These delicious and easy vegan no bake Snickers bars are a fun and healthier twist of a popular chocolate treat. Refined sugar free, with a paleo-friendly option!
I was a huge fan of Snickers Bars growing up. Those crunchy peanuts wrapped in chocolate and nougat are just so addicting and wonderful. My husband still loves them, but I try to avoid corn syrup, dairy, soy, artificial flavors in my diet. So what’s a girl to do? Make healthier homemade Snickers bars that tastes dang close to the real thing, of course!
Vegan No Bake Snickers Bars Recipe
Whether you are vegan, paleo, or have food sensitivities like me, you might miss the taste of traditional Snickers bars. These chocolate candies taste so addicting with their caramel center and chopped nuts, and it’s hard to forget about them!
If you want to enjoy this delicious treat without consuming dairy or artificial ingredients, try this recipe for paleo and vegan no bake Snickers bars. All you need are simple ingredients, including peanut butter, medjool dates, and chopped nuts, to create delicious homemade Snickers bars. Once you make them, you can keep them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them as often as you’d like. They’re the perfect treat to fulfill your sweet craving.
Where Can I Find Dairy Free Chocolate Chips?
Your grocery store should carry dairy-free chocolate chips in the baking aisle. If you’re unable to find them at your local store, this is the brand that I love that’s dairy free and vegan. If you are trying to avoid cane sugar, I recommend these chocolate chips which I’ve used in paleo baking many times with success.
Can I Use Chocolate Chunks?
Yes – chocolate chunks are fine to use. If you have chocolate bars, you can chop them up into pieces so you have 2 cups to use in these homemade Snickers bars.
How to Make No Bake Snickers Bars
There are 4 layers to these paleo and vegan Snickers bars, but it comes together and easily. Because these are no bake Snickers bars, there’s no cooking involved at all and everything just sets in the freezer!
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt together chocolate chips and coconut oil, then pour into the baking pan, spreading it out into a thin layer. Freeze for 5 minutes.
- Add all ingredients for the nougat layer in the food processor and pulse until crumbly and sticky. Press into the chocolate layer in an even layer. Freeze for 5 minutes.
- Melt together all ingredients for the caramel layer, then pour over the nougat layer. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts (or cashews, for paleo Snickers bars) into an even layer. Freeze for 5 minutes.
- Melt chocolate again, then cover the peanut and caramel layer with it. Freeze one last time for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Cut into 16 slices, then sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!
Which Type of Peanut Butter Should I Use?
You can use your favorite brand of peanut butter, and it doesn’t matter if you use creamy or chunky peanut butter. They’ll both work well. If you’re making paleo Snickers bars, you can use almond butter as a replacement for peanut butter and it’ll work just as well.
Do I Have to Use Chopped Peanuts?
Chopped nuts add the perfect crunch to the center of these no bake Snickers Crunch Bars. They will remind you of the crunch you’d get from biting into a traditional Snickers bar. However, if you are paleo, you can use chopped cashews as a replacement for the peanuts. If you’re using peanuts, be sure to use the unsalted kind instead of the honey roasted ones.
How Long Will It Take to Make the No Bake Snickers Bars?
It will take about 30 minutes or less to prepare the ingredients and put them together to create these delicious vegan Snickers Bars. Once you’ve made them, you’ll need to allow them to sit in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes to get firm. It’s best to leave them in the freezer for 60 minutes to fully set and firm up.
How Do I Store the Snickers Bars?
You can place these vegan Snickers bars in a food storage container and put them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. They’ll keep for a week chilled this way. To make them last even longer, you can store them in your freezer. If freezing, you’ll want to allow them to thaw a bit before biting into them after pulling them out of the freezer.
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- Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls (Reishi & Chaga)
- Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Vegan No Bake Snickers Bars (Paleo Option)
- 1¼ cup raw cashews soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes
- 3/4 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Start by soaking the cashews in boiling water, and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips + 2 tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave or in a double boiler. Pour the chocolate into the parchment paper lined pan and spread evenly. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
- While the chocolate is hardening, make the nougat layer. Drain the cashews then add to a food processor with dates, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Pulse crumbly and sticky.
- Pour the nougat mixture over the hardened chocolate and press evenly. Freeze for 5 minutes.
- Make the caramel layer by melting peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil in a microwave or double boiler and stirring together. Pour this over the nougat layer, then sprinkle with chopped peanuts evenly. Freeze for 5 minutes.
- Melt together the remaining 1 cup of the chocolate chips + 2 tbsp of coconut oil, and pour evenly over the caramel layer. Tilt the pan and use a spatula to move around the chocolate so it covers everything.
- Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour until completely firm. Remove from the pan using the parchment paper, then slice into 16 pieces. You can run a shark knife under hot water, then wipe it off before slicing to avoid cracks on the top chocolate layer. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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