These vegan snickers bars are rich and decadent and taste just like the ‘real thing’! They’re also super easy and fun to make.
These vegan snickers bars have some serious wow factor!
In fact I can’t even believe how much they taste like the ‘real thing’.
Especially since vegan nougat is something that I didn’t think was quite possible. Well at least it didn’t seem very possible, considering I looked at roughly a million recipe sites online for inspiration (conservative estimate) and all I could find were variations of ‘nougat’ made from nut butter or nuts and dates or coconut flour and dates or almond flour and dates or any combination of things that don’t taste anything like actual nougat.
I tried a version using coconut flour and dates and hmmm it tasted like eating a spoonful of (rather sweet) flour. So that all got tossed super quick.
And then I found a recipe from Oatmeal With A Fork that used rolled oats, coconut oil and maple syrup. And while I didn’t think that this would taste like nougat exactly, at least it sounded like it would definitely taste nice.
And don’t ask me how, but that rolled oats, coconut oil, maple syrup thing, when mixed with vegan caramel and peanuts tastes just like nougat. It’s basically magic I reckon.
How To Make Vegan Snickers
This is just a summary of the process, the full instructions and measurements can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- So for the nougat layer, you just want to add rolled oats to a food processor and process it into a flour. Then add in coconut oil, maple syrup and some salt and process it again. Smooth this down into a parchment lined loaf pan and place into the freezer to set.
- Then you want to melt some coconut butter and pour that into a mixing bowl and add in some maple syrup and vanilla and stir it into a caramel. Pour out over your nougat base and smooth down.
- Add in roasted salted peanuts and press them down into the caramel. Freeze to set and then cut into 6 bars.
- Melt vegan chocolate and dip your snickers bars into the chocolate and place them on a parchment lined baking tray. Let them set and then use any remaining chocolate to drizzle over the top and create a pretty pattern. Done!
Coconut Butter: This is a crucial ingredient for the caramel layer and can’t be substituted. Coconut oil will definitely not work. It has to say coconut butter on the jar. You can even make your own homemade coconut butter if this is a difficult ingredient for you to get hold of.
Vegan Chocolate or Chocolate Chips: I prefer melting down any delicious high quality vegan chocolate for this, but vegan chocolate chips are also fine to use.
Make It Gluten-Free: This recipe is already gluten-free so long as you use gluten-free rolled oats.
Storing and Freezing
Keep them stored in the fridge where they will stay good for a week (or even two). They must be stored in the fridge as the chocolate and the caramel center will tend to get too soft at room temperature.
They are also freezer friendly for up to 3 months.
More Vegan Desserts!
- Vegan Twix Bars
- Vegan Bounty Bars
- Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- Vegan Peppermint Patties
- Vegan Chocolate Truffles
- Vegan White Chocolate
For the Nougat:
For the Peanuts:
- ⅔ cup Roasted Salted Peanuts (100g)
For the Chocolate:
- 2 cups Chopped Vegan Chocolate or Chocolate Chips (350g)
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- Place the rolled oats into a food processor and process until mostly powdery. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and sea salt and process together into a paste.
- Pour out into a parchment lined loaf pan and smooth down. Place into the freezer to set.
- Melt the coconut butter by placing the whole jar into a bowl of hot water and then stir it very well until well mixed. Measure out ½ cup and pour it into a mixing bowl. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Pour the caramel out on top of the set nougat layer and smooth down. Then add the peanuts and gently press down with a spoon to press them into the caramel. Place into the freezer to set.
- When set, lift it all out with the parchment paper and cut into 6 even bars.
- Melt the chocolate by placing it into a microwave safe bowl along with the coconut oil and microwaving it in 30 second intervals, bringing it out to stir every 30 seconds until completely melted.
- Dunk each bar into the chocolate, flipping it over to coat both sides and then placing it onto a parchment lined baking tray. Repeat for all the bars. Place into the fridge to set. Once set, drizzle any remaining chocolate over the top of the bars to create a nice pattern and then return to the fridge again to set.
- Keep the bars stored in the fridge.
- This must be coconut butter. It must say butter on the jar. It will not work to use coconut oil for the caramel, it has to be coconut butter. It's also crucial that you melt the whole jar of coconut butter (by placing the whole sealed jar into a bowl of hot water) and then stir it up very well so that it's evenly mixed before you use it. You can also make your own homemade coconut butter and use it in this recipe.
- I prefer to use a high quality vegan chocolate to melt down for this. However, chocolate chips will also work fine.
- For a gluten-free version make sure your rolled oats are gluten-free.
- Prep time does not include time spent setting in the fridge/freezer.
- Nougat recipe adapted from Oatmeal With A Fork.
- This recipe was first published in October 2017. Now updated with clearer instructions and recipe tips.