Oh, Snickers Bars…
If there is one thing that my beloved boyfriend loves more than me, it’s probably Snickers. And video games, but that’s besides the point.
When Matthew went vegan, he said that he may still have the occasional Snickers bar. It was understandable at that time since we only went vegan for health reasons, and were still uneducated on the horrors of the dairy industry. Nowadays, we won’t go near any animal by-products.
Luckily, it is so easy to not only imitate the flavor of Snickers, but also make it semi-healthy. Ok, I might be pushing it with this one, but let’s be real: it’s about 100x healthier than a regular Snickers bar- eh, 90x?
A month ago, I shared my Guilt-Free-Ly Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream, and I talked about how easy it is to make ice cream healthy and dairy-free. I have become so obsessed with making ice cream out of bananas. It has become such a game changer for me. I can now have ice cream for breakfast and not feel guilty! What’s better than that?
Now, I must repeat myself: this nice cream is only semi-healthy. It might be a lot healthier if I didn’t decide to add some melted chocolate to it. Hey, you gotta indulge. I’m a pretty big fan of that (which you can see from my Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie, Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie). If you don’t want the extra chocolate, feel free to skip it. The nice cream will still be just as delicious!
Featuring banana peanut butter nice cream with a secret ingredient that really makes it taste like a Snickers, date caramel, chopped peanuts, and melted chocolate, there is nothing better than this delicious, indulgent treat! You need to try it, just trust me. Whether today is your cheat day, or because you just feel like it, I totally think you should give this amazing treat a try.
I’ve actually gotten myself into a bit of trouble when testing this recipe. It’s just way too delicious and while I give most of what I test to Matthew, I just have to have one bowl…or two. I think I gotta detox for a bit. Hello, kale smoothies. I’ve missed you so. It’s all about balance. One indulgent meal won’t make a difference. 100 of them might, but as long as you are eating healthfully most of the time, and keeping up with regular exercise, you’ll still see improvements.. You will either maintain or improve your health. Don’t worry about an occasional treat. You’ve gotta live a little, and it’s perfectly fine to have a day or two where you don’t eat as well as you could. Over the month of June, I had a bad couple weeks, but once I got back into my regular eating habits, any excess weight or bloating went away very quickly.
The message here: Life is too short to make yourself miserable and deprive yourself. Eating healthy is fun, but it’s ok to get off track for a bit. It’s about your long-term progress. That’s what counts.
With that said, I get excited to share all of my posts because I only share recipes and other content that I genuinely love. Even then, I am especially excited to share this delicious dessert because it really shows how amazing vegan food can be, and you can still enjoy junk food. I love showing that vegan food is delicious, and definitely not just salads (can’t remember the last salad I had….I could probably stand to have one more often). There are vegan replacements to everything. That’s right, EVERYTHING!
Now whether you’re vegan and are missing candy bars, or are a vegan skeptic and/or want to try to make a slightly healthier dessert, look no further. My Snickers NICE cream can’t be beat!
- 12 Medjool Dates, Pitted
- 4 Frozen Banans
- 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/4-1/2 Tsp Caramel Extract
- 2 Tbsp Chopped Peanuts
- 1/2 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
- 1. Add dates to food processor and process on high until the dates are combined and create a sticky texture. Remove from processor bowl and set aside.
- 2. Add frozen bananas to food processor (you can clean bowl after making date caramel, but you do not have to) and process until the bananas are almost completely blended. Add peanut butter and caramel extract and blend until a creamy, ice cream-like texture is formed. Place in separate bowl and freeze for up to 10 minutes.
- 3. Add chocolate chips to a microwave-friendly bowl, and heat for 45-60 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir until a chocolate sauce is formed with little to no chunks. Alternatively, melt chocolate chips on saucepan.
- 4. Assembly: In 2 mason jars or bowls, add nice cream, date caramel, and chopped peanuts. Pour in the chocolate sauce and stir to combine the chocolate with the nice cream.
- Best if served immediately.