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Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars (Made with Dates!)

These healthy snicks bars are absolutely delicious, the perfect healthy snack for those trying to cut back on sugar and processed foods. They are vegan, gluten free, and have minimal sugar. 

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These healthy snickers bars don’t last long when I make them. I can’t help but grab one every time I pass the pyrex filled with them on the counter. 

They are usually one or two bites which make one or two the perfect snack, but of course easier to gobble down by the handful! They’re great for meal prep if you need a sweet snack during the week. 

Healthy Snickers Bars Ingredients

There are very few ingredients to this recipe as well. In fact you might have them all! This is what you will need:

The brands I prefer are linked for each ingredient. The nut brand doesn’t really matter as long as its organic. You can also experiment with any other nuts you like, but I prefer pecans. 

I use the large flaky Maldon salt for these because it adds just enough flavor that table salt wouldn’t do. The Maldon salt is quite delicious. 

Healthy Snickers Bars Prep

These yummy snacks take as little as 5 minutes to make depending on how many you want. I usually make around 20 or so in about a half hour. 

First, you need to de-pit the dates if you didn’t buy pitted ones already. Slice them open with a small knife and take the pit out. If they don’t have pits, just make sure they are sliced open enough to stuff them. 

Next, you will need to melt the chocolate. you can start with about a half cup of chocolate chips and melt them in a double boiler or using the microwave. I only have a toaster oven so I baked them for a few minutes at 200F and that worked perfectly. 

How Do I Melt Chocolate?

Double Boiler: Put water in the bottom part of the double boiler and put it on the stove on high heat until it starts boiling. Once boiling, put it down to medium low and place the top of the double boiler with the chocolate chips in over it. Mix continuously until the chocolate melts.

Microwave: Place the chocolate chips in a glass container and microwave for 30 seconds. Mix and repeat in 30 second intervals until fully melted. It might take two or three times.

If there are little bits of chocolate and its mostly melted, just keep mixing and the heated chocolate should melt completely without having to microwave further.

Toaster Oven: Preheat a small toaster oven to 200F and set the timer for 3 minutes. Put the chocolate in a glass container and place in the toaster oven when preheated. Mix it when the time is up and if it’s not melted, try another few minutes. 

Healthy Snickers Bars Directions

Now that everything is ready at this point I usually make a little assembly line of ingredients. Also get a cookie sheet with parchment paper to put the snickers bars on.

Grab a date which is your base. With a small spoon, add a little peanut butter. Then add a half a pecan. Close the date. You shouldn’t have peanut butter overflowing. 

Next you can either put a scoop of melted chocolate on top and spread it around like I have pictured. Or if you want more chocolate you can dip the entire date in it. Then sprinkle maldon salt on top and place on the cookie sheet.

You can let them set on your kitchen counter or if it’s too warm, put them in the fridge. They do not need to be refrigerated. Enjoy!

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Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars

Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars

With Love Melissa
These healthy candy bars and made with dates and the perfect snack!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Allergy-Free Baking, Alternative Baking
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 20 Medjool Dates, pitted (Half a 16oz container will do)
  • 1/4-1/3 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
  • 20 Pecan Halves
  • 1/2-1 Cup Chocolate Chips, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Maldon Salt

Instructions
 

  • Get a cookie sheet ready with parchment paper. Slice the dates open enough to stuff.
  • With a small spoon, stuff half the date with peanut butter. Add half a pecan to the other side.
  • Using a spoon spread some melted chocolate on top of the date to cover the opening (or dip the whole thing).
  • Sprinkle maldon salt on top. Let the chocolate set on the counter or in the fridge if it's too warm. Enjoy!
Keyword Gluten-Free, Vegan

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