These healthy snickers bars are absolutely amazing if I say so myself! They consist of a soft chewy base, a salty peanut butter layer and a sticky gooey, caramel layer all wrapped up in a coating of chocolate with a few peanuts thrown in for good measure! What more could you want?
I absolutely loved Snickers and, although they are gluten free they obviously are not vegan because of the chocolate so I wanted to make my own version so I could enjoy them again. Me being me, I thought I would try putting a healthier spin on them by using more nutrient dense ingredients and these little delights are the result!
These had been on my ‘to make list’ for quite some time but I actually made them on a complete whim when I was working on my caramel recipe. I was making that many batches of the stuff and didn’t want to waste any so I had the idea of throwing it into these bars and, from the very first bite, I was addicted!
For this recipe, you will need to make the caramel layer in advance. The time needed for the caramel layer to set is not included in the time noted for this recipe.
I have split the ingredients into sections with each one detailing what is needed for each layer. As there are four I thought this was the best way to write this recipe up to avoid any confusion. The method section is also technically split into two sections with the first six steps explaining how to make the caramel. If you find it easier you could always just head right over to my Healthy Two Ingredient Caramel Recipe and treat these as two separate recipes. It may actually be worth reading through the full recipe regardless for more detail on how to make the caramel. You may actually prefer to use my Healthy Date Caramel recipe in this which is quicker and easier.
I used individual silicone brownie trays to make this recipe, however, you could use a small lined brownie tray (no larger than 8″ x 8″) if needed. If you make individual bars you can dip them in the melted chocolate and use a spoon and a fork to move them around so they are completely coated. If you are making one large tray you can simply pour the melted chocolate over the top of the caramel layer and use a knife to ensure the top is smooth. Whichever method you use, you will need to work fast and get the healthy snickers bars back in the freezer as soon as possible as the warm chocolate will start to melt the caramel layer. This is the reason they need to have around thirty minutes in the freezer prior to this step.
These will be good stored in your refrigerator for up up to five days, or longer in your freezer, however I guarantee they will not last that long.
If, like me, you are a big fan of Snickers you may also like my Healthy Snickers Cups recipe which you can find here, my Snickers Brownie Cups or my Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. For those looking to increase their daily protein intake why not give my Protein Snickers a go. If you are looking for more homemade versions of popular chocolate bars you may like my Chocolate Caramels, my Healthy Twix Bars and my Bounty Bars.
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