There was a point in time when my love for Milky Way surpassed my love for Snickers. I know, it was a major shock to me, too.
Somehow, I managed to find room in my heart for one more candy bar. I guess if I were to admit my one fault, it’s that I love too much…(candy).
This recipe has been bouncing around in my head for a while now – the challenging part being the nougat.
I already knew how to whip up a mean date caramel (pats shoulder) and melt chocolate (pats other shoulder), but the perfect nougat had eluded me…until now.
This 6-ingredient, 30-minute recipe starts with a date-based nougat that’s so easy I don’t know how I didn’t think of it before.
Can you find it in your candy-loving heart to forgive me? Please say yes, please say yes.
Dates are blended into a sticky ball and then coconut flour and almond flour transform it into a perfect, moldable dough that takes on the flavor and characteristics of a (terrible for you, corn syrup-laden) nougat. That’s what I call 4-ingredient magic.
Next comes date caramel. And lastly, melted chocolate with a dash of coconut oil to ensure it’s the perfect consistency for dipping.
We’re getting close. Can you feel it?
I know you guys are going to LOVE these bars! They’re:
Easy to make
& Healthified candy at its finest
These are the perfect treat to make when your most intense junk food craving strikes and you need a healthier fix, quick! They come together in about 30 minutes and last for up to 1 month in the freezer! Enjoy them one bar at a time, or if you’re like me, remove a bar from the freezer 5 times throughout the day and cut off small bites to make you “feel better” until the whole bar is gone (insert sneaky eyes emoji).
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- 15 pitted Medjool dates (~105 g measured after pitting)
- 1/2 cup (56 g) almond flour* (or sub almond meal with varied results)
- 1/2 (56 g) coconut flour* (not shredded coconut)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 30 pitted Medjool dates (~210 g measured after pitting)
- 3-8 Tbsp (45 - 120 ml) water
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/4 cup (150 g) chopped vegan dark chocolate (I like Trader Joe's 72% cacao Pound Plus bars)
- 1 Tbsp (15 g) coconut oil
- Make nougat by adding dates to a food processor and blending until small bits remain or it forms a ball. Then add almond and coconut flour and sea salt. Mix/pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed. You're looking for a semi-firm dough that isn't sticky. If too sticky, add in 1 Tbsp each almond flour and coconut flour at a time until you reach the right consistency.
- Once your dough is formed, add to a parchment-lined standard loaf pan and press down to form a uniform layer. Use something flat - such as a liquid measuring cup or glass - to help flatten. Then lift out of loaf pan and use your hands to shape any areas that are lumpy and compress it slightly until you have a rectangular nougat that is roughly 1/2-inch thick.
- Slice nougat into 6 even bars and set on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet and pop in freezer to set.
- To make date caramel add dates to a food processor or high speed blender and mix until small bits remain or it forms a ball. Then begin adding warm water 1 Tbsp at a time while blending, scraping down sides as needed. You're looking for a spreadable consistency that isn't watery, but also isn't dough-like. Add salt and mix once more. Set aside.
- Remove nougat from freezer and spread with a generous amount (~2 Tbsp) of date caramel (see photo). You will likely have leftover date caramel*, which you can store in the refrigerator to use for things like ice cream, oatmeal, or other candy bars!
- Set nougat back in freezer while you prepare chocolate. To melt chocolate and coconut oil, either heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until creamy and smooth, or over a double boiler on the stove top. Transfer to a shallow dish and set aside.
- Remove nougat from freezer and quickly add one at a time to the melted chocolate. Use a fork to gently flip/roll the bar until completely coated. Then pick it up (nougat side down - caramel side up) and tap off any excess chocolate. Set back on parchment and repeat until all bars are dipped.
- Either let set at room temperature, or pop in the refrigerator or freezer for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate is firm.
- Enjoy at room temperature, or straight from the freezer or refrigerator. Will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or in the freezer up to 1 month (sometimes longer).
*I prefer Bob's Red Mill coconut flour.
*The reason I make a larger batch of date caramel is that it requires using enough dates to make a paste in the blender or food processor. Too few and the dates don't get enough traction to form a paste! No worries - leftovers keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 bars calculated using about half of the date caramel.