5-Ingredient “Snickers” (Vegan, GF)

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.

Inspired by Emily Ryu and From My Bowl.


Date caramel:

  • 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


Date caramel:

  1. Soak dates in hot water for 10 min.
  2. Drain water so that the dates are moist but not dripping.
  3. 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.
  4. Dump into a separate bowl and set aside, proceeding to the base.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Press in oat base.
  3. Spread over remaining date caramel.
  4. 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).
  5. Freeze for at least an hour until completely firm.
  6. Lift up the parchment to remove contents, then slice into bars.
  7. Place on a tray and return to freezer while you melt the chocolate.
  8. 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.

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