Back in the day, my favorite junk food was the ultimate American chocolate bar: the “Snickers”. It is a thick rectangle of nougat, topped with salty caramel peanuts. The whole thing is coated in sweet milk chocolate.
Sounds delicious right? But a Snickers is not a friend to our health! We need a healthy update so we can enjoy all the great flavors of a Snickers, without compromising how our bodies feel.
A Healthy Update
I was inspired by my beloved sweet, sticky, chewy Snickers. So, I decided to develop this Healthy Raw “Snickers” Date Ball Recipe. These date balls taste like a raw Snickers bar, but you won’t get gross fuzzy teeth or a sugar crash after eating them.
Dates have a naturally deep, rich, caramel flavour and consistency. Their taste profile makes them the perfect candidate for this healthy update. Once blended, they become incredibly sticky and easy to roll into bitesize treats.
The great news is these Healthy Raw “Snickers” Date Balls are also kosher for Passover.
The recipe calls for almonds, but you can just as easily use peanuts for that typical Snickers taste. When it is not Passover, I switch between peanuts and almonds.
Of course, you could use any nut of your choice, but I think a hard nut is best to get the true Snickers texture. Make it more chocolate-y by adding 2 tsp of cocoa powder to the recipe.
If you want to make it just a bit more decedent, add 1 tsp of almond butter or peanut butter. This makes it just a bit richer and creamier.
Play around with the presentation. You can experiment with rolling the date balls in different toppings. How about almond flour, shredded coconut or a dusting of cocoa powder?
Storage and snacking
I like to make a batch of these date balls and keep them in the freezer. They can be stored longer this way, and it makes the texture extra chewy. They are just right for an after dinner sweet. They are also a great grab-and-go snack or addition to children’s lunchboxes.
These Healthy Raw “Snickers” Date Balls are certainly healthy – but that doesn’t mean we can just graze on them all day. The all natural ingredients still contain a lot of calories and natural sugars. This makes them the ideal snack when you need an energy lift.
Roasted and unsalted Peanuts
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1/2 cup roasted almonds (or peanuts) (raw – no salt)
Pinch of sea salt
2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped (about 16 dates)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Coating: Crushed toasted almonds
Optional: A few drops of water or orange juice
- Lightly toast the almonds in a dry skillet, taking care not to burn them.
Place the almonds and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
Add the dates and vanilla extract and pulse to combine. You may need to scrape the sides down occasionally.
The mixture should stick together when you squeeze it. If it seems too dry, add a few drops of water or orange juice – but just enough so that it comes together, don’t make it sloppy!
- Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 1 hour or so that it is easier to make into balls
Take one rounded tablespoon of the mixture. Use your hands to roll it into a small ball.
Roll in the crushed toasted almonds and transfer to a plate.
Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Serve piled up on a decorative plate, or pop into an airtight box in the freezer.