Treat yourself for Halloween with these vegan homemade snickers squares made with salted date caramel, dark chocolate, and almonds.
Homemade Snickers Ingredients
Unlike, say, a traditional sugar-bomb Snickers bar, these homemade snickers are actually healthy. They’re made with a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients that are loaded with fiber, healthy fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
These homemade snickers are made of three simple (delicious!) layers. The bottom layer is a coconut oil, brown rice syrup, and almond meal base that provides the perfect nutty flavor and texture to the squares.
Coconut oil binds the almond meal together and is essential for providing healthy fats to this recipe. Look for almond meal, not flour, which has a grittier and thicker texture. If you don’t have any almond meal, simply grind up raw almonds instead.
The next layer is the gooey salted date caramel layer. Medjool dates, which are filled with fiber, calcium, potassium, and zinc, are blended with water and pink Himalayan sea salt to form a thick paste. Use medjool dates in this recipe, which have a gooey and sticky texture and caramel-like taste. Other dates tend to be too hard and not as sweet.
Life hack: make extras of the salted date caramel to add to smoothies, on top of ice cream, drizzled on sweet potatoes, and oh so much more.
The snickers squares are then topped with melted dark chocolate – the darker the better. Look for a seriously dark bar of chocolate (80 percent cacao or higher) filled with antioxidants and high quality fats to make these homemade snickers even more delectable.
Feel free to add a little pinch of flaky sea salt on top of the bars for an extra dose of salty sweet flavor. Serve these homemade snickers bars at your next Halloween party – or just stash them in the freezer for when a craving strikes.
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