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Vegan Peanut & Caramel bars

HEALTHIER VEGAN PEANUT & CARAMEL BARS

Emma Hollingsworth
These crunchy and decadent peanut & caramel bars are perfect snacks on the go (for both adults and children) and a delicious accompaniment to the afternoon cup of tea. They freeze well, so you can make a batch last a lot longer. Vegan, free from gluten and refined sugar.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Setting time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course dessert, snack
Cuisine British
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients
  

For the base:

  • 100 g 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 100 g 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 80 g 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

For the peanut caramel layer:

  • 75 g 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 120 g 1/2 cuppeanut butter
  • 120 ml 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • 36 g 1/4 cup raw blanched peanuts, roasted and roughly chopped

For the chocolate topping:

  • 50 g 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 25 g 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 80 g 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 60 g 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Instructions
 

  • To make the base, whizz the oats in a food processor or high-speed blender for about 1 minute until form fine flour. Then add the other ingredients and whizz for a further minute until the mixture becomes a sticky ball. Spoon the mixture equally into a 12-hole silicone bar mould tray (or baking tray) and use your fingers to press it down evenly.
  • For the peanut caramel layer, whizz all the ingredients except the peanuts in a food processor for about 2 minutes until smooth, then stir in the peanuts. Spoon evenly on top of the base and place in the freezer for 4 hours to set.
  • For the topping, mix together the ingredients in a mixing bowl until you have a smooth and thick chocolate mixture. Remove the bars from the freezer and spoon the topping onto the peanut caramel layer, then return to the freezer for a further 30 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Keyword healthy snacks, snack bars, vegan snacks, gluten free, healthy bars
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