No-Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars

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Stack of homemade Almond Butter Cup Bars for a gluten-free vegan desert

We recently made a trip back to Kansas to visit family and friends and during our stay I got to hang out with my pal, Laura, who is my kindred spirit who also eats gluten-free, is super into baking, and even crafted this fine Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe. Isn’t she a gem?

We were passing through a health food store, checking out their wares, when I spotted a Hail Merry almond butter tart on the top shelf. The tart and I locked eyes, and I immediately knew its destiny: my stomach. So I snatched one up and we promptly devoured it.

This is my inspired version.

Parchment-lined baking pan with crust batter for gluten-free vegan Almond Butter Cup Bars

This recipe is simple, requiring just 9 basic ingredients and 20 minutes to make!

The chocolate date-nut crust is adapted from my No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes. The filling is just almond butter mixed with a little sea salt and maple syrup. And the top layer is a simplified version of my 2-ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles!

What’s not to love?

Container of almond butter for making our homemade gluten-free vegan Almond Butter Cup Bars recipe

The reason I love these bars so much – besides the fact that they come together in 20 minutes – is the salty-sweet combo.

My favorite desserts have always struck a balance between salty and sweet (which explains my obsession with Snickers), and this recipe is no different.

Plus, they’re naturally sweetened (aside from the dark chocolate ganache), and chock-full of protein and fiber thanks to the nuts and almond butter. Serious love for these gems.

Whisking ingredients for the ganache topping for our Almond Butter Cup Bars
Pouring ganache layer of Almond Butter Cup Bars for making an easy and delicious dessert recipe

I hope you LOVE these bars! They’re:

Perfectly salty-sweet
Super chocolaty
Quick & easy
& Insanely delicious

These would make the perfect bars to have on hand during the week when you’re craving something sweet but not overly indulgent. They’re also great for entertaining, as they’re sure to please a crowd.

If you try this recipe, you have to let us know! We love your comments, ratings, and – as always – your photos tagged #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Parchment paper with squares of homemade gluten-free vegan Almond Butter Cup Bars

No-Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars

Fudgy, rich, No-Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars in just 20 minutes! Salty-sweet date-nut crust, gooey almond butter center, and ganache topping!
Author Minimalist Baker
Stack of No-Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars
4.69 from 44 votes
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 (bars)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week



  • 1 1/2 cups raw or roasted almonds or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup packed dates


  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy almond butter (or sub other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt


  • 1 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate (very finely chopped // 9 ounces yields ~1 1/4 cup)
  • 7 Tbsp light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil


  • Prepare crust by adding nuts, cocoa powder, and sea salt to a food processor and blending into a meal. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  • Add dates to the food processor and mix/pulse until small bits remain or a ball forms. Break up the dates with a spoon so they’re not all in one clump. Then add the nut-cocoa mixture back in and blend to combine until a loose dough is formed.
  • Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking dish (adjust number/size of pan if altering batch size) and spread with fingers to evenly distribute. Then top with parchment paper or plastic wrap and use a flat-bottomed object – such as a drinking glass or measuring cup – to press and pack the crust into a solid, even layer. Remove parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add almond butter to a small mixing bowl along with maple syrup and sea salt. Stir to combine. (Depending on the brand, if it is extremely runny you may need to add a little almond meal to thicken until spreadable, but I didn’t find this necessary.)
  • Add the almond butter mixture to the crust in spoonfuls. Then top with parchment paper again and use the same object from earlier to spread and pack the mixture down into a flat, uniform layer. Remove parchment paper and set in freezer to chill.
  • Add finely chopped dark chocolate to a medium mixing bowl. Add coconut milk and coconut oil to a separate glass mixing bowl or glass measuring cup and microwave until hot but not boiling (alternatively, heat in a saucepan on the stovetop until very hot). Pour the coconut milk directly over the chocolate, stir to combine, and cover with something (such as plastic wrap) to encourage it to melt.
  • Let set for 5 minutes. Then whisk to combine. The mixture should be entirely melted and smooth. If not, heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until entirely smooth and no chunks remain. (Alternatively, set your glass or ceramic mixing bowl over a double boiler on the stovetop to melt).
  • Remove 8×8-inch pan from the freezer and pour the ganache on top. Spread with a spoon until smooth. Then add back to the freezer to set for 5-10 minutes, or until semi-firm to the touch (enough to slice).
  • Slice into desired number of bars: 9-12 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) or even smaller so they’re “bites” rather than “bars.” Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 bars Calories: 402 Carbohydrates: 34.5 g Protein: 10 g Fat: 27.4 g Saturated Fat: 7.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 20 mg Fiber: 5.2 g Sugar: 23.1 g
AMAZING Creamy Fudgy No Bake Almond Butter Cup Bars in 20 MINUTES! #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #almondbutter #recipe #minimalistbaker

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  1. Lisa says

    These bars are delicious! It really helped to soak the dates briefly in hot water, I believe that made the crust come together cohesively. In other recipes I have only mixed chocolate and coconut oil for the topping…adding the coconut milk really takes this layer over the top! The only snag was using the parchment to tamp down the almond butter layer…the parchment stuck and pulled the layer up as it came off, I had to smooth it again with my fingers, which worked fine. I will definitely make these again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Lisa. We’re so glad you enjoyed the bars and will be making them again! xo

  2. Rose Miller says

    Really wished these worked. The bottom almond meal/dates layer was all crumbly, I had to eat that part with a spoon. It did not stay together like a bar. Otherwise good flavor/mixture.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so sorry the bottom layer didn’t turn out right, Rose. What type of dates were you using? Were they moist and sticky?

  3. Tam says

    I love all your recipes and this website so much! So I would like to thank you for always sharing the best recipes. BUT- I would like to ask how could I re-use these bars in another recipe ? As I found them extremely rich and too fatty to eat due to the quantity of the nut butter used. Could I maybe add them to a baked recipe or melt it down?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tam, sorry you didn’t enjoy it. These definitely are rich like an almond/peanut butter cup! We aren’t sure how to turn it into a baked recipe. If you like almond/peanut butter cups, perhaps the solution is to cut these into smaller bars and freeze?

  4. Marta says

    Hi! I am going to try this tonight. Did you use DEGLET dates? If I were to use Medjool dates would I need to make any adjustments? Thanks!

  5. Melissa says

    Must try again as my bottom layer did not hold together – I believe the reason for this is on account of my dates being a bit dried out.
    But the chocolate ganache layer is too god to not try this one again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ah, yes! That is likely the reason. You can soak the dates in warm water for a few minutes to soften them first. So glad you enjoyed the ganache layer =)

  6. Sandra says

    Just made these and OMG. OMG. OMG. I’m not sure why but every time I make one of your recipes I can’t believe how delicious they are. Desserts made with real food are just so much better than the junk at the store by far. Yes Just made these and sharing with a friend Also. I can’t wait for her to try these. Thanks for such great recipes!

  7. Kim says

    Very rich and delicious! I used peanut butter instead of almond butter. My only issue was the crust was a little dry & too crumbly. If I make them again I would definitely use at least a 1/4 cup less chocolate. The ganache layer was a bit much.

  8. Ann Marie Waine says

    Hi Dana…This recipe lured me in. YUM YUM YUM! All layers taste great, but what the heck did I do to the beautiful ganache? It completely seized up. I am an experienced cook and baker but the chocolate seized up and the coconut oil came out of the mixture just like when cooking chocolate gets overheated or water is added. I used vegan choc bars. What choc did you use to develop the recipe? I want to make this again.
    Thanks in advance
    Ann Marie

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ann Marie! I believe I used Trader Joe’s chocolate bars. Sometimes if seized it just needs to be warmed back up and whisked a bit more!

  9. Susan says

    GAME CHANGING recipe! I was craving something sweet without having to turn on the oven and this hits the spot. I sub’d peanut butter for almond butter and it was fantastic! And the ganache top layer … melts in you mouth diving. You have the best recipes Dana!

  10. Advita says

    This is so delicious and so easy to make. I think I will do these often. It is very satisfying for chocolate lovers like me.

  11. Vanessa says

    amazing recipe! made it today, didn’t had any coconut oil and also no dates but was fantastic as well! the perfect fast recipe for chocolate lovers and people with lactose intolerance!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Vanessa. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  12. Natasha says

    Personally I like a good oat and rice crispy based crust with this instead of nuts sense you already have the nut butter going on. My version is oats, rice crispies, tsp of coconut oil,soaked dates and cocoa powder. Makes for a much healthier and tastier based I think in my opinion anyway.

  13. Teresa says

    These turned out wonderfully! I used homemade PB for the filling and substituted unsweetened almond milk in the ganache as I didn’t have the coconut milk on hand. Turned out perfect! I will definitely be making these again.

  14. Rasha says

    I loved it! The flavors are perfectly blended. The sweetness, saltines, and cocoa bitterness are just perfect not to mention the yummy texture ..thank you!!

  15. Ursula Gradl says

    To die for recipe, Dana! Loved it! My Thermomix is broken so I had trouble making almond butter with my Bosch, so out of desperation I mixed the pulverized almonds with a little coconut milk and ended up with a very spreadble creamy “butter” (I find almond butter very sticky and hard 2 sprad anyway).
    I tagged you in my story but its gone now so I will post in my profile and tag you so you can see my results.

  16. aisha joel says

    OMG these are absolutely amazing… They are quiet rich but everyone that has tried them did love them i did make afew changes as i didnt have all the correct stuff…. put a mix of nuts that i had left over and coconut oil in the crust, used prunes instead of dates, peanut butter for the middle and added some toasted coconut… the recipe is so versatile… so yummy

  17. Alex says

    Well this is really freaking good. To whoever commented they split this into 40 pieces I call bs… I have a feeling this will be gone really soon. I used a little less pecan butter and added almond flour to thicken up the center since my pecan butter was super runny. All in all super simple and extremely delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Alex. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  18. Melissa says

    do you think I could use something else in place of dates? I don’t have any on hand and they are quite expensive where I live.

  19. Jessica Flory says

    Holy cow these were GOOD!!! Loved them straight from the freezer! I used peanut butter in the center (YUM!!!). For the top layer I melted unsweetened chocolate and added pure maple syrup to taste along with the coconut milk and coconut oil. Incredible!

  20. Vikki says

    I had to leave a review for these. Made for a work gathering to accommodate a colleague who is dairy and gluten free and EVERYONE raved about them! I had to give the recipe out all day. A few modifications…I roasted my own almonds, added a tablespoon of solid coconut oil to the nut/date mixture to help it come together and a bit more maple syrup to the peanut butter. I also used coconut cream diluted with a bit of water and the coconut oil for the ganache.

  21. Paige McAllister says

    Adding a big heaped tablespoon of melted coconut oil to the nut mix helped it to bind and created a consistency that did not crumble at all once I cut it the next morning after it had been in the freezer overnight. I also used peanut butter instead of almond butter and it turned out tasting exactly like a recess peanut butter cup! mmmm I loved this recipe

  22. Andrea says

    This recipe was great, thank you!
    I was looking for something similar to Hail Merry chocolate cups. This recipe is a little too much almond butter for my liking but it still turned out great. Next time I will make more crust and use less almond butter. I used Lilly’s Family Foods pitted dates which were soft and moist, crust not dry at all like other comments have mentioned.

  23. Katherine says

    Delicious but definitely had to go the bite-sized route because these babies are RICH! I cut mine into 40 pieces. I can’t imagine eating 1/12th of this recipe in one sitting. But that’s just me! LOL. My husband feels differently.

    The consistency of the ganache is excellent. I used vegan dark chocolate morsels by Enjoy Life. I have yet to be less than totally impressed by one of your recipes! Thank you!!!

  24. Sarah says

    This is glorious. Another insanely delicious recipe, thank you!

    Whenever I make a date crust, I give them a quick nuke with maybe a T of water to soften the dry fibers, and fork smash it before putting it into the food processor. Worked well again. Was making it for a friend, so used peanut butter as requested, the salted no-stir kind and it went on smoothly with a spatula. The top is melt-in-your-mouth gorgeousness and my favorite part by far.

    Thank you, thank you!

    • Tara says

      Unfortunately I didn’t read the comments until after I’d made these. My base didn’t set either, such a shame as just crumbs. I suggest adding melted butter or coconut oil. My almond butter middle layer was too thick and stuck to crumbly base, I didn’t know how to fix this maybe milk to make more spreadable?! Top layer perfect. Disappointed as feel like I’ve wasted ingredients and can’t share outside our house now as not able to cut into pieces. Would consider making again but lots of amendments, would be good to have these noted in recipe for others not to make same mistake.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Tara, sorry to hear you had some issues with this recipe. Did you happen to make any modifications to the ingredients? We’ve often experienced a more crumbly base if the dates we use aren’t super soft, and depending on your brand of almond butter we can understand it being a bit too thick. Adding coconut oil to the almond butter could help it loosen up next time, and some almond butter added to the base could help it stick together, if needed. Maybe it would be possible to salvage the current mixture by rolling into balls/bites? Thanks for sharing your experience and honest feedback!

  25. Kathryn says

    I made this recipe after reading all the reviews of people having difficulty with the crust crumbing, so I made sure to add more dates and to make sure it felt doughy between my fingers before pressing it into the pan. However, I still had the same problem with the crust being crumbly. I tried to cut it into bars after leaving the dish in the freezer for ~30-45 minutes. All the crust just fell apart so I ended up just putting the uncut bars back into the pan to deal with another time. I came home this evening–now they’ve been in the freezer for ~24 hours–and was able to cut them into bars with minimal crust crumble. I still lost some crust, but not nearly as much as before. The bars are delicious, so hopefully this trick will help someone else!

    I also made the 2-Layer No Bake Peanut Butter Brownie bars about 2 weeks ago and had no trouble cutting those after being in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Next time I make these almond butter bars, I may try using the crust recipe from the peanut butter brown bar recipe, as that crust held together quite well. Just a thought!

  26. Daphne Jorgensen says

    I just made these. I used Silk Coconut beverage because I didn’t have light coconut milk. Turned out fantastic! Canada thanks you!

  27. Tara says

    These are SO delicious! My tips are:
    1. use soft dates
    2. You can use any type of nut you want in the base. I’ve made the recipe a few times to use up any I have left in the pantry. I especially like walnuts.
    3. Peanut butter, tahini, hazelnut nut butter… anything works for the middle layer!
    4. Cut them into tiny squares because they’re very rich and calorie dense.

  28. Hosting says

    When I altered my famous peanut butter bars, the result were these tasty no bake almond butter bars. Carbless Pancakes Quest Skinny Pancakes if you are a carb counter here is a little break down of how skinny these really are.

  29. Kim says

    These are so good! Would you suggest adding more dates if the crust doesn’t stick together? Or maybe using dates that are warm instead of directly from the fridge?

    Thank you! I make your recipes for dinner every week! So healthy and delicious!

  30. ZJ says

    Love the taste of these bars. I used medjool dates which were quite dry – I soaked them but not for very long, so next time I’ll soak them for maybe 15-20 mins. The bottom layer texture is a bit off because of this. I used jarred almond butter and it turned out fine, I put a little of the date water in to make it a bit thinner and it was easy to spread and set with the parchment paper idea
    I used a bit less chocolate (saved the rest of the mixture for next time) and love them. I can’t seem to cut them properly (the choc cracks when I try) – might be because of using less or maybe just my technique? either way, great flavor, great healthy “Sweet” when I need something small

  31. Angela says

    Seriously! These bars are delectable! The perfect combo of salty and sweet. No guilt here! These will be a popular addition to our gatherings with friends & family. This is our 3rd recipe in 24 hours. We love y’all!

  32. Marie says

    My almond butter mixture completely stuck to my parchment paper pulling up some of the base layer too.
    I tried a spatula and even a coconut oil coated meauring cup that I was using the evenly press down the date/nuts dough. I used 365 Creamy Almond Butter and 365 Parchment paper.
    Any tips? All the ingredients taste fantastic but aesthetically I like md for my bars to be more ‘presentable’.
    Thank you!!

  33. Annie says

    These sound soooooo good. ? I’m definitely going to make them. May I just clarify if the coconut milk is the type kept in the fridge as a dairy milk alternative, or the kind in a can full of fats and oils? I never know.

  34. Alexis says

    I absolutely love this recipe! It’s super simple to make and it’s hard to go wrong with almonds and chocolate. I went to HyVee and used their grinder to get fresh almond butter and it turned out perfectly. They also fill you up quite well so I was able to limit myself to one pretty easily.

  35. Sarah says

    Just made this today and used the roasted almond option. These are delicious. I may have to hide them in my freezer. I crave peanut butter cups every so often, and these will hit the spot perfectly! Thank you for the recipe!

  36. Sara says

    Made these tonight. I don’t have a food processor so I tried to use a blender – the blender wasn’t happy with the date goo/nut mixture. I thought I killed my Vitamix but after it cooled off a little, it got going again! Plus digging the goo out of a blender is no fun. So, use a food processor!
    After all that, though, the crust was fairly crumbly even after letting it sit in the fridge for a bit. When I tried spreading the nut butter mix over it, it pulled away from the bottom of the pan. After freezing it, the chocolate turned out firmer than the crust making it hard to cut. BUT the filling and chocolate ganache are awesome. I would make again but may use some sort of shortbread cookie crust.

  37. Amanda says

    These are INSANE. Like a Reeses cup but healthier. I made w/ peanut butter & LOVED these. Will try almond butter next time.

  38. Leah says

    Was wondering, I have blue agave already, and don’t really want to buy another syrup since I don’t use it very often. Do you think that would work as a sub for the maple, or do you think the flavors would contrast?

  39. Stef says

    I was wondering with these or any of the cheesecake recipes that involve freezing – I need to have them out of the fridge from 1-1.5 hours and then they can go back into the fridge. Would they melt and get ruined?

  40. Chelsea Hendricks says

    AMAZING AMAZING! I just recently started following you and your recipes are out of this world! You make being vegan exciting again!!! Thanks for all the vegan friendly recipes!!!



  41. Siobhan says

    Great flavors but I ran into some issues :( It was really tricky to spread the almond butter layer — I used the parchment paper technique but the entire layer got stuck to it when I tried to peel it off. Ended up wetting my hands and trying to spread it back that way but wasn’t able to get an even layer. The crust was more of an issue, though — it seemed to be holding together well but when I took it out of the pan in the end, the crust just fell apart. I was pretty generous with the dates but I guess I needed more? I also doubled the recipe for a 9×13 pan so maybe that was part of the problem…

    I ended up serving them without the crust layer and they were really tasty but still wish it worked out better!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, it seems that with the almond butter layer you could just spread it with a knife and call it good if it’s sticking. I peeled my parchment paper off really quickly and that worked, but it could’ve been sticking if your almond butter was too runny (I get mine from the machine at Whole Foods so it’s a bit thicker than jar version). As for the crust, if it was falling apart I definitely recommend more dates! And in the future, you can make sure it’s sticky enough by scooping some out in your hands. If it rolls easily into a ball, you’re good. If it crumbles, add more dates! Glad you still enjoyed the flavors. Hope the technique works better next time!

      • Kevin Handy says

        I have to be honest. I went to Whole Foods and I bought the almond butter in the jar. It was the natural kind and it had oil at the top and that created a nightmare.

        I contemplated making my own using the grinder. Now I wish I would have. Frankly this recipe didn’t turn out well. My dates, which I bought at Whole Foods, using the bulk foods dates – ended up being a challenge for me. The dates contained pits and I wasn’t aware that I needed unpitted dates. So I had to pull out the pits. Also they didn’t nice create little pieces like I expected. And it never balled up. It just stuck together in strands. Since the word dates and the quantity was all I had to go by I’m not sure what I might have done wrong. I didn’t know if I needed fresh dates, dates from a package that were already pitted – in other words the kind of dates weren’t clear.

        The base layer was dry and wouldn’t lay down right. I used the ingredients as suggested. I didn’t sub anything out. Then when I applied the middle layer – I had spooned it in – but it wouldn’t spread right. It just stuck to everything including my fingers. What a mess. Then I finally got it down and used the parchment paper and that created a humongous mess. I would recommend spraying the parchment with canola but I’m not sure it would have helped. The middle layer was just goopy.

        The only layer that reliably worked was the chocolate layer. Again I followed the instructions. I would suggest that “dates” or “chocolate pieces” aren’t very good descriptors. I ended up with pebble sized chocolate pieces – which was fine because it all melted nicely.

        I went out and bought an 8″ X 8″ pan at Target. They only had two and they were both glass. I expected to find an inexpensive metal one but none were to be had. I think the recipe would have been better if it were made for a 16 X 9 X 12 pan since this is a pretty standard size and most homes have that sized square pan.

        My bars came out with a chocolate solid layer and then pebbly everything else underneath. I’d say this is great for an almond ice cream topping or to mix with a nice no dairy option of some kind. It tastes delicious. I’ve been cooking non-vegan for about 35 years. Vegan about 10. I find vegan baking and even some of the vegan food (non-dessert) recipes to be really challenging. I try to use real, fresh, organic ingredients wherever I can and sometimes the results are just awful. Not trying to be a jerk here about this recipe. And it looks like many of you had great success but I sure didn’t.

  42. Sophie says

    Made these today and they were delicious!! Very rich so I actually cut mine up into 15. I also subbed almond milk for coconut milk and worked fine. So great that you can freeze them too. Thank you!

  43. Brooke says

    These are fantastic! The chocolate is decadent and the almond butter and date crust are the perfect companion! A perfect treat to satisfy my cravings. The whole family loves them (much to my dismay!). Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Katie M says

      Super easy and adaptable recipe. It took me a while to get the crust consistency right and I added more dates to help it come together. The instagram video and pics online helped me know what consistency I was going for. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Woohoo! So glad the videos and pictures helped you adjust the consistency! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Katie!

  44. Bria says

    If I want to use peanut butter instead of almond butter and the peanut butter already has sugar and salt in it, should I omit the maple syrup and salt the middle layer calls for?


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yea I think it’s a good idea to leave those out if you’re nut butter is already sweet and salty!

  45. Hayley says

    I loved these!!! These are such a yummy treat and my whole family keeps stealing them out of the freezer! Thank you for posting this, they are lovely !

  46. Linda says


    Your recipes look wonderful! I will be trying them out for sure!

    I am wondering what is the best substitute for coconut milk? I am not a fan of it.
    Would lactose free milk work?


  47. Marissa says

    I just finished making these, and wow, they are incredible. I had to make a couple substitutions based on what I had (organic peanut butter instead of almond butter and almond milk instead of coconut milk) and even with that, they came out amazing. Only thing I might do next time is make it in a 9 x 13 pan. The bites came out pretty thick and they’re quite rich. I think if the layers were a little thinner it’d be the perfect little snack!

  48. Caroline says

    I’d love to make these, but unfortunately I’ve run out of almonds and I don’t have any walnut :( Any substitutions?

    For the ganache, I don’t have any coconut milk or coconut oil, are there any substitutions for those? I don’t have dairy free butter or shortening, but I have lard, olive oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil and sunflower oil.

  49. Lisa Roberts says

    These were wonderful! I brought them to a dinner we were having with another family and both couples and 5 kids all loved them. The texture and layers are just perfect. I added a little vanilla to the almond butter layer but I don’t even think it needed the extra flavor. I will definitely make these again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Seriously, that’s my problem. Ha! Making them tomorrow and am already plotting how to get rid of 90% of them!

  50. Kim hutchins says

    Hi Dana
    Family of boys loved them , I didn’t have almond butter so used peanut butter, and no chocolate either ? Replace it with Nutella it was amazing !!!!!
    Thanks Kim

  51. Amber says

    I made the ganache slightly differently: I started with 2-ingredient fudge frosting (semi-sweet chocolate chips + coconut cream) and just added a little coconut oil and agave.
    This is DEFINITELY one of the most decadent, healthy, AND easy desserts I’ve ever made (and I bake A LOT). I am saving this one for life. THANK YOU!!! Everybody loved them… they disappeared without a trace.

    Chef Amber

  52. Louize says

    These look delicious, but is there anything I can use instead of the almonds in the crust (gluten, oat and nut intolerant here)?

  53. Gabrielle says

    Fantastic recipe! I made these goodies this evening. I tripled the recipe and will share them with my
    colleagues at work. I switchef out the maple syrup for honey and used full fat coconut milk in place of the coconut oil and lite coconut milk combo. Turned out perfect. This gourmet recipe was so easy and quick! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

  54. Dana says

    I made these last night and the crust is really dry – when I spoon out a bar the entire crust falls away (still delicious). Tips?

  55. Kristin says

    OK- you got me hooked. But my major issue is that I LOATHE coconut. Any recommendations for an equal alternative? Like almond milk instead of the coconut milk, and maybe another oil?

  56. Laura says

    These are incredible for chocolate / nut butter lovers!! They’re a huge hit with everyone I’ve shared them with!

  57. elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots says

    These look amazing! I am always on the lookout for healthy and delicious dessert options, and these definitely make the list! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  58. Lorien Waldron says

    These look fabulous! :) I’m such a nut-butter fan! :) Divine. I love the way you photograph and blog your recipes. So stunning! :) Thankyou for sharing with us! xxx

  59. Anastasia says

    Kids said that these are better than Reese’s! Very tasty. Has anyone tried using just 1 stick of butter successfully? I’ll let you know if it works! UPDATE: I made these with 1 1/2 sticks of but…

    • Kristin says

      but it wasn’t vegan? or it was horrible? or it fell apart? I do NOT like coconut oil, but I do have vegan butter!

  60. Daphne Jorgensen says

    These were so good. I used old fashioned peanut butter because I didn’t have almond butter. Thanks for the recipe! 5 stars!!!!


    • kristin says

      i’m with you!!! i DESPISE the taste of coconut. it would ruin the whole masterpiece. can we try almond milk?? maybe grape/avocado/canola oil instead also? i also have refined local coconut oil which i’m told takes away the coconut taste.

  61. Natalie says

    I am addicted to those Hail Mary tarts so I made these this morning and with the exception of the crust they turned out great. It was still really crumbly and wouldn’t stick to the almond butter layer. I made them exactly according to instructions and I used 1 cup packed dates but I’m wondering do you think maybe I needed more dates?

  62. beth says

    l love many of the recipes, thank you. This one, not so much. The almond layer I found too soft, the bottom layer not sticky enough and the chocolate is fine. I wish people would not write and even give stars! to a recipe not tried. I would not recommend this one. Others yes!

  63. Kelly | Maverick Baking says

    Ok so I’m a little late to the party but holy crap these look good! Usually recipes for vegan goodies have so many steps and ingredients and overnight-soaking that they become intimidating, but these look so delicious AND easy! These have been pinned and are very high on my list of things to make.

  64. Eleni says

    Wow! These look so amazing! I sometimes miss those peanut butter things from whole foods bakery but they are dairy and these look like they will be the perfect substitute. Can’t wait to try them out

  65. Ursula Gradl says

    OMG…what an inspiration! I didn`t think vegan could taste so amazingly insane! Foodporn! Palatal orgasms! I took it to another level and topped ot off with your vegan whipped cream. I worked all day and first made almond milk, the almond butter from scratch. I substituted almond milk for coconut milk and it turned out amazingly smooth and homogenous. Much love from Germany! Keep up the good work! Ursula

  66. Emily says

    I have not tried the Hail Merry tart, but at first glance, these reminded me of Eatin’ Alives’ PB Love Bar. Have you tried that yet? They are at New Seasons, People’s coop, and some farmer’s markets. They are one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! I am excited to make these (maybe with peanut butter!) and eat the whole pan!

    Thanks for your magic!


  67. Hannah says

    Ah! These look incredible. I love the idea of turning the cups into bars and adding in dates! My fave desserts are always salty & sweet, too. Can’t wait to try these out :)

  68. aliza says

    I made these yesterday!! I left them in the freezer a bit longer but OMG- they were delicious, cold and peanut buttery, not too sweet either!
    Im making your sundried tomato veggie burgers tonight!

    • Emily says

      Ive been on the hunt for less sweet chocolate chips- because let’s be honest, I am not doing with out them and I don’t have time to make my own. I have found Equal Exchange’s chocolate chips to be less sweet (and more conscious!) then other organic brands. Their semi-sweet chips are 70% chocolate! and Yummy. Dark Chocolate is nutrient dense, So the darker the chip, the more it can do for your body!

  69. Sonali Bruschi says

    Hi Dana- these look awesome. Would raw cacao powder work well in these as a substitute for the cocoa in the crust?

  70. Caroline says

    These look to die for!!! I’m always looking for more creative ways to eat almond butter than just with a spoon ;) Cant wait to try!

  71. Ella says

    These look absolutely incredible! Your recipes are a real inspiration to me and my food blog. Thank you for the amazing recipes! I will for sure try this one!

  72. jami says

    Hey Dana! Not sure why, but, ever since bloglovin “updated” it’s interface your photos have looked off. (pixelated, not up to their usual beautifulness) I just thought I’d give you a head’s up.

    Also, these look delicious. :)

  73. Anna says

    Dana, no-bake cakes is always my cup of tea and I always love to prepare them. This ALMOND BUTTER CUP BARS is a must try. I will definitely try it out and share my experience with you. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.

  74. Kim says

    Oh my gosh. Those Hail Mary tarts are crazy good! I haven’t had one for over a year…must try these bars! You are rocking it!

    • Kim says

      Oh my gosh….made these over the weekend — crust was dry and crumbly probably due to dates being a little dry and warming them in water didn’t do much — but they were still good. Tried them again last night with fresh dates and they are over-the-top delicious!!! Definitely play with adding more dates if the crust isn’t pressing well. Also, I just added the dates this time in with the almond mix after it was crumbly and kept the food processor running as I dropped each one in…a bit easier. I cut these into smaller portions because they are so rich…but end up eating two at once anyway! These are seriously addicting! Nicely done Dana!!

  75. Johanna Xue says

    I should stop only drooling over these no-bake cakes and make them, because they look absolutely delicious!