Vegan Snickers Bars (Healthy + 6 Ingredients!)

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These delicious Vegan Snickers Bars are made from only 6 healthy ingredients and will satisfy any sweet tooth! Naturally gluten-free, they’re easy to make and good for you too.

Picture this: a chewy nougat and gooey caramel caramel bar studded with crunchy peanuts and enrobed in a lush chocolate coating. Is your mouth watering yet? If you love Snickers candy bars, I bet it is.

I’m so excited to share this homemade Vegan Snickers Recipe with you today. Honestly, I think anyone will enjoy it – kids, adults, vegans, omnivores, whatever! They are addicting in the best way possible, made from healthy pantry-friendly ingredients, and relatively and easy to make, in terms of homemade candy.

hand holding stack of 3 snickers bars stacked on top of each other and sliced open to show texture

INGREDIENTS + INSPIRATION

Ingredients for Vegan Snickers bars in small bowls on marble background. Clockwise text labels read vanilla, medjool dates, oat flour, peanut butter, salst, peanuts, and dairy-free chocolate

Snickers were easily one of my favorite candy bars as a kid (and let’s be honest- an adult). Just because I adopted a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean I wanted to give up all my favorite treats! So, I decided to make my own plant-based version of my favorite Halloween treat. The best part? You only need 6 plant-based ingredients to make these Snickers bars! Plus, this recipe is totally vegan and naturally gluten-free. If you use chocolate that’s sweetened with coconut sugar it can be refined sugar-free too.

This recipe is made of a caramel layer made predominantly of Medjool dates, which have a natural sweetness and caramel flavor to them. Part of the caramel gets blended with some oat flour to make the nougat layer, which is thickened with oat flour.

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN SNICKERS BARS

side-by-side photos of nougat layer, caramel layer, and peanut layer in silicone mould

This recipe requires only about 20 minutes of hands-on time – the longest part is waiting for the nougat and caramel layers to set in the freezer!

  1. Soak your medjool dates, then blend them with peanut butter, vanilla, and salt to make a caramel.
  2. Mix a portion of the caramel with some oat flour to make the nougat layer​​​​
  3. Layer the nougat and caramel with some peanuts, freeze until firm, then slice to make bars.
  4. Dunk in chocolate, then serve and enjoy!

side-by-side photos of snickers bars sliced before coating in chocolate, next to a photo of them on parchment paper after dunking in chocolate

My only regret about this recipe is that I did not make it sooner. Snickers Bars were my favorite candy as a teen, and I will admit that I missed them a little when I went vegan. But I don’t have to worry about that any more — now that I know how easy these are to make, and how wholesome they are too, they’ve gotta become a regular event.

Stack of 3 vegan snickers bars stacked on top of each other and sliced open

COOKING TIPS + FAQ

  • Mould: I used a silicone mold  to make my bars, but you could also line a loaf pan, rectangular baking dish, or tupperware container with parchment paper.
  • Chocolate Selection: I recommend using a high-quality dairy-free chocolate for this recipe, as it will melt into a silkier consistency. You can use chocolate with a lower cacao percentage for more of a milk chocolate flavor, or use a higher percentage for a dark chocolate flavor. See the recipe card for more info!
  • Dipping the Bars: It can be a little tricky to coat these bars evenly in chocolate if you use your hands. For best results, I recommend melting your chocolate in a bowl with a wide base (so the bar can completely sit on the bottom) and using two forks to rotate / dunk the Snickers.
  • Got leftovers? That’s doubtful. but try serving them on top of this Baked Vegan Snickers Cheesecake! Or maybe just double the recipe?!

If you’re looking for more veganized candy bar recipes, you’ll also love these Homemade Almond Joy Bars, these No-Bake Almond Butter Bars, and these Homemade Peanut Butter Cups.

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations. Or, leave a comment and star-rating on this post if you end up loving them as much as I do!

Sliced Snickers Bar balancing on a small glass jar of peanut butter on marble serving tray

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Vegan Snickers Bars

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These delicious Vegan Snickers Bars are made from only 6 healthy ingredients and will satisfy any sweet tooth! Naturally gluten-free, they’re easy to make and good for you too.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes (in Freezer)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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For the Caramel Layer:

  • 1 packed cup (280 g) pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Nougat:

  • 1/4 cup (75 g) date caramel, above
  • 2/3 cup (68 g) oat flour*

To Finish:

  • 1/2 cup (70 g) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 8 ounces (225 g) high-quality vegan chocolate (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Prep: Transfer the pitted dates to a larger bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, depending on how soft they were to begin with. You can also just cover the dates in water and microwave for 80 seconds if you want to be efficient. Drain the dates, but reserve the water for step 2. Line a baking sheet or cooling rack with parchment paper to place the completed bars on (step 6) and set aside.
  2. Make the Caramel: Drain any excess liquid off of the dates (they should be relatively moist, but not dripping) and add them to a food processor with an S-blade. Add in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Process until thick and smooth, scraping the sides of the device if necessary. If the mixture is too thick, add in the reserved date water in 1 tablespoon increments until you get an evenly smooth mixture.
  3. Make the Nougat: Remove the date “caramel” from the food processor. Add the oat flour to the food processor (no need to rinse) with 1/4 cup (75 g) of the caramel and process until well incorporated. This should form a slightly sticky “dough” that will hold together when you pinch it.
  4. Assemble & Freeze: Firmly and evenly press the nougat into a small and narrow container (see notes). Use a spatula to spread the remaining caramel evenly over the nougat, then sprinkle the peanuts on top. Use your fingers to press the Peanuts into the Caramel layer, so they stick. Place this in the freezer for 60 to 90 minutes, until firm.
  5. Make Bars: Remove the frozen “filling” from it’s container, then use a sharp knife to cut it into bar-sized pieces. Return these to the freezer while you melt your chocolate. Melt your Chocolate using either a double boiler or the microwave:
    1. Double-Boiler: fill a small pot with 1-2″ of water, then place a glass bowl over the top. Bring the water to a simmer over high-heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. While the water is warming, add the chocolate to the glass bowl. Use a clean and dry spatula to stir frequently, until the chocolate is around 80% melted. Then, carefully remove the bowl from the pot. Stir with the spatula until completely melted.
    2. Microwave:  Place your chocolate pieces in a glass bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Once the chocolate is around 75% melted, stop microwaving and stir the mixture with a spatula until completely melted.
  6. Chocolate: Moving quickly, place 1 candy bar into the bowl of melted chocolate. Use two forks to “flip” the bar, until it is coated in chocolate on all sides. Remove the bar from the melted chocolate, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Then, place it onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining bars.
  7. Serve: Place the bars in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the chocolate to harden. Serve and enjoy! Bars are best stored in the refrigerator and will last there for up to 10 days. You can also place them in the freezer, where they will last for up to one month – just let the bars thaw for 5 or so minutes before enjoying.

Notes

  • Mould: I used a narrow silicone mold that actually fits in my bento box. However, you can use any narrow dish that you would like (such as a loaf pan, or even a square or rectangular tupperware). If your dish is not flexible, I would recommend lining it with parchment paper before you add the filling layers into it, so they will be easy to remove once frozen.
  • Chocolate: I would recommend using a chopped up chocolate bar for this recipe unless you can guarantee that your chocolate chips are wax-free (which manufacturers are not required to disclose on the label). If you do opt to use chocolate chips and find the mixture to be too thick, add 1-3 teaspoons of refined coconut oil while melting to help thin it out. Use a dark chocolate for a less-sweet finish.
  • Oat Flour: Your oat flour should be very fine (almost like regular flour) for best results. I recommend you use a blender (not a food processor) and process for at least 45 seconds.
  • Nut-Free: If you cannot eat peanuts due to an allergy or preference, you can substitute the PB with any nut or seed butter of choice – same goes for the whole nuts in the bars. Obviously the final result will taste different, but still be delicious! I would recommend cashew or almond butter.
  • Update: The original recipe added an optional 1 teaspoon of maca powder, which you can still add if you wish – but we found that the added “caramel” flavor was minimal.

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. Fixed my craving for a candy bar! I had just gotten oat fiber, so I used half oat flour and half oat fiber, which worked great! I didn’t need to add salt to the caramel, but absolutely wanted salted peanuts!

  2. Hola buenas tardes, me encanta esta receta, la hago frecuentemente. De casualidad tienes el dato de cuántas calorías puede tener una barra de snickers?. Gracias

    1. One standard-sized Snickers bar typically contains around 250-300 calories, but the exact calorie count can vary based on the specific ingredients and serving size.

  3. DEEEEEEELICIOUS!!!
    Love that these are a healthy alternative to processed candy bars. So simple to make and they are sooo good! Everyone that eats them wants the recipe. Roasting the dry roasted peanuts a little bit more really elevates the peanut flavor. Great recipe!






  4. Hello, thanks for the recipe.
    I tried this recipe and it’s almost perfect but too sweet and doesn’t taste enough peanut too me. I would suggest to add more peanut butter in the caramel and use a very dark chocolate for the coating to correct that.






  5. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Made it recently and my non-vegan boyfriend got obsessed with it. Said it’s better than a real deal Snickers bars.
    Now he’s always asking me to cook it for him 😄

  6. Delicious find! Made these for my gf as she was talking very sentimentally about snickers and what a success! I followed the recipe, but my chocolate bar was 200g which was enough for bigger slices, total kcal worked out 2775kcal for the whole batch, 345kcal per 100g, I am on noom so needed working that out 🙏