Lately I have been craving a snickers bar something fierce….and the other day I just had to whip up a snack that somehow involved something caramelly, something peanutty, and something chocolatey to satiate those cravings. I threw some oats, shredded coconut, peanuts, and gooey dates in the food processor, pressed it into a pan, chased it down with a layer of melty chocolate and voila! A snack somewhat reminiscent of a snickers…or at least enough to keep the craving at bay 😉 I’ve loved having these vegan “snickers” energy bars in my fridge for a quick sweet snack that’s healthier & packed with good fats and fiber. They remind me of those old Kudos Snickers “granola” bars that I used to pack in my lunch and bring to school – does anyone know what I’m talking about?! Those were the best!
I think that any nut would work well in this recipe, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand! Almonds, cashews, peanuts…I think I’m going to try pecans next because they just taste soooo good with dates!
I really don’t crave candy bars very often, but when I do…it is ALWAYS either a snickers or a reese’s. I just love chocolate and peanut butter! I used to always trade all of the “fruity” candies that I would get in my Halloween haul like suckers and jolly ranchers for the chocolate candy bars because who wants to eat a sucker anyway?! If you’re gonna eat candy, chocolate is where it’s at. Tell me I’m not the only one!
- 1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 c dry roasted, unsalted peanuts (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
- 1 c gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 c pitted medjool dates
- 2 t vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1 c dairy-free chocolate chips
- 2 T salted peanut butter (can be subbed with other nut butters!)
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place dates in a saucepan and fill with water until the dates are covered by about ½ inch. Bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for ten minutes. Strain the dates, reserving the water, and add to the food processor. Add coconut, peanuts, oats, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until you get a sticky, cohesive mixture. I added about ¼ c of the reserved "date water" to help it come together.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the 8x8 pan.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter and heat in thirty second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Spread over the date mixture.
- Place the bars in the fridge and chill until the chocolate is set, then cut. Will keep in the fridge for one week.