Healthy Snicker Ice Cream Bars
Lately I have been making a variety of healthier desserts and chocolates. The challenge that I usually give myself is to create these recipes with as much nutrition density by adding alternative healthy ingredients. I also do not want the ingredients to be too complicated and difficult to find. This has made by dessert creation adventures more challenging but also more satisfying! I just want people to realise how easy it is to eat and be healthy on a daily basis. I believe by recreating your favourite foods with better and nutritionally dense ingredients, you no longer have to ‘give up’ your favourite foods or eat with guilt.
This brings me to my latest recipe creation of these healthy snicker ice cream bars. I have been wanting to recreate a healthy version of this chocolate since ages. This means a sugar free version, ideally dairy free as well. Now this is quite a task, because a snicker bar is basically a combination of sugar and peanuts. I decided to use two ingredients which are packed with natural sugars as the sweeteners, bananas and dates. With this winning combination, I set out to recreate this dessert.
The Peanut Butter…
First on the list to making these healthy snicker ice cream bars is the Peanut butter. Pic’s Peanut butter is a New Zealand based company which recently launched in the UK. They sent me their peanut butter to experiment with and recreate recipes. I was really impressed with quality and flavour. If you love peanut butter, then you have to try this Pic’s Peanut Butter! Firstly the ingredients are super clean. It only has peanuts and salt. Which is quite amazing, because most peanut butters have palm oil, emulsifiers and sugar. Just check then ingredient list on your regular peanut butters and you will realise this. Secondly even though they have nothing extra added the texture and flavour is brilliant. This is because of the quality of peanuts they use. Their peanuts are sourced from Australia and have a high oleic content. Which brings me to my final reason on its quality. The high oleic content means that is has a higher source of mono-unsaturated fat than regular peanut butters. These are the fats which are heart friendly and help lower LDL or bad cholesterol and improve HDL or good cholesterol. I used a combination of their crunchy salted peanut butter and their smooth salted peanut butter.
The Easiest healthy ice cream- Banana Nice cream
Next I made the world’s simplest and healthiest ice cream using frozen ripe bananas. If you have not heard of nice cream or nana ice cream, then this recipe is an amazing one to introduce you to the joys of fruit based ice creams. All you need to do is freeze some ripe bananas. The blacker your bananas get the better! You no longer need to get rid of over ripe bananas. Just peel and chop your ripe bananas and place in a freezer safe box or bag for a few hours and you are good to go. This nice cream requires no ice cream maker and can be made in minutes in your food processor or blender. I used some crunchy peanut butter to add to the texture and flavour.
The Healthy Caramel…
The caramel for these healthy snicker ice cream bars was a simple affair as well. I just combined dates and smooth peanut butter to create a sugar free, dairy free, delicious peanut butter caramel. Finally for the chocolate I used shop bought raw chocolate. You can read about my favourite brand of raw chocolate in my previous post here. Alternatively you can use any dairy free, sugar free store bought chocolate or your own homemade raw chocolate.
Well there you have it, a simple recipe for healthy snicker ice cream bars. Kids will love this and adults too will get excited with these delicious bars of peanut butter heaven. Do let me know if this recipe works for you in the comments below. As always if you recreate this and share it on Instagram, please use the #meghnas so that I can be a part of your healthy journey!