This sugar-free Snickers bar recipe makes delicious low-carb candy that can be enjoyed without guilt. Layering in a baking pan makes it quick and easy.
When I posted the giveaway contest asking what kind of low carb recipes people were looking for, I had to ask myself that same question. After thinking about the question, the one thing I wanted was a low carb Snickers bar that wouldn't give me digestive distress.
Occasionally, I buy the Atkins Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar which is the closest low carb substitute I've found for a Snickers candy bar. The only problem with the Atkins bars is that I pay for the snack later because of the sugar alcohols used.
I came up with a low carb peanut butter caramel recipe that's perfect for the inside of a homemade sugar free Snickers bar. It's sweetened with an organic sweetener blend that's a mix of stevia and erythritol. Therefore, there's no stomach pains! But, it is a soft caramel that keeps best in the refrigerator.
How many carbs in a Snickers bar?
The nutrition label on the candy bar shows a significant amount of carbohydrates. There's about 35 grams of carbs with 29 grams of sugar in a Snickers bar and less than 2 grams of fiber. That's enough to knock you out of ketosis with a single bite!
That's why I'm going to show you how to make Snickers healthy with a low carb alternative. And once you taste this creation, it's sure to bring smiles to all of you who miss those sweet candy bars.
Snickers Bar Ingredients
What's in a Snickers? If you look at the ingredient list, you'll find sugar, peanuts, glucose syrup, milk solids, cocoa mass, vegetable fat, cocoa butter, salt, soy lecithin, egg white, and vanilla extract.
For my keto friendly version, I use an egg white, cream of tartar, xanthan gum, vanilla extract, low carb sweetener, vanilla whey protein powder, butter, heavy cream, peanut putter, peanuts, and sugar free chocolate chips.
How to make Snickers bars the easy way
To make the peanut caramel layer, you start with an egg white based marshmallow cream for the nougat. Then, it's mixed with peanut butter and a sweetened mix of sweetener and cream.
First, the egg white is whipped to a soft peak stage. Then the cream of tartar, xanthan gum, vanilla, and a little bit of sweetener are beaten in. Low carb vanilla whey protein is then added to get the right consistency.
Second, butter is melted in a small saucepan then sweetener and cream are added. The mixture is boiled and simmered.
Next, the warm butter mixture, peanut butter, and vanilla extract are added to the egg white mixture. Then peanuts are stirred in.
Finally, the peanut mixture is spread into a pan lined with waxed or parchment paper and then chilled.
At this time, the chocolate layer is made. It's just sugar free chocolate chips and peanut butter melted together until smooth. When the peanut mixture has hardened a bit, the melted chocolate peanut butter topping is poured on top and spread evenly to cover.
The candy needs to chill for at least an hour before it can be cut into squares or bars. And, it's best to store in the refrigerator to keep everything hardened.
How to make chocolate covered bars
I thought about freezing the low carb caramel and cutting it into squares that it could be dipped into chocolate. However, that seemed like too much work for me to make a sugar free Snickers bar.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I like to keep my recipes simple. Therefore, I just used the same chocolate topping from the Peanut Butter Cup Square recipe I posted earlier.
The caramel layer remains soft so cutting the squares will crack the chocolate a little. Do you have some experience making hand dipped candies? If so, you may want to try coating small rectangular pieces of the caramel in chocolate to get cute little bite size sugar free Snickers bars.
Coating the filling completely in chocolate would give it the more authentic candy bar look and taste. And, it would help hold the shape of the caramel filling as well as be pretty enough for gift giving!
I was pretty surprised at how easy it was to make these low carb peanut caramel candies. If you are a Snickers lover like me, you certainly need to try them!
Sugar Free Snickers Bar Recipe
We hope you enjoy this homemade candy as much as we do. And if you do give the recipe a try, let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Low Carb Sugar Free Snickers Bar Candy
Peanut Caramel Layer:
- 1 egg white
- ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon Pyure All-Purpose or 2-½ teaspoon Truvia
- 3 Tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup Pyure All-Purpose or 3T + ¾ teaspoon Truvia
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract
- ¾ cup salted peanuts chopped
- ¾ cup sugar free chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
Peanut Caramel Layer:
- In deep mixing bowl, whisk egg white until soft peaks form. Beat in cream of tartar, xanthan gum, vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon Steviva Blend. Gradually beat in the 3 Tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder. The consistency should be thick and sticky like a marshmallow cream. Set aside.
- In medium heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Mix in ¼ cup Steviva Blend and heavy cream. Once it reaches a boil, cook and stir 5 minutes more. Pour into sticky egg white mixture then add in peanut butter and vanilla. Mix until well combined; stir in peanuts. Spread into a 7×11 pan lined with waxed or parchment paper. Cool in refrigerator.
- In Pyrex or metal bowl over pot of simmering water, melt chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter caramel mixture and spread evenly to cover top.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into squares. Keep in the refrigerator for snacking.
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 111 [carbohydrates] => 3 [protein] => 3 [fat] => 8 [saturated_fat] => 1 [polyunsaturated_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 5 [sodium] => 26 [potassium] => 37 [fiber] => 2 [sugar] => 0 [vitamin_a] => 50 [vitamin_c] => 0 [calcium] => 10 [iron] => 0.9 [serving_unit] => square )
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Unauthorized use of this material without written permission from Lisa MarcAurele is strictly prohibited unless for personal offline purposes.
Single photos may be used, provided that full credit is given to LowCarbYum.com along with a link back to the original content.