These healthier pecan snickers bars are no-bake, high protein, and absolutely delicious! Think snickers but pecans. They are refined sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, and pretty dang easy to make. They’re great to make and stash in the freezer for when you need something sweet!
I am a sucker for pecans, especially when paired with caramel. I once saw a limited edition snickers bar that had pecans instead of peanuts and knew I had to recreate it. I am all about balance and having the real thing, but when I can make something homemade with better ingredients, I’m all for it! These are made with more whole-food based ingredients but taste JUST as good. They’re seriously addicting, you’ve been warned 😉
Are these Pecan snickers bars sugar-free?
There are a few different sweetener options you can choose from! The original recipe calls for coconut oil, but you can definitely substitute monk fruit or stevia instead (although I can’t give measurements as I haven’t tested it. Taste and adjust!).
What do you need to make these healthier pecan snickers?
Pecans: The star of the show! You can obviously sub in any other nut if you’re not a fan of pecans, or try my original snickers recipe!
Coconut Sugar: You can substitute monk fruit!
Canned coconut milk: Canned coconut milk is the base of the caramel. It helps make it gooey like normal caramel! Opt for full-fat coconut milk for the best results.
Chocolate: I used Hu Kitchen chocolate to keep these refined sugar free! You can use the code “danishealthyeats” for a discount on their site.
Coconut Flour: This will help create the nougat texture for the bottom layer. There aren’t any substitutes that I’ve found to create the same texture.
Maple Syrup: This combined with the coconut sugar create the caramel. I wouldn’t sub this, as it’ll alter the final results.
How to make the bars:
- Create the caramel by combining all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil & let boil for 4-5 mins stirring constantly. Reduce the heat & let it simmer until it reaches caramel consistency (it came take 15mins). Let cool for a bit, then stir in the pecans.
- Mix together the nougat ingredients until the dough forms. Press into a lined loaf pan.
- Pour the caramel over top. Freeze until the caramel has firmed up a bit, 2 hrs.
- Cut into bars & dip in melted chocolate & return to freezer or pour chocolate over the caramel layer, freeze, then cut into bars
How to store the bars:
Keep the bars in an air-tight container in the freezer. Let them thaw 5 minutes before enjoying for best texture!
Healthier Pecan Snickers
- 1/2 cup pecan butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup protein powder *
- 2 tbsp coconut cream, from canned coconut milk **
- remaining can of full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/3-1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Make the caramel by adding the milk & sugars to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil & let boil for 4-5 mins stirring constantly. Reduce the heat & let it simmer until it reaches caramel consistency (it came take 15mins).
- Let cool for a bit, then stir in the pecans.
- Process the base ingredients together until a nougat texture forms. You may need to add more coconut flour or protein powder depending on the brand you use. Taste & adjust. Press into a lined loaf pan.
- Pour the caramel over top. Then fold in the chopped pecans. Freeze until the caramel has firmed up a bit, 2 hrs. Cut into bars & dip in melted chocolate & return to freezer or pour chocolate over the caramel layer.
- Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up, before cutting into bars.