Clean Snickers slice

Clean Snickers slice

Clean Snickers slice – Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, soy free and clean. * Vegan if the honey in the chocolate layer is replaced with rice malt syrup.

 

Six months in the making.. (Well, on and off – I do have a life).
Lots of ingredients… (Same ingredients but constantly re-purchasing is not good on the old wallet).
Many – “so close but not quite there” moments…

I almost gave up but a part of me was determined to make it work.

The trouble was I tried to make an exact replica of a Snickers bar with wholefood ingredients when I should’ve tried to capture the essence of one instead. So I turned it into a slice. The Snicker’s taste shines through in the date and peanut mix and you don’t have to feel guilty knowing that each bite is doing your body good. Now that’s a win-win in my books!

I’ve posted that many updates on my Snickers status that by the time I nailed it, I had the most likes on Facebook that I’ve ever received for any single recipe. My taste testers were happy with the result and one even asked for the recipe.

I have to warn you, this clean Snickers slice is heavy compared to other slices and you don’t need big pieces of it. It’s quite filling due to the high nut content and makes 18 regular slices or 36 half-sized slices. I wasn’t able to finish a regular piece so I ended up slicing mine into small pieces. I’m not a big sweet tooth though so I’ll leave that up to you.

If you look around at markets and health food shops, you may notice that wholefood Snicker’s slices are selling from about $8 – $9 each. That’s an expensive piece of Snickers! So when you compare that price to the overall price spent on making this slice, you are saving a lot of money per slice.

 

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I’ve used peanuts roasted in their shell as I love how fresh they taste but if peeling nuts is too time consuming, just make sure you’re using unsalted nuts as you want to be able to control the amount of salt that goes into the caramel layer.

So, thank you all for putting up with the “I’ve almost done it but not quite” updates on Facebook and Instagram. I can now release a recipe that I’m proud of. By the way,  you can take it to work, but put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it otherwise it will be sticky and the chocolate will melt.

 

Ingredients I used

 

 

Here’s an overview on what to do

 

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Blitz cashews in a food processor till resembling large breadcrumbs.

 

 

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Add sweetener and vanilla extract and blitz further till combined and mixture starts to clump.

 

 

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Press into a baking paper lined tray. Make sure it’s lined or you will have trouble lifting the slice out.

 

 

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For the caramel layer, soak pitted dates in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess water.

 

 

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Blitz dates in a small food processor till smooth. Stir through blitzed peanuts and salt.

 

 

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Spread evenly over base. Freeze till firm (Note: date mix will not freeze).

 

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Pour over the melted chocolate mixture and then sprinkle chopped nuts over the top. Freeze again briefly till firm.

 

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Use a serrated knife to cut slice to ensure smoothly cut slices. A regular knife was used on the right hand side which “pushed” the slice instead of cutting through it.

 

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Delicious clean “Snickers” slice. Filling and so much better for you than the bar.

 

 

Why this is so good for you

Cashews reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help prevent gallstones, help prevent macular degeneration, reduce the risk of colon cancer, increases immunity and reduce the risk of stroke.
Dates help protect against macular degeneration, help maintain healthy skin and mucus membranes, help relieve constipation, reduce risk of colon cancer, colitis and hemorrhoids, help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and reduce blood pressure.
Peanuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, help prevent colon and stomach cancer, reduce the development of gallstones and provide protection against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Raw cacao powder protects against aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Coconut oil helps boost metabolism and aids in weight loss, helps boost endurance, detoxes the body, protects the heart, prevents and heals candida, helps improve the digestive system and prevents irritable bowl syndrome, strengthens the immune system, kills the viruses that causes influenza, hepatitis and measles, helps stop tooth decay, helps prevent liver disease, helps dissolve kidney stones, prevents and treats diabetes, kills the bacteria that causes throat infections; and heals damaged tissues and infections.
Rice malt syrup is easy to digest, is not addictive like regular sugar, has less strain on the liver due to being fructose free and is a better alternative when considering your weight then fructose filled sweeteners.
Honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body,  helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.

 

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

Love, Tash

 

Clean Snickers slice

Yield: 18 regular pieces or 36 half sized pieces.

* I use rice malt syrup for the base but you can use any mild flavoured sweetener. This ensures the base has that flavour similar to the base of a Snickers bar. If you use honey, it will dominate the flavour.

* To cut: Remove slice from tin. Slice down the very middle with a serrated knife then slice into thirds on either side. Turn and slice the other way into thirds.

Ingredients

    Base
  • 500 grams (3 1/4 cups) raw (natural) cashews
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Middle
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • Top
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or more depending on taste) * or 1/4 cup rice malt syrup to make this vegan
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry roasted peanuts, chopped, to sprinkle over the top

Instructions

    Base
  1. Blitz cashews in food processor till they resemble large breadcrumbs.
  2. Add rice malt syrup and vanilla extract and blitz a little further till combined.
  3. Press into a regular rectangular slice tin (internal measurement 25.5 cm x 16 cm) lined with baking paper.
  4. Middle
  5. Place peanuts in a food processor and pulse a couple of times until you have varied sizes. Set aside in a small bowl.
  6. Drain dates and squeeze out excess water. Place in a small food processor along with 1 tablespoon water and blitz till creamy. Transfer to a small bowl and stir through the salt and peanuts.
  7. Spread evenly over the base. Freeze slice till firm. (Note: dates don't freeze, they only become a little more solid).
  8. Top
  9. Combine coconut oil and raw cacao powder in small saucepan on the lowest heat possible.
  10. Stir in the honey and vanilla extract until smooth.
  11. Pour over slice.
  12. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts all over. Place back in freezer till firm.
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