipe you can check out my apricot and almond bars. 🙂 Just remember that the key is portion control. Unfortunately for me, I almost have none.

Before going to the recipe, mind that the quality of the chocolate impacts the nutritional profile. Use the best quality you can afford and check the label for any dietary preferences.

Keep the bars in the freezer for the perfect, cold summer treat because these do melt at room temperature.

I will add for my Croatian readers that I am using this date nectar, but I believe it can be found in almost any good, healthy food shop or online.

Now, let’s get to these childhood inspired healthy Snickers bars! Don’t forget to follow me on my social media accounts and subscribe to my newsletter. 🙂 Let’s get healthier and happier together!

See you in my next post,

Renata! ♥

Healthy peanut butter and chocolate Snickers bars

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: american

Yield: 15

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 200

Fat per serving: 9 g

Carbs per serving: 26 g

Protein per serving: 5 g

Sugar per serving: 12 g

Sodium per serving: 20 mg

Healthy peanut butter and chocolate Snickers bars

Ingredients

    For the date and peanut butter caramel
  • 1/2 cup of fresh dates
  • 3/4 cup od date nectar
  • 3 tbsp of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder*
    For the base
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of oats
    For the coating
  • 1/4 cup of peanuts, roasted and shelled
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate
  • *optional

Instructions

  1. Blend your oats into a flour in a food processor. Set it aside.
  2. Process the dates, date nectar, peanut butter and Maca powder until it forms a sticky paste. Set it aside.
  3. Combine the oat flour with 4 tbsp (it will still be crumbly, but add more if needed) of the caramel and press onto a baking sheet forming a square form around half an inch (1.5 cm) thick. Put the base layer into the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  4. After the base layer has set, apply the rest of the caramel on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of peanuts. Set in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate. Coat the bars in chocolate how ever you wish- fully or just drizzle it on top.
  6. Keep the bars in the freezer for up to three months.

 

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