So you thought you would never look at a Snickers bar again, didn’t you? Snickers is all about refined sugar, processed oils and dodgy additives. And you were determined not to ruin your health with these anymore. But, heck…you still fancy a good ol’ Snickers every now and then…you start feeling itchy at the sight of your colleague munching down a Snickers in front of the computer. And while you wait for your train home, exhausted from a long day in the office, you are eying the vending machine at the station, one hand on the lookout for small change – only to be relieved/annoyed if it turns out you don’t have enough spare change to afford that little sin. Or you are at the service station, and, oh my, those blue letters on a brown background is just what you need right now. That Snickers bar, so sweet and innocent, nestled between its comrades Mars, Twix, M&Ms…that cure little thing can’t be that bad, can it?
Either you are disciplined, feel deprived and probably pig out on that bag of Doritos in your pantry as soon as you are through the door. Or you give in and feel guilty. So guilty.
Well, you don’t have to feel deprived anymore. And you don’t have to feel guilty anymore. Never – at least not about food, anyway. Promise.
What we are talking about here are Snickers bars….HEALTHY Snickers bars.
No, I’m not selling you some wonder tool here. I don’t promise you to become rich overnight or anything like that. What you will find here is a naughty treat that just happens to be good for you.
Yes, you can have the full Snickers experience, knowing that what you munch on is good, simple, honest food. No sugar. No wheat. No transfats. No additives. These Snickers bars are a dream, a revelation, a delight, luscious, scrumptious, indulgent, with the right balance of sweet and salty that we all love and miss about Snickers…well, you know what a Snickers tastes like, right? So I don’t need to explain anything further. These just taste like the real thing. Only better!
And here is where I stop because if you haven’t already scrolled down to the recipe you have to do that now!
Makes 10 bars
200 g dates, any type will work, chopped into small pieces (sticky, doughy consistency)
70 g honey
70 g crunchy natural peanut butter (no added oils)
150 g unsalted peanuts
135 g rolled oats
100 g dark chocolate chips, chopped into small pieces
75 g caramel (note that I used Elana’s recipe for the caramel in this bar, but replaced the palm shortening with butter)
pinch of salt
Toast the oats and peanuts at about 180 °C for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden. Put them into a bowl, together with the dates, chocolate, prepared caramel, and salt. Warm the honey and peanut butter over very low heat until smooth. Add to the other ingredients and stir through until all ingredients are evenly combined.
Line a 20×20 cm baking dish with parchment, and fill with the prepared “snickers bar mixture”. Make sure to press the mass firmly into the pan to avoid it crumbling later. Best to cover with a sheet of parchment and use a hammer or your hands to press it down. Freeze for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes in the freezer, take the dish out, lift the parchment, and carefully cut into 10 bars.