5-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream Snickers

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Stack of our delicious gluten-free vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bar recipe

It’s happening.

The ice cream Snickers of your youth is now fully within reach.

Five ingredients.
Vegan.
Naturally sweetened.
And it tastes like Ryan Gosling looks.

Friends, let’s do this.

Slices of vegan ice cream for making a homemade Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bar

This dream dessert truly is made with just 5 ingredients (I KNOW), starting with my Sea Salt Caramel Coconut Ice Cream as the base.

The good news is, any neutral-flavored vanilla or caramel-like vegan ice cream will do. I even think coffee or chocolate would be lovely here! Dream big, friends. Dream big.

Sprinkling peanuts onto slabs of vegan ice cream and date caramel for homemade Vegan Ice Cream Snickers BarsParchment-lined pan filled with a batch of our Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bar recipe

Raw dates comprise the caramel (which is kind of magic because it doesn’t fully freeze in the freezer! I know.)

Salted peanuts come next because what would a Snickers be without the peanuts? So much salty crunch.

Lastly, a dark chocolate shell.

How could you go wrong?

Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars freshly drizzled with dark chocolateParchment-lined baking sheet with delicious gluten-free Vegan Ice Cream Snickers BarsBatch of Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars resting on a dish for dessert

You guys are going to LOVE these bars. They’re:

Creamy
Rich
Caramel-y
Peanutty
Crunchy
Chocolaty
& Frozen dessert perfection

This homemade version is shockingly close to the original, even with the 1-ingredient caramel! Trust me – I know. I ate like one every day in high school.

Get ready to fool your friends into thinking you’re a dessert wizard (because you totally are).

Stack of gluten-free Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars for an amazing summer dessert

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Super simple homemade Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars

5 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream Snickers

Vegan ice cream snickers made at home with just 5 ingredients! Naturally sweetened, so rich and creamy, and shockingly close to the real thing!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Stack of Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 (bars)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 2-3 Weeks
Does it keep? Store in freezer.

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream*
  • 3/4 cup salted date caramel (3/4 cup equals ~16-20 dates, pitted)
  • 2/3 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 12 ounces semisweet dairy-free chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Instructions

  • Slice firm ice cream into 10 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) 1/2-inch slices (see photo) and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze again until firm - about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare date caramel. Use above-linked recipe to make a larger batch, or place pitted dates (starting with ~16 as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) in a food processor or high speed blender - if dried out, soak in warm water for 10 minutes and then drain beforehand.
  • Mix until a creamy paste is formed, adding warm water to encourage it along. Limit amount of water added or it can get too runny. You're definitely going for a paste.
  • Remove frozen bars from freezer and spread on 1 Tbsp caramel and a small handful of peanuts. Set back in freezer.
  • Melt chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Set aside.
  • Remove bars from freezer once set and use a spoon to drizzle the tops generously with chocolate. Work quickly, then set back in the freezer to harden - about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer remaining chocolate to a shallow bowl or plate and reheat in microwave if it's gotten too firm.
  • Once firm, remove bars from freezer once more and dip the bottoms in the remaining chocolate and brush away extra with the back of a spoon or spatula. Set back on parchment to freeze once more.
  • Serve directly from freezer as they become soft when they set out. Will keep in the freezer for up to a couple weeks, though best when fresh.

Notes

*For the ice cream, any neutral vegan ice cream will do. Just make sure it's frozen into a loaf pan/square-shaped so it's easy for slicing into bars!
*Inspired by these 5 ingredient Vegan Snickers Bars!
*Prep time does not include final freeze.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 bars Calories: 533 Carbohydrates: 46.3 g Protein: 5.5 g Fat: 38 g Saturated Fat: 29 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 38 mg Fiber: 5.7 g Sugar: 36.8 g

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  1. Katy Michalski says

    Have been wanting to make these bars for months. Finally did. Pretty Amazing. Although, I cheated a little and used peanut butter instead of the date caramel date paste (did put it in the ice cream). My only question is related to the ice cream. Can the coconut oil be eliminated or reduced? Coconut flavor was a little overwhelming. Will post and tag to Instagram.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katy, The melted coconut oil in the ice cream creates a creamy texture! You could use olive oil in place of coconut oil, but we wouldn’t recommend omitting it entirely. Hope that helps!

  2. Lori says

    These were so delicious, it’s the second year in a row I made them for my family including 5 Grandkids and they absolutely go nuts for them! Thank you for all the delicious recipes!!

  3. Laurie Low says

    I just made this and served it to non-vegan friends. Rave reviews! I didn’t make any changes (well, didn’t use all the date paste on top). I made the ice cream and chilled one day, and froze in my ice cream maker and assembled the next day. Interestingly (and importantly) my husband, who has Type 2 diabetes and is on a monitor, found that these were a great treat for him. They didn’t adversely affect his blood sugar at all! (Same with the non-cook peanut butter cookies I made last week. Amazing!) I love this site and every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit! Thank you!!!

  4. Cathy says

    My grand-daughter asked me to make an ice cream cake for her birthday… I made these, She loved them!
    This recipe takes days to make if you are making the ice cream too, which I did, and followed the sea salt caramel ice cream recipe (link included in recipe).
    I just did a little each evening when I got home from work, starting with the ice cream recipe then moving onto the snickers recipe. Began on Monday and by Friday they were ready for party! Some steps for ice cream call for overnight actions… so this approach worked well and I never felt overwhelmed!
    Amazing recipes!

  5. Lori says

    This was a huge hit with my family!
    I satisfied the both vegan and gluten free. It’s a fabulous recipe! They were gobbled up so quickly, I didn’t even have time for a pic.

  6. Penny Kingan says

    So delicious and they look so good! And you are right they do taste suspiciously like the actual thing. Thanks so much for another beauty recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! We just get our dates at Trader Joe’s but you should be able to find them at most grocery stores! Good luck!

  7. Meg says

    The recipe and the photos are booth very enticing and convincing. I haven’t tried making snickers, but the methods you presented in here inspired me. I will surely have them soon. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Heshani says

    Oh.My.Goodness! I had to try this because snickers is my favorite chocolate bar.. And I have to say, it’s better than the real thing because I could smear on as much ‘caramel’ as i wanted! Thanks so much for this recipe, my whole family loved it =)

  9. Mina says

    Made these some days ago, and they were soooo delicious!! Thank you for alle the great recipes and the awsome pictures that you’re sharing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry Steve! I should be more aware/careful of that. The majority of my audience tends to be women, but I’ve amended that to be more inclusive!

  10. Lauren says

    Oh my goodness I forgot these existed! Seriously these look amazing, even though I’m not vegan it seems I cannot handle ice cream these days. Now to make up for lost time!

  11. Mandie | Mandie's Kitchen says

    W.O.W. Dana – these look dangerously delicious! And yet they are VEGAN! You’re too good, girl =). This recipe looks seriously tempting!

  12. Teffy @ Teffy's Perks says

    Oh god this looks absolutely amazing!! That drizzle… I just want to stick my head under that drizzle and eat all the chocolate!!

    Snickers was actually one of my favourites back in the day, so very keen to have try this!

  13. Marissa @ Honey Flavored Lemonade says

    OMGosh. I love this idea. I have had my reservations about using dates. But I had vegan rolos at a party & they were pretty amazing. I am so going to try these & to make it better, my son who has wheat, dairy, egg allergies -0(amongst others) can have these. Yay!

  14. Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dots says

    Oh my word- these look amazing! I am an ice cream lover, so this is a must try for me! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Tina says

    This looks gorgeous! It actually reminds me a lot of raw snickers bars I made a couple of years ago, couldn’t stop eating them they were so good. I love making healthy/raw/good versions of these unhealthy and processed things like candy bars.

  16. Oh Happy Dane says

    What could go wrong?? I’ll tell you when I have tried.. haha.. – No, it looks very on-to-going, so hope the only thing to go wrong would be making too less!!!

  17. Sarah says

    Dana, these look SO. GOOD. I want to make them right now.

    Also, lately when I’ve tried pinning your posts via the Pin It button on the photos, I get this error from Pinterest: “We’re having some trouble talking to cdn.minimalistbaker.com. Please try again later!”

    I try over and over, but it still doesn’t work. Luckily I follow you and can just repin your pins :) Anyway, it may just be an issue on my side with my browser or something, but in case it’s not, I just wanted to let you know!

    Sarah

  18. Arman @ thebigmansworld says

    I am sending this to my sister to make this weekend- She is the ice cream guru (self proclaimed…I disagree ;)) and … wow. WOW.

  19. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] says

    Woah – these look sinfully indulgent! I can’t believe that it’s made from whole foods; I’m SO making these this summer!!

  20. Sarah @ People, Places & Plates says

    wow looks incredible…and I must comment on how impressive your perfect ice cream rectangles are!

  21. Heather Mason @Nutty Nutrition says

    These look amazing! Never eating a regular snickers bar now that I have this recipe!!

  22. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says

    I love you. Best. Eye. Candy. Ever!!!! Date caramel? Yesss! I don’t even know what to say.

  23. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says

    Girl, I knew these were coming but let me tell you: I was NOT prepared. When I was little, my mom would take me to the pool (yeah, by myself, I was an only child, okay? Not at TOTAL loser) and since she hated going in the water, she’d sit by the side and read magazines. At some point she and I would have a telepathic connection, and she would pull her wallet out as I scampered towards her to grab a dollar and go to the ‘food-allowed’ section of the pool and nom down on an ice cream Snickers. Let me tell you, it was heaven. I would always eat all the ice cream around the caramel and savor the center. (Now that I can make my own, I may just make them 90% caramel!) Great recipe :)

  24. Liz @ Lizinpdx says

    You outdid yourself! This looks truly amazing!! Ahhhhhhh I feel like this needs to be my weekend project now. Nice work!

  25. Samantha Clarke says

    Will you marry me? I mean we’re both married to men already, but I would leave my husband for you now that you’ve brought this miracle into the world.

  26. Traci | Vanilla And Bean says

    If these are wrong, I don’t wanna be right! My goodness what a showstopper of a snickers. I’ll take this over the real deal any day…. ! What am I saying? These are the REAL DEAL! Gah!

  27. Rosie says

    Wow, these look mouth-wateringly delicious. I wish I could reach into the screen and pick one up, I really want to eat one right now.

  28. Sara @ Cake Over Steak says

    You are so cray and I love it! Only Minimalist Baker would make a vegan version of the frozen snickers ice cream bar. Those things make me think of sleepovers at my grandparents’ house. :-D Love it!

  29. Louise says

    Wow are you heaven sent or what?! Yours is my favorite recipe site!! I am vegan and I so appreciate all these terrific, healthy, and easy recipes that are animal and planet kind. Thank you!! :)

  30. Mindy says

    Um I just made the sea salt caramel coconut ice cream last night and it’s AMAZING!!! So how lucky for me that I have that and date caramel already to go!!! This looks divine!

  31. CakePants says

    Whoa, these look fantastic!! I would not have thought to use dates to make a caramel substitute. How ingenious!

  32. genevieve @ gratitude & greens says

    So it’s 9am and I haven’t had breakfast yet and all I want in the world is one of these vegan snickers, which look crazy delicious and have me drooling. If only you could reach into your computer screen and pull out the food you see… ha! Happy Thursday.

  33. Ali | Gimme Some Oven says

    Wow, wow, WOW. These look absolutely incredible!! Even better than Ryan Gosling, I dare say??

    • chrysta @ noshed says

      Im going to agree with Ali on this one. Better than Ryan Gosling! (and maybe even Bradley Cooper..so thats saying alot..;) These look amazing….Must..make…

    • Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says

      Well, I can’t say Ryan Gosling does much for me, but these Snicker Bars sure do. Although Chris Pine in Into The Woods Nearly made me pee my pants when he sang “Agony”. (But no, i don’t think he’s hot, I’m married…but it was better than that Jack Ryan movie. And every guy that I know loves Snickers. Like, every one.