No-Bake Snickers Protein Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Yield: 8
 
Like Snickers? Me too! This is my healthy version of Snickers in a protein bar. Very easy to make, gluten-free and delicious. Perfect for snacks.
Ingredients
For the nougat
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter (creamy)
  • ¼ cup sugar free honey (I used Nature's Hollow) *could also use regular honey (nutrition will be different)
  • 1 cup whey protein powder, vanilla (I used MRM Natural Vanilla)
For the caramel
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp water (reserved date water)
For the peanut layer
  • ¼ cup chopped salted peanuts
For the chocolate layer
  • ½ cup stevia chocolate chips (or semi sweet chocolate chips or any low carb chocolate bar you like, cut into pieces)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Take the ½ cup of dates, and pour boiling water over top, allow to sit and soften.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together all the nougat ingredients (peanut butter, honey and whey protein).
  3. Press the nougat into the bottom of an 8x8 square pan or glass dish.
  4. Take your softened dates, and 2 Tbsp of the date water, and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  5. Spread the date (caramel) mixture over the nougat layer in the pan.
  6. Then, sprinkle the chopped peanuts over the date (caramel) layer.
  7. Lastly, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second increments or over the stove in a small pot.
  8. Drizzle the chocolate over top the peanut layer, and spread to cover the edges of the pan.
  9. Chill in the fridge or freezer until chocolate is set.
  10. Cut into 8 bars, and store in fridge, or place individually in plastic baggies and store in the freezer for grab and go. I recommend keeping these in the freezer, and they can be eaten directly out of the freezer, as they remain chewy and don't get very hard.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 bar (makes 8) Calories: 219 Fat: 11 g Saturated fat: 4.5 g Carbs: 26 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 33 mg Fiber: 7 g Protein: 13.5 g
Recipe by Busy But Healthy at http://www.busybuthealthy.com/no-bake-snickers-protein-bars/