Current summer obsession: vegan caramel candy bars! Shortbread crust with a nut butter caramel and dark chocolate coat- you really can’t go wrong with these babies! They’re basically like healthier vegan twix bars, but they’re gluten-free, dairy-free and lower in sugar!
Over the years, I’ve created a few healthier candy bars- like these insanely delicious vegan snickers bars. I even have a vegan twix bar recipe on my Instagram feed that I’ve been making for years. But these…these are GOOD.
They actually might be my favorite homemade candy bar yet!
We recently moved from San Diego to Philadelphia, and our kitchen is pretty bare since our movers haven’t arrived yet. I was trying to come up with a recipe that required minimal work and no blender, and came up with these.
The crust is made from a blend of almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and maple syrup. The caramel is a mixture of cashew butter, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. All you do is bake the crust and top it with the whisked caramel! No blender involved, and it comes together in about 20 minutes.
What if I don’t have all of the ingredients listed?
Ahhh, my favorite question- substitutions. I do my best to give substitutions when possible, but sometimes people ask me for a completely new recipe. I only give recommendations that I’ve either tried, or know would work well. Otherwise, you’re on your own to experiment.
Common substitutes you can use:
- I used cassava flour in the crust, but coconut flour would work in the same amount
- If you don’t have coconut oil, you can substitute butter (dairy or non-dairy) instead
- For the caramel, I used a blend of cashew and almond and prefer this flavor combo. You can use 1 full cup of either of these two, or a blend of any other nut butter you like
- Any liquid sweetener would work in place of maple syrup, like agave or honey
What’s the best way to store them?
You can store these bars in the freezer or refrigerator. They will keep for 3 months in the freezer, and have a slightly crunchier texture. Or you can store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks for more of a gooey texture.
Either way, they’re HIGHLY addicting. Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try them!