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Healthy mars bars – vegan, gluten free, dairy free, raw

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

These nutrient dense treats pack a punch and are a great substitute for the real deal.

I love snacking. I actually think I love snacking more than I do a meal. Cake is an acceptable snack, it’s not really a meal, so ‘not one of the important ones like breakfast’, therefore, it’s completely acceptable.

We’ve have all been and done that before, you know, reaching for a fattening chocolate bar proclaiming, ‘but it doesn’t count as it’s a snack!’. Well, maybe it hasn’t come out of your mouth before, but mine? Certainly has.

Especially teaching Pilates and working through meal times I always need to have some snacks on the go, so I don’t, you know… die from hunger at work.

Snacks too, are usually the downfall of any diet. The tasty little morsels usually pack a punch when it comes to calories. I’m not one for counting calories either, but I still know my favourite snack choices (Nutella and cakes!), aren’t the best choice. So I need something to satisfy my sweet tooth but nourish at the same time.

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Raw desserts, like all other desserts, are high in calories. BUT most of the time contain nutrient-dense ingredients and are the perfect pre/post workout snack. So perfect to eat during a shift at Pilates. I love raw desserts and you’ll find I blog about them regularly too so you can find a whole lot more right here.

That being said, it’s important to understand that we shouldn’t go on a blowout and overdo anything. All good things in moderation, including moderation. So just remember the same goes for raw desserts too.

Raw desserts are usually high in coconut, nuts, coconut oil, dates and other delicious ingredients that pack a nutrient punch. Basically, if you are having a handful or two of nuts everyday, remember that there are most likely nuts in your raw desserts too. It all adds up and no one, I repeat, no one, needs to eat 3 cups of almonds a day.

To get down to business, I saw this recipe online for chewy caramel bars. They sounded delicious and I had everything in stock. I am also trying to use my Vitamix as much as possible and get back into some cooking, or uncooking in this case.

healthy mars bar slice | petaserras.com

Homemade Mars Bars

vegan, raw, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, 100% delicious
this recipe was adapted from a recipe by Rebecca Kane

Base

1/2 cup almonds (soaked for 8 hours)
1/2 cup cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
2 tbsp coconut syrup
1 tbsp lucuma powder
1-2 tsp water

Caramel

8 dates
2 tbsp coconut syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp water (if mixture becomes too thick to process)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Chocolate

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil or cacao butter
1/3 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup of agave syrup
Pinch salt

Or feel free to use an organic chocolate of your choice to cover, which I did! I picked up a delicious Loving Earth one made with coconut sugar. (Organic food is best when you can get it.)

1. Grease a pan and line with baking paper
2. Rinse soaked nuts and place with other base ingredients into your Vitamix
3. Process until mixture resembles a smooth butter
4. Spread into the pan, level with a wet spoon and place in the freezer to set
5. Process the caramel mixture. Make a good effort to get this as smooth as you possibly can
6. Taste caramel for sweetness, if you want it sweeter, add more coconut syrup
7. Spread onto base, level with a wet spoon and leave in freezer for several hours to set
8. Cut caramel slice into squares and place back in the freezer on a frozen metal tray while you melt the chocolate
9. Melt your pre-bought chocolate OR combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Ensure the coconut/cacao is melted for this to happen
10. Coat your bars with the coconut and place back in the freezer, where they will live!

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Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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