HEALTHY SNICKER BARS
For the base
25og raw almonds
4 Medjool dates (stones removed)
For the caramel
16 Medjool dates (stones removed)
2tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of vanilla powder
2 tbsp boiling water
For the topping
80g salted peanuts, chopped
300g 70% dark chocolate
To make the base, process the almonds in a food processor for about 1 minute, until they reach a fine texture. Remove & set aside in a bowl.
Process the raisins and stoned dates in a food processor, until they form a smooth paste, this might be tricky if your food processor isn't very powerful, the sticky mixture could get stuck, just keep moving the mixture with the processor off with a spatula or give the processor a bit of a wobble, while running to get the mixture moving. Then add the already ground almonds and process the entire mixture.
Place the mixture between two pieces of greaseproof paper and, using a rolling pin, roll it out until you have a square that is 1cm thick.
To make the caramel, blend the stoned dates, coconut oil, vanilla and water in a blender until it becomes a uniform caramel-like mass. It shouldn't be runny, but should hang easily on a spoon. Add a few additional dates or put in the fridge if too runny - just be aware that it solidifies quickly.
Smooth the caramel over the base and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.
Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and pour it over the caramel and peanuts, or if you're brave in the microwave.
Let the chocolate cool, then cut the mixture into 14 pieces or smaller blocks. Place in the fridge, I popped mine into a glass mason jar, for easy access. The bars can also be frozen, ideal for when you are in need of a treat, to impress a house guest, you can just whip out some from the freezer and allow to defrost, and there you have it, a perfect yummy treat, it will also be kind of guilt-free..so you could justify two!
I came across this recipe while reading a book on HYGGE - The Danish Art of Happiness. As I have strong Danish roots, learning about this integral part of everyday life for the average Dane was significant to me. If you haven't yet discovered the beauty of HYGGE, it is not something hard to achieve. HYGGE is meeting a friend in the park, and going for a walk or listening to the rain hit the roof, with your hands cupped around a warm mug of tea or enjoying a coffee with a homemade healthy snickers bar! HYGGE is all about the small things, that makes your heart happy. I can highly recommend that you get your hands on a book about HYGGE, it is a very enlightening read and any of the books about HYGGE are so perfectly put together, with lovely photos and impeccable layout, as most things Scandinavian. These bars are perfect for lunchboxes or an afternoon treat, a great way to curb a sugar craving when it hits! Happy Cooking.
Photos by Timothy Bowles
Styling & Editing by Megan Kate Swan
Find the printable version of the recipe here.
Source: Adapted from the book Hygge by Marie Tourell Søderberg