Healthy Snickers? Impossible, they say! Well, let this be the proof that even the naughtiest of treats can become a guilt-free, nourishing one. Crunchy, chewy, chocolatey, and guaranteed to convert even the greatest skeptics to a healthier way.
Healthy Snickers Bar
GF : DF : SF : V
2 cups fresh dates, pitted
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup activated buckwheat (buckinis) or puffed brown rice/quinoa
1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped (you can leave raw if you wish for a 100 per cent raw bar)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Pinch sea salt
Place the dates, peanut butter and vanilla in food processor and blitz until mixture comes together to form a paste.
Combine date mix, buckinis and half the peanuts in a bowl and mix to combine.
Line a loaf tin (20cm x 15cm or thereabouts) with greaseproof paper, spread mixture evenly into tin and place in freezer to set.
Combine coconut oil, cacao powder, maple and sea salt in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.
Pour chocolate mix over the set date mix, sprinkle with peanuts and place back in freezer to set for an hour.
When ready, slice into small pieces and serve.
Store in fridge or freezer for up to three weeks.
Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified, practicing nutritionist, author of Seasons to Share and director at The Brown Paper Bag.