Raw Vegan Snickers Bars

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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

 

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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.

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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.

 

Raw Vegan Snickers Bars

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Ingredients

For the chocolate

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
  • 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup

For the caramel

  • 1 cup organic medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup (or raw organic honey for non-vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

For the filling

  • 1 cup organic peanuts

Directions

Step 1 Place the caramel ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth (stopping to scrap the sides).

Place the chocolate ingredients into a medium sized bowl and stir until smooth.

Put a thick layer of chocolate on the bottom of your mold, muffin cups, etc.

Put a layer of caramel mixture (patting down with your fingers).

Add a layer of peanuts (gently pushing down into the caramel).

Add a final layer of chocolate to completely coat the top.

Place in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes or until hardened.

Store in the freezer until you are ready to eat/serve (they will melt at room temperature).

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe inspiration:  Original Snickers Bar (SNICKERS® Brand ®/™ SNICKERS and the SNICKERS Parallelogram are registered trademarks of Mars, Inc. ©Mars, Incorporated)

Recipe source:  http://www.damyhealth.com/2012/10/raw-homemade-snickers-bar/

 

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37 comments to Raw Vegan Snickers Bars

  • These look SO GOOD!!!!!!! I’m afraid if I make them I’ll eat ‘em all at once! LOL!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Livvy! The only thing saving me from eating them all at once is they have to be stored in the freezer…out of sight out of mind! :)

  • Okay, total yum!! I am looking at the photos and my mouth is watering. Will definitely try them!

    • Karielyn

      Hi there! Yes, it would be a nice treat to make and are pretty quick and easy to make too.

      Thanks for visiting and I hope you try them out :)

  • Love this idea!!! So fun!

    Emily @ The Benson Street

  • Silvana

    Do you think these would work/keep shape if i poured into a mold and cut into a bar?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Silvana! Oh yes, they would. In fact, the original recipe poured them into a square mold and you would have more of the authentic candy “bar” look.

      The only reason I didn’t use a square molds this time was because I didn’t have any but found some at Amazon that I will buy next time I make a purchase: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004M6MH0Y/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=theheafamandh-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B004M6MH0Y&adid=1YJQBC5F6V084BMCMTDP

      If you poured them into a 8 x 8 dish and then cut them into bite sized bars that would work too. Just take them out of the freezer and let them sit for just a few minutes and they are really easy to cut. Be sure to not let them sit out too long because they will start to melt as the coconut oil adapts to room temperature.

      The coconut oil is what will “hold” them together and it will freeze into whatever shape mold you have.

      Great question and thanks for stopping by :)

  • Oh goodness.. I’m not sure if finding this post was a good thing or a bad thing yet LOL. These look so tasty!

    I agree with Livvy– I may just eat the whole batch before my hubby gets home!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Samantha! Probably a lot of good and a little bad…but only if you eat them in moderation lol!

      I hope you like them if you try them out :)

  • Christa

    I just made them, they are in the fridge and I am waiting right now. Used coconut blossom sugar instead of the honey in the caramel. I think they will be delicious, even the separate parts where amazing, I had a little sneaky taste while preparing. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Christa! I’m excited that you made them! You have to tell me though, what is coconut blossom sugar? Is it liquid or granular? I’d love to know more!

      I hope you enjoy them when they are ready (if they don’t get hard in the fridge, just put them in the freezer…it won’t take long).

      I appreciate your feedback and thanks for visiting :)

  • Jamie

    OMG!!!! I just made these and they are soooooo good. I’ve never worked with dates before so I was absolutely shocked that the caramel layer literally tasted like caramel. Awesome recipe!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Jamie! I am so happy that you liked them! Isn’t it amazing how versatile dates are? They are a lifesaver as a natural sweetener in raw snacks and desserts.

      Thanks for trying out the recipe and leaving me feedback…I really appreciate it ;)

  • tara

    hey! these sound delicious! however, can i substitute regular salt instead of the the pink himalyan one?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Tara! Yes, you can definitely substitute with regular salt.

      I just like to use the pink himalayan salt because it’s healthier than regular salt because it’s unprocessed and contains 84 minerals whereas regular salt has like 2 minerals.

      If you ever get a chance, you should try out the pink himalayan salt because it tastes ~so~ much better. It costs a little more but it’s worth it!

      Thanks for the question and I hope you like them if you try them out ;)

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  • Anna-Lynn

    How many does this recipe make as is? I’m making them for friends and not sure if I should double everything???? Thanks!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Anna-Lynn! That’s a good question and I’m really bad about making a note of that when I make something because when I do, it’s usually just for me to snack on and I don’t really have to worry about it.

      Since I didn’t write it down and can’t remember (my bad!)…I would say, based on the photos I took, it should make around 11 – 12 in those standard size muffin cups.

      It looks like there was enough to fill up 11 muffin cups.

      I’m sorry I don’t have an exact answer and will try to remember to make notes next time when I make something because I know it’s important to know.

      I hope you enjoy them though ;)

  • Wow, this looks so delicious!!! Will definitely show this to my lady!!!

    Thanks Karielyn

  • Anna-Lynn

    Thanks Karielyn–these were a HUGE hit, I’m trying your peanut butter cups next for my husband. He just devoured the “snickers” ones. I get so excited when I find healthy versions of his favorite treats and he actually LOVES them…so your recipes are kind of a big deal to me. :) I can’t thank you enough. I have to tell you, he asked where I got the chocolate and I told them I made it, that it was part of the recipe, and he was SUPER impressed. His actual words were “WOW…that’s some good chocolate.” Since our daughter was born 10 months ago, he’s really been trying to eat healthier and I love that I can treat him now and then and it’s STILL HEALTHY!!!
    THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO! :)

    • Karielyn

      Hi Anna-Lynn! First, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that your family enjoyed them, it really means a lot to me!

      Second, I am so glad to be able to share healthier treats, snacks and meals with others. It is those same recipes that help keep me on track and away from processed, toxic, gmo-ingredient filled foods that are not good.

      And believe me, I know…a husband-approved recipe is a BIG deal!! lol So I’m especially happy to be able to help out in that area.

      Even though both my husband and myself were raised on the S.A.D. diet, it was much easier for me than him to walk away from the bad foods. We isn’t always a big fan of everything I make (because he’s so used to eating the unhealthy version), but when he does like something, it just makes my day.

      Just like it did when I read your comment! That’s what motivates me to do what I do.

      Thanks again for trying out the recipe and I hope you find many more that you will like just as much ;)

  • This looks amazing, just added it to my “blog this” bookmark folder (:

  • Made them, they are so good! Look my insta gram page for the picture. And other lovely recipes! http://instagram.com/nadinedwa

    • Karielyn

      Hi Nadine! They look awesome! I love the little cups you used much better than the ones I used. Yours are bite-sized, which to me, is better.

      You have lots of yummy recipes on your IG feed…love everything (especially the cute dog video)!

      Thanks so much for trying out my recipe and sharing it ;)

  • Keri

    WARNING…these will only last for about 5 minutes after frozen! Oh my goodness! Here is another fantastic recipe! My family ate these within minutes (even with a cold headache). You are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of your goodies with us. I know it takes so much time to make everything from scratch… & you are creating & sharing it all with us…that’s a lot of time. It’s much appreciated!!
    I used almonds & almond butter & they were great! I actually found silicone baking cups at the 99cent store – 6 to a pack.
    Thanks again!!! Blessings!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Keri! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed them and that your family liked them too!

      I bet the almond combo was really good and I would love to find a bargain on some silicone cups..you did good! I have a pack I use but I think I paid around $8 for them.

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, I really appreciate it ;)

  • Holly

    Oh my gosh!!! I did not believe that the date filling could taste like caramel, but I was soooo wrong. These are amazingly delicious! Thank you for these! The only thing I did different is place the bottoms in the freezer to set them up before putting the filling on and they turned out beautifully.

    Thanks again for an amazing recipe!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Holly! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed them! They are a nice treat that you can enjoy guilt-free because they are made with clean ingredients.

      Thank you for trying out the recipe and for taking the time to let me know you liked them ;)

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