Homemade Take 5 Bars (Vegan + 5-Ingredients)

October 25, 2018


By: Chris Petrellese 

A 5-ingredient vegan chocolate bar that is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Made from chocolate, pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter, and caramel, get ready to have this homemade take 5 bar swoop you off of your feet. It is going to be love at first bite!

Homemade Take 5 Bars Vegan

Who else grew up loving Take 5 bars? I remember when I was a kid these were my go-to bar when we would walk to the convenience store. I probably at way too many in my lifetime but let’s not go there 😉

Vegan Homemade Take 5 bars

I stopped eating them after going vegan because they aren’t vegan, but I’m here to change that and finally be able to indulge in homemade take 5 bars. Jasmine had actually never had (or even heard of) take 5 bars when I mentioned this idea to her, so I was extra excited to make one for her to taste. Let’s just say these were a HIT in our home and we ate a little toooo much chocolate the night we made these.

Take 5 Bar Ingredients

These take 5 bars require, you guessed it, 5 ingredients: chocolate, pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter and caramel, that’s it! You can use homemade or store-bought vegan caramel, but we chose to make our own.

Homemade vegan caramel sauce 5 ingredients

All you have to do is layer all of the ingredients but the chocolate into a pan, freeze it, cut it into squares and then dunk each square in chocolate. Place these on a lined baking sheet and freeze or refrigerate them for about 15 minutes.

Vegan Homemade Take 5 bars  Vegan Homemade Take 5 bars

If you love chocolate, you should also check out our vegan crunch bar, homemade vegan chocolate or even our vegan black bean brownies!

Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Vegan Homemade Take 5 Bars

Homemade Take 5 Bars (Vegan)

  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars


A 5-ingredient vegan chocolate bar that is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Made from chocolate, pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter, and caramel, get ready to have this homemade take 5 bar swoop you off of your feet. It is going to be love at first bite!



  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (we used a 9-inch square pan) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  2. Begin to evenly line the bottom of the pan with a layer of pretzels. Once the whole pan is full, spread on a layer of peanut butter with a spatula. Do this carefully so that the pretzels stay uniform and flat. Follow this with a layer of peanuts, and then spread over the vegan caramel. Place the pan into the freezer to harden for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Just before you remove the mixture from the freezer, melt the chocolate. Prepare a double boiler by bringing a small pot of water to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and place either a fitted glass (or ceramic) bowl or another smaller pot over the water. The key here is to make sure that water does not get into the bowl or pot and mix in with the chocolate. Add the chocolate chips into the upper bowl or pot and allow them to slowly melt, mixing often with a spatula. Once the chocolate has melted, turn off the heat and remove the upper bowl or pot and set aside.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking matRemove the baking dish from the freezer and remove the contents onto a cutting board. Cut into small squares (we did 16).
  5. Using two forks, dunk one square into the chocolate and evenly coat. Allow excess chocolate to drip off and then place it on the lined baking sheet to set and continue with the remaining squares.
  6. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator or freezer to set or about 15 minutes. Allow the chocolate to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes or so to soften before digging in.
  7. Store in an airtight container for in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


  • For those with a peanut allergy, almonds and almond butter work great in place of the peanuts!
  • If needed, warm the peanut butter and/or caramel so that they are runny and easier to handle.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Candy
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Dessert, Candy, Take 5, Vegan

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