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No Bake Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars

  • Author: Amanda @ Running with Spoons
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x


  • 2 cups (68 g) pretzels, crushed*
  • 1 cup (80 g) oats
  • 3/4 cup (150g) Medjool dates
  • 6 Tbsp (96 g) nut or seed butter**
  • 2 Tbsp (40 g) brown rice syrup***
  • 12 (15-30 ml) Tbsp. non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup (175 g) dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) coconut oil


  1. Line an 8×8 (20×20 cm) baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Set aside.
  2. Add pretzels and oats to the bowl of a food processor and process until the pretzels have broken down into small pieces and the oats resemble a flour. Add dates, nut/seed butter, and liquid sweetener, and continue processing until a dough begins to form and stick together. If it seems too crumbly or dry, add non-dairy milk, one tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together when you pinch it between your fingers.
  3. Transfer dough to your prepared baking pan and use a spatula or your hands to spread it evenly in the pan, making sure to press down firmly. Set aside.
  4. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high in 30 second increments until melted and smooth, making sure to stir between each. Pour chocolate over bars and use a spatula to spread it out evenly. Top with crushed pretzels, if desired, and transfer pan to fridge for at least an hour to allow the bars to set.
  5. When bars have set, remove from fridge and allow to thaw for a few minutes before using a sharp knife to cut into bars. Store in an airtight container, either in the fridge or at room temperature, depending on how warm it is and how the bars behave.


* Use gluten-free pretzels if you need these to be gluten-free. ** I recommend using a no-stir nut/seed butter or the texture might be a little off. Feel free to use whichever kind is your favourite. I used both a soy nut and almond butter and both worked fine. *** Can be subbed with honey if not strictly vegan.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins

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