Vegan Snickers Bars

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These Vegan Snickers Bars are an easy way to satisfy your candy bar cravings. They’re naturally sweet, and you only need a handful of pantry ingredients to get started!

homemade snickers bars stacked on a pan

Are Snickers Vegan?

Store-bought Snickers candy bars are not vegan because they contain dairy. This homemade version is made with a fast 3-ingredient chocolate sauce, that’s totally dairy-free instead!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade version:

  • Dates
  • Almond Flour (here’s how to make almond flour)
  • Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt

You might already have these simple ingredients on hand, and the assembly comes together fast. If you don’t want to use a food processor to make a date-based crust, try the crust recipe in my Vegan Peanut Butter Bars, as an alternative. (You can make it with or without the cacao powder.)

date crust pressed into pan

How to Make Vegan Caramel Sauce

The vegan caramel layer is made with just two ingredients: peanut butter & maple syrup! Stir them together, and you’ll have a smooth and creamy caramel that adds extra peanut-flavor to the final candy bar.

Make sure you use all-natural peanut butter (you can use homemade peanut butter, if you’d like to) that is drippy in consistency, with no added ingredients. Just peanuts and salt should be on the label.

vegan caramel sauce spread into pan

Note: If you prefer to avoid peanuts, you can use almond butter or cashew butter to make the caramel layer instead. You can use any other nut you like to sprinkle over this layer, too!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Topping

To make the hard chocolate topping, I like to use a combination of melted coconut oil (which hardens when chilled), cacao powder, and maple syrup.

vegan chocolate sauce poured into pan

Note: Be sure the maple syrup is at room temperature. If it’s cold from the fridge, the chocolate will thicken up, and could be more difficult to spread on the bars.

Making It As Easy As Possible

I decided to coat only the top layer of these bars in chocolate, because I didn’t want to make these bars any messier to eat.

If you want them to be fully covered in chocolate, you can double the chocolate recipe and add more, as desired. The chocolate will harden quickly in the freezer.

Because this is a no-bake recipe, made with healthier ingredients, be sure to always store these homemade snickers bars in the fridge or freezer. They will get soft when left at room temperature for long.

snickers recipe cut into 8 bars

I like to eat them from the fridge for a soft caramel, or from the freezer for a more chewy caramel texture. This recipe will make 8 full-size bars, but I find them easier to eat when you cut those bars in half, to create 16 “fun size” bars.

These Vegan Snickers Bars are:

  • Chewy
  • Sweet and salty
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-Free
  • And very easy to make!

I hope you’ll enjoy them the next time you want to satisfy your sweet tooth fast.

bars cut into 8 and 16 pieces

homemade snickers bars stacked on a pan
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Vegan Snickers Bars

These Vegan Snickers Bars taste like your favorite candy bar, but they're naturally sweet and easy to make at home.
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword vegan snickers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 161kcal

Ingredients

Nougat Layer:

Vegan Caramel:

  • 1/4 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter (71 grams)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (78 grams)

Peanuts:

  • 1/3 cup roasted & salted peanut halves (50 grams)

Chocolate Coating:

  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (23 grams)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (50 grams)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup , at room temperature (80 grams)

Instructions

  • Lighty spray a 9x5-inch pan with oil, then line it with parchment paper. (The oil helps the paper stay in place while you work, but it won't touch the bars.)
  • To prepare the nougat, briefly pulse the dates in a large food processor fitted with an S blade, until they look crumbly. Add in the almond flour, salt, and vanilla, and process again until the mixture looks uniform. It's okay if the mixture looks dry and crumbly, as long as it sticks together when pressed between your fingers.
  • Pour the nougat layer into the bottom of the lined pan, then press firmly to pack the nougat layer evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  • To make the caramel, stir together the peanut butter and maple syrup, until very smooth. Pour the caramel over the nougat layer, and use a spatula to spread it out.
  • Sprinkle the peanut halves over the top of the caramel, making sure they are distributed evenly throughout the pan. Set the pan in the freezer while you make the final layer.
  • To prepare the chocolate coating, mix together the cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup. This works best if the maple syrup isn't cold from the fridge, so the mixture will stay pourable. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the chocolate topping over the top. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the entire top of the peanut layer.
  • Place the pan in the freezer to set until the bars are totally firm, at least 1 hour. Slice into 8 rows, then cut each bar in half to create 16 "fun size" candy bars. For a smaller, bite-size treat, cut the 16 pieces in half again to make 32 small squares. These bars are very rich, so you don't need much!
  • Homemade Snickers Bars need to be stored in the fridge or freezer to remain solid. They will soften at room temperature and, as a result, will be messier to eat. Keep in mind that the caramel layer will not totally firm up, so it might spill out the sides as you bite into these bars. You can store these in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer, if you don't eat them all before then.

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 16 small bars. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee. For a lower-calorie treat, cut the 16 bars in half to create 32 bite-size squares.
If you would rather make this recipe with almonds and almond butter, feel free! It should be just as delicious, but I would add an extra pinch of salt to the caramel layer, since most store-bought almond butter is unsalted.
You can melt 1/2 cup of mini vegan chocolate chips (about 3.5 ounces) instead of the chocolate coating layer, if you'd rather use that as the topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

 

If you try this homemade Snickers Bar recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.

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Comments

Lisa

These look so perfect! Especially with Halloween coming up. Pretty sure the vegan alternative looks better than the regular anyways. Yum.

Alia Vo

These look so pretty and delicious. Meghan, you really do have a special flair for coming up with healthy & delicious treats!

Hope your family is doing great! Thanks for still continuing your blog and creating awesome new recipes despite this very hectic time in your life.

Abbi*tarian

Thank you so much for this recipe! Snickers was my favorite candy bar until I gave it up, because I was sure it was such an unhealthy choice – esp. for my blood sugar! But the fiber from the dates and the protein from the almond butter nougat, alongside a healthy salad, will make this hypoglycemic happy :0). This recipe is so brilliant (esp. the coconut flour in the nougat) & so “makeable”!

Jess Powell

Can you substitute anything for the coconut products? I am just not a fan of the taste/texture! Thanks in advance!

Sparkle

Oh my goodness, these look AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Megan. You are such a talented chef!!! 🙂 Snickers used to be my FAVORITE until I stopped eating things like that… I also loved Kit Kats and I’m trying to perfect a Kit Kat recipe, but it’s not turning out so good… Do you have any wafer recipes??? 🙂

Thanks for the great recipes and inspiration!

~Sparkle

    Ornella Marian

    I would be so grateful for a Waffer recipe too, we are gluten free and vegan and loooooooove Waffers, it’s so hard to find them gf and vegan without the junk in it. I don’t mind making it:)

mj

cant wait to try this recipe … these look fantastic!

Anna

Oh, those sound perfect. I’ll definitely make some after my second batch of the freezer almond fudge is gone. I found that recipe (and the blog) only last week, and that’s already the favorite candy for me and my husband, therefor the second batch.
I love how the ingredients are vegan and raw and the end result yummy, but as a bonus surprise is that they work so well (as a small treat) for my husband who’s a meat eater, and on a diet which is high in fat and protein, low in carbs. 🙂

purelytwins

these look AMAZING!!!! Snickers was a big hit growing up 😉

Alexis @ Hummusapien

These are absolutely genius! So stoked to make them. Thanks for sharing lady!

jessi

Holy Moly.. These look ahhmazingg. Thank you soooo for posting this!! Will definitely have to try this one of these days

Colleen

Hi, just wondering if the dark chocolate chunks contain sugar. Thanks

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

O. My. Goodness. These look SO YUMMY!!! Can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much 🙂

sheila

you use coconut oil or flour in many of your recipes. for those of us who are allergic to coconut, what would be a good substitute?

    mabel

    Go with out it. Or use raw sesame seed oil. But coconut oil has the hardening consistency,

Azurae

Well done!!

Annabelle

Oh my god! I made this last night and it’s so delicious!! thank you so much for this fab recipe!

Keely

I’ve been craving some real chocolate, but as I’m on a dairy and gluten and pretty much everything else diet, it’s out of the question, but I will make these today. You are a life-saver!!

Maegen

Wow these look delicious. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I wish I had the time to make them all. I try to make something once a week. I really want to make these, but they seem time consuming- can some one mail me some, please? 🙂 (dead serious too) I wish some one would open a bakery filled with these type of treats. I’d be a constant customer!

Hillary

I made this tonight using pecans as well. They are so rich and delicious, I can’t imagine eating more than one of the fun size in one sitting. Totally what I needed for my sweet tooth craving, thank you so much!

Simon Tai Yip

Heaven….

adding a scoop of chocolate whey into the equation……

Inspiring me to be creative

Nat

You are a genius! Thank you:)

Tanya

Hi Megan. This recipe looks INSANE especially since my husband loves Snickers and I would love to recreate it in a healthier version. I can’t wait to try this recipe! One question though; I have all the ingredients on hand except for the 1 tbs of coconut flour. What can I substitute in place for the coconut flour?

Lindsay

Just found your blog and I am LOVING IT! Now I just have to decide what to make first… ; ) Well done! Looking forward to reading it more often!!

Kristin Hatchman

I’ve actually always thought that the flour less peanut butter choc blondes were a good GF and healthier alternative to snickers, they taste so similar but I’ll have to try these too.

Theresa

Genius! I love Snickers and since going Paleo can’t have them. I can’t wait to try this recipe and the Twix bars too. I made your Paleo chocolate chip cookies and added 1/2 cup pumpkin this past weekend and they were a hit! I am so happy to have found your blog. Thanks 🙂

Mary

Hi Megan – I love your recipes and have made quite a few of them – this one is currently sitting in the freezer but question: HOW DO YOU COAT THE BOTTOM?!?!?! when i picked them up, they all stuck on my finger and if i were to try and coat, it lost its shape… any tips??

Caity

I made these last night – YUM! My favorite part hands down is the ‘caramel’. I didn’t realize how delicious dates were, but this tricky little combo here totally satisfies my craving for caramel – sweet, smooth, and slightly salty. I had quite a bit leftover to use for dipping apple slices into, and I plan on making quite a bit more. 🙂

Thank you for this awesome recipe!

Erin L.

This is my first recipe of yours that I have tried. My husband (a very picky eater) is in love with these. Seriously, he said these beat anything you can buy at the store. We completely avoided store bought Halloween candy this year, and ate these instead. My only complaint is that they are insanely addictive. The caramel never hardens and it melts in your mouth. Thank you for this recipe!!

Alicia

My family love the vegan snickers! Yum!

Noelle

What are the calorie breakdown on these Vegan snicker bars per serving?

Anneliese

I love this recipe. I make it around once a month for my partner and friends but have noticed the amount in your nougat part of the recipe seems to be off. It comes out quite runny gooey and never is as much as you have in your photos.
Did you use a double batch and maybe more flour.
I am curious to know 🙂

    Megan

    The photos always show the recipe exactly as written– so the photo you see above is the way it works when I make it. Photos don’t always show size accurately, though, so that maybe why my nougat looks like a larger quantity. As noted in the recipe above, the caramel does make a double-batch, so I only use half of the caramel with this amount of nougat. (It’s just impossible to make a smaller batch of caramel in my blender using dates.) So, you could double the amount of nougat if you want to use all of the caramel to make Snickers bars, or you can use the excess caramel as a dip for apples!

      Kate

      I just made it and noticed the same. I’m in Europe but I’m using American cups for American recipes but could you maybe weigh the amount of almond butter you use? For me 1 cup of almond butter was around 90 g which was definitely less than you used. Other than that it was delicious. 🙂

        Kate

        I meant 1/2 cup is 90 g as stated in the recipe.

Saga

I loved this recipe! Such an easy and fun thing to do! And it tasted like heaven. So much better than the original snickers.
Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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