The perfect healthier vegan millionaire shortbread that’s completely fuss-free, super indulgent and yet made with just a handful of wholesome ingredients. Make these for a melt-in-your-mouth treat any time of day. Gluten-free and oil-free.

Vegan millionaire shortbread gluten-free oil-free

Salted caramel is lowkey my favourite flavour. If I see anything that’s salted caramel and vegan-friendly, I just have to try it. There’s something so uniquely beautiful about the contrast between intensely sweet caramel and morsels of sea salt – I could go on and on and on about it.

 

But I won’t, because we have the main subject of today’s post to get to. Which happens to be – you guessed it – vegan millionaire shortbreads. A treat good enough to eat the whole batch by yourself without the slightest bit of regret.

Stack of vegan caramel slices

Healthier vegan millionaire shortbread

I ate an enormous amount of millionaire shortbread back in the day. Thus, it just felt appropriate to make a version that’s not only vegan, but also gluten-free and oil-free. But fear not – I’ve done the heavy lifting, so now all you have to do is follow the steps to a tee to recreate the deliciousness.

Closeup of vegan caramel slices

Think a layer of naturally-sweetened date caramel that’s ultra rich, creamy and indulgent. Sandwich that between a chewy ‘shortbread’ crust and crunchy chocolate. That’s what we’re working with here, and there’s no room for disappointment! Seriously, I’ve made these around 3 times just over the last week and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of caramel slices.

The perfect date caramel

Vegan date caramel

You may be wholly new to the concept of using dates as a caramel. Or, you’ve seen it done before, and want to give it a try yourself. This one is super beginner-friendly and most importantly, tastes delish. Furthermore, adding just a pinch of salt really makes it extra special. You can make a little extra, and use it across a whole range of recipes. Or, if you’re like me, just scoop it up and eat it by itself with a huge spoon!

Two-ingredient ‘shortbread’

I know that this isn’t your traditional shortbread alternative requiring sugar,  butter etc. You only need two ingredients here: oat flour and maple syrup. That’s it! The resulting texture is quite chewy and works really well with the smooth caramel filling.

Vegan shortbread ingredients

The ingredients you need

  • Gluten-free oat flour, which is very easy to make yourself by putting gluten-free oats through a blender or food
  • Maple syrup
  • Pitted medjool dates. Try to find the softest batch you can, or soak them in warm water for around 15 minutes.
  • Good quality sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • Coconut sugar
  • Plant based milk. Use any variety of your. choice, but ensure that it’s unsweetened.
  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Vegan-friendly chocolate of your choice

Vegan caramel slices in a baking dish

Let’s make vegan millionaire shortbread!

Start by making the shortbread layer. First, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/400 F. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour and maple syrup. It will look quite dry at first, but be patient with it and keep mixing.

When a sticky ‘dough’ forms, transfer it to a rectangular baking dish lined with baking paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, start preparing the caramel.

To make the caramel, aadd the medjool dates, sea salt, coconut. sugar, plant based milk and peanut butter. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar melts and the ingredients start to combine into a sticky mixture. Then, use an immersion blender to blend into a smooth caramel. Alternatively, transfer to a blender or a food processor and pulse/blend on a low speed.

Layer the caramel on top of the shortbread, and chill in the fridge for around 10 minutes. Use this time to melt the chocolate by putting it in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir using a wooden spoon or a spatula until the chocolate is fully melted.

Vegan millionaire shortbread

Caramel slices with berries and pecan nuts

Pour the chocolate over the caramel and leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Reasons to love these caramel slices

They are…

Stack of salted caramel slices

  • Perfectly indulgent and dreamy
  • Healthier than traditional sweets
  • Minus the final setting time, ready in under 30 minutes
  • Perfect as a dessert or a snack
  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • Very easy. and fuss-free
  • Pretty much your new favourite go-to dessert!

Other healthier vegan treats

Vegan millionaire shortbread gluten-free oil-free

Let me know in the comments: what’s your favourite quick and easy treat? If you give this vegan millionaire shortbread a go, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@earthofmariaa) so I can see your creations, and leave your feedback in the comments below – don’t forget to give me a star rating!

Vegan millionaire shortbread gluten-free oil-free

Get the Recipe: Vegan Millionaire Shortbread (Gluten-free, Oil-free)

Healthier vegan millionaire shortbread with a chewy crust and an indulgent, smooth date caramel filling. Perfect for a quick snack or an afternoon treat to enjoy with a cup of tea! Gluten-free and oil-free.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup plant based milk
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 5 oz vegan chocolate

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Rectangular baking dish
  • Baking paper
  • Saucepan
  • Immersion blender
  • Heat proof bowl

Instructions 

  • Start by making the shortbread layer. First, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/400 F. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour and maple syrup. It will look quite dry at first, but be patient with it and keep mixing.
  • When a sticky 'dough' forms, transfer it to a rectangular baking dish lined with baking paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, start preparing the caramel. 
  • To make the caramel, add the medjool dates, sea salt, coconut sugar, plant based milk and peanut butter. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar melts and the ingredients start to combine into a sticky mixture (around 5 minutes). Then, use an immersion blender to blend into a smooth caramel. Alternatively, transfer to a blender or a food processor and pulse/blend on a low speed. 
  • Layer the caramel on top of the shortbread, and chill in the fridge for around 10 minutes. Use this time to melt the chocolate by putting it in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir using a wooden spoon or a spatula until the chocolate is fully melted. 
  • Pour the chocolate over the caramel and leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

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Calories: 307kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 291mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 22IU, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2mg

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Vegan millionaire shortbread gluten-free oil-free