These vegan snickers bars are the ultimate healthy gluten free Halloween candy for filling your kid’s candy bag and enjoying all year long.
I don’t know about you, but as soon as school gets back in session, and the Halloween stuff starts populating the grocery store shelves, I officially get excited. Mainly because I am a total sweet freak.
I have no shame admitting that I have a real good sweet tooth and I often buy boxes of Halloween “fun sized” chocolate bars just for myself. But if you find those a little too cloying for your taste, you’re not a fan of the processed ingredients, or you’re looking for a vegan, gluten free Halloween candy alternative, these vegan snickers bars are for you.
Table of contents
Nougat Layer – To make these vegan snickers bars, it starts with a gluten free “nougat” layer made from oat flour, almond flour, peanut butter, maple and coconut oil. So simple and honestly, delicious enough that you’ll want to just eat it out of the food process all on its own
Date Caramel – The vegan caramel is naturally sweetened with dates, coconut cream, and lots of crunchy peanuts. I’m a big fan of making caramel out of dates, and this version is impossibly sticky and chewy.
Chocolate Coating – Finally, these vegan snickers bars are finished with a luscious layer of dark chocolate melted with a bit of coconut oil.
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: To a food processor, puree the oats, almond flour, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt until smooth. Pack into the bottom of the loaf pan and freeze.
Step 2: Place dates, maple syrup and coconut cream in a sauce pot and simmer until bubbling.
Step 3: Transfer to the food processor and puree until very smooth.
Step 4: Mix with the peanuts and layer on top of the nougat layer. Transfer back to the freezer for 2 hours.
Step 5: Remove the parchment from the sides and cut into bars.
Step 6: Dip the bars into melted chocolate until fully coated. Refrigerate or freeze for 10 minutes.
I make these vegan snickers bars full size, and then cut them into pieces, but feel free to use a Twinkie mold or a smaller pan to make more dainty bars. You can also simply cut them into smaller pieces before coating them in chocolate.
Either way, you’re going to want to make a triple batch. I even like to keep any leftovers of these vegan Snickers bars in my freezer and let them thaw out for about 10 minutes before digging it. The freezer is a GREAT spot to keep treats like this so that you have to plan ahead (even just by 10 minutes), rather than just pounce on a hangry impulse when you need a little sweet somethin’ somethin’.
These vegan snickers bars uses almond flour and oat flour making it totally gluten free.
You can store these vegan snickers bars in an air tight container in a cool dark place or the fridge and they should stay fresh for about 2-3 weeks. You can also try freezing them in a freezer bag and they can stay fresh for up to a year.
You can totally omit the peanuts or try substituting sunflower or pumpkin seeds to add some texture, however it may alter the taste slightly.
More Halloween Chocolate Recipes
What’s your favourite Halloween candy? Have you tried these vegan snickers bars? Let me know down in the comments below!
Vegan Snickers Bars (Healthy Copycat Recipe)
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper extending up both sides like wings.
- To a food processor, puree the oats, almond flour, peanut butter, coconut oil, maple and salt until smooth. Pack into the bottom of the loaf pan and freeze.
- Place the dates, maple and coconut cream in a sauce pot and simmer until bubbling. Transfer to the food processor and puree until very smooth. Mix with the peanuts and layer on top of the nougat layer. Transfer back to the freezer for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave on 50% in 30 second intervals until smooth, stirring between each 30 seconds.
- Using a greased knife, carefully remove the parchment from the sides of the bars and cut into 12 bars.
- Prepare a baking sheet lined with a silpat.
- Dip the bars into the chocolate until fully coated and place on the silpat. Refrigerate or freeze for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
I make these full size, and then cut them into piece. You can also use a Twinkie mold or a smaller pan to make smaller bars. You can also simply cut them into smaller pieces before coating them in chocolate. Freezing Instructions
Freeze in individual portions in a freezer bag and let thaw for 10 minutes before eating.
Updated on October 20th, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.