Virtual Vegan Potluck: Homemade Schnickers Bars (and Paleo!)

10 May
Yep, it's food porn.

Yep, it’s food porn.

Ding ding! Round three! The Virtual Vegan Potluck is such a wonderful highlight in my blogging world. It’s amazing that so many bloggers get together and make this whole thing happen! There’s 169 bloggers from around the world this time. Of course, there’s a few superheroes at the helm that keep us all in check: Annie at An Unrefined Vegan; Somer at Vedged Out; and Jason at Jason and the Veganauts. Hurrah and huzzah to these lovely folks! It must be like dealing with a huge class of kindergarteners.

vvpLOGOAnd this time I’m doing a dessert—homemade Schnickers Bars—after two rounds of main courses. If you want to check those out, they are here and here. I’m happy to say that you can make this a raw vegan dish, but I used roasted salted peanuts and roasted peanut butter, so it’s not technically raw. You could make this paleo by subbing the peanuts for almonds, but I didn’t have time to do that. But at the rate these treats are going to get eaten, I’ll have a chance to try that out very soon.

Last Import - 3When I found this recipe I was so excited! I have changed it, and frankly, the original left a lot to be desired. Not so much on the concept—which of course is awesome!—but on the execution. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a chocolatier, and need a little more explanation than “Coat the sides of your container with chocolate.” How? How do you get it to stick to the sides of a silicone container? And also, they said to make the chocolate first, and didn’t tell me why. Now I know it’s because it needs to cool down a bit so that it gets less runny. So please, make the chocolate mixture first.

Another thing that bugged me: “Add the caramel”. Okay, sure. HOW do you add a bunch of sticky stuff to a pile of chocolate and peanuts? Help me out here! I muddled my way through it, but seriously, they could have given the reader a little more to go on.

But when you know you’re going to basically have a version of a Snickers bar without all the crappy soy-lecithin laden chocolate, corn-syrup caramel and a dozen other ingredients I can’t pronounce, you persevere. And it was worth it. It was so very worth it!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. The Husband asked for seconds, and would have gone for thirds but I think he was a bit embarrassed to ask. To be honest, I work from home and they’ve been calling to me from the freezer all day. I’ve resisted so far, but I know that at least one more will disappear tonight…

Note: I used both a big silicone ice-cube tray and a regular standard ice cube tray for these. The silicone made it marginally easier to get out, but I like the miniature size of the regular ice-cube tray variety. Up to you! I’m sure there’s candy bar-sized silicone trays out there to make full-sized bars with. Have fun!

+++NOTE: I remade these recently (September 2013) with almonds instead, so I’ve changed the recipe. You can use peanuts if you want, like the photo, but man, the almonds are SO much better! And totally Paleo!

Homemade “Schnickers” Bars

Chocolate Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup virgin coconut oil, warmed until just liquid
  • 3/4 Cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 Cup natural maple syrup (I used grade A)
Caramel Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup pitted dates, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes and drained
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp creamy salted almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil (Doesn’t have to be melted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Extra Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup roasted and salted almonds*

Directions:

Place chocolate ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a pitcher to make it easy to pour the chocolate with control later. Set this aside in a cool place.

Blend all caramel ingredients in a food processor until smooth. You’ll need to scrape the sides down once or twice. Place the caramel into a pastry/frosting bag or into a plastic bag. You can cut the corner off to use as a pastry bag.

Coat your silicone molds or ice-cube trays’ bottom and sides with a fairly thick layer of chocolate. How? Well, make sure the chocolate is at a temperature where it’s fairly thick. Pour an equal amount in each of the molds and gently tilt the mold to coat the sides. I would suggest doing this little by little, adding more chocolate in stages to coat them well. Once you’ve got a good, thick coating, place it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Cover the bottom of each chocolate with almonds. Using your pastry bag, add a good dose of caramel, and use the tip of a butter knife to smooth out.

Last Import - 2Pour the remaining chocolate on top of the caramel, coating well. This “top” of your chocolate will actually be the bottom when you pop them out! Gently place in the freezer on a level plane for one hour. During this hour you may need to leave the house to refrain from eating them. I must admit using the peanuts to dip into the leftover caramel while I waited for them to be ready.

If you used regular ice-cube trays, run a little hot water over the bottom of the trays to loosen them from the sides, then pop out over a rimmed cookie sheet or tray to keep them from scooting off the counter and on to the floor. I ate the one that fell anyway, but this way you can learn from my trials and not have to wipe off the cat/dog fur before eating any of these little darlings.

If any survive the first outing, keep them in a tightly sealed container in the freezer until serving. By the way, I didn’t do half of the things I’ve said to do here, and mine still turned out very tasty.

* Roasted and salted almonds:

Take 1 cup of raw whole almonds (get the ones that are labeled “Italian” or “European”, as they will be truly raw and unpasteurized) and chop them up roughly. I love roughing up my ingredients. It makes me feel big and mean.

Toast them in the oven or on the stovetop in a frying pan. Stir often if you’re using a pan. Once they’re pretty toasty all over, add about a tablespoon of almond oil and coat well. Carefully pour out the almonds onto a plate covered in paper towel and blot most of the excess oil off. Salt them with sea salt generously. Set aside to cool before using in the recipe.

Last Import - 5Now, if you’ve just jumped to my blog from my Facebook post or whatnot, please go back and visit Ode to a Mung Bean’s post by clicking on the link below. They’re from the UK, my old stomping grounds! So really, their dessert will be called a pudding. And they do awesome puddings over there!

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Keep on the VVP train! Go to the next in the Potluck at Happy to be Just a Table of Two for more delicious vegan dessert yumminess:

87 Responses to “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Homemade Schnickers Bars (and Paleo!)”

  1. veganmiam at 10:39 pm #

    You made my day…. vegan homemade schnickers! AWESOME, bookmarking this….

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day x

    ♡ rika, vegan miam
    http://www.veganmiam.com
    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

    • tinykitchenstories at 9:40 am #

      I ❤ making someone's day! Thank you so much! And Happy VVP 3.0 Day to you, too!

  2. OMG!

  3. sammysfood at 2:48 am #

    YYUUMMMMMMMM!!

  4. Ula at 5:12 am #

    You just made my day. I am so excited to try this recipe. I love that it’s raw.

    • tinykitchenstories at 9:37 am #

      Thanks, Ula! Just make sure to use raw peanuts and you’ll be all set. And I can’t think of a better compliment than I just made someone’s day, so thank YOU!

  5. luminousvegans at 5:32 am #

    Yes!!! This looks so easy and delicious. I think I have most of those ingredients in my cabinet so I will have to make this soon. Oh how I wish I wish we could turn this virtual potluck into a real one right now so I could gobble these up.

    • tinykitchenstories at 9:36 am #

      I feel that way too! There’s so much good stuff on this potluck! And I’m glad you’ve got everything in the cupboard–within a few hours, you could be eating them…

    • Cheerfully Vegan at 6:24 pm #

      I thought the same thing!!!! I don’t WANT to wait until I can make these. I wanna have some right now. ;D

      • tinykitchenstories at 8:46 am #

        You know what? Me too! And I’m away for the weekend, and they are in the freezer at home….

  6. Poppy at 5:57 am #

    OH MY GOSH! I need to make these!!!

    • tinykitchenstories at 9:35 am #

      My reaction exactly when I saw the original recipe! Please tell me how they turn out, and if you have any further tips to share.

      • Poppy at 9:37 am #

        I sure will. Thank you. Happy VVP Day! 🙂

  7. Kathryn Morrison at 7:38 am #

    Ooh, these look amazing! 🙂

  8. Kammie at 8:45 am #

    HOW awesome are you for this? VERY FREAKING AWESOME.

    Sorry, I got excited. I absolutely love Snickers candy bars and I am so happy you made a homemade version that is also vegan! Wowie. You rock 🙂

    • tinykitchenstories at 9:34 am #

      Kammie, I had the same reaction when I saw these! I haven’t had a Snickers bar in years because of all the dairy and weird stuff. So thank you for the comment, and let’s stuff our faces together. Cheers!

  9. ladycoop at 11:50 am #

    ahhh how exciting. I have missed snickers. Can’t wait to make this.

    • tinykitchenstories at 8:50 am #

      Thank you! I hope you can enjoy them soon. My favorite part is that the caramel isn’t so sweet that it hurts your teeth!

  10. An Unrefined Vegan at 1:26 pm #

    Blown. Away. You smacked it on down, babe!

    • tinykitchenstories at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Annie! The VVP deserves one’s best. All the work you guys put into it…well, I wish I could have sent you a box of these!

  11. fitfulfocus at 2:47 pm #

    omg omg omg. want now!

  12. Cheerfully Vegan at 6:26 pm #

    I am in awe. What an amazing job!! My mouth is watering. I dropped in on your blog first because it was posted on VVP’s Facebook. I haven’t been to any of the others just yet. If this is any indication of what is to come, I am very excited. 😀

    • tinykitchenstories at 8:46 am #

      Wow, what a wonderful comment to receive! I’m so flattered! And I hope you found all the other awesome recipes on the VVP. Welcome!

  13. sugarcoatedvegan at 7:36 pm #

    Yummmmmy! I WILL be trying this soon!! Happy VVP!

    – Alexis
    http://www.sugarcoatedvegan.com

  14. annesturetucker at 8:57 pm #

    Wow this dessert is amazing – I LOVE it! A must try recipe! Thank you!

  15. jess at 4:32 am #

    ahh, these sound incredible!

  16. Oh it makes me very hungry!! I am literally putting in every effort to not drool on my keyboard! Awesome potluck contribution and gorgeous blog! So happy to be stopping by 🙂

  17. veghotpot at 12:48 pm #

    Yum! I agree its annoying when a recipe is vague, especially in puddings because they’re more precise and technical.great schnickers can’t wait to try them

    • tinykitchenstories at 3:13 pm #

      I totally agree! There was a lot left to the imagination on the original recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy VVP!

  18. creativespin at 5:56 pm #

    Wow! I love that these look crazy delish, but are not full of refined sugar.

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:29 pm #

      Isn’t that a bonus? I like how few ingredients there are, but the result is still very high in yum factor. Thanks for the comment!

  19. Alana at 8:27 pm #

    Oh my! Yum! x

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:30 pm #

      They are not lasting long in the freezer just for that reason! Yum, indeed! Thanks!

  20. Ally at 5:12 am #

    Wow! Very impressive. I am keen to make these ASAP! I just need to track down some roasted peanuts and salted peanut butter (or add salt to our natural peanut butter?). Thanks for a scrumptious recipe, and for the tip about preventing the bars from sliding on to the floor. 😉

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks, Ally! I think you could add salt to your natural peanut butter, or maybe add a little sea salt as you’re assembling them. I feel like mine could have been just a tad saltier, but I like that salted caramel/salted chocolate flavor. And I’m all for tips! Thanks for stopping by, and for such a lovely comment. Enjoy! 🙂

  21. I am soooo drooling 😉 those look deee-licious!!

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:33 pm #

      Thank you, Catherine! What a lovely comment to receive ! I hope you make them and let me know if they are as drool-worthy as they look! 🙂

  22. Somer at 10:15 am #

    So excited to try these! Incredible recipe girl! xx

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:08 pm #

      Thank you! Your sliders seriously made me drool! Trying out that bacon and your bread STAT.

  23. girlinafoodfrenzy at 5:52 am #

    Incredible! I love that you’ve taken a chocolate that we all know & love, veganised it and bettered it! Actually looks more amazing than the real thing (and I’m not) vegan, but could totally be convinced these bars are the poster child for yummy, vegan, sinfully delish treats. 🙂

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:10 pm #

      I’m not vegan either (as you know, fellow lamb lover!), but these *are* so much tastier than the real thing! They lack all the chemicals and crappy chocolate. And easily switched up to other nuts to suit your fancy. Almond? Macadamia? The sky is the limit! 🙂 Thank you!

  24. Maggie Muggins at 7:24 am #

    Yup, that’ll do just fine. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing better then homemade candy bars. Crazy delicious looking!

    • tinykitchenstories at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait to play with the recipe a little more. If you make them, please share any tips or improvements!

  25. laurasmess at 4:04 pm #

    Oh wow. This is my first visit to your blog (I love this potluck thing… so many awesome blogs!) and this recipe is like… well, hitting the goldmine. I love Snickers bars but often avoid them as they’re so bad for me! This version is gorgeous… deliciously good coconut oil and wholesome ingredients. The sugar content? Bah, I need it to keep my brain going. Yup! Making these!!!

    • tinykitchenstories at 4:35 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m still stuck in Appetizers and can’t wait to read more of the recipes. I feel the same way about Snickers bars! Which is why this recipe can still be a little dangerous…we don’t have an excuse to turn them down if they are “good for us”!! 😉

  26. Mama's Gotta Bake at 8:21 am #

    Oh my, so decadent! I must give these a try…today!

    • tinykitchenstories at 1:14 pm #

      Wow–thank you!! I hope you do! I’m sure you’ll come up with some improvements, and if you do, please share.

  27. spinachrevolution at 12:33 pm #

    This looks dangerously good! I can feel my love handles expanding as I pin this recipe to my board…Thank you!

  28. These are so clever! They look impressive and delicious. 🙂

    • tinykitchenstories at 10:31 am #

      I can’t take all the credit, but thanks so much! They are definitely worth the work. 🙂

  29. Anastasia at 3:07 pm #

    raw snickers! I must try!

    • tinykitchenstories at 10:30 am #

      I’ll be interested to see if your little ones enjoy them. I’m sure they will–even though they’re not as sweet as regular Snickers, I think that kids will still love them!

  30. Kelli at 3:58 pm #

    Oh, yum. These look A-mazing! Can’t wait to make them!

    • tinykitchenstories at 10:29 am #

      We just finished that first batch the other night. I’m waiting for The Husband to request more! If you do make them, please share any other improvements or tips to make the recipe work better. I feel it could use a few more tweaks!

  31. Keely @ Gormandize at 5:00 pm #

    Heavenly! This looks out of this world. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to type out such a good recipe and explanation, I share your frustration for badly explained recipes! Some internet recipes are just rubbish, with no specific details about the ingredients or on how to actually complete the steps. I’m a huge fan of a snickers – so I’m bookmarking these to try!

    • tinykitchenstories at 10:28 am #

      Thanks for the support! I mean, the whole point of a recipe is to tell someone HOW to do it, right? Otherwise it’s just a list of ingredients!!
      I’m glad you’re going to try them–they’re surprisingly simple and worth every minute spent making them. Enjoy! And let me know if you find any other tips or improvements on the recipe!

  32. wow, you’ve made it from scrath,
    i though that you’ve using chocolate bar for this..
    nice sweet bites!

  33. Herbivore Triathlete at 4:55 pm #

    Holy crap! These are amazing, I love love love Snickers! Wow. You have blown my mind.

    • tinykitchenstories at 4:58 pm #

      Thank you so much! My mind was blown when I found out how relatively easy they are to make. And delicious? Hells yeah! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

  34. Raymund at 1:25 am #

    Wow this looks very amazing! Yum

  35. Mama's Gotta Bake at 9:04 am #

    Dang, you’ll put the Mars Company out of business with this version of a Snickers Bar! Looks awesome.

  36. Meenakshi at 6:43 am #

    Wowzerous! That looks even better than a regular snickers bar. I use a lot of coconut oil when I cook at home- for south Indian dishes- but does it leave a coconutty aftertaste when paired with chocolate? I am yet to try it in a bake or dessert. This looks really, really good! And to think it;s all natural with no high fructose corn syrup!

    • tinykitchenstories at 10:17 am #

      It *does* leave a bit of coconutty aftertaste, and next time I’m going to try it with butter instead.

      And I’m so overdue for some Indian food! I’ll have to look at your site and pick a recipe…. 🙂

  37. Bridge B at 7:33 pm #

    ahh these look excellent. Thank you!

    • tinykitchenstories at 8:24 am #

      I hope you try them! If you make them in ice cube trays, one is the perfect treat. 🙂

  38. celestedimilla at 2:18 am #

    Oh my – these look amazing!!!!! 🙂

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