I know its ugly. But trust me. It tastes good. Kind of like Snickers actually, but without the chocolate covering.
I ran out of chocolate. Still wondering how that happened. Ugghh.
I’m going to give you the recipe anyway.
Note: Please do not (or I hope you have not anyway) be shocked by the non-Snickers-resembling pictures that follow and have appeared. I do assure you that taste-wise, you won’t be disappointed!
Raw Healthier Almost-Snickers
- Tapioca flour (to prevent sticking)
Layer 1 (most bottom layer)
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates (pre-soaked)
- 1 cup powdered/chopped/whole raw or roasted peanuts
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp liquid(or as needed)
- 1/4 cup unrefined raw sugar
Layer 2 (middle layer)
- 1/2 cup (vegan) chocolate chips (or any amount you want)— Omit for RAW version in which you mix 9 tbsp cocoa powder+ 3 tbsp nut butter+ 6 tbsp agave/malitol syrup +3 tbsp liquid
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)
Layer 4 (top layer)
- 300g maltose (very important ingredient, do not substitute!!!)
- 1/2 cup peanut flour
- Prepare pan first. This step is very important! Line pan with non-stick paper. Sprinkle some tapioca flour onto the paper. Make sure its properly spread so that the bottom layer of the bars do not stick.
- Blend ingredients for Layer 1 in a food processor or high-powered blender. (I have neither so I used ‘manpower’ i.e. my ‘hand-power’. I blended my prunes and skim milk in my lousy blender together, then kneaded in the remaining ingredients– with peanut powder as the form of peanuts– myself. Let’s just say… it was a painful and time-consuming and dirty process… just use a food processor if you have one.)
- Form into a ball. Coat with tapioca flour and spread onto the pan. Even out the layer using a roller thing (I used a can, you know, recycling?).You will need a lot of tapioca flour in the process.
- In a microwave/broiler, melt the chocolate chips for Layer 2. (I used a shortcut broiler because I have neither. I boiled some water, poured them into a pot, placed a bowl over the pot without the bowl touching the water in the pot, dumped the chocolate chips into the bowl and stirred the chips till they melted. DO NOT let a drop of liquid touch the chocolate or it would immediately forma paste/dough) OR use raw version
- Pour the melted/raw chocolate over Layer 1 evenly. Freeze for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix ingredients for Layer 4 in a big bowl. (Note that maltose is very very sticky. But it has a weakness– water!! Scoop maltose with wet spoon and it won’t stick. Stir then knead to form a dough with the help of lots and lots of tapioca flour.)
- Remove pan from freezer. Sprinkle on peanuts from Layer 3 onto Layer 2 in pan.
- Spread dough for Layer 4 onto Layer 3 and roll evenly using the roller thing again with help of tapioca flour.
- Using a pizza/tart cutter, cut into slices.
Honestly, its so rich and even kinda chocolaty so you won’t miss the chocolate covering. On a side note, you can always dip them in chocolate, no prob.
And there you have it: Raw, all-natural, no oil, no butter, refined-sugar-free, vegan, healthier but equally delicious almost-snickers!
I’m hooked on that peanut-caramel layer– it tastes good on its own! A suggestion: make just the peanut layer and eat it with a spoon…
For more information of what the hell is maltose, click here (yeah its Mr Wikipedia… oh what can we do without you…?)
Hey, what’s your favourite candy?
Mine’s snickers (quite obviously!) and NOUGAT yummy stuff these are…