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


Nougat Layer:

Vegan Caramel:

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


  • 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)


  • 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.


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.


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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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.


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!


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!


    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:)


cant wait to try this recipe … these look fantastic!


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. 🙂


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!


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


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 🙂


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?


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


Well done!!


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


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!!


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!


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


adding a scoop of chocolate whey into the equation……

Inspiring me to be creative


You are a genius! Thank you:)


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?


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.


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 🙂


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??


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!!


My family love the vegan snickers! Yum!


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


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 🙂


    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!


      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. 🙂


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


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

Saga from Sweden

Hi Megan! I really like your blog and this recipe was totally AMAZING!! Everyone in the house loves it. I want to share this recipe with everyone so they also can have a part of this wonderful taste haha, and I was wondering if I maybe could write a post on my blog about this recipe, borrow some Pictures that you’ve taken and then link to your website??

Hugs and kisses, Saga!

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, you’re welcome to share a photo on your site with a link back to the full recipe.


Dear Megan,
thanks a lot for so many great recipes! Do you think you could make an alternative to Bounty as well? 🙂

Yu Ri Im

Perfect recipe. Everyone loved it – except for one person who doesn’t like coconut and could taste the very, very subtle flavour of coconut oil. You can avoid that by replacing coconut oil with other oil and coconut flour with (best roasted) ground almonds. But even me, a very picky and critical taster, loved it and couldn’t taste dates, coconut, whatever.

My nut butter was mostly almond butter but with 2 tbsp peanut butter, and the nuts I used were obviously roasted peanuts!


My nougat was kind of runny, it wasn’t dough consistency. It was the same consistency as the almond butter out of the jar. which was a little bit runny but very thick

    Megan Gilmore

    Did you use coconut flour? It’s super-absorbent and should create the dough consistency when thoroughly stirred in, but you can always add a little more if you need it to be thicker!

Vesna Mirkovich

Hello, I just wanted to tell you that this recipe simply rocks. I have made it multiple times, and it is definitely make-at-home-treat staple in my house. I double the recipe and keep a stash in the fridge. So easy, so delicious! Thank you!


I made these today, with some adjustments, and they are super yummy. Thank you so much for this recipe. I can’t wait to let my son taste it tomorrow after school!

Lindsey T.

Hi! 🙂

Thank you so much for this great recipe (healthy snickers, like forreal…..) and all the steps that you wrote out for us with pictures!!

I made them yesterday for my birthday party today… THEY TASTE WAY TO GOOD, omygosch!! 😀

Have a wonderfull day.



Mine tasted like PB Snickers because I used PB instead of almond butter. They are amazing! Thank you for a great recipe.


I made these with your recipe about 2 years ago. I didn’t have a blender (just an immersion blender) and they were such a hassle to make. BUT THEY TASTED AMAZING. Seriously, an amazing treat. Well, my husband and I just got a blender and one of the first things I did was scour the web for the recipe. I absolutely can’t wait to give these a shot again with the right equipment.


I really want to save this to my Pinterest! Do you have a Pinterest button?


hy:) Can I use peanut butter instead of almond butter?


fairly excited totry out this recipe!! I’ve a non vegan friend over for dinner tomorrow and these bars will be the glamorous end of my vegan gourmet dinner for him 🙂 thanks for sharing!


I’ve made these several times and love them. To keep costs down, I use peanut butter and peanuts in place of almond butter and pecans. I also layer the nougat, caramel, and nuts in silicone baking cups and freeze them. I then pop them out and coat with chocolate. Thanks for the flexible and very tasty recipe.


Oh my God I just made this and I may never eat a Snickers again??? My nougat had the perfect consistency but I think I could have spread it a little thicker. anyway 10/10


Hi! 519kcal for serving?


So good!! Just made them and can’t believe how amazing they taste! Thanks so much!!

Leigh Adler

Made these tonight. They were AMAZING!! In my opinion, they tasted more like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup with nuts, but in any case were totally addicting!!

It mentions there are 253cals per serving. Is that for 1 full bar or for 1 fun size bar?

Thank you! 🙂

Michelle Lynn

WOW!! These REALLY taste like Snickers! YUM!! I made them last night exactly as your recipe and they were much easier than I thought. I used melted Lily’s Chocolate Chips for the topping and they came out perfect!! Thank you for another amazing recipe. I still make your almond meal chocolate chip cookies almost every day!!!


I’m going to make these for my birthday!! I’m finishing up a Whole37 the day before I turn 37 haha. Thank you for the great recipes. I love seeing your blog posts show up in my inbox!

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