I wanted to make a fun TREAT for my kids today. I have been a stickler lately about sugar in our home and, let's just say, I have been grately encouraging my kids to eat healthy. (They might call it something different, I'm sure). I want to teach my children why we want to eat those vegetables and why we want to stay away from processed foods AND today, I wanted to make them a treat made from WHOLE FOODS (nothing processed)- that I think actually tastes better than a snickers bar!
My mother shared this recipe with me a month or so ago, and I finally got around to making it. (I believe she found this on oatmealwithafork.com). If you have coconut oil, maple syrup and dates on hand- you can pretty much make these. The recipe might look a little hard...but it is super easy! My kids helped me make them and they loved the 3 layer instructions. The pictures aren't the best, but believe me- this dessert is really good! Hope you enjoy!
5 T. coconut oil, melted
4 T. cocoa powder
2 t. maple syrup
⅛ t. salt
4 T. coconut oil, melted
2 T. milk of your choice
3 T. maple syrup
½ t. vanilla
½ c. + 2 T. oats, ground into flour (use almond flour if grain-free)
⅛ t. sea salt
8 dates, Medjool (I soaked these for about 30 minutes while the Nougat layer froze)
2 T. peanut butter (I used salted so I didn’t add any extra salt)
1 t. vanilla
2 t. water
¼ c. peanuts
1. Mix together the ingredients for the chocolate base until well combined.
2. Pour the mix into a small baking dish (I used 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish).
3. Put the dish into the freezer until hard (about 10-15 minutes).
4. Mix together the ingredients for the nougat layer until well combined.
5. Pour the nougat layer onto the hardened chocolate base.
6. Set in the freezer until the nougat layer is solid (1-2 hours).
7. Process the ingredients for the caramel layer until well combined.
8. Spread the caramel mix atop the hardened nougat layer (wet and use your hands for this, as it is very thick.
9. Press the peanuts into the caramel, scattering them across the entire layer.
10. Freeze again until set (about an hour).
11. Cut into 12 equal bars and enjoy!