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Bite-Sized {Raw} Snickers Hearts

Valentine’s Day is here and I am blowing kisses into the wind so it will find my love’s lips. Or maybe he could put a few into his pocket and save some for later…

{le sigh} I miss my buddy.

So to make myself feel better, I’ve made myself some chocolate. Lots of it. I just *had* to try Isobelle’s recipe for Raw Snickers once and for all…and top on my list was to heartify it. 

Chocolate that *will* melt in your mouth {and your hands}

I’m kicking myself for waiting this long to make these. Holy Valentine’s Day, friends!  These raw candy bars are my newest favorite treats because not only are they refined sugar, dairy, gluten free *and* raw, but they taste just like Snickers…it’s insane.  The caramel sauce is enough to make–who knew that dates could be processed into caramel??? {Maybe all of you, but I just woke up!}

 

Raw Snickers Bar Recipe

used by permisson of Isobelle at Vgan Jar

Nougat (bottom layer):

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in water 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup dry cashews
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 soft dates
  • vanilla bean
  1. Blend up the soaked cashews, then add dry cashews and oats. Throw in the coconut oil, dates and vanilla, then blend again until it forms a dough. Refrigerate.
  • 1/4 cup raw peanuts

Caramel:

  • 8 dates, soaked in water 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Blend all of this up for 3-5 minutes

Chocolate:

  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp smooth almond butter
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 3 tbsp water (or 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp coconut oil for richer chocolate)
  1. Mix the agave into the almond butter, then add the water. After those are fully combined, stir in the cacao powder.

For the instructions to make these hearts, follow along.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of a pan {I used a small casserole pan so my “nougat” filling could be 1″ thick}.
  2. Layer the pan with: nougat on the bottom, caramel sauce in the middle {smooth on top with a spatula}, topped off with peanuts.
  3. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove the bar from the pan with the parchment paper.
  5. Taking a small 3″ heart cookie cutter, cut out 16 hearts per batch {I halfed the recipe}.  These will still be soft no matter how long your freeze them so when you are taking them out of the cookie cutter, gently press your finger on top on the peanuts to ensure it smoothly comes out.

Using a metal spatula, scoop up a heart at a time {these will be soft so be careful to not ruin the heart shape}. Gently dip each heart in the bowl of the chocolate sauce, using a fork to hold the heart. Allow excess chocolate to drizzle off. Leave on a piece of parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for at least an hour.

Be good to yourself today. Make some of these Raw Snickers and eat all of them. Who cares, right? It’s Valentine’s Day. You earned that bite of raw goodness.

78 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pernilla #

    Hi, Do you have this recipe by any chance ? Yummy !!!!! Looking Great !! / Pernilla

    July 20, 2012
  2. Melissa #

    The link to this recipe no longer exists! Devastated!
    Do you have a copy anywhere? They look amazing : )

    July 19, 2012
    • You know what, Melissa, I will send an email to the genius behind this recipe and see if she can send it to me…

      July 19, 2012
  3. Oh my. These look DIVINE! Printing the recipe to try this weekend. (Valentine’s is like a birthday–you get to celebrate for a whole week, right?

    February 18, 2012
    • I think you actually get to celebrate all year, or something like that 🙂 hehe Besides, it’s never too late to enjoy a Snickers Bar, especially if it’s raw. Be careful though…you *will* eat all of them. Just warning you now! xo

      February 18, 2012
  4. So cool! Who woulda thunk you could turn dates into caramel. I may have to “test” this out over and over again just to make sure it’s really as good as you say it is.

    February 17, 2012
    • For those of us who cannot have dairy, it is sooooo hard to find a good caramel recipe that doesn’t smell strange. Dates smoothed into caramel is the closest I have tasted to the real thing {and much healthier!} You must try it!! xo

      February 17, 2012
  5. so I apologize for being late to wish my twin a happy Valentines… wish I could have been around to take you on a fun girlie date or something… I hope this month FLIES by for you ❤

    bite size snickers. these are worth the wait of me being late. they look perfect.

    February 16, 2012
    • Better late than never, friend, right?! Thanks for the Hearts wishes–that just made my day 🙂 xo

      February 16, 2012
  6. These look Yummy.. You mind If I show at your doorstep unannounced and ask you for these goodies? *rolls eyes*

    February 15, 2012
    • Of course you can! But I’m afraid you are too late… I ate all of them already 🙂 You have to move fast in this town–I get hungry quickly. ha.

      February 16, 2012
  7. Yum…. I would eat those! Actually, I’ve had that recipe bookmarked for AGES now… it’s the first bookmark in my navigation bar and yet somehow I haven’t actually made them yet.

    Happy Valentine’s Cara!

    February 15, 2012
    • Nikki!! YAY–so happy to see your face over here 🙂 I miss commenting over at your blog, just so you know (which I am sure you do know since I keep telling you that on FB)–ha. You NEED dust off that bookmark and make this recipe! You will be kicking yourself as well for not making these sooner…

      Hope you had an awesome Hearts Day with husband, the Emperor, and the Magician 🙂 xoxo

      February 15, 2012
  8. woo! I’m glad you liked them!
    I only made them once because they were too addictive for me. I ate my whole batch in 2 days. TWO.

    And no way am I making a raw cookbook, Cara. No. Way.
    I’m sure you are more capable of doing something like that.

    February 15, 2012
    • They are waaaaay too addictive. When I made these hearts, I think I ate most of them before I could even dip them in chocolate. And yes, a cookbook. Absolutely!

      February 15, 2012
  9. Laurel #

    I have LEFT-OVER CARAMEL. But, that’s only because I quadrupled the recipe. Chocolate covered caramels have always been my absolute fave, plus I’ve got some fresh raspberries….

    February 15, 2012
    • Well, I guess that means you only have one thing to do with all of those leftovers: STUFF YOUR FACE 🙂

      February 15, 2012
      • Laurel #

        Raspberry Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffles. Need I say more?

        February 15, 2012
        • Yes you do. How about: Send your friend Cara some?

          February 15, 2012
          • Laurel #

            I’m afraid they’re much too delicate to survive the mail. I’ll just have to take one for the team and EAT THEM ALL. Mwahaha After all, I’m still waiting for those Baby Ruths.

            February 15, 2012
            • Oh was that the arrangement we established??? 🙂 ha

              February 15, 2012
  10. GiGi #

    Heading over to Isobelles. for an up- date (get it? yikes) on Raw caramel. I love things in the raw. I call my buddy, buddy too. Awww.

    February 15, 2012
    • *snickering at “I love things in the raw”* Sorry…very immature. And YAY for buddies! I love my buddy. He is the best 🙂 xo

      February 15, 2012
  11. Oh my gosh. I want. These look amazing!!

    February 14, 2012
    • And let me tell you, they really *are* AMAZING!

      February 15, 2012
  12. ntepper #

    These look so fantastic! Truly worthy of a Valentine’s post. Great job!

    February 14, 2012
    • Thank you 🙂 *taking a bow* Hope you had a great Hearts Day…

      February 15, 2012
  13. Nina #

    Much as I detest even the smell of peanuts…. I may just have to suffer and make some of these for my tribe! They look amazing. Lurve your heart shapes and thanks so much for putting me onto Vgan Jar. I know my man has been missing these the last 10+ years. 🙂

    February 14, 2012
    • My mission is to spread the gospel of Isobelle 🙂 {I cannot even begin to fathom someone hating the smell of peanuts that I can’t address that comment}… ha.

      February 14, 2012
  14. These sound dangerously delicious!

    I’m pretty sure dates are my best and sweetest friend 😉

    February 14, 2012
    • They *are* dangerous!!! I think am OD’ing on them 🙂 And I am going to have to have a 3-way best friendship with you two…

      February 14, 2012
  15. Your biggest fan! #

    Happy Valentines Day Baby Girl!
    XOXOXOXOX

    February 14, 2012
    • Calling you now. I love you, mommy! Happy Hearts Day 🙂 xoxo

      February 14, 2012
  16. you are on a mission to heartify everything!:) some kisses flowing your way too.. i had bookmarked isobelle’s post to make these and isnt this a yummyicious reminder! note to self.. that caramel needs to be made.. 🙂
    happy a fun day!

    February 14, 2012
    • I just caught some of those homemade Richa kisses! I am hoping they have a hint of bread in them 🙂 And yes–MAKE THIS NOW!!!! xo, Happy Hearts Day friend…

      February 14, 2012
  17. I wish work would hurry up and be over (I only just arrived!) so I can head home and make these!! This recipe has made my day! 🙂 Not only the combo for Snickers with the nougart, caramel and chocolate, but some great additions for other recipes too. My mind is going crazy with this caramel stuff! xoxo

    February 14, 2012
    • Let the games begin! Can’t wait to see what the little mind of yours is a’brewing…

      February 14, 2012
  18. Aw I love that first sentence – so sweet! And I love heart-shaped treats! Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

    February 14, 2012
    • Everything tastes better when it’s shaped like a heart, am I right or what?

      February 14, 2012
  19. Wow. I have tears in my eyes. These look amazing. I’m am so going to make them.

    February 14, 2012
    • You can thank Isobelle for this 🙂 They are sooooo good, Kelly!

      February 14, 2012
  20. These look great but…uhm…stop with the peanuts already. I’ve been a peanuts in the morning, peanuts in the evening, peanuts and peanut time girl all my life until October. You are breaking my heart…on Valentine’s Day no less.

    February 14, 2012
    • I am so sorry about the peanuts–horrible news! But no, I cannot stop with them 🙂 NEVER!!

      February 14, 2012
      • Sigh…big girl panties on. I guess I’ll just not make everything about me and get over it already…

        and then add cashews to everything.

        February 15, 2012
        • haha. Oh but it just sucks so bad–I feel for you, Meg, I do. Not enough to stop myself though 🙂 xo

          February 15, 2012
  21. I cannot wait to make these!

    ….I think I just saw one of those little kisses floating over Lake Winnipesaukee on its way to Greg 🙂

    If I see another one I may just catch it for myself; so if you wouldn’t mind blowing one over tied to one of these heart shaped snickers that would be lovely 🙂

    Happy Valentines Cara!
    XOXOXO

    February 14, 2012
    • I just threw about 12 more just to ensure that you get at least one of them! <–you are waaaaaay too cute 🙂

      February 14, 2012
  22. Wow, Brooke says it best! These are incredible.. I have bookmarked this one to make! I won’t get the chance today, but I’m still going to do the heart-shape… they’re so cute!! My daughter has a vegan friend and she’s begged me to make something.. would these be vegan as well?

    February 14, 2012
    • 100% vegan. That is the beauty about raw desserts. They are completely vegan *and* gluten free–eat away! Your daughter’s friend will love these!!

      February 14, 2012
  23. Laurel #

    You know me, any excuse to eat caramel. Lucky for me I still have a bunch of chocolate, sunflower seed ganachy stuff to layer it on. To think! I almost, turned those into protein bars. Pshaw. BTW, Happy V day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXpgvsllTgs&feature=related

    February 14, 2012
    • Protein shmotein. Time to make Snickers!
      P.S. That video is adoooooraaaable!!!

      February 14, 2012
      • Laurel #

        Anything for you, Princess Fork. xox

        February 14, 2012
        • I loved it–too cute. And I’m not even a cat person either but I totally dug it 🙂

          February 14, 2012
  24. I miss Katherine :(. These look wonderful, Fork. So apt :D. You’ve loved Valentine’s this year, heaven’t you ?

    February 14, 2012
    • Did you ever tell me where Katherine lives?? Did you end up sending her your late gift? 🙂
      I don’t mind V-Day, I really don’t. I’m just not crazy about it like Halloween 🙂 But I love making holiday treats so I give this holiday a “B” grade.

      February 14, 2012
  25. You are so creative with your recipes!!

    February 14, 2012
    • I wish I could take credit for this recipe but all the love goes straight to Isobelle @ Vgan Jar. Isn’t it an awesome idea?!

      February 14, 2012
  26. Snickers! How amazing it’ll be to make them at home!

    February 14, 2012
    • Very easy too! Oh, and did I mention they taste sooooooooo good??? Because they really do 🙂 xo

      February 14, 2012
  27. Delicious! Great pics too.

    February 14, 2012
    • Delicious, indeed!!! Thank you Monica xo

      February 14, 2012
  28. The person who discovered raw date caramel deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. There. I said it. And you get the Super Cute Prize for these little hearts! 😉

    February 14, 2012
    • I agree with that! Raw date caramel sauce is quickly changing my world upside down 🙂 And I will take that mini heart-shaped prize too, thank you! ha

      February 14, 2012
      • Here it is: ❤

        February 14, 2012
        • I wanna thank everyone who believed in me and made all of this happen…I will always cherish this.

          February 14, 2012
          • *wild applause, whistles, cheering, the wave going around, mortarboards tossed in the air, some guy strips down and runs onto the field, strangers kiss each other, dogs and cats live together, dancing in the aisles, and other such festivities*

            February 14, 2012
            • Damn you, Brooke! You are too funny for me. Thanks for the laugh–this made me giggle.

              February 14, 2012
              • Yeah, that naked guy really has nothing to brag about…

                February 14, 2012
                • See what she did there folks? Brilliance.

                  February 15, 2012
  29. aww, isobelle is freakin amazing, and so are you! i love your hearts ❤

    *i'm blowing you a kiss…CATCH!*

    February 14, 2012
    • I just caught 5 of them! You are spoiling me 🙂 And yes! Isobelle *is* amazing!!!

      February 14, 2012
  30. Jan #

    yummmmy! happy vday Cara. . when is your next reunion date? xoxoxo

    February 14, 2012
    • Happy V-day, my love!! Me thinks the first week of March is when he returns? Fingers crossed! I love you xo

      February 14, 2012
  31. Wow. I can’t wait till mine show up! You did send me a Valentine’s present, right?…

    February 14, 2012
    • Sure!!! Don’t mind if you find a melted mess on your porch though–I’m sure they will taste just as good with a spoon anyway 🙂 xo

      February 14, 2012

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