You better believe it. I have been following @kitchenoftreats on Instagram for awhile now (Liv used to go to my school, but besides, her creations are BEAUTIFUL!) and I have been watching her post recipes for a variety of iconic New Zealand biscuits, such as Tim Tams, Toffee Pops and Squiggles. I had been thinking to myself that I should pick one to make, and the reason that I hadn’t yet is that I don’t necessarily have all the equipment on hand (such as a cookie cutter) and needed to go into town and buy it. But then she posted a recipe for Snickers bars and after checking the recipe, I realised I would not need to buy a single piece of equipment for me to be able to make these. Fast forward to later that evening and Snickers bars made! They are undoubtedly healthier than the real thing, but they definitely taste like the real deal. They aren’t too complicated either, although I sure managed to make one heck of a mess when I was dipping them in the chocolate. There are three elements to this dish.
Collect (for the base)
- 1 and 4/5 c wholegrain oats
- 3 T coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1 t vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Collect (for the peanut layer)
- 2/3 c smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 4 T coconut oil
- 90 g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 2/3 t flaky sea salt
Collect (for the chocolate coating)
- 250 g dark chocolate
- 1 t coconut oil
- Line a 20 cm x 10 cm baking tin with baking paper.
- Blitz oats in a food processor until a fine flour forms.
- Add the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt and pulse until combined.
- Press evenly into the baking tin and place in freezer.
- To make the peanut layer, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil in a pan and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, remove from the heat and pour over the base.
- Sprinkle with roasted peanuts and flaky sea salt. Place in the fridge to set.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave (in short bursts to avoid burning).
- Once chocolate is melted, remove the slice from the freezer and cut it into bars, or bites if you want the party version.
- Dip each bar or bite into the melted chocolate and place them on a cooling rack (this allows any excess chocolate to drip through).
- Once set, serve.