Date Snickers are a homemade version of the traditional candy bar, incorporating dates as a key ingredient.
If you’re a fan of Snickers, you’re in for a treat!
Check out this nutritious and delicious recipe below.
Date Snickers Wholesome Ingredients
Made with natural, wholesome ingredients, these Date Snickers are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
I love these little treats! They’re quick and easy and really do taste like a Snickers bar.
These dates are a great choice because of their large size, natural caramel-like flavor, and sweetness. I recommend purchasing pitted dates.
Medjool dates are a natural source of sugar, which makes them a nice alternative to processed sugars.
They also contain fiber which helps slow the release of carbohydrates giving you sustained energy, rather than a “sugar high”.
This recipe uses smooth peanut butter, but you can also use crunchy peanut butter or another type of nut butter, such as almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.
This nutrient-dense food also helps keep your blood sugar stable.
I use dark chocolate with at least 60% cacao.
It’s smooth, not too sweet, and sets quickly. When making chocolate-coated dates, it’s best to use chocolate with less sugar so that it’s not too sweet.
Dark chocolate contains cocoa solids, which are a good source of antioxidants. It also contains less sugar and fat than milk chocolate.
Learn more about the benefits of dark chocolate in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “7 Cacao Benefits for Skin: Beauty from the Inside Out“.
I use chopped peanuts as a topping. You can use any type of nuts you like, chopped or slivered. You can also skip the added nuts if you like!
Since peanut butter comes from peanuts, they have the same nutrients as peanut butter, protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
- 1 Cookie sheet
- 1 parchment paper
- 12 Medjool dates
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 5 oz dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Split open each pitted date and line them up on the cookie sheet. You can use a knife or just pull them apart with your fingers.
- Use a spoon to fill each date with peanut butter.
- Add peanuts to a ziplock bag and crush them with a heavy utensil.
- Microwave dark chocolate chips at 30 second intervals until melted.
- Cover each date in melted dark chocolate.
- Sprinkle dates with crushed peanuts.
- Place the cookie sheet in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer.
- Store in the refridgerator in an air-tight container.They'll stay good for about a month.
- You can also freeze your Date Snickers in an air-tight zip lock bag for up to 3 months.
Alternative Options for Date Snickers
Create alternative versions of Date Snickers.
Choose different ingredients while keeping the essence of a healthier, date-based, homemade Snickers-like treat.
Nut-Free Date Snickers
Replace the nut butter with sunflower butter or soy nut butter to create a nut-free version of Date Snickers.
Top the chocolate-covered dates with large salt in place of nuts.
Coconut Date Snickers
Incorporate shredded coconut into the nougat layer for added texture and flavor.
You could also add coconut oil or coconut cream to the chocolate coating for a coconut twist.
Milk or White Chocolate Date Snickers
Create your own unique candy bar.
Instead of dark chocolate, use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even flavored chocolate, such as mint chocolate or orange chocolate.
Are you interested in more alternatives to sugar? Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “Allulose vs Monk Fruit: Which Sweetener Is Better?“
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Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Weight Management. She has 20+ years of nutrition experience working in a variety of healthcare settings. Her passion is to provide evidence-based nutrition information that supports vitality and longevity!