Gluten-Free Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars

Gluten-free healthy homemade Snickers bars that taste better than the original with a fraction of the sugar! Made with oat and almond flour, almond butter, peanuts, maple syrup and coconut oil. This is the easiest recipe with the best results!

How to make gluten-free healthy homemade snickers bars with almond and oat flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup

Snickers bars have long been America’s favorite candy bar. Its combination of nougat base, caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate make it irresistible. Gluten-free healthy homemade Snickers bars can give you the taste of the real thing with a fraction of the sugar! Made with oat and almond flour, almond butter, crunchy peanuts, maple syrup, coconut oil and covered in melted chocolate. This is the easiest recipe with the best results!

Satisfy your sweet tooth and candy bar cravings! Homemade Snickers candy bars can be as satisfying as the original. I’ve made these healthy snickers bars gluten-free with oat and almond flour. And they are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and whatever chocolate you decide to melt down and dip them in. And they taste incredible! Seriously, I love these better than the original. The fact that they are more nutrient-dense with oats, almonds, almond butter, and peanuts is an extra bonus!

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Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free, Healthy Homemade Snickers Bar Recipe:

  • Naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
  • These simple bars are fun to make and dip in chocolate.
  • They’re nutrient dense and low in sugar.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free healthy homemade snickers bars recipe:

For the Oat Flour: Gluten-free oat flour (as mentioned in the original recipe). If you need a grain-free option, you can use almond flour or coconut flour as a replacement, but keep in mind that the texture and flavor will change slightly.

For the Almond Flour: You can use another nut flour, such as cashew flour or hazelnut flour. For a nut-free option, you can use sunflower seed flour or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

For Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a substitute for maple syrup. If you prefer a sugar-free option, you can use a sugar-free maple syrup or a liquid sweetener like stevia or monk fruit syrup.

For Coconut Oil: Unsalted butter or ghee can be used as a substitute for coconut oil. If you’re looking for a coconut-free option, try using melted cocoa butter or a mild-flavored oil like avocado oil.

For Almond Butter: Peanut butter or any other nut or seed butter of your choice can be used instead of almond butter. For a nut-free option, consider sunflower seed butter or tahini.

For Peanuts: You can use any other nuts or seeds you prefer, such as cashews, almonds, or sunflower seeds. If you have nut allergies, try roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture.

For Chocolate Chips: Use dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you want to make the recipe dairy-free. You can also use dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate for a less sweet option. For a sugar-free version, look for sugar-free chocolate chips sweetened with a sugar substitute.

For Coarse Sea Salt: If you want to omit the salt garnish, you can simply skip this ingredient. You can also use finely ground sea salt or kosher salt if you prefer a milder saltiness.

Remember to adjust quantities and taste as needed when making these substitutions, as the flavor and texture may vary slightly from the original recipe.

How Do You Make My Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars Recipe?

Step 1. Prepare your Pan

Line a 4×9-inch bread pan with parchment paper. This will make removing the bars from the pan much easier once they’re done.

Step 2. Make the Dougat Layer

Combine the oat flour, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir with a spatula until a soft dough forms. Press the nougat dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3. Make the Caramel Layer

Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in the medium-sized mixing bowl and stir with a spatula until smooth. Pour the caramel into the pan and spread evenly over the top of the nougat layer.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4. Add the Peanuts

Spread the peanuts over the caramel layer and gently press into the caramel. Place the pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours to set. Remove the bars from the pan and slice into 16 pieces.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 5. Melt the Chocolate

Start with 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips or bar and add it to a microwave-safe bowl. Add one teaspoon of coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave for an additional 25 seconds.

Depending on how thick you coat your bars, you may need to melt a second batch of chocolate.

Step 6. Dip the Bars

Poke a fork in the bottom nougat layer of the bar. Dip it into the chocolate and tilt in all four directions to coat all four sides with chocolate. Remove and set on a cooling rack or parchment paper to set.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 7. Embellish the Top

Using a spoon or a food-grade squeeze bottle, you can drizzle additional chocolate over the top of the bar in a zig-zag pattern. Then sprinkle a dash, of course sea salt on top while the chocolate is still soft.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

additional option:

Instead of dipping the bar in the melted chocolate, you can also drizzle the chocolate across the top of the bar and then sprinkle it with coarse sea salt.

Gluten-Free, Healthy Homemade Snickers Bar Recipe Notes

Gluten-Free Flours: Ensure that the oat flour and almond flour you use are certified gluten-free if you have celiac disease or are highly sensitive to gluten.

Nut Allergies: If you or someone you’re serving has nut allergies, choose nut-free alternatives for both the almond flour and almond butter, such as coconut flour or sunflower seed butter.

Sweeteners: Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding more or less maple syrup, honey, or your chosen sweetener in both the nougat and caramel layers. Taste the mixtures as you go to get the desired sweetness level.

Oil Substitutions: If you’re not a fan of coconut oil or have a specific dietary preference, you can substitute it with an oil or fat of your choice. Unsalted butter or ghee can work well, or you can try a mild-flavored oil like avocado oil.

Peanut Variations: While peanuts are classic in Snickers bars, you can customize your bars by using other nuts like cashews, almonds, or even a mix of nuts. For a nut-free option, consider using roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds for crunch.

Chocolate Choice: Choose chocolate chips that match your dietary needs, such as dairy-free or sugar-free chocolate chips if necessary. You can also experiment with different chocolate percentages to control the sweetness and richness. Use a microwave or double boiler to melt the chocolate.

Sea Salt Garnish: The coarse sea salt garnish adds a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the bars. However, if you’re not a fan of salted sweets, feel free to omit this step or use a finer salt for a milder flavor.

Layering: When layering the nougat, caramel, and peanuts, lay an even layer, then press each layer firmly into the pan to ensure they stick together well and create a cohesive bar.

Chilling Time: Allow the bars to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, or even overnight, for the best results. This will make them easier to cut into neat squares or bars. It will also prevent the chocolate layer from melting off.

Cutting: To make clean cuts, dip a sharp knife into hot water before slicing the bars. This will help prevent the bars from sticking to the knife.

Storage: Store your homemade Snickers bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can also be individually wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap for on-the-go snacks.

Serving Suggestions:

Get creative with your Snickers bars by adding extras like shredded coconut, chopped dried fruits, or a drizzle of white chocolate for extra flavor and texture.

Are My Homemade Snickers Bars Healthier Than the Original?

A Snickers bar cut to the same size as the snack-size bars in this recipe has 16 grams of sugar, equal to about four sugar cubes. One of my bars has only four grams of sugar. And they’re made without any artificial sweeteners. Clearly, they are the healthier option. But they are still a treat should be eaten in moderation 🙂

Refrigeration: These bars should be stored in the refrigerator to keep them firm and maintain their texture. Place them in an airtight container to prevent moisture and odors from affecting their taste.

Layer Separation: To prevent the layers from sticking together or losing their distinct textures, consider placing a sheet of parchment paper between layers when stacking them in the container.

Individually Wrap: For added convenience and to prevent sticking, you can individually wrap each Snickers bar in parchment paper or plastic wrap before placing them in the container.

Keep Cool: If you live in a warm climate or during the summer months when temperatures are high, it’s essential to store these bars in the refrigerator at all times to prevent them from melting or becoming too soft.

Freezing: These bars can also be frozen for longer-term storage. Wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy a frozen Snickers bar, transfer it to the refrigerator for a few hours to allow it to thaw gradually. Avoid thawing them at room temperature to maintain their texture.

Stacking: If you need to stack the bars in the container, place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking.

Labeling: If you have multiple batches or different variations of Snickers bars in your freezer, label each container or bag with the date of preparation to keep track of freshness.

Keep Away from Strong Odors: Store the bars away from strong-smelling foods in the refrigerator or freezer to prevent them from absorbing unwanted odors.

Can I make these bars completely nut-free?

Yes, you can make these bars nut-free by using sunflower seed butter or another nut-free alternative for almond butter, and choosing seeds like roasted pumpkin seeds instead of peanuts.

What can I use instead of almond flour if I have allergies?

If you have almond allergies, consider using other nut flours like cashew flour or hazelnut flour. For a nut-free option, coconut flour or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend can be used.

How can I make this recipe vegan?

To make this recipe vegan, use dairy-free chocolate chips, such as vegan chocolate chips, and ensure that the sweeteners you use (like maple syrup) are also vegan-friendly.

Can I reduce the sugar content in these bars?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by using less maple syrup or choosing a sugar-free maple syrup or a sugar substitute. Taste as you go to achieve your desired level of sweetness.

Is there a substitute for coconut oil?

Yes, you can substitute coconut oil with unsalted butter, ghee, or a mild-flavored oil like avocado oil, depending on your dietary preferences.

Can I freeze individual bars?

Yes, these bars can be frozen for longer-term storage. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

How long do these bars stay fresh in the refrigerator?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, these bars can stay fresh for up to 1-2 weeks. However, for the best texture and flavor, it’s recommended to consume them within the first few days.

Can I use a different type of chocolate for the dipping chocolate?

Absolutely! You can use dark chocolate, white chocolate, or any chocolate that suits your taste. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.

What can I use as a salt garnish if I don’t have coarse sea salt?

If you don’t have coarse sea salt, you can use finely ground sea salt or kosher salt for a milder saltiness. Alternatively, you can omit the salt garnish altogether.

How do I prevent the layers from sticking together when storing?

To prevent the layers from sticking together, consider placing parchment paper or wax paper between the layers when stacking them in the container.

How to make gluten-free healthy homemade snickers bars with almond and oat flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup

Gluten-Free Healthy Homemade Snickers Bars

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Gluten-free healthy homemade Snickers bars that taste better than the original with a fraction of the sugar! Made with oat and almond flour, almond butter, peanuts, maple syrup and coconut oil. This is the easiest recipe with the best results!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 16
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

Nougat Layer:

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash salt

Caramel Layer:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup peanuts

Dipping Chocolate:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips of choice
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Line a 4×9-inch bread pan with parchment paper. This will make removing the bars from the pan much easier once they’re done.
  • Combine the oat flour, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir with a spatula until a soft dough forms. Press the nougat dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in the medium-sized mixing bowl and stir with a spatula until smooth. Pour the caramel into the pan and spread evenly over the top of the nougat layer.
  • Spread the peanuts over the caramel layer and gently press into the caramel. Place the pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours to set. Remove the bars from the pan and slice into 16 pieces.
  • Start with 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips or bar and add it to a microwave-safe bowl. Add one teaspoon of coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave for an additional 25 seconds.
  • Depending on how thick you coat your bars, you may need to melt a second batch of chocolate.
  • Poke a fork in the bottom nougat layer of the bar. Dip it into the chocolate and tilt in all four directions to coat all four sides with chocolate. Remove and set on a cooling rack or parchment paper to set.
  • Using a spoon or a food-grade squeeze bottle, you can drizzle additional chocolate over the top of the bar in a zig-zag pattern. Then sprinkle a dash of coarse sea salt on top while the chocolate is still soft.
  • As an additional option: Instead of dipping the bar in the melted chocolate, you can also drizzle the chocolate across the top of the bar and then sprinkle it with coarse sea salt.

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Nutrition

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 439mgPotassium: 131mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 0.04IUCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gluten free, healthy snickers bars, naturally sweetened, Snickers
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