I'm just going to put this out there....this might just be the most amazing recipe I have ever been able to come up with in my kitchen.....especially considering the ease and ingredient list! I took my favorite candy bar of all time that is filled with this:
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Peanuts, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Molasses, Whey, Confectioner's Corn Flakes, Nonfat Milk, Salt, Lactic Acid Esters, Soy Lecithin, Soybean Oil, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavors, Tbhq And Citric Acid, Yellow 5, Red 40
...and made a much healthier version with only 6 real ingredients and made it raw.
You won't believe the secret ingredient I used to be able to create this RAW! No scary candy making involved, no thermometers, no cornflakes or awful ingredients. Just....keep....reading on how I came up with this recipe.....
I have seen a few vegan butterfinger recipes on the internet...but they all use corn syrup, molasses, sugar and/or cornflakes. That's fine of course, but not what I was after and none of those are raw. When I came up with this raw version, I was just dying and hoping that nobody else had come up with a raw candy bar version. I searched high and low and the only one I came across, was some raw "butterfinger bites", but I wanted something more like the classic bar, using peanuts, and no oil. Every other recipe I saw was cooked on the stove top.
Peanuts will definitely work best for the authentic flavor. I wanted to create one as close to the famous candy bar as possible.....and these turned out even better than I hoped in my mind. If you can't have peanuts, use almonds, but it just won't taste as much like the candy bar.
My hubby and I both just were kind of stunned at the authenticity of the flavor. Each one I ate, I just kept saying...wow, I'm eating a butterfinger without the guilt!
Butterfinger was my favorite candy bar growing up. What I loved about it was the sweet, chewy, crunchiness that is covered in chocolate. And who doesn't love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate? These taste rich, sweet and amazing. Honestly, that is why I didn't want to coat the entire thing in chocolate...it would be overkill. These are seriously sweet enough, as is. But if you want them covered in chocolate, knock yourself out!
Soooooo, I thought....."how in the world can I create that sticky, sweet and crunch factor without cornflakes and without molasses??"
I was lying in bed one night racking my brain....like I do quite often with recipes.....and some how the stars aligned and this just popped in my head...."wait, dried white mulberries are chewy, slightly crunchy and amazingly, naturally sweet!!" Seriously, the first time I tried them I was blown away by how sweet they are....they taste just like a chewy ball of honey. Tip: I keep mine in the fridge and they become crunchy....even better. They are a superfood fruit that is incredibly good for you!
So, I thought....would it really work?? So, the next day I threw some dried mulberries and some peanuts in my food processor and whirled it about a minute until it was a sticky, crumbly texture. I tried it and whoa, the flavor tasted just like a butterfinger. The taste and texture had that similar sticky, sweet and chewiness of a butterfinger bar! Then I added just a touch of agave and vanilla for that extra sweetness and texture and voila, a raw butterfinger was born.
I order my mulberries from Rawguru, but you can also order them here from Amazon and they are super cheap! I've also seen them at my local HEB and Whole Foods, so for those wanting to make this asap today, run to the store!
It only takes a few quick steps to whip up these "butterfingers"!
I honestly still can't get over that this idea worked and that I can totally eat a "butterfinger" without the awful ingredients or guilt. I hope you all love these Raw Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bars!
If you make this, take a photo and tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 with hashtag #thevegan8! I love seeing all of your gorgeous creations!
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