Date Snickers

Craving the irresistible flavors of a Snickers bar without the guilt? Look no further than these delectable Date Snickers Bars! Packed with wholesome ingredients like juicy Medjool dates, creamy peanut butter, and dairy-free chocolate, this recipe offers a guilt-free alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth.

A hand holds a date snickers treat with a bite taken out.

Whether you’re a vegan foodie or simply seeking a healthier treat, these date Snickers bars are sure to become a favorite in your snack repertoire.

After years of struggling to find nutritious snacks that are also delicious, I fell in love with creating my own healthy recipes. These Date Snickers Bars are a testament to my passion for plant-based indulgence and prove that wholesome treats can be just as delicious as they are nourishing.

Ready to make dates taste like Snickers? Let’s do this!

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Medjool Dates: Opt for fresh, firm Medjool dates for the best results. Look for them in the produce section of your grocery store.
  • Peanut Butter: Choose natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils. Alternatively, almond butter or cashew butter can be substituted for a different flavor profile.
  • Peanut Butter Powder: This adds a boost of peanut flavor without extra calories. Find it in the nut butter aisle or health food section.
  • Roasted Peanuts: Use unsalted roasted peanuts for a crunchy texture. You can find them in the snack or bulk section of the store.
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips: Look for high-quality dairy-free chocolate chips in the baking aisle. Brands like Enjoy Life or Hu Kitchen offer delicious options.
  • Coconut Oil: Opt for unrefined, virgin coconut oil for a subtle coconut flavor. It can be found in the oil or baking aisle of most grocery stores.

Buying Guide: When purchasing Medjool dates, ensure they are plump and moist, without any signs of drying or mold. Choose a package that feels soft and supple to the touch.

Dates stuffed with peanut butter are being dipped in melted chocolate.

How to Make Date Snickers

  1. Prepare Dates: If your dates are firm, soften them by placing them in a cup of hot water for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stuff Dates: Cut a small slice in each date and remove the pit. Fill each date with a teaspoon of peanut butter mixture.
  3. Add Nuts: Sprinkle chopped roasted peanuts onto each stuffed date for added crunch.
  4. Melt Chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring in between.
  5. Coat Dates: Dip each stuffed date into the melted chocolate, ensuring it’s fully coated. Place on waxed paper-lined pan and sprinkle with additional chopped nuts.
  6. Chill: Transfer the pan to the fridge and let the chocolate set for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Serve: Once set, indulge in these irresistible Date Snickers Bars!

Marly’s Tips

  • For a quicker alternative, skip the homemade chocolate coating and simply drizzle melted dairy-free chocolate over the stuffed dates.
  • To prevent the chocolate from seizing, make sure the dates are completely dry before dipping them in the melted chocolate.
  • Customize your bars by adding a sprinkle of sea salt or a drizzle of caramel sauce before the chocolate sets.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Wholesome Indulgence: Enjoy the decadent flavors of a Snickers bar without compromising on health. These bars offer a nutritious twist on a beloved classic.
  • Plant-Powered Goodness: Made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients, these date Snickers bars are suitable for vegans and anyone looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
  • Easy Preparation: With simple steps and readily available ingredients, whipping up a batch of these bars is a breeze, making them perfect for satisfying cravings in a pinch.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can I make these nut-free?

Absolutely! Substitute sunflower seed butter for peanut butter and sunflower seeds for the roasted peanuts.

How long do these bars stay fresh?

When stored properly in the refrigerator, they can last up to a week.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this with your favorite side dishes such as:

  • Fruit Medley: Pair these Date Snickers Bars with a colorful fruit medley of sliced strawberries, bananas, and grapes for a refreshing contrast of flavors.
  • Smoothie Bowl Topping: Crumble a snickers dates over my vanilla smoothie bowl recipe for added sweetness and crunch, creating a delightful breakfast or snack.
  • Ice Cream Sundae: Turn dessert time into a celebration by topping dairy-free chocolate ice cream with chopped Date Snickers Bars, plant-based caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of crushed nuts.
  • Energy Bites: Chop up leftover bars and mix them into homemade these yummy peanut butter energy bites for a nutritious on-the-go snack that satisfies both hunger and cravings.

These serving suggestions enhance the flavors and textures of the Date Snickers Bars, making them even more irresistible for any occasion.

Storage Tips

Store leftover Date Snickers Bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. For longer storage, freeze the bars in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

A stack of healthy snickers with dates shows the top one with a bite taken out. There are dates on a cutting board in the background.

More Vegan Chocolate Treats

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A hand holds a date snickers chocolate candy with a bite taken out, revealing peanut butter filling.

Date Snickers

Indulge in the wholesome goodness of these Date Snickers Bars. Creamy peanut butter, crunchy roasted peanuts, and rich dairy-free chocolate come together in a guilt-free treat that satisfies your sweet cravings.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 treats
Calories: 125kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Test your dates. Are they firm? If so, here's how to gently soften them. Heat a cup of water in a large mug for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add a tea strainer (it should rest above the water line. Add the dates and let them sit above the hot water for 1 to 2 minutes until they soften).
  • Cut a small, lengthwise slice in one of the dates and remove the pitt. Repeat with the remaining dates.
  • Stir together peanut butter and peanut butter powder. Add a teaspoon of this peanut butter mixture inside each date.
    Looking down on Medjool dates on a cutting board sitting next to a bowl of peanut butter with a spoon in it.
  • Chop the roasted nuts. Add a bit of chopped roasted nuts to each date.
  • Place chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir and then heat for 30 seconds. Stir and then repeat if necessary to melt the chocolate.
  • Dip the stuffed dates in the melted chocolate and transfer to a pan lined with waxed paper. Add additional chopped nuts on top (while the chocolate is still wet). Once all the dates are coated in chocolate and resting on the pan, transfer the pan to the fridge for the chocolate to set.
    Dates stuffed with peanut butter are being dipped in melted chocolate.

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Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.4mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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