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Homemade Healthy Reese’s Take 5 Candy Bars (Vegan)

These healthy homemade Reese’s Take 5 Candy bars are bursting with pretzels, peanuts, caramel, and peanut butter and coated in luscious dark chocolate. Make them to enjoy for Halloween, or any time!

Ingredients

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Peanut butter layer

  • 2/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Date caramel layer

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 10+ minutes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp almond flour

 

  • 24 square pretzels
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the peanut butter layer ingredients in a small bowl. The mixture should be thick enough to form into patties that hold their shape.
  3. Using your hands, form 24 patties from the peanut butter mixture about the size of the square pretzels. Gently press one peanut butter patty into each of the pretzels. 
  4. Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet, and transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  5. While the peanut butter layer sets in the freezer, prepare the date caramel. Drain the dates of the hot water, and add them to a food processor, along with the vanilla extract.
  6. Blend until a smooth paste forms from the dates. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl a few times. It’s OK if the date paste is not completely smooth – some small chunks of dates are fine.
  7. Mix the date paste with the almond flour. Add a dollop of the date caramel paste on top of each candy. 
  8. Press 3-4 peanuts into the date caramel paste. Return to the freezer to set for 30 minutes.
  9. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or using a double boiler.
  10. To coat the candies in chocolate, use a fork to lower the candy into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to cover the top if it doesn’t fully submerge in the melted chocolate.
  11. Sprinkle each piece with sea salt before the chocolate hardens.
  12. Return the candies to the freezer for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to set completely. 

Notes

  • Best stored in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. 

Keywords: take 5 candy bars, vegan, gluten free