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Raw Snickers Slice

If you need some proof that the words healthy or plant-based food and boring don't go together, then you've come to the right place!

This raw Snickers-style slice is everything you're dreams are made of: A crumbly chocolate 'biscuit' base, a gooey, rich and decadent peanut butter caramel, and crumbles of crunchy peanuts to top it all off. 

As my food philosophy goes, I'm ALL about treating yourself to the foods you love. And the best way to do that is by creating wholesome, nutritious versions of these foods that make you feel amazing, provide your body with vital nutrients and good quality energy, AND taste just as good (if not better than) the original!

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This Snickers slice sure ticks all those boxes. It's made completely of whole foods, no refined sugar, no oil, no gluten. It's packed with fibre, healthy fats and complex carbs, as well as a whole lot of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, zinc and B group vitamins. Using only dates to sweeten, this slice will satisfy all your sweet cravings in a way that's also kind to your body. The perfect dessert or afternoon treat.

It's also surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make. And my Dad loved it so much that the whole slice disappeared in just a few days, and I've already been requested to make another batch!

Without further ado, let's get to the recipe! Make sure you tag me on Instagram, I'd love to see your Snickers slice too!

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Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (see notes)
  • 2/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

Topping:

  • 2/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raw peanuts

Method:

1. Soak your dates in warm water for 10 minutes to soften and line a tin with baking paper

2. Blend the oats in a food processor or high powered blender to a coarse flour. Add in the dates and cacao and blend again until a 'dough' forms

3. Press the dough firmly and evenly into the tin and place in the freezer to firm

4. Meanwhile, blend the dates, vanilla, maca and peanut butter until completely smooth. Spread evenly on top of the base and pop back in the freezer to firm

5. Roughly chop the peanuts and toast in a non-stick pan until the become fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!

6. Sprinkle on top of the date caramel and then place slice back into the freezer for at least 2 hours to set

7. Once set, slice and enjoy!

Notes:

  • These bars should be stored in a sealed container in the freezer
  • To make these bars fully raw, choose buckwheat or almonds/almond meal instead of oats, and don't toast the peanuts
  • By 'raw peanuts' I mean ones that haven't been roasted and salted
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