No-bake millionaire shortbread bars

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No-bake millionaire shortbread bars are healthier version of the classic millionaire bars, a no-bake vegan dessert bar, 100% gluten free and refined sugar free. You will love the buttery coconut flour shortbread base, soft peanut butter caramel topped with a crunchy chocolate layer. Keep reading to learn more!

What are no-bake millionaire shortbread bars?

A classic millionaire’s shortbread bar is a rich dessert bar made of three layers: a crumbly shortread crust, a sticky soft caramel and a crunchy chocolate top layer. Usually, they are made with lots of sugar, dairy and processed ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, white sugar, white flour and butter. Here I am sharing with you a healthier version of this classic dessert 100% refined sugar free, dairy free and no bake to preserve all the nutrients.

 

How to make the no-bake healthy caramel bars?

Call these as you like, caramel bars,  millionaire bars or chocolate caramel bars! They are simply delicious no-bake shortbread bars with a soft peanut butter caramel and dark chocolate layer.

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All you need to make these healthy no-bake vegan dessert bars are:

  • Coconut flour – or almond flour. Coconut flour contains 4 times more fiber than almond four, it is also sweeter in flavor and therefore you can’t swap one flour for the other with the same ratio. That’s why I am providing 2 differents recipes for the bottom layer of these no bake millionaire bars. One recipe is using coconut flour and one using almond flour. Of course, you are free to choose the one you prefer based on your diet requirement. But I personnaly prefer coconut flour, the shortbread texture is way more intense.
  • Maple syrup – or any liquid sweetner you like. You can also use agave syrup or brown rice syrup – it has a lower GI or, if you watch sugar closely, use Monk fruit syrup, it is a great sugar-free keto option
  • Coconut oil – you can use refined coconut oil to avoid coconut flavor
  • Peanut butter or almond butter – make sure you choose pure peanut butter with no aded oil, no added sugar. Feel free to use salted peanut butter if you want to make healthy salted caramel bars
  • Vanilla 
  • Dark chocolate – I recommend 85% cocoa chocolate simply because the other layers are already sweet and a strong dark chocolate balance the sweeteness better.

Can I bake the shortbread crust?

A classic millionaire shortbread bar has a crumbly baked shortbread crust. If you are looking for a similar sensation and texture, you can definetly bake the crust on it is own before adding the raw caramel. I recommend you bake the crust at 180C (350F) for 15 minutes and cool the crust for 15 minutes before adding the caramel layer.

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How to store your millionaire bars?

Millionaire bars are no bake vegan desserts. It means that those bars are dairy free, egg free and therefore they can be stored easily in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. It is better if you store these into an airtight container to prevent the cramel from drying. Also, if you want to freeze them, I recommend you place a piece of parchement paper between each bar. It makes it easier to defrost the bars one by one.

raw caramel slices

More no-bake vegan desserts

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Made this no bake millionaire shortbread bars yet? Share a picture with me on Instagram, I love to see what you are making !

Your friend,

Carine

No-bake vegan millionaire shortbread

A healthier version of the classic millionaire bars 100% refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free
Prep Time: 10 mins
freeze: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy no bake desserts, no bake millionaire shortbread bars, no bake snack
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Carine
4.93 from 52 votes

Ingredients

Option 1 : Coconut Flour Shortbread crust - gluten free + nut free

  • 1 1/3 cup Coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil - melted
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup - or sugar-free monk fruit syrup if keto

Option 2 : almond flour shortbread crust - gluten free + grain free + keto

Caramel layer

  • 1/3 cup Maple syrup - or sugar-free monk fruit syrup if keto
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut oil - melted
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter - or almond butter, fresh jar, no added sugar, no added oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Chocolate layer

Instructions

  • Cover a rectangle baking dish 9 inches x 5 inches, with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add coconut flour (or almond flour, if so, make sure you respect the correct ratio of ingredients, based on the flour you choose), maple syrup and melted coconut oil.
  • Combine with a spatula at first, then knead the dough with your hands. The dough is soft and wet at first, and dry as you go, becoming easier to shape into a ball.
  • Gather the dough into a ball and place in the center of the prepared dish.
  • Press the ball with your fingers to evenly cover the bottom of the dish. You can smooth the top of the layer using a spatula or back of a spoon.
  • Freeze for 10 minutes, while you are making the soft caramel.
  • In a small bowl, add fresh runny peanut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Combine with a spatula until it forms a consistent, smooth caramel.
  • Remove dish from the freezer and pour the caramel on top of the shortbread layer.
  • Spread the caramel evenly with the spatula and return the dish into the freezer for 10-12 minutes or until firm.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and melted coconut oil in a saucepan under medium heat. Otherwise, you can microwave chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl, by 30 seconds burst, stirring between, until smooth and fully melted.
  • Remove dish form the freezer and pour the melted chocolate on top of the caramel layer.
  • Spread with a spatula and return to the freezer for 2-5 minutes or until the chocolate layer is set.
  • Remove from the freezer, use the pieces of parchment paper to lift out the bar from the dish.
  • Slice with a sharp knife into 16 squares. You can slightly warm the blade under hot water before cutting to make this easier.

Storage

  • Store the bars into an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze and defrost 2-3 hours before. Can be eaten half forozen too.

Notes

Nutrition panel is for one bar using coconut flour and maple syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 15.3g | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 14g

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Comments

  1. Erika Simon

    These are sooooo good. Even my mother who is not really into healthy living and stuff loves them so much.
    Making them like every week, thank you so much for you recipes and please keep going

    • Carine

      I didn’t try oat flour in this recipe and usually you need way more oat flour to replace coconut flour because it contains 4 times less fiber. It won’t soak the liquid as well. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine

  2. Gabby

    Can you freeze them? I want to make it but it’s too much for one person to eat so wanted to freeze the rest for later. Thanks!

    • Carine

      Sure! they freeze really and defrost in 30 minutes at room temperature. Freeze them slices and defrost one piece at a time. Enjoy, XOXO Carine.

    • Carine

      It will work too but it will be very sweet or you will have to decrease maple syrup to keep the sweet balance right.

    • Carine

      Yes sure, as you can see in the recipe card there is 2 options to create the shortbread layer. Option 1 is using coconut flour an option 2 is using almond flour. Follow measurement in option 2 if you want to use almond flour. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  3. Kristi

    5 stars
    These are seriously the BEST no bake bars I have ever made and so simply to make!! Literally obsessed with them and will never go back to anything else! Can not wait to try the other recipes from The Conscious Plant Kitchen!

  4. Hailey

    5 stars
    I’ve made these three times now since I discovered this recipe! They are the best no bake dessert I’ve come across in a very long time. I use the almond flour recipe for my base. I absolutely adore these millionaire bars!!!!

  5. Tasha

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! Not only is it super easy to follow and requires minimal ingredients, but it’s insanely delicious & out of this world! The shortbread tastes exactly like a traditional baked version, and the peanut butter caramel stays super luscious and soft even when left in the freezer. Really appreciate that there is a delicious alternative to the standard millionaire bar recipe. I would 100% say that this recipe far surpasses! Using coconut flour is a great way to cut out gluten and wheat, and anything vegan/dairy-free is ideal! The ingredient ratios always produce the perfect sweet treat! MUST TRY!

    • Carine

      Thank you so much for he lovely feedback! I am glad you found my blog and enjoy the recipes around here. XOXO Carine

    • Carine

      Yes sure the good part about refined coconut oil is that this kind of oil has no coconut flavor. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  6. Ceilidhe Speirs

    Hello, looking at these now and they look delicious! How does baking the short bread base turn out? I’m craving a biscuity base and feel that freezing the base may result in a kind of “fridge cake” sensation. Should a try baking it rather? And then would it be possible to substitute syrup for dates? If so do you know the ratio I should use. If not no worries! Thanks so much, super keen to make them :D.

    • Carine

      Sure, you can bake the base for 10-12 minutes at 180C (350F). I didn’t try using date in the caramel it will probably work but it will be thicker in texture. Enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine

  7. Julmed

    Do you think there’s a way to use less or none oil for this? What could I replace it? It just seems like a lot of coconut oil and trying to keep it low on the use because of all the saturated fat. Thanks for all your recipes!

    • Carine

      Unfortunately you can’t make no bake recipes without coconut oil. Coconut oil is the only vegan fat that solidify at room temperature (weel, there is also cocoa butter but it is very expensive) and that is this chemical property that allow you to create no baked goods. Without coconut oil or less coconut oil you will end up with a crumbly dough and it will never form a shortbread. Take care, XOXO Carine.

  8. Adriana

    5 stars
    When we visited Scotland we felt in love with the Millionaire Bars, but they are loaded with sugars and calories. Carine’s recipe is perfect. What I love the most is the caramel! I have been using that caramel for lots of other desserts. Regarding these bars, I was looking to make a healthy but sweet snack to which I was able to incorporate protein power. I followed her instructions but I added two scoops of protein power to the bottom later (I adjusted the liquid ingredients to about to much dryness). I got 16 bars and my husband ate them after his daily run. I haven’t done the bars by itself without the protein powder, but if they were great with the “Vanilla, Protein and Greens” power, they must be amazing without it.

  9. Jen

    5 stars
    We recently started an elimination diet for my husband, and as the chef of the house, I had to get a little creative as I am used to cooking/baking with butter, dairy, eggs, etc. This entire experience has made us both re-asses our food choices – who knew being DF, GF, egg free, etc etc would be easy and simple? I’ve made this recipe twice in 5 days because we both love it so much. It’s incredible, and you feel a lot less guilty eating it! Try it – you won’t be sorry!

  10. Laura

    5 stars
    These are amazing. So easy to make and super super tasty. We all love them at home.I had to hide a batch in the freezer!

    • Carine

      Thank you so much ! I am so happy all your family love it too. It is a great idea to freeze them or it is easy to eat the whole batch in a day 🙂 XOXO Carine

  11. Katie

    5 stars
    Made these for myself and a friend. Amazing! try just eating one. Lol 😉 I stirred the caramel on the second batch for longer and it froze better. Not sure why but thought it was worth sharing. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  12. Kelly G

    This is my 5th time making this! As a vegan, keto, low FODMAP person I am so glad I came across your recipe!!! It’s so hard for me to eat treats that don’t irritate and cause my endo flares. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

  13. Natalia

    5 stars
    These are fenomenal! Thank you so much for sharing the receipe. I just finished my ery first piece and about to demolish another one! 😉 I also did the no-bake brownies some time ago and was also blown away by it! Very happy to find something so indulgent, satisfying and healthy at the same time.

    • Carine

      I didn’t try this option yet but I am pretty sure it will work very well. Enjoy the recipe, XOXO Carine

  14. Clare

    Can you use regular plain flour? It’s nearly impossible to find almond or oat flour in Northern Ireland at the minute! Thank you xx

    • Carine

      You can eat raw wheat flour, i is not safe for you so if you really want to make this recipe using plain flour I recommend you bake the crust for 8-12 minutes at 180C (350F) Cool down 10 minutes in the pan then follow the recipe as usual. It will come out very good too. Enjoy the recipe, XOXO Carine

    • Carine

      There is no flour needed for the caramel layer and I don’t recommend adding coconut flour or it will gritty. Enjoy, XOXO Carine

  15. Michelle Tadian

    5 stars
    These seriously, could be the best bars ever. Thank you for sharing. Love how you give options. I made my own cacao sauce for the top. Amazing

    • Heather

      5 stars
      These bars are amazing! I tried something similar at a vegan bakery about five years ago and fell in love with them. I’ve always missed them. I don’t have to anymore, thanks to you! I did make a few changes and I was so happy with the results! I used coconut butter instead of coconut oil and I used pecan butter instead of peanut or almond butter and laid pecans down on the shortbread before adding the delicious caramel layer! I can’t wait to try more or your recipes! Thank you so much!!

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