A rich and decadent three-layer homemade dark chocolate candy bar that is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free.  It starts with a sweet and crumbly cookie layer under a creamy almond butter layer that is topped with rich dark chocolate and flaky sea salt. This no-bake recipe comes together quickly and easily and can be stored in your freezer for whenever a candy bar craving hits.

With Halloween candy everywhere already, I’ve been daydreaming about my ideal candy bar.  It would, of course, have to include dark chocolate.  I also love when candy bars have different layers that provide different flavors and textures in each bite.  The obvious combination for me is rich dark chocolate and creamy sweet almond butter.  Is there really anything better in the dessert world? 

I took things a step further here and added one more important element: the cookie crust base!  To me, a good candy bar has some texture to it.  It just has to!  So that is what I did here.  These little candy bars are pure perfection and satisfy all my chocolate-lovin cravings.  

Homemade Candy Bar

Close up of homemade candy bar

I like to garnish them with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt to bring out the flavors and make the bars even more addictive. 

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Candy Bar

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Candy Bar with Flaky Sea Salt

You will find that there is very little hands-on time with this recipe.  You will need to allow time for each layer to set in the freezer before topping with the next layer.  But other than that, this recipe is super low maintenance and very straight forward. 

Homemade Chocolate Candy Bar

All you need for these homemade chocolate candy bars is:

  1. coconut oil
  2. almond butter
  3. pure maple syrup
  4. salt
  5. vegan dark chocolate (here is my homemade vegan chocolate recipe)
  6. Bucks Natural Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Cookies

This recipe is sponsored by Bucks Natural Cookies and I use their delicious buckwheat chocolate chip cookies as the base for the cookie crust in the candy bars.  They make the crust so flavorful.

Bucks Natural Cookies in Food Processor

I absolutely love their cookies because they are allergy-friendly and taste amazing.  Their cookies are naturally gluten-free and made from 100% buckwheat flour that is locally-milled from buckwheat groats.  Buckwheat is gluten-free, high in fiber, rich in vitamins and minerals and contains eight essential amino acids.  If you would like to learn more, here is an article I wrote for The Washington Post that goes into more detail about the health benefits of buckwheat.

Bucks Natural Cookies in Food Processor - ground

Bucks Natural Cookies are also free of the top eight allergens.  So, just like this chocolate candy bar recipe, their cookies are peanut-free, vegan, gluten-free, egg-free and soy-free.  Plus, because of their dedicated facility there is no concern for cross contamination with any of the top 8 allergens.

You can shop their cookies (they come in six delicious flavors).  They are giving 20% off everything site-wide from now until the end of November 2019.  The discount is automatically applied in the cart so no coupon code is needed.  Their cookies are available at these retail locations and will also be available at Wegmans in the next month or two!

whisking homemade dark chocolate

Want more chocolate in your life?

Try my favorite chocolate recipes (all vegan and gluten-free):

  1. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
  2. No-Bake Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Shell and Flaked Sea Salt
  3. Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Flour Cookies with Flaked Sea Salt
  4. Dark Chocolate Fudge Blizzard
  5. No-Nut-Butter Chocolate Eggs
  6. Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  7. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  8. How to Build a Chocolate Dessert Board
  9. Chocolate Filled Snack Bars (Raw + Nut-Free)
  10. Chocolate Microwave Cake (i.e. Mug Cake)
  11. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  12. Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Cookies
  13. Instant Chocolate Mousse
  14. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
  15. Mexican Hot Chocolate
  16. Healthy Chocolate Mocha Smoothie

Let’s Make These Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Candy Bars Happen!

This recipe is the candy bar of my dreams.  It has it all – a crunchy crumbly cookie layer with a creamy almond butter center topped with rich chocolate and then sprinkled with flaky sea salt for the ultimate gourmet treat!  These chocolate candy bars are perfect for serving to anyone with common food allergies since they are peanut-free, soy-free dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free.  I cannot wait for you give this one a try!

Dark Chocolate Candy Bar with Flaky Salt

Now, let’s make some chocolate candy bars!