Homemade Snickers Healthy Candy Bar
August 19, 2020
Homemade snickers bar pieces on flower shaped plate with small wooden fork

Homemade Snickers: How to Make a Healthy Candy Bar

Can a homemade snickers bar be as good as a store bought one? Yes! But if you want it to be a HEALTHY Snickers Bar, it’s gonna be a little different.

First of all, these are RAW snickers bars {read – no bake!🙌🏼} and also vegan! And even though this fun treat can be served as a fabulous dessert, with all the nuts you can also indulge as a snicker’s protein bar snack! Now that’s what I call a GREAT treat.

Homemade snickers bar pieces on flower shaped plate by Salt Lake Party Stylist
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Are Snickers Healthy?

First you may be asking yourself, what’s the point of making my own? Can’t I just eat a regular Snickers Bar? It’s got peanuts, isn’t that healthy?

Yes, but no. Sorry to disappoint. Snickers Bars actually landed in the number 3 spot for the most unhealthy candy bar with their combination of sugar and fats without fiber or additional nutrition to balance it out!

What are the most unhealthy candy bars you ask? You can check and see if your favorite candy bar made the list here.

Homemade Snickers Bar Ingredients

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Healthy Snickers Bar Recipe Instructions

Line the Pan with Parchment

Glass pan lined with parchment paper on table with blue scissors

Now I know that I’m showing a loaf pan in the photo but I listed an 8″x8″ square baking dish in the “helpful kitchen tools”. I ended up with too much base crust and caramel so spreading it out a little further would work even better. Making your bars a little thinner and easier to cut and eat.

So the first thing to do it to line that pan with parchment paper because these homemade snickers are NEVER coming out if you don’t!

Side note: I always end up buying the parchment paper in rolls cause it’s easy to find but I’m seriously considering getting some precut parchment baking sheets from now on! You’d still need to trim them for this project but they’d be SO slick for cookie sheets. 

Prepare the Snickers Bar Base

Blended date and peanut paste with dates and peanuts sprinkled around

What is the bottom layer of a snickers bar? It’s nougat. Made from sugar, nuts, and egg whites. {also NOT vegan if you’re keeping score}

Our base layer is different than a traditional snickers bar by using nuts for a chewy texture and dates to add sweetness.

Simply toss the pitted dates and peanuts {or nut of choice} into the food processor until forming a dough like consistency. It takes a little patience to get this right. It feels like the lumps are never going to come out, but eventually they do and it’s perfect.

Date and peanut crust pressed into glass loaf pan

It should feel like stiff cookie dough when it’s done. Then press evenly into the bottom of your prepared dish. I find using the back on an oiled spoon helps get the layers smooth.

Prepare the Snickers Caramel

Date "caramel" in high speed blender

Add dates, salt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of milk to your blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. If you have trouble blending add a little bit more milk 1 tsp at a time until you reach 1/3 cup milk total. Any more liquid and your caramel won’t set properly.

Date "caramel" layer of the homemade healthy snickers bars

After the caramel is blended smooth over the crust and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Optional Chopped Nuts Layer

Chopped peanut layer on pan of homemade snickers

A real snickers bar has peanuts. But we are making things up here and can decide if we’re going to follow suit. Are you a crunchy peanut butter kind of person? If so, you’ll love adding in a layer of chopped peanuts to make a great snicker’s protein bar.

But if you’d rather go creamy, feel free to skip this step. It just won’t have as much protein {or fat} in the end.

Homemade Snickers Chocolate Layer

Side of homemade snickers bar on table after being removed from glass pan

Now to keep this healthy your choice of chocolate is important. If you aren’t too concerned with a little sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips would work great here.

If you’d like to keep this vegan, choose a dark chocolate. Going for refined sugar free? Then a sugar-free dark chocolate chip like Lily’s is perfect. They are sweetened with Stevia, but somehow don’t have that weird aftertaste.

Melt in microwave in 30 second bursts and spread evenly on top.

Homemade snickers bar removed from pan on cutting board with knife & cup of tea

Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes for the chocolate to set then pull it out to serve at room temperature.

Important note – the sugar free chips don’t melt as pretty as milk chocolate. You’ll likely end up with some white spots on top after the cooling process. It doesn’t affect the taste and no one seemed to mind a bit when serving.

Slice and Serve Homemade Snickers

Homemade snickers bar pieces on flower shaped plate with small wooden fork

Now that your pan of healthy snickers bars are done you can cut and serve these babies. Use a heated knife to avoid squishing the caramel out the sides. Then serve them up with a cup of milk or tea.

I hope these homemade snickers bars are as much fun for you to make as they are for you to eat! Since it’s a raw snickers bar, you’ll want to refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container. But take a few out to reach room temperature so you always have a yummy snack available.

If you do make this healthy snickers bar recipe I’d love to see it! And I’m sure everyone else would too. Please share it and tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook , Instagram , and Pinterest. We LOVE seeing all your hard work.

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Healthy snickers bars homemade and sugar free

Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars

Do you love Snickers bars but don’t love the sugar and additives? If so, this recipe allows you to enjoy your favorite treat without the guilt.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Cooling time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, no bake, snickers bar, sugar-free
Servings: 12 bars

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • High Speed Blender
  • Rubber scraper
  • Parchment paper
  • Square glass pan

Ingredients

For the Base

  • 1 cup Medjool Dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup Salted Peanuts or nuts of choice

For the Caramel Layer

  • 8 Medjool Dates pitted
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Coconut or Almond milk

For the Chocolate Layer

  • 1 cup Unsweetened chocolate chips, like Lily's

Optional Peanut Layer

  • 3/4 cup Salted peanuts chopped

Instructions

  • Step 1: Place dates and peanuts into a food processor. Process the ingredients until they form a thick batter. It will feel like it's never going to blend but be patient.
  • Step 2: Place the batter into a parchment paper lined square pan. Press it down firmly and evenly into the bottom. Refrigerate the base until set. At least 30 minutes.
  • Step 3: Place 1/4 cup of your milk of choice into the high speed blender and add 8 dates, vanilla, and salt. Add additional milk if your machine is having a tough time blending.
  • Blend until smooth – there should be no large pieces of dates left.
  • * If your blender isn't high speed, try mixing the dates your food processor until the mixture creates a paste, then transfer it to your blender to achieve a smooth consistency.
  • Step 4: Pour the sauce on top of the base. Spread evenly and refrigerate until it has firmed up. Approximately 1 hour. Save any extra caramel for topping dairy free ice cream or whole grain waffles.
  • Step 5: Chop salted peanuts and spread evenly over caramel. This step is optional if you don't want a crunchy candy bar.
  • Step 6: Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Pour it over the caramel sauce and refrigerate one last time until set.
  • Carefully remove from pan and peel off parchment.
  • Slice into pieces using a hot knife or your caramel will get squeezed out the sides.
  • Serve up on it's own or to accompany dairy free ice cream. It makes for a delicious and healthy dessert you and your family will love.

Notes

  • Caramel Note: Be careful with the amount of liquid you add to the caramel sauce. Too little and it won’t blend. Too much and it won’t set up. Add little bits until you achieve the proper consistency. 
  • Chocolate Layer Note: The sugar free chocolate chips will develop white spots after being refrigerated for very long. So for the best appearance only cool chocolate for 10 or 15 minutes. Then take out and leave at room temperature until ready to serve. A hot knife is still recommended for cutting. 

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2 Comments

  1. Natalie Mayhew

    These are the magic words! Healthy candy bar!!!

    Reply
    • Brianna Adams

      I know right!? Like where have they been all my life!?🤣 The caramel is different so it’s not spot on but it’s pretty dang close to tasting like a Snickers bar.

      Reply

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