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Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars Recipe

These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Momma Told Me: When you get bored, challenge yourself.

While you certainly see a fair range of indulgent, not so good for you, treats and recipes cross your screen on this blog, I have found that anyone truly can cook scrumptious food. As Paula Deen infers adding a pat of butter to any recipe will surely make it instantly more delicious. And, while out Circus Animal Cookie Truffles have gotten decent traffic on Pinterest, I shudder every time I see or create a recipe that is merely mashing 2 or 3 already delicious ingredients together. Do you drizzle hot fudge on ice cream and call it a recipe? Yes, even I have my limits.
While making indulgent treats is satisfying, and I surely will continue to play with simple recipes that wow the eyes and tickle the taste buds in unexpected ways, I've recently found myself a little bored in the kitchen. I've also recently re-joined a local gym. Before you start congratulating me, I'll be the first to admit getting heart healthy is a multi-part journey and daily workouts will only go as far as overall health and core attainment. I'm not quite ready to turn in my frozen yogurt spoon, but these two ripples in my life have made me more aware of the dietary needs of others around me.
Pit Medjool Dates by creating a vertical cut with a lightly oiled paring knife.Every Thursday I bake something to share here on the blog, and bring it into the bowling alley for our mixed adult bowling league. Our teams are comprised of men and women, young and old, from all walks of life. As delicious as my sweet treats are, not everyone can enjoy them. We have several diabetics I try to accommodate with recipe variations, and now a team that is taking on a month long Paleo challenge. Couple this with our close friend who is celebrating a year as a Vegan and you have the perfect storm of recipe challenges. So I set out to create a No Sugar Added Paleo Vegan Friendly dessert recipe.
Pitting Medjool Dates
The more I researched the more I learned that several of the key ingredients in cooking for each need overlapped- the exception being Honey, which is considered an animal byproduct to most modern Vegans. For those unfamiliar with Paleo, which is actually a way of living more than a literal 'weight loss' style diet, the terms are fairly flexible to the person committing to it.

At it's core Paleo individuals do not consume processed or artificial foods and attempt to eat ingredients that would closely mimic that of a caveman's. This means a diet rich in protein and nutrient dense core ingredients like grass few beef, wild caught seafood and vegetables. Most Paleo followers will avoid sugar, gluten, and generally anything with 'artificial' in the ingredients list. While it can be fairly complex, depending on the person, consider it close to an Organic, low  sugar, gluten free diet that tends to lean towards raw or minimally handled ingredients.
These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Many low sugar recipes and Paleo recipes will substitute several typical ingredients with coconut- which can tend to be an allergen for some. If you are suing coconut oil, butter, or flour in a recipe always make the recipients aware when serving. While most coconut allergies deal more directly with the pulp of the plant, raw oils can cause mild allergic reactions and should always be disclosed. If you are cooking low sugar and sweetening with a recipe that calls for honey, but would like a Vegan substitute, in most cases Maple Syrup will be a great alternative. There is also a Vegan apple plant based honey, which is entirely bee free, called Honee, sold online and in many organic or Whole Foods stores.
Acquiring the ingredients to cook just one of these categories (Vegan, Paleo, Sugar Free) will often cost a fair penny. The good news is that you can acquire nearly any ingredient necessary at Whole Foods, or a similar store, and in portions that will easily stretch through multiple recipes. If you're looking to begin cooking, or dabbling with, these categories, consider each shopping trip an investment. Chances are your spice rack wasn't built overnight, and neither will this arsenal of cooking tools.

These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars contain no added sweetener (aside from the natural Honee plant based sugars) and a dash of Agave syrup may be added to any layer if you desire a slightly sweeter end result. My bowling mates rarely ever question what I've made each week and these bites/bars disappeared quickly! Several people were floored to hear just how 'good for you' this dessert was, and a few even asked for the recipe. So, if you're in the fence, I'd say it's definitely a recipe worth trying. Not only are these the perfect treat (a little goes a long way to satisfy) but they can be frozen for enjoyment later as well! Do you have, or know anyone with, any special dietary restrictions you struggle to cook for?

What Daughter Says: This year I'm going to challenge myself in all aspects of my life, not because I need to, but because I want to!



These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars
*** Click here for printable Mock Snickers Bars recipe.
Ingredients:

Chocolate Layer-

1/4 C Coconut Oil, Melted
1/2 C Raw Cacao Powder
2 TBS Honee (Plant Based Honey Substitute) Or Maple Syrup
1 TSP Maca Powder (Supplement, May Be Omitted)
2 TBS Raw Cacao Butter
1 TBS Agave Syrup (Optional)

Nougat Layer-

1/2 C Smooth, Raw, Cashew Butter
1/4 C Coconut Butter (Not Oil)
2 TBS Honee (Plant Based Honey Substitute) or Maple Syrup
1/2 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract

Caramel Layer-

1 C Pitted Medjool Dates (You will likely have to pit them yourself)
1/4 C Smooth Roasted Cashew Butter
2 TBS Coconut Oil, Melted
2 TBS Lukewarm Water
Dash of Pink Himilayan Salt

Topping-

1/4 C Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts

Directions:

1. Place Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil in double boiler and allow to melt thoroughly, whisking occasionaly. When melted whisk in Honee/Maple Syrup, Cacao Powder, and Maca. Pour mixture into a lined 9 x 9 baking dish. Allow to set in fridge for 45 MINS- 1 HOUR.

2. Place all raw cashew butter and coconut butter in a double boiler and allow to melt completely. When melted whisk in Honee/Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract. Remove from double boiler and let sit in cold water bath for 5 minutes, continue to stir often. Ensure that the chocolate layer has set entirely and pour Nougat layer over chocolate layer. Return to fridge immediately for 1-2 hours or 45 minutes in the freezer.

3. Blend pitted Medjool Dates, Salt, and Cashew Butter to a smooth paste in the food processor. This will likely take some patience and some scraping. Add melted coconut oil and blend to combine. Add lukewarm water to help loosen ingredients and ease blending. Your mixture should be a thick spreadable paste and NOT a pourable consistency. 

4. Once nougat layer has set in fridge or freezer spread Date caramel layer atop. Sprinkle with crumbled cashews and chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Cut into bars or bites an serve cold or room temperature. These may be frozen in an air tight bag for up to 3 months and thawed.

12 comments:

  1. The hubby is trying to lose weight but it's more calorie based than anything else. I don't have any ingredient restrictions other than to not feed him clams 'cause he's allergic. I'm sure your team appreciates your treats and your efforts to accommodate all of their needs.

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  2. That looks really good, and a healthy alternative to Snickers. Drool-worthy photos too!

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  3. This looks super yummy! I am dying to try it out.

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  4. Those look good. I would use some other nut though. I'm allergic to cashews. Wonder if it would be good with peanuts or almonds?

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    1. I'm sure you can substitute the nut butters for any other smooth nut of choice (personally I'm a peanut gal).

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  5. These look even better than Snicker's! I need to try these out.

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  6. Wow, I love snickers. I bet this would be fantastic

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  7. That looks super yummy! We have a lactose or casein thing going on in our family, and general digestive unhappiness that I'm pretty sure is mostly related to an overindulgence in processed food (because it's cheap and easy - I'm working on it). Out of curiosity, why did you add Maca? If memory serves, isn't that a libido booster? :P

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  8. Looks like a lot of work, but well worth it! Need to talk someone into making them for me!

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  9. Oh. My. Gosh. This looks so heavenly!

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  10. This looks delicious! My son has been on a dairy free diet for the past few months, and it is so hard to find desserts that he an eat, but this one is dairy free! He really misses candy bars, so I will have to make this for him soon.

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  11. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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