This delicious and healthy Snickers Protein Bar recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and packed with protein. They make a great for a mid-day snack, healthier dessert, or even post-workout option.
Photography by Jaia Taboada for Nutrition in the Kitch
There’s Nothing Like a Healthy Snickers Protein Bar
Seriously, there’s nothing like it…oh, except for maybe a real Snickers chocolate bar. These healthy must-make protein bars are a delicious, much healthier knockoff of those caramel, peanut, and nougat bars enveloped in rich milk chocolate.
Instead of corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavour, palm oil, and milk fat (just some of the ingredients in the regular version), my recipe has whole food ingredients, no dairy, and is packed with protein!
Healthy Ingredients in a Snickers Protein Bar
If you’ve made a goal to eat better this year, reducing refined sugar in your diet is a fantastic place to start (you should also check out my 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse!). Although it’s not easy to kick sugar to the curb, these healthy protein bars feel like a sweet treat but don’t contain any refined sugar. The protein in them also helps to prevent those sugar cravings!
These bars are made with just a handful of ingredients and are much less intensive to make than they appear, making them great for even novices in the kitchen.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Raw peanuts
- Pitted dates (Medjool dates work great!)
- Natural peanut butter
- Almond flour
- Natural vegan vanilla protein powder or collagen peptides (note: collagen is not vegan but is unflavoured and you can’t taste it!)
- Pure maple syrup
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Dark chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
As you can see the ingredients are much healthier than in a traditional Snickers bar, but the taste is still spectacular!
Are Snickers Protein Bars Good for You?
When it comes to protein bars there is a huge variety out there. The company that makes Snickers bars created their own protein version but the ingredients are essentially the same as a typical chocolate bar with the addition of whey protein (which contains dairy).
I would not say that those bars are healthy as they are not made with whole foods and still contain almost 10g of refined sugar each.
My snickers protein bar recipe has mostly natural, unrefined ingredients (except for the dark chocolate chips, which are lower in sugar!). The sweetness mainly comes from dates which are high in fibre and low on the glycemic index (they won’t spike your blood sugars) as well as pure maple syrup which is another great natural sweetener. My bars also get protein from natural plant-based protein or high quality collagen peptides.
So, these are definitely good for you!
Kitchen Items You’ll Need:
To make a delicious homemade Snickers protein bar you will need a few specific cooking tools and accessories, most of which you already have in your kitchen! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 8″ x 8″ square or 9″ x 7″ rectangular baking dish or pan
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowls
- Food processor (see recipe for my recommendation)
- Baking sheet (no baking required!)
Whether you are aiming to reduce your refined sugar intake, or want a healthy and seemingly indulgent snack option, this protein bar recipe is a must-make
Have you ever made your own healthier homemade chocolate or protein bars? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!
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Have a great day,
Christal // NITK