I love a good copycat candy bar recipe, and I have to say after testing and tweaking this Healthy Snickers Protein Bar Recipe for quite some time, it’s become an absolute favorite in our household (I literally have to hide them from my husband).
While they might look complex with their beautiful and insanely delicious layers of homemade, high protein nougat, creamy caramel, crunchy peanuts, rich dark chocolate and flaky sea salt, they’re actually super easy to make and can be stored in the freezer for whenever a sweet craving strikes (aka they’re especially great right before your period starts!)
They also happen to be naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free (and easily made vegan!) and sneak in gut-friendly and hormone-healthy ingredients to boot. Which means no bloating, blood sugar crashes or breakouts post-consumption.
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While yes, candy is…..candy, this doesn’t mean it can’t still be rich in nutrients and void of inflammatory agents found in most traditional store bought treats (think refined sugars, inflammatory oils, conventional dairy, etc.) Here are a few reasons why this healthy snickers protein bar recipe is a much healthier option.
Instead of using processed sugars like cane, corn syrup, maltodextrin, agave or artificial sweeteners that can spike your blood sugar and mess with your gut microbiome, this snickers bar recipe uses only a small amount of organic maple syrup and pure vanilla extract to sweeten.
Most chocolate candy bars contain conventional and condensed milk that many people find difficult to digest. This recipe uses magnesium-rich dark chocolate (very beneficial for your menstrual cycle!) without any added dairy.
Incorporating protein powder into this recipe is one of my favorite health hacks to minimize a blood sugar spike, which in turn wreaks havoc on your hormones. I love using this bone broth vanilla protein powder (20g protein per serving) for a gut-healthy protein boost, or this vegan vanilla protein powder (use code SOFRESH10 to save) for a tasty plant-based alternative.
One of the reasons why candy has been deemed “unhealthy” is because it typically lacks nutrients that work to keep our blood sugar balanced, hormones happy and provide an overall feeling of satiation, hence why most of the time we’re still hungry after consuming. This healthy snickers protein bar recipe sneaks in a ton of nutrients to help keep us satisfied (see below for details).
Unlike pretty much all store bought candy, this snickers bar recipe also sneaks in plenty of high quality fats and fiber, that work in tandem with the protein to give our hormones the building blocks they need to do their jobs effectively.
High quality protein is critical for hormone balance, as hormones are manufactured from amino acids, and without them your hormones aren’t be able to function optimally.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. Some of my favorite clean protein powders include this bone broth vanilla protein powder (20g protein per serving) for a gut-healthy protein boost, or this vegan vanilla protein powder (use code SOFRESH10 to save) for a tasty plant-based alternative.
Peanut butter contains a high amount of B-vitamins, which work to support liver detoxification in order to move estrogen effectively out of the body. It’s also rich in zinc, making it an ideal food to add during your period, as it will work to remineralize your blood. Make sure to purchase organic peanut butter without any added oils or sugars.
Dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher) is rich in magnesium, which helps lower prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause cramping. It also supports pituitary health, helping to signal the release of FSH and LH, necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility. Make sure to choose a brand without any emulsifiers that can disrupt gut and hormone health. This is my absolute FAVE dark chocolate and you can use the code LAUREN to save 15%.
To make this recipe completely vegan, you’ll simply need to pick a protein powder sourced from vegan protein sources such as seeds, nuts or legumes. This is my preferred plant based protein, and you can use the code SOFRESH10 to save.
To make this recipe paleo-friendly, swap the peanut butter for a creamy, organic cashew butter and the peanuts for another nut like cashews, macadamia nuts, etc.
While this snickers bar recipe is naturally lower in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, you can reduce the net carbohydrates by a 1:1 ratio swap of monk fruit for maple syrup (full disclosure I don’t recommend this option).
Peanut butter can get a bad rap, but like anything focusing on the ingredients can make all the difference. I always read labels and look for peanut butter without any added sugar or processed vegetable oils like palm/sunflower oil, which cause inflammation and disrupt hormones as a result. This is my go to clean, organic peanut butter brand.
I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again, there’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. Some of my favorite clean protein powder brands include this bone broth vanilla protein powder (20g protein per serving) for a gut-healthy protein boost, or this vegan vanilla protein powder (use code SOFRESH10 to save) for a tasty plant-based alternative.
When choosing chocolate for the snickers coating, I like to opt for brands without any refined sugars or added oils and emulsifiers (such as soy lecithin) which can disrupt gut health. This is my favorite clean brand, and you can use the code LAUREN to save 15%.
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These delicious Healthy Snickers Protein Bars are gluten-free + vegan & layered with homemade high protein nougat, caramel + dark chocolate for a satisfying treat.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: dessert, snack, sweet treat
For the high protein nougat layer:
For the vegan caramel layer:
For the dark chocolate layer:
*I love making a batch of these and keeping them in the freezer. Whenever a sweet craving strikes simply remove a bar from the freezer and store in the fridge (30 minutes to defrost) until ready to eat.
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