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Homemade Protein Snickers

I've been craving Snickers for weeks.

I blame Andrew...

In Heathrow, he was crying for some Snickers bars. We finally found some and the world was beautiful once again. From then on, or maybe a little bit after our trip, I've been craving some Snickers.

I don't know what it is about Snickers. I guess it's the combination of textures. The first snap when you bite into the chocolate, then the soft chewy layer of nougat with the oozing sweet creamy caramel, finished by the crunch of the peanuts.

I didn't want to go to the shop and buy some. I've been really good at not consuming a ton of sweets lately. Sooooo... I made some! :D

There's no better feeling than making something yourself and it turns out delicious! Even better if it fits your macros!

This is amazing as a pre-workout snack. It’s filled with a ton of healthy fats from the nuts and peanut butter. And dates, due to its natural sugar content, provides you with a great boost of energy.

I added protein powder in mine. Anything to increase my protein intake just a tad. :p

INGREDIENTS

For the base
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1 cup Gluten-free oats
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup honey/maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
2 servings unflavored protein (optional)
A pinch salt

For the caramel
2 cups pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 1 – 2 hours)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1 serving unflavored protein (optional)
1 tablespoon water
½ cup peanuts, for sprinkling

For the chocolate
3 bars of good quality dark chocolate

makes 20 bars

  1. Make the base. Line a square 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Blend almonds, cashews, and oats in a food processor until sand-like texture is achieved.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, sweetener, salt, and protein powder, if using. Blend until it forms a dough-like mixture.
  4. Press dough into prepared pan. Freeze.
  5. Make the caramel. Process all ingredients until smooth.
  6. Spread caramel over the base. Scatter the peanuts and return pan to freezer for at least 2 - 4 hours.
  7. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  8. Melt your chocolate in a double broiler, stirring occasionally while it melts. Once chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat.
  9. Remove your square pan from the freezer and slice into rectangles.
  10. Dip the bars in chocolate one at a time. Tap any excess chocolate off the bars and place chocolate covered bars on prepared baking pan. Repeat until all the bars are coated. Place them back into the freezer until chocolate is completely set.
  11. Enjoy or share the joy with your friends and family! :)

Macros per bar:
Calories: 302
Carbs: 32 g
Fats: 17.5 g
Protein: 9 g