Snickers Date Bark, gluten-free
This Snickers Date Bark recipe combines Medjool dates, peanut butter, chocolate, and nuts. It tastes like a Snickers bar but is a healthy chocolate alternative that happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free. Keep it stocked in your fridge for an easy snack on the go or a delicious treat with your afternoon coffee or tea. It's so good that I'm calling it the best viral food trend of the year!
If you miss eating Snickers Bars (as they contain gluten), then you'll be as happy as I was when I discovered this viral food trend. Thanks to Lina at That Health Junkie, the coeliac world (and the whole world) can enjoy a healthier twist on Snickers that happens to be gluten free, dairy free, and vegan-friendly. Every bite is a perfect balance of flavours and textures and when I tell you that this is my all-time favourite no-bake treat, then that's saying something.
Why you'll love this Snickers Date Bark
Tastes like a Snickers bar but is made with wholesome ingredients
It's quick and easy to make with no complicated steps involved
It's a no-bake treat which means no oven is required
It's crunchy, chewy, sweet, creamy, and salty all at once, YUM!
It's nutritious and filled with dates and good fats
It's gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and if needed can be made nut-free by swapping the peanuts with sunflower seed butter and seed alternatives.
Watch How to Make It
Helpful Tips for Success
Dates: Make sure you use only Medjool dates as they are soft and plumpy. Other dates tend to be dryer and tough to chew down on. If needed, soak the dates the 5 minutes in hot water and pat dry before using. The dates are the 'caramel' part of the 'Snickers bar' and therefore need to be soft and plump.
Chocolate: Make sure the chocolate is set before cutting. I took mine out too early (I was excited) and when I sliced it, it made the chocolate crack into bits (you can probably see it in the photos), so make sure you allow it to be set for at least an hour before slicing.
Substitutions and Additions: If you don't like peanuts or have an allergy to them, then swap the peanut butter with any nut or seed butter and swap the crushed peanuts with any chopped nuts or seeds. Alternatives include almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. You can also add tahini, dried cranberries, raisins, or any dried fruit. This then will not taste like a Snickers bar but it will still taste absolutely delicious.
Snickers Date Bark
Prep 10 minutes
Freeze 1 hour
16 large Medjool dates
3 tablespoons peanut butter, smooth
2 tablespoons crushed peanuts or cashews
1 cup (150g) vegan chocolate buttons (or milk chocolate)
Flaky sea salt, a pinch
1. Prepare the dates: Open the dates in half and remove the seeds from the center. Place a sheet of baking paper onto a tray and press the dates down onto it, making sure they overlap a little so they stick together.
2. Add the peanuts: Drizzle the peanut butter over the top and use a spoon to spread it across the dates. Sprinkle the crushed nuts over the top.
3. Add the chocolate: Melt the chocolate in the microwave, making sure the chocolate is stirred every 30 seconds so it does not burn, and pour it over the bar. Top it with a pink of sea salt flakes.
4. Freeze, slice, and serve: Place it in the freezer to firm up for 1 hour. Remove and chop the bark into large pieces and enjoy. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.
Recipe and Photography by Margaret Pahos for @CreateCookShare