If you loved the Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago, I’m pretty sure you will like this homemade Raw Snickers Bar just as much!
I don’t dare eat GMO candy bars or even like my desserts very sweet, so I don’t know why I’ve been drawn to copycat candy bar recipes lately.
I guess they just look so darn good!
These little guys are just layers and layers of goodness: a layer of chocolate, raw caramel layer, a peanut layer and another layer of chocolate.
I’m not going to lie to you – they were a little messier to make than the peanut butter cups, but if you aren’t trying to impress anyone with them, just do the best you can.
Now I’ve had my share of Snickers* bars back in the day, and they are good.
But these are a much, much better alternative than the original GMO candy bar:
Ingredient List: MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, MILKFAT, SKIM MILK, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, LACTOSE, SALT, EGG WHITES, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. MAY CONTAIN ALMONDS (source)
- Soy Lecithin – soy is a well known and documented GMO ingredient. Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO products.
- Corn Syrup – corn is a well known and documented GMO ingredient. Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO products.
- Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil - soy is a well known and documented GMO ingredient. Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO products.
- Salt – processed, toxic iodized salt
- Sugar – refined, processed, bleached sugar
- Milk/Milk Fat - if it’s not organic or the milk you are consuming is not coming from a local, family farm, it’s highly likely the milk is coming from factory-farmed cows that have been given antibiotics, hormones, fed GMO grains, etc.
- Egg Whites – what are the chickens being fed, GMO grains? are they cage-free? pasture-raised?
- Artificial Flavor – a sneaky way to disguise ingredients they don’t want you to know about
*SNICKERS® Brand®/™ SNICKERS and the SNICKERS Parallelogram are registered trademarks of Mars, Inc. ©Mars, Incorporated
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- improves metabolism
- can help improve cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:
- contains manganese and zinc
- high levels of antioxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium as the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron
- super high in anti-oxidants
- contains 4 different neuro-transmitters that act as anti-depressants
- contains essential fatty acids
- can help to lower blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts:
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of protein
5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
5 Fast Facts About Dates:
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of protein
Even though these are made with healthier ingredients, they are still very rich (they were for me even with the reduced sweetener), but are nice for an occasional treat.
Tip 1: I substituted and reduced the amount of sweetener in the chocolate part to 2 tbs of raw organic honey and also for the caramel to 2 tbs of raw organic honey and they were still good. However, I listed the original amount of maple syrup and agave nectar from the original recipe. Reduce or change the sweetener to your liking.
Tip 2: They need to be kept in the freezer because they will melt at room temperature.
Tip 3: I used the cute paper muffin cups for the photo, but actually made them in the same trusty silicone muffin cups I used for the Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe since I didn’t have any square chocolate molds. I’m not sure how the paper cups would work if you use them.