I'm not going to lie. I am pretty obsessed with chocolate.
Like chocolate anything.
I would dip nearly all foods in chocolate if given the chance.
When I was pregnant I was obsessed with Snickers. Not kidding. OBSESSED!! And even though I had gestational diabetes I found a way of sneaking in one bar every other day so as not to spike my blood sugar. That's how crazy I was about it!! No I'm not going to tell you when the perfect window of opportunity between HIIT and stuffing my face fell for me, but I will tell you how to make your very own snickers bar, just incase you are as crazy as me about chocolate...
If only I knew how simple it was to actually make these bars back when I was pregnant because they are as good as the real thing only they are made from HEALTHY fats and carbs that fall on the lower end of the gylcemic index* so they are actually way more satiating!!
Inner Layer Ingredients
8 medjool dates
1/2 cup of almonds
1 cup of cashews (soaked overnight)
4 tablespoons of almond milk
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
3-4 tablespoons of almond butter
1 cup cacao butter
1 cup carob powder
1/4 cup coconut syrup
1/4 teaspoon stevia (optional, you could even replace this with mint or orange oil)
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
If you don't want to wait for your cashews to soak overnight, place them in a pot of water and bring to the boil. Let the nuts soak for 15 minutes. I always squirt a bit of lemon juice in with it to help the cashews sprout for easier digestion, as lots of raw nuts tend to bloat me and/or give me gas hahaha
First Make Your Chocolate
Place the cacao butter in thick based saucepan over low heat until melted
Whisk through the rest of the ingredients
Place mixture over a bowl of ice water and stir until the mixture thickens
If the mixture starts forming solid lumps, remove the bowl from the ice water and continue stirring until mixture is melted evenly
OR find an easier method of chocolate making here
Now Make The Bars
Blitz the almonds and dates in a food processor
Flatten the mixture onto a lined baking tray
Blitz the cashews and almond milk in a food processor and pour the mixture on top of the base
In a small bowl, mix the almond butter and maple syrup then scoop on top of the cashew layer
Place in freezer
Once slightly firm, remove tray from the freezer to cut into bars
Place back in freezer until firm
Once firm, using two forks, dip the bars into your chocolate mixture or alternatively you can pour some chocolate on top and serve as a slice rather than bars
*Guys I am not a dietician or nutritionist and I was never smart enough to become an endocrinologist. I am just a chick that's figured some stuff out based on my own personal experiences. All I'm saying is that the ingredients I've used fall on the lower end of the glycemic index and that personally I find these to be a great healthy alternative for when I feel like a bit of a chocolatey treat xx