Candy bars-gluten free and vegan

Holy cow these candy bars are the absolute bomb, gluten free, vegan and no so bad for you.

Candy bars- Gluten free and vegan

I literally should have quadrupled the batch of these candy bars when I made them last week. Holly molly where they the best… They were sensational to say the least but at the same time dangerous since stopping at just one bar was rather difficult for me…what the heck, I think I have to make them again this weekend!

Have you used dates for making desserts before? If you haven’t you really should give it a try. I started not too long ago. Probably about a year ago to be exact. Not only dates are a healthier option to use in place of unrefined sugar, but they are extremely versatile. Give dates a try, I think you will love them too.

On another note, for the first time ever I am started to cook most of my meals for the week on Sunday. I started summer school and since my schedule is super crazy including study time, gym, picking the kids from school, kids activities, running small errands etc, I hardly have enough time to fit everything in anymore. I really had to device a plan to cook most of my weekly meals during the weekend with the exception of perhaps one.

Last Sunday I cooked five meals in record time. One hour to be exact. Of course I was cooking like a mad woman but the amount of cooking time that I will be saving during the week would be priceless. Will see how it goes this coming Sunday because today I spent $300 on groceries. I have never spent that kind of money in just one grocery trip before. Oh well, it was really good quality food.

Anyhow, I think if you are new to dates, or are thinking about giving them a try, this is the recipe you need to make. You would love the end result. Just make sure you keep these candy bars in the freezer and thaw for 5-10 minutes before digging in.

I truly hope you like these candy bars. Let me know if you don’t, however, I doubt that :-)

Enjoy!

Candy bars- Gluten free and vegan

Candy bars- Gluten free and vegan

Candy bars- Gluten free and vegan

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Candy bars-gluten free and vegan

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 16 bars

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 2 cups old fashion oats, Gluten Free
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 cup pitted prunes or dates
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

Middle Layer

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Caramel Layer

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 salted peanuts
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp celtic salt or Himalayan salt

Top Layer

Directions:

Line a 8x8 square baking pan with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.

In your food processor add the crust ingredients. With a spatula, press the mixture onto your prepared baking pan.

Place the middle layer ingredients in the food processor and pulse until the ingredients come together. It will look like pizza dough. Press this mixture over the crust. I used my fingers, however, it is a bit sticky.

Place the caramel layer ingredients in your food processor. Pulse until you obtain a spreadable mixture just like in the pictures. You may have to add a tad more water if it is not a spreadable consistency. Add the chopped peanuts to the caramel layer and with a spatula spread the caramel mixture over the middle almond layer.

Place the top layer ingredients in a microwavable dish and microwave for 30 seconds intervals until the coconut oil as melted and the ingredients are liquified. Spread this mixture over the caramel layer and freeze until set. About 3-4 hours.

Take the mixture out of the square pan and cut into squares. Keep candy in the freezer and thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating.

NOTE: If your dates are a bit dried when you make the caramel layer you can soaked them up for 10 minutes before placing them in the food processor. My dates were quite soft and moist so I didn't have to do this step.

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31 comments

  1. I would use it to make these yummy protein bars!

  2. Smile :-) :-). These look great, thanks for sharing!

  3. I would use it to make these bars, as well as my smoothies… It’s our go to once a day for us. :)

  4. Me encantaria usar la proteina para esta receta y para muchas otras que la llevan…tiene que estar buenisima.

  5. I use their protein powder in my smoothies. Would love to try it in your bars.

  6. These look perfect for snacking. Your recipes never steer me wrong. If I won I would make lots of protein pancakes and smoothies. 

  7. i’ve love to try this recipe!!! :) i don’t use protein powder much, but i would love to try!

  8. I would try these bars! Been wanting to try something like this, just need to find a good protein powder to use. Thanks!

  9. I would use the Sunwarrior protein powder in these bars for sure but also in smoothies. Yum!

  10. I’ve been vegan for several years now and trying to find healthy food for 16 month old granddaughter.  These look perfect!

  11. I would use Sunwarrior protein powder to make daily morning smoothies with oats and probably add to some other foods throughout the day. I would also love to try my hand at making protein pancakes with Sunwarrior. :D 

  12. I have used sun warrior protein powder for years.  It is excellent in smoothies, fruit crisp recipes, and protein bars.  Enjoy all the great recipes and info you offer to us.  I enjoy each and every recipe I have used from your Web sight.  

    The protein powder is an excellent and tasty source of protein for busy people like me.  I work 80 hrs a week and still find time to hike all year long.  Sun warrior keeps me going going.  

    Keep up the good supply of healthy eating info.  You do a great job.

  13. I would use it to make smoothies!  I love a good protein packed smoothie!

  14. I would use the protein powder to make these bars, & would also use it in smoothies.

  15. Ooooh, I make these really delicious Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and I would love to try them with Sun Warrior Protein Powder! And these protein bars look so delicious! I will be making them ASAP!!!
    Cheers,
    Maureen 

  16. I often use protein powder in smoothies, it’s good to have a new inspiration on how to use it!

  17. My husband never has the time to sit down and eat breakfast – or lunch on many days. We’ve been wanting to try protein powder in smoothies to keep him going in the morning, but these bars would also be perfect. I especially appreciate that there is not any peanut or soy in the ingredients of the protein or recipe as he has allergies.

  18. How easy and tasty! Going to have to make these for sure. I don’t generally use protein powder, but I like Sunwarrior in recipes like this and in oat cakes. Occasionally I’ll mix it into oatmeal for a quick boost on lifting days. I’d also like to try using it in muffins!

  19. I’ve never actually used any protein powders, but I’ve been curious to try out a vegan option. This recipe looks like it’d be a good way to start using it. I’d also like to use it in smoothies.

  20. Protein powder is a staple in our home. These bars look wonderful!

  21. I love sun warrior protein, it tastes amazing!  I really need to stop buying protein bars and start making these, so much cheaper and tastier!

  22. I saw this and flipped.  They are simply amazing my dear.  Protein powder is always something I use and what an interesting way to use it.  These bars are something my boys will love love love.
    Thanks for sharing.  Pinning for sure.
    xx

  23. I would use in my morning smoothie and also in some protein balls that my 4 year old, anything to get food into her!

  24. I just found your blog & I love it! I would love to try out this protein powder! I would use it for post workouts but I would also love to try this bar recipe! Genius! They look tasty! 

  25. I would make smoothies and protein balls/bars!

  26. We are making these bars today!  I have been looking for a simple and tasty recipe like this.  I would try out the Sunwarrior in our over-oats and give it a shot in pancakes for the kiddos too!!  (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

  27. I would love to add the protein powder in oatmeal cookies using same bar recipe above without processing the oats. Love the chocolate addition and wonder what honey would taste like instead of maple syrup??? Can’t wait to get baking!!

  28. I would love to try this sunwarrior protein powder in my morning smoothies or in this yummy looking bars!

  29. These look wonderful! My daughter is allergic to oats and gluten. have you ever tried these with brown rice flour?

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