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a stack of vegan homemade payday candy bars

Homemade PayDay Bars

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 20 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop, No-bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Homemade payday candy bars are vegan, gluten-free, no-bake, and dairy-free! The sweet, nougat-like caramel is covered in salted peanuts. They are made with peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, and sweetened condensed coconut milk. These homemade vegan candy bars are great for Halloween, parties, and peanut butter lovers! #payday #candybars #candy #peanuts #halloween #candybar #paydaybars #peanutbutter #nougat 


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  1. Line an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Spread half of the peanuts across the bottom of the dish.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add peanut butter chips and vegan butter. Melt together, stirring frequently, until combined. Add sweetened condensed coconut milk, mini marshmallows, and vanilla extract. Stir until melted and evenly combined.
  4. Immediately pour the mixture into the dish, spreading evenly across the layer of peanuts. Top with the remaining peanuts.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until set. After, remove from the refrigerator and slice into bars. Enjoy!


  • How to store: Store these homemade payday bars in a sealed container inside the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 1 week. If you would like to store them longterm, keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Peanut butter chips: If you cannot find peanut butter chips, you can use butterscotch or caramel chips instead.


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 9g

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