Craving a delicious treat that won't derail your healthy lifestyle? Look no further! Our recipe for homemade Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars is about to take your taste buds on a heavenly journey. Picture this: a luscious layer of smooth and creamy date caramel combined with a satisfyingly crunchy peanut filling, all enveloped in a dairy-free chocolate coating.
Are you ready to experience the ultimate snacking pleasure? Let's dive into the recipe and create these sensational Snickers bars that are as wholesome as they are delectable.
Which ingredients do I need to make these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars?
- Coconut oil
- Plant-based milk
- Vanilla extract
- Dairy-free chocolate
The delightful Date Caramel
One of the stars of our Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars is the irresistible date caramel. Made from the luscious Medjool dates, this caramel brings a natural sweetness and velvety texture to the recipe.
But there's more to it than just its delightful flavor. Let's explore the health benefits of dates and why they make an excellent choice for creating a wholesome caramel filling.
Health benefits of dates
- Fiber-Rich Goodness: Dates are an excellent source of dietary fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy gut. Fiber helps regulate blood sugar levels, supports weight management, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
- Natural Energy Boost: Dates are rich in natural sugars, including fructose, glucose, and sucrose. These sugars provide a quick and sustained energy release, making them an ideal natural sweetener.
- Glycemic Levels: Despite their natural sugar content, dates have a relatively low glycemic index (GI). The glycemic index measures how quickly a food raises blood sugar levels. Due to their high fiber content and nutrients, dates are digested more slowly, resulting in a gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream. This can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.
- Potassium Power: Dates are abundant in potassium, an essential mineral that helps maintain proper heart health and regulate blood pressure. Potassium also supports muscle function and electrolyte balance.
- Antioxidant Protection: Dates are loaded with antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic compounds. These antioxidants help fight against free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and supporting overall cellular health.
- Essential Micronutrients: Dates contain various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, magnesium, and iron. These nutrients play vital roles in energy metabolism, brain function, and red blood cell production.
In our recipe, the date caramel provides a natural and nourishing alternative to traditional caramel fillings. It allows you to enjoy the sweet and caramel-like taste while benefiting from the incredible nutritional value of dates.
Cooking Tips for these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars:
- Soak the dates in hot water before blending if using a less powerful blender to achieve a smooth caramel texture.
- For added flavor, sprinkle a touch of sea salt over the chocolate coating to create a delectable sweet and salty contrast.
- To make these Snickers bars nut-free, replace peanuts with roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a delightful twist.
FAQs about these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars:
Why use date caramel in these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars?
Date caramel serves as the luscious and healthier alternative to traditional caramel. Made from natural Medjool dates, it offers a rich and caramel-like flavor while providing beneficial nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
Can I customize the toppings in this recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with additional toppings such as shredded coconut, crushed almonds, or dried fruits to create unique variations of these Snickers bars.
How should I store these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars?
To keep these vegan Snickers bars fresh, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. If you want to extend their shelf life, they can be frozen for up to three months.
Can I make these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars gluten-free?
Absolutely! The recipe as written is gluten-free. However, always double-check the labels of your chosen ingredients to ensure they are certified gluten-free if you have specific dietary requirements.
Can I use other nuts instead of peanuts?
Yes, you can substitute peanuts with other nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts. Just keep in mind the flavor will be slightly different.
What can I use instead of dates for the caramel?
If you don't have dates, you can use other dried fruits like figs or prunes. However, keep in mind that this might change the flavor of the caramel.
Can I make these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars in advance?
Yes, these bars can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They're a great option for meal prep or for when you need a quick and healthy snack on the go.
Our homemade Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars are a true indulgence that satisfies both your taste buds and your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. With the dreamy combination of date caramel, crunchy peanuts, and a chocolate coating, you won't believe they're healthy.
So, gather your ingredients, follow our straightforward instructions, and embark on a journey of flavor that will leave you craving more.
Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted* (165 g)
- 2 tablespoon refined coconut oil, melted (28 g)
- 5-6 tablespoon plant-based milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup unsalted and roasted peanuts (138 g)
- ¼ cup of the prepared date caramel see instructions below
- ⅔ cup unsalted and roasted peanuts (90 g)
- 150 g dairy-free chocolate
- 1 ½ tablespoon refined coconut oil (21 g)
Prepare the Date Caramel
- Blend all the ingredients for the date caramel until smooth and creamy.
- Scrape down the sides and blend again if needed. Preferably use a food processor or hand blender, but if you only have a blender and it’s not very potent, soak the dates in hot water for 20 minutes before blending them (without the water).
- Transfer the date caramel to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to thicken and set.
Prepare the Nougat
- In a food processor or blender, blend peanuts until they turn into a powder.
- Transfer the peanut powder to a mixing bowl.
- Add ¼ cup of the prepared date caramel to the peanut powder and mix well until combined.
Assemble the Snickers
- In a piece or parchment paper, spread the prepared nougat mixture evenly, pressing it down firmly. Shape it however you like depending on what you prefer: snickers bars or snickers squares.
- On top of the nougat, spread some of the date caramel, again, add the amount of your liking depending on how thick you want this layer to be.
- Sprinkle the ⅔ cup of unsalted and roasted peanuts over the caramel layer, pressing them down gently.
- Transfer the parchment paper to a cutting board/plate and pop in the freezer for 1 hour so it’s easier to handle them in the next part of the recipe.
Prepare the Chocolate Coating
- In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the dairy-free chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth and well combined.
Coat the snickers bars
- Remove the bars from the freezer and cut into bars or squares.
- Dunk in the chocolate coating until completely covered.
- Transfer to the parchment paper, pop in the freezer and let the bars chill for 25 minutes or until the chocolate coating is set.