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07
Oct 14

Healthy Homemade Snickers

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What would you do for a healthy Snickers bar???

If you love chewy caramel and dense nougat layers and rich chocolate with that perfect crunch of peanuts, you are in the right place. If you asked us what we’d do for a healthy Snickers, you’d probably learn just how dedicated we are to desserts! However, we’re not going to ask much of you for these candy bars. They are healthy but there isn’t a lot to them! You won’t need to schedule out 3 hours, a babysitter and buy special candy equipment to make these!

A few Octobers ago, we had literally just made our blog public and we wanted a “wow” recipe to kick-start our little project. Our dad is obsessed with Snickers so we could just imagine what he’d say if we showed him sugar-free Snicker candy bars! We tried a recipe for Snickers and it didn’t turn out so pretty. We remedied the situation with just-like-Dairy-Queen Blizzards that tasted amazing! We loved that treat, but a genuine homemade Snickers recipe still lurked in the back of our minds.

homemade snicker recipe

Now here we are today with these genuine tasting HEALTHY Snickers! Our problem the first time may have been we were over thinking it! We’ve simplified this recipe to be easier and healthier! Now, it’s not a lot to ask of yourself to make these delicious candy bars. The results will surely keep you feeling great while feeding any Halloween candy craving!

Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars (gluten-free and vegan)
Print Recipe

Chocolate Base :
1 1/3 cups Sugar-Free, Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips, melted

Line a 9 x 11 inch baking dish with parchment paper so that some hangs off the sides.  Spread the melted chocolate on the base of the pan and set in the freezer.

Nougat Layer:
1/3 cup Coconut Butter
2 tablespoons Full Fat Coconut Milk
½ cup Maple Syrup or Agave
¼ cup Natural, Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Brown Rice Flour
1 cup Roasted Peanuts

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the coconut butter, milk, sweetener and peanut butter. Mix until totally smooth. You can beat with beaters if coconut butter or peanut butter is too firm. Add the vanilla. Mix in the flour until totally smooth. The filling should be like a shiny play-dough, but not super sticky! Add an extra tablespoon of rice flour or coconut milk to reach this consistency. Spread onto the hard chocolate base. Sprinkle the peanuts over the nougat layer and very gently pat. Return to the freezer.

Caramel:  ** See Note Below **
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1½ cups Coconut Sugar
¼ cup Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoons Water
1½ Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

In a small heat safe bowl, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup and water together. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 10 seconds. The mixture will bubble up in between heatings. That’s okay, just keep stirring and heating.  After the 2 minutes, stir in vanilla. The caramel should be a creamy caramel sauce. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the fridge. Pour the cooled caramel over the chilled nougat filling and return to the freezer.

Chocolate Topping:
1 1/3 cup Vegan Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Chips, melted

When the caramel filing has firmed, pour the melted chocolate topping over the caramel. Return to the freezer for another 10-15 minutes, or until the chocolate has set. It’s easiest to cut these when they are chilled but not frozen. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer – they are delicious frozen!

**Caramel Notes**

-This caramel sauce can be made on the stove if desired.

- We made this recipe the first time by tripling our raw caramel sauce. It did not yield a true Snickers flavor, however, it tasted good and can be used in place of the above caramel sauce recipe for a healthier bar if desired.

 


01
Oct 14

The Everything Naturally Sugar-Free Cookbook!

We are beyond excited to officially announce the upcoming release of our cookbook!
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The Naturally Sugar-Free Cookbook will be officially released on December 12th and it’s now available for pre-order at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com!

The Everything Book Series contacted us earlier this year to get us involved in an Everything sugar-free cookbook! Writing a cookbook was something the three of us sisters always thought we’d love to do, but we never expected an opportunity like this. You may recognize this publishing company’s diverse selections of books, with it’s fun and easy style. It was great to work with them and was a blast writing, recipe testing, and photographing for this book.

The Everything Naturally Sugar-Free Cookbook is a large compilation of recipes. This book is organized like a typical cookbook with sections for appetizers, breakfasts, dinners, and of course, desserts! Since it’s not just a dessert book, we are very proud of the wide variety of recipes featured including: drinks, snacks and even difficult to find sugar-free foods like dressings and sauces.

You might also be interested to see some of your favorite recipes from the blog featured. We wanted to include some of our top favorites as well! And we can’t wait for you to see many of the brand new recipes that we are extra proud of! With 300 recipes total and lots of new tips and tricks for successful healthy cooking, this is a cookbook that covers everything you want to know about sugar-free cooking!

We hope you will check out our book and please, feel free to pre-order! We would be over the moon if you pre-ordered at any of the available sites and with the release date of December 12th, this book could make a fantastic Christmas gift! Once it’s released, you’ll also be able to find this book at Walmart and Costco. If you check it out, we’d love feedback and reviews on amazon.com!  Thanks so much for any support or kind word you’ve given us along the way of this project and during the course of our blog. We’ve worked hard to share recipes we love on this site and are so happy to share even more in our new book. We can’t wait for you to see it!


27
Sep 14

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

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Creamy, peanut buttery caramel! What a way to welcome the fall season!

Around this time of year, we start seeing more candies, caramels and chocolates. It’s hard not to indulge when it’s all around!  Why is it so easy?  1 – it’s delicious. 2 – it’s convenient!

Halloween can be nothing but temptations with the nonstop candy stream. Honestly, once you’ve rid your house of the stuff, it quickly replenishes itself!

When we’re busy in the midst of holidays, we don’t always think about what’s healthy… we are more concerned about celebrating and keeping the kids happy. Here is another tasty option besides all the Halloween goodies that is naturally sweetened and totally vegan. You’ll definitely want to try this peanut butter caramel because it’s just as delicious, easy and convenient as the prepackaged candies!  It’s thick and delicious on brownies or ice cream but it may actually be best over fresh sliced apples, bananas or pretzels. Enjoy!!

 

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce
Print Recipe

1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Coconut Sugar (or Maple Syrup)
3 Tablespoons Full Fat Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a heat safe bowl, microwave honey or maple syrup and coconut sugar with the coconut milk for 2 minutes, stirring every 15 seconds.. The mixture will bubble and boil, but that’s okay! Add the peanut butter and microwave another 20 seconds. Stir to incorporate completely. Stir in vanilla until caramel sauce is creamy and smooth. Allow to cool slightly and serve.

 

 

 

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