16 Dec 2012

raw snickers candy bars


I don't remember what a "real" snickers bar tastes like but I know that they are basically just white sugar... gross. I had a fun time looking around the official snickers website where they claim snickers are "part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle."

LOL. 

Let's take a look at the ingredients that make this such a nutritional treasure, shall we? MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, MILKFAT, SKIM MILK, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, LACTOSE, SALT, EGG WHITES, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. MAY CONTAIN ALMONDS. Yes. We all know "partially hydrogenated soybean oil" is necessary for fitness excellence. NOT. Anyways, enough with this silliness. On to whole foods chocolate bars!


I got the idea to make this recipe from a reader. These are so freaking tasty, and mostly just - you guessed it - almonds and dates. They are pretty sweet and filling so you probably won't need more than one. Or maybe you will. What do I know? After some quick research (thanks, Wikipedia), I learned snickers bars are defined by a nougat layer topped with caramel and covered in chocolate.

PFF. NO PROBLEM. 

Consider these rawified. The nougat layer is raw flour, almonds and a wholesome sweetener of your choosing. Then I made the simplest and most delicious raw caramel ever (anyone can do it, I don't have any special powers) by blending dates with water, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Finally I threw together some raw chocolate and covered the bars in it. I am impatient so I did not wait for them to harden but in theory - they should. 


raw snicker bars: makes about 10 bars

Nougat layer:
1/2 cup raw flour (such as oat, coconut, buckwheat, almond, etc.)
1/3 cup raw agave/maple syrup
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 pine nuts (optional) 

Caramel layer:
1 cup dates and enough water to cover them
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Raw chocolate coating:
Just use your fave recipe or my own 

To make the nougat: pulse the flour, pine nuts (if using) and sweetener together in your food processor until smooth. Add the almonds by hand. Shape into small logs on parchment paper and put in the freezer. 

To make the caramel: blend all ingredients together in your blender until creamy and thick, adding the least amount of water you can. spread a little on to the tops of each nougat log and put back in the freezer. 

When they are frozen enough, cover each one in chocolate and let harden in the freezer or fridge. Enjoy!

51 comments:

  1. Emily, these sound amazing! I need one in my life ;)! Waaaayyy better than real snickers :)!

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  2. Ok, I'm new at this so I need clarification... what's "raw flour"?

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    1. It's simply flour that hasn't been heated in processing. What I do is buy almonds, buckwheat groats, oats or rye berries and grind them into flour in my Vitamix blender. You wind up with flour!

      If you don't want to do that - just use whole wheat flour or nuts :)

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    2. No, don't use wheat flour raw, it's really not good for you (cooked wheat flour is not good, but raw even worse!)

      Looks like a great recipe by the way, I used to love Snickers so I will try making it soon...

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    3. Thanks! Yeah I'm not crazy about wheat either but sometimes it's just nice to mix things up. Definitely prefer almond, coconut or sprouted buckwheat flour.

      x

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    4. Question... whenever I make almond milk, I save the "pulp", dehydrate it, refine it in the blender, and then freeze it. Would that work as "flour?"

      Can't wait to make this! THIS will get hubby's attention! =D

      Awesome blog by the way. Love the recipes, love the pics, FABULOUS job!! Keep up the RAWESOME job!! =D

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  3. i need these in my life. they look fabulous. and so ooey-gooey.

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  4. Hi!!!!!
    I've just discovered your blog and it's great. A friend recommended it through facebook and I'm delighted! and you're just 19????
    If you don't mind I'm linking you in my blog, it's supossed about crocheting (false...), and it's in Spanish jaja, but I love this!

    Regards from Canary Islands, Spain

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  5. Is there a reason that salt needs to be added to all your treats?

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    1. oh that's just the foodie in me - a pinch of salt enhances the flavour of everything and it goes so well with chocolate. it's totally optional! :)

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  6. You say to add pine nuts to the nougat layer but you do not say how much. These look amazing!

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    1. Sorry about that! It's a 1/4 cup, and it's optional.

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  7. These look great, but I'm wondering about the pine nuts as well... how much?

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    1. Sorry about that! It's a 1/4 cup, and it's optional.

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  8. I made these the other day and I only have 3 left in my freezer! Yikes. Husband and I love them! I hardly comment but as I was eating yet another I thought I should offer my gratitude. It's been some time since I've eaten a 'candy bar' or made such a delicious treat! Now with that being said, thank you for your work and the time you take to create your recipes (namely this one, for it's the only one I've tried thus far). I appreciate you!

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    1. I really appreciate the love! Thanks so much, I enjoy reading comments :) by the way - we have the same name!

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  9. i love the imperfections of your food pics. perfect food pics are starting to bore me. you have some great recipe ideas! after looking at a few, i realized i have been blind to mixing coconut, dark chocolate, peanut butter and dates. omg. no better combination! my fully satisfied sweet tooth and full belly thank you!

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  10. how long do they take to freeze?

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    1. Well it depends, but not too long. Maybe an hour or so?

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  11. I'm making these yummy treats now - that caramel is criminal!! Dates...who knew??!!

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    1. Criminal is a good word to describe it. It should illegal, right!?
      Thanks ;)

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  12. I made these yesterday with oat flour & no pine nuts. They were AMAZING!!!!
    SOOOO good! A friend of mine who likes regular candy bars even loved it :-)

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  13. I've made these twice now for parties and everyone loves them!!! Even none believers, lol. The first time I made them the nougat layer was so melty at room temperature it wouldn't hold its shape. Second time around I added like less than a tablespoon of coconut oil to it and it held its shape much better! Maybe I just put in too much honey the first time. Either way, AWESOME!!!

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    1. Oh thanks so much :) Great to hear that.

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  14. These look amazing! Everything on your site does. I am happy to have found it. What is your take on soy lecithin? I can't decide. x

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    1. Thank you!! Well I like to eat as few refined foods as possible (I'm okay with Vega and stevia and stuff most of the time though) so as long as you use it in moderation it's perfectly fine.

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  15. you are amazing Emily! My fiance loves snickers so I'll have to try these for him!! (and me) .. I made your chocolate banana coconut cream pie last night for the Super Bowl and it was a HIT !!! GONE !! I only got 1 slice =( SO THANK YOU!!! =)

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    1. Oh wonderful!! Thanks a bunch, Wendy - love to hear that.

      x

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  16. OH MY GOSH! I have been raw for over a year now and I must say Ive made my fair share of satisfying raw desserts but this is by far my favorite!! Thank you for your wonderful blog which I am very thankful I found. Keep up the great work!

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  17. Holy Moly... I made these last night and they were absolutely amazing! Okay, I'll even admit that I just had one for breakfast.
    Girl, you rock. I've been enjoying raw foods for almost 4 years and this is the best blog I have come across! Super yummy recipes. Keep it up :)

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    1. Haha thank you! That means the world to me ;)

      x

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  18. Whoa this caramel sauce is seriously habit forming. Which is totally fine since unlike traditional caramel sauce, your recipe doesn't make my teeth, head, and stomach cry from refined sugar overload.

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  19. Hey Emily! I followed your link to the Snickers website and what it actually says is (quote):

    "It is a treat that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle." (unquote)

    Then I looked up the definition of "treat" in Webster's Dictionary:

    "An event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure."

    Pretty much sums up normal snickers bars to me.

    The lesson here? On the one hand there's artistic license, and on the other, there's libel.

    Ciao for now

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    1. Haha interesting thing to notice there! I see what you're saying.

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  20. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    An making these right now!!! Amazing. 40 weeks pregnant and still have a sweet tooth. These snickers bars will complete me :) much love x

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  21. Em, these are A-MAZING, love them so much. This was the first recipe I found on your blog and your lush photos made me want to make them right that moment! Since then I've made them tons of times. Thank you! xx

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  22. I have never been a huge fan of dates until I started making your recipes! And everyone loves them! I recently went vegan and your blog helped get me there :-) Thank you for your amazing recipes!
    Much love, J & B <3

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  23. YES! This is a must-try! I've missed snickers since going vegan. Even better that this is actually healthy and not loaded with sugar and other nasties. :)

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  24. Wow! I'm giving these a try ASAP! They look delicious -- even more so, compared to the actual Snicker's. -- Oh, and Snicker's..."May contain almonds"??? They're not sure what's in the bars that THEY make?? Scary. What else MAY they contain? Random car parts? Old sneakers? -- I was starting that sentence thinking it would be worse than what was in the ingredients list, but actually, it might be a step up...at least my old kicks don't have hydrogenated fats in them... O.o

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  25. Nooo, why do I look through your blog when I'm bored. Major cravings!

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  26. please don't use the microwave!

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  27. Just made these and theyre delish! Ive also ordered a copy of your book :) Nice to see easy raw recipes online that actually taste amazing.

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  28. Ok this recipe is seriously the most amazing thing I have ever made! I cannot believe that this is actually raw! I mean the sweetness and texture is incredible. Thank you so much!

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  29. How is this healthy?

    When you are using the outside chocolate to make homemade chocolate !!!

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  30. These are really A-mazing Emily. I made a complete mess in my kitchen last night putting these together with a bit of moral support from my dog.

    Your blog is so great too, I really don't know how you find the time for all this great stuff but please.....keep it coming! :)

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  31. AnonymousMay 27, 2015

    I've been seeing another blogger share a very similar recipe to yours. Your recipe is so good! Thanks for all of your hard work.

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  32. I made these today, and… they're perfect. Absolutely amazing bites from natural ingredients that taste soooooo much better than real snickers. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!

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