Semi-Raw: Vegan Snickers Slices

I think Snickers had to have been my favorite candy bar back in my¬†days of careless processed food eating… Just the combination of peanuts with caramel, chocolate and nougat was a pretty heavenly experience. Of course I gave all that up and haven’t had one in years! So I adapted this recipe from a few I saw online and it’s pretty spot on! I’d say EVEN BETTER than the original! Prep your blenders and give these a whirl, you won’t be regretting anything but finishing them all yourself… ūüėČ

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Ingredients:

BASE

  • 2 cups almond meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill pre-made, or you could pulse your own raw almonds into a flour using a food processor)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple OR agave nectar (I used raw agave)
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (The ingredient should be only ONE thing: roasted peanuts)
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla beans or extract
  • 1 pinch Himalayan sea salt

PEANUT CARAMEL

  • 3 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple OR agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Instructions

  1. For the BASE place all ingredients into a high speed food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until it looks like a dough
  3. In square glass dish (I used 8×8) press the dough into the base (You can lay down¬†wax paper so it’s easier to pop out later, not necessary though)
  4. Place in freezer.
  5. For the PEANUT CARAMEL place all ingredients except the PEANUTS into a high speed food processor or blender.
  6. Blend for quite awhile
  7. When it has turned into a sticky caramel consistency, add peanuts and pulse for a few seconds to mix in.
  8. Spread evenly over the top of the BASE.
  9. Place back in freezer for at least 4 hours or until set.
  10. For CHOCOLATE TOPPING place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  11. Whisk together until it turns into a runny chocolate consistency.
  12. Pour over the top and spread evenly.

You should be able to slice and eat them almost immediately as long as the chocolate solidifies on the frozen caramel layer. Enjoy a guilt, sugar and dairy free Snickers slice!

 

Cooked: Vegan Raaka S’Mores

S’mores… Who doesn’t love the flavor fusion of decadent chocolate with soft pillowy toasted marshmallow sandwiched between¬†crunchy sweet graham crackers? It’s something I’ve missed for a very long time and I’m going to go so far as to say this vegan S’mores creation far outweighs any other I’ve had, vegan aside. I think the secret was in the chocolate. I recently discovered a line of chocolate that I’m absolutely smitten with! It’s a company called Raaka! They ethically source their cacao beans, never roast them to leave the true flavors intact as to honor the essence of what chocolate is… They are also here in Brooklyn and make their handmade bars in small controlled batches. I recently signed up for their chocolate of the month mailings: BEST. DECISION. EVER. ¬†For this particular vegan S’more, I chose their 75% dark bar that boasts tasting notes¬†of golden plum, rice wine and pistachio. It’s truly something to behold. Another great bar for a S’more would be their vegan Coconut Milk or the Bourbon Cask bar. Yum! ¬† For the marshmallows, I can’t find anything better out there than Dandies! Definitely go with these as they are flawless puffed delights sans gelatin. ¬† IMG_4526 ¬† Ingredients:

  • Vegan Graham Crackers (I used Erewhon brand)
  • 1 bar of Raaka chocolate (I used 75% Madagascar)
  • Several vegan marshmallows ( I used Dandies)

Directions: There are actually a couple¬†ways to pull this off, if you have access to a flame and want to roast your marshmallows the old fashioned way, by all means — please do it! I went ahead and just set the marshmallows on the graham crackers with a tray underneath (just in case!) on broil in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows began to brown slightly. Next, place a couple squares of Raaka on the warm¬†toasted marshmallows and close with another graham cracker! This is about as close to camping as I get, and boy is it delicious! ¬† To check out more of what Raaka has to offer:¬†http://www.raakachocolate.com/