Vegan Milky Way Bars (Gluten-Free)

October 26, 2018


By: Chris Petrellese 

Learn how to make vegan Milky Way at home! These decadent candies are made with a gluten-free nougat, real deal homemade vegan caramel, and melted dark chocolate. These are easy to make and perfect for the holiday season. Kids will love them!

Homemade Vegan Milky Way Bars

The vegan candy bar conquest continues! Today we are bringing you a homemade vegan Milky Way bar that will blow your mind. The best part is, these bars are super simple to make and require just a handful of ingredients.

Vegan Milky Way Bars Ingredients

For these bars, all you need is vegan nougat (recipe in the card below), homemade caramel, and melted chocolate. These brought us back to our childhood and are definitely what we were craving this Halloween season.
Homemade Vegan Milky Way Bars
Homemade Vegan Milky Way Bars
These vegan Milky Way bars are perfect to make for Halloween parties, or for gifts throughout the holiday season. If Milky Way bars aren’t your thing, we also have recipes for Snickers, Take 5 Bars, and Crunch Bars! Take your pick, or make them all! They’re all delicious in their own way! Also, we realized that Milky Way and Snickers bars are very similar: the only difference is that Snickers have peanuts. If you would like, you can make both in one pan, just put peanuts on half.
Which candy bar is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Homemade Vegan Milky Way 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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Homemade Vegan Milky Way Bars

Vegan Milky Way Bars (Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 milky way bars


Learn how to make vegan Milky Way at home! These decadent candies are made with a gluten-free nougat, real deal homemade vegan caramel, and melted dark chocolate. These are easy to make and kids will love them!


1/4-1/2 recipe of our vegan caramel (depending on how thick you want it)

1 bag (10 oz.) vegan dark chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted*
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (we used an 8-inch square pan) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the nougat until well combined, using your hands as needed. Pour the nougat layer into the lined sheet and press down tightly until evenly distributed. We only used 1/2 of the baking dish (so the other half is empty).
  3. Evenly spread the caramel onto the nougat layer with a spatula. Place the pan into the freezer to harden for at least 30 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 rectangles (we cut ours into 6).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Store in an airtight container for in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


  • When we make this recipe, we made it at the same time as our Snickers bars because they used the same exact ingredients except for the peanuts.
  • We used half of an 8×8″ pan for this recipe but we would recommend a smaller pan to make thicker and more authentic looking bars.
  • Melt the coconut butter by placing it into a large bowl with hot water. Allow it to sit, stirring often, until it is smooth.
  • You can make oat flour at home by grinding rolled oats in a high-speed blender until a flour has formed.
  • If you want to use something in place of the coconut butter, almond and peanut butter work great.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Candy, Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Milky Way, Candy, Chocolate, halloween, gluten-free, vegan, snack, kids

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