Snickers are my favorite Halloween candy but I tend to binge eat a bunch and feel sick after… Not only are these free from refined carbs and sugars, but also so delicious you wouldn’t believe they’re made with just five wholesome ingredients. I also happen to love dates so I enjoy the flavor and sweetness it gives.
- 1/2 c. pitted dates (really pack them in the measuring cup)
- 1 T. peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Water, as needed
- 1/3 c. oats, blended into flour
- 2 T. date caramel (above)
- Roasted & salted peanuts (or any nut of choice)
- Dark chocolate, melted
- Soak dates in hot water for 10 min.
- Drain water so that the dates are moist but not dripping.
- Blend in food processor with peanut butter and salt until a smooth paste forms. Scrape down sides throughout, and add a splash of water (~1 tsp. at a time) as needed if too thick/unable to blend.
- Dump into a separate bowl and set aside, proceeding to the base.
- Blend oat flour and 2 T. of the date caramel you just made, until it forms a sticky dough that holds together when you pinch it.
- Line a loaf pan or small rectangular container (~8.5×4.5″) with parchment, making sure the parchment goes well up the sides for easy removal later.
- Press in oat base.
- Spread over remaining date caramel.
- Press peanuts into the caramel so it sticks and is secure (otherwise, they risk falling out when you go to dip the bars in chocolate later).
- Freeze for at least an hour until completely firm.
- Lift up the parchment to remove contents, then slice into bars.
- Place on a tray and return to freezer while you melt the chocolate.
- Coat each bar with melted chocolate (I find it’s easiest to use two forks). Refrigerate another few minutes until chocolate is set and firm.