8 Easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes. Minimal Ingredients. Chocolatey and delicious. Skip the packaged stuff and make it better at home. Are you ready?
My history with Halloween as a youth is as follows. I was only there for the Peanut Butter Cups and the Snickers. So it only feels right that you’ll find recipes inspired by these childhood Halloween favorites of mine in the words that follow. But before we get there, let me preface what you’re about to get right here.
Listen. Halloween season (read: szn) is upon us and if candy is all you can think about but the packaged stuff doesn’t serve your life anymore (maybe you have an allergy or two! Maybe you want something with less ingredients! Maybe you can’t for the life of you find crunch bars and your life depends on it!) The good news is, I have you covered.
These eight easy homemade Halloween candy recipes that I’ve created and rounded up below are a mix of copycat candy recipes (cue the Almond Butter Cups, Snickers, and Crunch bars), and other easy, no-bake recipes that are candy reminiscent but use all real ingredients and won’t put you into an intense sugar coma (which, has its time and place, let me be clear!) All of these homemade Halloween candy recipes are vegan and gluten-free, and are made with minimal ingredients, which I think is really cute and I hope you do too.
Shall we get to it?
You already know this – this is one of my favorite recipes on the site, and I make no secret of it. At least I’ll own up to that. You can make these Dada Snickers with only five ingredients, and there’s no added sugar in sight – it’s just sweetened with dates! I love the textural element from the roasted peanuts, and the smoothness of the creamy peanut butter, all enrobed in chocolate to give you a snickers vibe with way less ingredients than the OG. The sweet and salty combination is truly something you’ll dream about.
As you know from the amount of times I’ve said this in my life and Instagram, Peanut Butter Cups were the reason I existed during Halloween. I thought I’d give my favorite a spin with some almond butter and flaky salt. All you need to make these are five ingredients and mini muffin liners. Cute! They’re accessible and easy, and live well in the freezer or fridge for when you need a quick candy fix.
Four ingredients. FOUR. Rice crisps, chocolate, coconut oil, and maple syrup. That’s it. Do you have a freezer? Great. That’s how we set them! Easy, delicious, and absolutely addicting. This keeps well in the fridge or freezer, and the crunchy, crispy texture is something that will definitely keep you coming back for more. Sorry, I did that.
Do you ever stop yourself while making cookies and wish that you could just eat the dough? Maybe enrobed in chocolate with a bit of flaky sea salt? Well, that’s great news for me. Because that’s what I have for you here. An easy, no-bake recipe that’s a total crowd pleaser and fun to make and share.
I just had to throw these in for some fall vibes, obviously. Pumpkin isn’t dead quite yet, so it’s probably a good idea if you make these sooner rather than later. Pumpkin spice and pumpkin lovers? This one is definitely for you.
Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly become more obsessed with peanut butter, I hit you with a Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Truffle. Sometimes I do stuff like that. There is no better candy combination (in my humble opinion) than the savory, grounding flavor profile of salty, peanut butter paired with creamy, rich chocolate. These are definitely for the peanut butter lover within, or maybe not so within, you.
I recognize this fully – this recipe doesn’t scream candy, nor am I trying to tell you that it is. But hear me out. When you coat these in chocolate, you get this unbelievably sweet, salty, crunchy insane snack turned dessert that truly does emit some major candy, snickers vibes. And yet, it’s sweetened with just dates. Add in some crunch from the almonds, and a smooth richness from the chocolate, and you’ve got something that makes you truly forget that you just tossed some chia seeds in it. Best part? All you need is a high-speed blender or food processor to make them. Sign me up.
This is definitely one of my favorite recipes of all time – and is on repeat pretty much every week in my house. Coating dates in chocolate after stuffing them with almond butter creates a divine flavor combination that again, I’m not trying to pretend is candy, but is an easy no-bake sweet that really feels a lot more decadent than it actually is. This is a great option too if you have allergies or certain dietary preferences – it’s customizable to your liking with different nut/seed butters!
I hope you love these 8 easy vegan and gluten-free Halloween candy recipes – tag me on Instagram @dadaeats when you make them so I can see your creations!