Vegan millionaire bars with a buttery-like shortbread cookie crust, a decadent, no-cook salted date caramel filling, and rich, dark chocolate topping. A delicious gluten-free and refined-sugar free treat!
Vegan Millionaire Bars
This healthier take on the classic millionaire bars (aka a homemade Twix bar) is made of a crumbly shortbread crust, an ooey gooey date caramel layer, and topped with luscious chocolate.
Sounds like there is no way this could be healthy. I know! But my take on millionaire bars uses only wholesome, real ingredients.
It’s still got all the good stuff of the classic. Buttery cookie crust. Addictively delicious, decadent caramel. Rich chocolate top. But omits the all the bad stuff. Like the processed ingredients and tons of refined sugar.
The result is a delicious, vegan, paleo treat you can feel good about eating….even if you can’t just have one slice!
How to make vegan millionaire bars?
These vegan millionaire bars are made of three layers. Each layer is pretty simple to make.
The shortbread crust.
The shortbread crust is completely gluten-free and butter-free. It’s made with almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Even though there’s no butter, this shortbread crust still has that rich, buttery taste. It’s also has a crumbly texture and slightly nutty, sweet flavor that works perfectly with these bars.
The no cook date caramel.
This caramel is so easy to make! It’s comprised of basically only dates. You just need to soak the dates in hot water to help soften them. Next, remove the skins so it creates a silkier caramel. Finally, in a food processor with a few other ingredients, blend it until thick and smooth. Dates naturally have a caramel-like taste, so make the perfect, refined sugar free substiution.
This no cook date caramel tastes just like real caramel. My hubby couldn’t even tell the difference. In fact, he asked about the filling when he first tried this bars because he thought it tasted sooooo good!
The dark chocolate topping.
Finally, these bars are topped with delicious, melted dark chocolate. Then, for good measure, sprinkled with a little sea salt. Perfection!
How to enjoy these bars?
I cut the bars into 9 squares. You could also cut them into long strips to more resemble an actual Twix bar. Totally up to you!
Also, the chocolate coating well harden as it sits. If you prefer a softer, meltier chocolate top, you just need to microwave your bar for 10-20 seconds before eating.
WARNING: Once you take a bite, you may not be able to stop eating these vegan millionaire bars. The buttery-like, crumbly crust, the decadent, gooey caramel, and the rich, melty dark chocolate creates an additively, delicious treat!
Other delicious vegan dessert recipes to try.
- Paleo Pecan Pie Bars
- Berry Almond Butter Smoothies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Puffed Millet Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Superfood Brownie Truffles
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Vegan Millionaire Bars
- 1 1/2 cups super-fine almond flour I used’s Bob’s Red Mill
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
No cook date caramel
- 15-18 large dates – 2 cups
- 1/2 tablespoon maple
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
Dark chocolate topping
- 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a8×8-inch pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Add all ingredients for the crust into a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined and it forms a dough.
Please the dough ball into the greased and lined baking pan and press it out to evenly spread the dough across the bottom of the pan. Poke fork holes in the bottom of the crust.
Bake at 350ºF for 15-18 minutes or until the crust becomes golden brown on the edges. Let cool completely.
For the date caramel, it works best of the dates are soaked and peeled. You can soak the dates overnight in warm water or you can lightly boil them with water for 10 minutes. Allow to cool then remove the outer skin (it peels off easily). Next, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until it forms a thick, luscious caramel. Spread the caramel over the shortbread crust. Place in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, or until slightly hardened.
Finally, in a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave, on 50% power, in increments of 45 seconds, until the chocolate and oil is fully melted. Stir until smooth. Pour chocolate over caramel layer and spread out evenly with a knife or offset spatula. Set in fridge for 30 minute to set up. Chocolate should fully harden (so easier to cut),
Once set, remove the bar from the pan, using the parchment paper to easily lift them out. Cut into 9 squares.
Serve and enjoy!
*Chocolate will harden as it sets, so if you want the chocolate to be a bit meltier and softer, simple microwave the bars for 20-30 seconds.