{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

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{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

You can make caramel without any butter or oil.

Yeah, me = mindblown.

{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

Also, HOMEMADE SNICKERS you guys.  That is healthy.  And of course, made with peanut butter, because that is just how we do things around here.

{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

I tried making these bars last week but I doubled the caramel recipe and it wouldn’t thicken up, even in the freezer.  So I just had a pan of frozen peanut butter covered in caramel and rice krispie treats that I just dug into with a spoon whenever I wanted.

So.  Good.  But not at all servable or photogenic.  When I tried to make it this week, we were of course out of coconut oil and almond milk, so I had to wait.  It was worth it completely.

{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

This is layers of sweetened peanut butter, caramel sauce, rice krispies, and chocolate sauce.  Except for the rice krispies, all of it is homemade, vegan, and gluten free.  This is almost too good to be true!  Good enough for me to eat a quarter of the pan in one sitting, you feel me?  Thanks to almond milk for the caramel and coconut oil in the homemade chocolate, you can guarantee you know exactly what goes in these and there isn’t going to be any gluten or dairy products.  Pretty amazing considering this tastes almost exactly like a peanut butter snickers bar.  The caramel and peanuts covered in chocolate is what gives it the copycat flavor.

{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

Other than the caramel on the stove top, all of this is made in the freezer.  You freeze your peanut butter crispy bar layer, cover it in caramel, and then press the peanuts and chocolate chips on top of the caramel layer.  Freeze that until firm so you can then dip the bars into your homemade chocolate!

{VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars

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{Vegan and Gluten Free} Homemade Peanut Butter Snickers Bars
Serves: 10
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  • Caramel:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Peanut Butter Layer:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (make sure it is gluten free)
  • Chocolate:
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • ⅓ cup honey roasted peanuts
  1. For caramel:
  2. Whisk milk, brown sugar, and pure maple syrup together in a medium pot. Whisk in cream of tarter.
  3. Bring to a boil and stir for five minutes.
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Let cool and thicken for a couple minutes.
  5. While caramel is cooking, make peanut butter layer.
  6. Whisk peanut butter, brown sugar, almond milk, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.
  7. Stir in crispy rice cereal.
  8. Press into a 8x8 or 9x9 pan lined with foil.
  9. Freeze until firm.
  10. Once peanut butter layer is frozen, remove from freezer and pour caramel over it. Sprinkle and press chocolate chips and peanuts into caramel layer. Freeze again until caramel is firm.
  11. While bars are freezing, make chocolate.
  12. Melt coconut oil and whisk in cocoa powder and honey.
  13. If it is too liquid-y to dip bars into, refrigerate for a couple minutes.
  14. Cut pan of bars in half and then each half into five bars.
  15. Dip bars into chocolate and set on wax paper. Freeze until ready to serve.
  16. Enjoy!





  1. says

    Wow! My mind is officially blown, Mary Frances! Not only do I love that you don’t have to add oil or butter to make caramel, but these bars look AMAZING!! Snickers has always been one of my favorite candy bars growing up, so these are totally up my alley. And dipped in chocolate sounds like the best ending for these!
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  2. says

    This is truly a feat of culinary strength because you have made me – a lifetime die-hard hater of Snickers (I know) – crave one of your snickers bars!! Take a bow, Mary Frances, seriously. These look AMAZING!

    • maryfrances says

      Hahaha, well let me flex that culinary bicep! 😉 Thank you Nora, you are too sweet. I am so glad you like them! I don’t understand how you have had a lifetime without Snickers but I’ll let it go … and send you over a batch of these! :)

  3. says

    Girl! These look fab — and I can’t even eat peanut butter 😆 I keep hearing about homemade caramel, but I have yet to actually give it a try. It’s going to have to happen one of these days, though, because I -need- to make a homemade version of Twix. It was my favourite candy bar back in the day before they slapped an allergy warning on it! Grr.
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  4. kathi says

    loved your recipe….but honey isnt vegan :( so…its not vegan at all. but thanks, i will just change honey to rice sirup.

    • maryfrances says

      WOW. So impressed with your French, for reals! You have new talents every day Davida 😉

  5. says

    Why do you not live just around the corner, Mary Frances, so that I could pop over and grab one (or 10) of these from you tonight?
    Genius ‘makeover’ as usual. Seriously, where do you get some of these ‘healthy-fying’ ideas from? Love them! I particularly like that you used honey roasted peanuts. Mmmmmmm ….
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    • maryfrances says

      Oh wouldn’t that be fun! I would’ve been front and center trying those sweet potato falafels :) Haha, what can I say, I love sweets! And honey roasted peanuts … mmmmmm is RIGHT. :)

  6. says

    Oh, girllll. This is amazing. I love that these are gluten-free and vegan. They’d be a great little pick me up in the afternoon. I haven’t had a snickers in YEARS but something tells me I’d love these even more. Homemade is always the best!

  7. says

    Mary – I LOVE this. I rarely eat a snickers bar cause it’s just processed dessert..ya know? This is homemade so obviously way better :) Plus I love the use of ingredients, and layers. Choc and peanut chunks…and caramel! I need to make this for my snicker loving family lol Thanks for sharing dear!
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  8. says

    Homemade snickers bars?! Girl, you are my candy HERO! These look totally addicting and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t need any help at all demolishing the entire batch. Totally loving that you use coconut oil—one of my fav ingredients to make candy with!
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  9. Serena says

    I tried this out as soon as I got home!! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
    Question, tho, at what point do we add the cream of tartar?

    • maryfrances says

      Hi Serena! Wow, I am SO sorry I have not responded. I am so glad you tried them, that’s awesome! I just edited the recipe, thank you for catching that, it is added right after the milk and honey and brown sugar are whisked together.

      • Serena says

        Haha, apparently the cream of tartar is (mostly) unnecessary… they held their shape and were absolutely delicious!!! They’re definitely ice-box candy though, they tend to melt at room temperature…

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