Made with just a few whole ingredients, this healthy snickers bar alternative will satisfy your cravings AND provide some good nutrition. Win-win!
OMG, you guys. I may have found the holy grail.
These healthy snickers bars are so good, I couldn’t hardly believe it. Even my husband (whose favorite candy is Snickers) was blown away by how good these are.
Since my diagnosis, I have eliminated most processed food and sugar from my diet. And I’m not going to lie – it has been tough. I have always had a big sweet tooth, and I have always enjoyed baking. So, I decided that I would just have to find better, healthier recipes to satisfy my sweet cravings.
Let me be honest, though. A lot of the things that I try are only so-so. They are edible, but certainly not something that I would choose to make again. A few recipes actually turn out well enough to go on my “make again” list, but rarely, rarely, does a recipe get me this excited.
Are you pumped up yet?! Let’s talk a bit more about specifics.
These healthy snickers bar alternatives require only 4 ingredients.
- Medjool dates. Medjool dates are sweet and chewy and contain numerous vitamins and minerals. You can buy pitted or whole, as they are super easy to pit yourself! Plus, I always recommend buying organic, possible.
- Peanut butter. I like to stick to natural nut butters, in order to avoid added sugars and preservatives. You can use any nut butter you like here, but peanut butter will give you the most similar taste to a real Snickers.
- Peanuts. I used dry roasted for mine, as that’s what I had on hand. I don’t typically eat a whole lot of peanuts, but my kids like to use them for trail mix. The dry roasted worked really well for this little treat.
- Dark chocolate – With dark chocolate, the darker it is, the less sugar it contains. 72-80% is about the sweet spot for me. Any darker, and the chocolate starts to get really bitter, but any lighter and the sugar content starts to get too high for my liking. The range of 72-80% provides just enough sweetness without giving too much of a sugar rush. I used 72% dark chocolate for this, but since the dates are so sweet to begin with, I think you could easily get away with a darker chocolate, if you wanted to.
The first thing you want to do is slice your dates open and remove the pit, if needed. You want a slit long enough that you can stuff some peanut butter into it, but small enough to contain said peanut butter.
Then, using a small spoon fill each date with peanut butter (or almond butter, or other nut butter).
Stuff some peanuts into the top of the peanut butter. Don’t skimp on this! The first time I made these, I only put a couple of peanuts on top of each one, and it wasn’t enough. They really give a nice crunch to the otherwise soft and gooey treat.
Pop them in the freezer for a bit to help them set. Then, prepare the chocolate.
Melt a little bit of chocolate. (The amount will depend on how many dates you are making. I used about 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate chunks for 11 dates.) Then, drizzle the chocolate over the stuffed dates.
Keep your “snickers” in either the fridge or the freezer. I have done it both ways. They are easier to eat straight out of the fridge, as the nut butter can freeze pretty hard. But, I also really enjoy how cold they are when they come out of the freezer. So, just experiment, and see which one you prefer for yourself!
These should keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in an airtight container in the freezer for a couple of months. But seriously, don’t expect them to last more than a couple of days!
These healthy snickers stuffed dates are a great treat or snack to take to a party, enjoy for yourself, or get your kids involved in helping to make them! I love that they are super easy to put together, no-bake, and they don’t create hardly any mess to clean up. Plus, they taste like heaven. It seriously doesn’t get much better than that!
Have you tried snickers stuffed dates yet? Are you planning on making some?!
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