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Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bar

by Capri Lilly

This Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bar is a decadent treat filled with nice-cream, date caramel, salted peanuts, and topped with rich chocolate. A spin on the infamous Snickers ice cream bar, but homemade and healthier. It’s Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free!

If you love no-bake desserts, you’ll want to try my No-Bake Matcha Oreo Cheesecake or Homemade Chocolate Bark next!

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Snickers ice cream bars were my favorite frozen treat growing up. Anyone else?! My mom would bring home a whole box and the bars would hardly last an entire week.

I don’t know what I loved more: the creamy caramel, the sweet ice cream, the salty crunch from the peanuts, or the milk chocolate. I just loved it all! So, of course, I couldn’t help myself but make a dairy-free homemade version of this Snickers ice cream bar recipe. Now that I have, I think this may be my new favorite dessert recipe!

You’ll love these Homemade Snickers Bars because they are:

  • An Easy No-Bake Chocolate Dessert
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Refined sugar-free
  • Tasty! (EVEN BETTER than the store bought version!)
  • Made with REAL ingredients

What layers are used to make this Snickers Ice Cream Bar?

  • Peanut Butter Nice Cream is used to make the ice cream filling. It is dairy-free, vegan, and absolutely delicious!
  • The healthy, sweet caramel filling will be made with dates. Here is my date caramel recipe! It is naturally sweet and rich, perfect for these ice cream bars!
  • Salty Peanuts, because it wouldn’t be a snickers bar without that perfect crunchy, salty layer!
  • Chocolate, and lots of it! These ice cream bars are coated from top to bottom in chocolate so seal in all the delicious layers. Make sure to use Vegan Chocolate, ones without dairy, minimal ingredients, and higher cacao percentages. Here are two great vegan chocolate options: Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip and Lily’s 70% Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bar.
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How to Make Nice Cream

The first layer of the Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bar is the nice cream and it is super easy to prepare! You’ll need:

  • 1 Can full-fat coconut milk (must use full-fat coconut milk, like this one)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Medjool Dates Pitted (liked these)
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
making homemade nice cream
how to make homemade nice cream for ice cream bars

All you’ll need to do is blend all of the ingredients together in a high-powered blender or food processor until it is smooth and creamy. After blending, you’ll need to transfer the mixture into a parchment-lined bread pan. In order to help achieve the perfect bar shape, use a bread pan. Once the nice cream is in the freezer, you can move on to the next step. The nice cream will need at least 3 hours to freeze over.

Feel free to make the nice cream days ahead. It keeps well in the freezer and can be used whenever you are ready.

Making Date Caramel

Making Date Caramel is easy and only requires a few ingredients and a blender. You can find my date caramel recipe here. 

Here are a few tips for making the date caramel: 

  • If your dates are too dry (not sticky to the touch), soak them in water for about 10 minutes before blending.
  • When blending the dates, slowly add in the water and almond milk until you achieve a uniform consistency. You should not have to add more than ½ cup of water.
  • You can add peanut butter to make the caramel a bit creamier. The flavor is subtle and hardly detectable.
date caramel recipe for snickers bars

The Best Way to Melt Chocolate

Double Boiling Method

Add the crushed chocolate or chocolate chips to a heatproof glass bowl. Place the glass bowl over a pot with simmering water. Using a rubber spatula or whisk, gently stir the chocolate until it is completely melted. This should take about 1-2 minutes. DO NOT add water when mixing the chocolate because this will cause the chocolate to harden. 

Microwave Method

Add the crushed chocolate or chocolate chips to a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, removing and stirring between each time. Continue to repeat this method until the chocolate has melted.

After you have all your layers ready, the last step is simple: Layer it up!

  1. Cut the nice cream into bars
  2. Dip the nice cream into the chocolate
  3. Top with date caramel
  4. Add Salted Peanuts
  5. Finish by adding a layer of melted chocolate.
layers needed for snickers bar

The trick here is to move fast. You do not want the nice cream to melt as you are adding the various layers. Once assembled, transfer the Homemade Snickers Bars back into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

Now These Homemade Snickers Bars are Yours to Enjoy!! 

plate of homemade ice cream snickers bars

Shortcuts & Tips

I love making all of the layers from scratch and find it to be the most enjoyable part of creating these ice cream snickers bars. However, if you’d like to save time, here are a couple of tricks:

  • Use your favorite vegan ice cream. You’ll still need to spread it into a layer to make these ice cream bars.
  • Use store brought Vegan Caramel, like this one: Coconut Caramel Sauce by Hey Boo. 

I hope you enjoy these Homemade Ice Cream Snickers Bars!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

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How to make Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bars

Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bars

This Homemade Snickers Ice Cream Bar is a decadent treat filled with nice-cream, date caramel, salted peanuts, and topped with rich chocolate. A spin on the infamous snickers ice cream bar, but homemade and healthier. It's Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free!
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free Dessert, Vegan
Prep Time: 45 minutes
time for nice cream to freeze: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Bars
Calories: 500kcal

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Nice Cream

  • 1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 4 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1.5 cup chocolate chunks (vegan)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

Additional Layers

  • 1/2 cup date caramel
  • 1/2 cup Salted Peanuts

Instructions

  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper and set aside
  • In a food processor or high powered blender, add all the nice cream ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the bread pan and place in the freezer until it is fully frozen, at least 3 hours.
  • Using a high powered blender, make the date syrup. (both the nice cream and date syrup can be made days in advance for easy assembly when ready.)
  • Prepare the melted chocolate by using the double boiling method or microwave method (mentioned above). Combine the coconut oil into the chocolate while melting.
  • Once ready to make the Snickers Ice cream bars, remove the nice cream from the freezer. Use the extra parchment paper to remove the nice cream from the bread pan. Slice the nice cream into bar sized pieces. (should result in 6-8 ice cream bars).
  • Top the ice cream bars with date caramel and peanuts. Then, dip the ice cream bars into the melted chocolate. Finish by adding the remaining melted chocolate on top and place the ice cream bars back into the freezer to firm, at least 30 minutes.
  • You can enjoy the ice cream bars immediately after they have firmed or leave them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks!

Notes

  • You can find my easy Date Caramel Recipe Here
  • I prefer melting my chocolate using the double boiling method and adding coconut oil as it is melting, but use whatever method you like best!
  • These bars can last up to two weeks in the freezer. When you are ready to enjoy them, take the bars out of the freezer and let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften for a more enjoyable experience! 

Nutrition

Calories: 500kcal

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31 comments

Marta June 25, 2020 - 8:11 pm

5 stars
I’ve always loved snickers ice cream bar, so I was excited to be able to make my own. Thank you for another great recipe.

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 9:46 pm

Hi Marta! You’re very welcome! I loved making these bars. It was a fun tasty project!

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Desirée June 25, 2020 - 9:57 pm

5 stars
Omg yessssss!!! This recipe was everything!! Thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 9:46 pm

Hi Desiree! I am so happy you like the recipe!

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Emalie June 25, 2020 - 10:32 pm

5 stars
I would love to try this but I think my husband would eat them all before I got a chance to take a bite lol look delicious!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 9:45 pm

Haha! Hi Emalie! Definitely stash a few away before you serve these! You’ll be happy you did!

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Eric & Shanna Jones June 28, 2020 - 12:41 pm

5 stars
Excited that we actually get to make these bars at home! And the fact that they are better for our family makes this recipe an immediate favorite!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 9:44 pm

Hi! I am so happy to hear that! They are also so fun to make. I hope you and your family enjoy!

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Chenée June 29, 2020 - 12:00 am

5 stars
Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s fantastic to have a vegan and gluten free option for one of my favorite treats!

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Sharon June 29, 2020 - 12:59 am

5 stars
Tried these out tonight, and they were really delicious! I love the nice cream and the date caramel, and the fact that everything can be made with a blender. I will definitely make these again to share with my vegan and non vegan friends! Super good!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Hi Sharon! I am so happy you liked the recipe! I’m with you and love an easy dessert that can be made with a blender!

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Brittany Fiero June 29, 2020 - 2:47 am

5 stars
This recipe is so perfect for summer! This is definitely a healthy, sweet treat for my entire family.

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Mila June 29, 2020 - 4:08 am

5 stars
I love how you took a classic favorite and made it your own! I can’t wait to have more of these!

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Tamara June 29, 2020 - 4:18 am

5 stars
I’m so happy I came across this recipe on Pinterest. You made the recipe instructions super easy to follow, and they turned out amazing!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Hi Tamara! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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Chef Mireille June 29, 2020 - 1:39 pm

5 stars
OMG – I love the inclusion of dates in the Nice Cream. What a decadent and delicious treat!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 4:49 pm

Hi Mireille! The Nice Cream is my favorite part! It taste just like the original snickers ice cream, sans the unnecessary sugar!

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Jazz June 29, 2020 - 8:51 pm

5 stars
Snickers Ice Cream Bars were my FAVE in high school. Thank you for sharing this vegan method–it’s so easy!

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Krysten June 29, 2020 - 11:29 pm

5 stars
This recipe is so bomb! I’m addicted to these ice cream bars!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 11:42 pm

Hi Krysten! I am glad I am not the only one! 🙂

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Eden June 29, 2020 - 11:33 pm

5 stars
Swapped out all the peanut for almond butter and almonds and it worked like a charm! Love it!

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Capri Lilly June 29, 2020 - 11:42 pm

Sounds delish! I’m glad you liked the recipe!

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Erika June 30, 2020 - 3:38 am

5 stars
You had me at healthy snickers lol! The coconut based vegan ice cream sounds delicious as well.

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Kaluhi June 30, 2020 - 1:10 pm

5 stars
My nephew would love this recipe!!!!!!! Making these with him on Sunday

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Jayne Rain June 30, 2020 - 3:07 pm

5 stars
Definitely a five-star recipe. I LOVED THIS very much.

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Capri Lilly July 3, 2020 - 7:49 pm

Hi Jayne! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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Rachel July 13, 2020 - 4:53 pm

5 stars
These are so amazing! I topped with almonds instead of peanuts because that’s what I had, and it was delicious. My coconut ice cream looked a little curdled when i made it, but it didn’t seem to be an issue once it was frozen. May have been an issue with my peanut butter that had added oil, so I’ll try with a natural pb next time. I can’t wait to make these again 🙂

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Capri Lilly July 13, 2020 - 7:50 pm

Hi Rachel! I am so glad you liked the recipe! And way to be creative and use what you had on hand! I think I till try it with almonds next. 🙂

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Alexandra November 4, 2020 - 10:57 pm

5 stars
This is such a tempting and delicious sweet treat – I love the fact it is healthier, and I can tell you – it tastes even better!

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Capri Lilly November 5, 2020 - 12:21 am

Hi Alexandra! I am so happy you liked!

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