Sort of like a Snickers slice
Sort of like a snickers slice. Try and say that 3 times quickly! I came up with this recipe recently when I fancied a treat and Danny suggested I find a vegan snickers recipe. The internet was full of many different variations so I had a browse, but decided to come up with my own version based on what we had in the cupboard! I’ve made chocolate bars before using a silicone mould, but unfortunately don’t have it with me at the moment, so I decided to go for more of a slice situation.
The medjool dates add an oozy caramel deliciousness when blended, that is simply divine when mixed with peanut butter. I’d recently treated myself to some cashew butter (a little more expensive than his cousin the peanut) but oh man, I’m so glad I did. It’s super creamy and has such a gorgeous flavour. For this recipe I ended up using a mixture of peanut butter and cashew butter which intensified the nutty flavour and made the middle layer extra special. Of course if you only have peanut butter you can just use the one kind and it will still be delicious.
Oat flour is made simply by blending up oats until they resemble flour. I only recently learnt this. It’s so simple!
You can keep these little treats in the freezer until you wish to eat them, although I don’t think that will be for very long…
Options and leave outs
I used coconut flour for the base, which worked brilliantly and gave it a little hint of coconut but not overpoweringly so. If you don’t have coconut flour, you can use ground almonds instead, of course if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend with an allergy to almonds you’ll need to use coconut flour…!
For the peanuts you can use salted peanuts or if you have plain peanuts you can massage a little salt into them. I tend to use agave nectar instead of maple syrup when using large amounts to keep things budget friendly, but if you have maple syrup you can absolutely use this instead of agave. You can also use any plant based milk you have, I just prefer oat for almost anything!
Maca powder is such a good addition in this slice, as not only is it considered a superfood full of vitamin C and Iron (among other goodness) it has a nutty/caramel flavour so works really well with this snickers-like treat. If you don’t have Maca powder you can simply leave it out.
Goes well with…
A cup of tea! Also goes well with a scoop of ice cream on the side for extra naughtiness. Enjoy!
Sort of like a Snickers Slice
Well.. It's sort of like a snickers slice
For the Base
- 55 g coconut flour or ground almonds
- 145 g oat flour (blended oats)
- 75 g agave nectar or maple syrup
- 55 g coconut oil melted
- 1 pinch salt
For the caramel layer
- 200 g medjool dates
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- 60 ml oat milk
- 125 g peanut butter (or cashew butter) I used a mixture
- 1/2 Tbsp maca powder optional
For the topping
- 50 g salted peanuts
- 150 g vegan dark chocolate
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the base, until encorporated together. Line a small tray with baking paper, then tip in the mixture and spread it around to flatten and form the base. You want it to be about half an inch thick. Stick it in the freezer whilst you move onto the next step.
For the caramel layer, tip all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Take the tray out of the freezer and spread the middle layer onto the base to cover it evenly.
Next, sprinkle over the salted peanuts, squish them down a little and pop it back in the freezer.
For the topping, break up the chocolate and place it in a glass bowl over a small pan of boiling water. On a gentle simmer, stir in the coconut oil as the chocolate melts and continuously stir until the chocolate is completely melted, glossy and smooth. Take the tray out of the freezer and carefully pour the melted chocolate over the middle layer, to complete the layers.
Leave it to set in the fridge or freezer for about 10 minutes and they are good to go! You can then cut them up into as many slices as you like, I'd recommend 12 but you could also do smaller squares. Once in slices you can keep them in the fridge or freezer until you wish to destroy them (they defrost very quickly). Enjoy with a cup of tea!