Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread

They may be gluten-free, vegan and free from refined sugars, but these millionaire’s shortbreads will definitely hit the sweet spot. A crumbly gluten-free biscuit base is topped with smooth date caramel and finished with a shiny vegan chocolate topping. Three layers of deliciousness!

When I first tried them I was SO impressed by how similar the taste and texture was to the classic version. I even tricked my husband into believing they weren’t vegan and gluten-free, he happily ate two thinking they were normal millionaire’s shortbread. Now that’s got to be a good sign!

Oh, and did I mention that you only need 5 ingredients to make them? This recipe is a real winner!

vegan millionaire's shortbread

You’ll only need 5 ingredients

  1. Gluten-free oats
    You’ll blitz the oats in a blender to make oat flour for the biscuit base.
  2. Coconut oil
    Used for all three layers, melted coconut oil will help combine dry ingredients and add a lovely shine to the chocolate topping. I used Groovy Food’s coconut oil.
  3. Dates
    There are many different types of dates, but Medjool dates are perfect for this recipe. They’re larger, darker and more caramel like-in taste. Just remember to buy pitted/stoned dates if you can.
  4. Maple syrup
    You’ll use maple syrup to add a little natural sweetness to the biscuit base. Choose a good quality maple syrup for extra minerals and antioxidants, I used Buckwud Pure Maple Syrup.
  5. Cocoa powder
    You’ll whisk together cocoa powder and melted coconut oil to make the chocolate topping. Choose a good quality organic cocoa powder without any added sugar. I used Food Thoughts 100% cocoa powder.
vegan millionaire's shortbread

Nutritional Information (per shortbread)

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Carbs: 15.1g
  • Sugar (from natural sources): 9.9g
  • Protein: 1.8g

Recipe for Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread (makes 25)

Ingredients

For the gluten-free shortbread base:
200g gluten-free oats
45g coconut oil
75g good quality maple syrup

For the caramel layer:
300g dates (stones removed)
50g tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons water

For the chocolate topping:
100g coconut oil
60g cocao powder

Method

Line the base of an 8inch baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Start by making the shortbread base.

Blitz the oats in a blender or food processor until they turn into a flour-like consistency.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or over low heat until it turns to liquid. Add the maple syrup and oat flour, and mix everything together until fully combined.

Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and press into an even layer. Place the baking tin in the freezer whilst you make the caramel layer.

Now make the caramel layer.

Melt the coconut oil. Add to a blender food processor along with with the dates and water and blitz until you have a smooth paste.

Take the shortbread base out of the freezer and spread the date caramel on top. Return the baking tin to the freezer.

Now make the chocolate topping.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave in 20-second blasts until it turns to liquid. Add the cocoa powder to the coconut oil and whisk together until smooth. Take the baking tin out of the freezer and pour the chocolate on top.

Place the baking tin in the fridge for at least one hour to set, before slicing into 25 pieces.

Store the vegan millionaire’s shortbread in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to 4 days, or wrap in foil and clingfilm and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

White Chocolate Rocky Road

White chocolate rocky road packed full with cranberries, pistachios, shortbread biscuits and marshmallows. Finished with a scattering of cute rainbow sprinkles!

Rocky road really is the easiest of recipes and such a great way of using up any leftover baking ingredients such as nuts, fruits and biscuits. It’s as simple as melt the chocolate, mix in the rest of the ingredients, chill and slice. Perfect for making with little ones, for a bake-sale, a delicious gift for someone, or to keep in the fridge for when you crave a sweet treat.

White chocolate rocky road

White chocolate rocky road recipe makeovers

You can use this white chocolate rocky road recipe as a quantity guideline and swap out the ingredients depending on what you like or what you have in your cupboards. Here are a few delicious combinations that you could try:

  • Apricot and walnuts
  • Oreo and marshmallows
  • Honeycomb and macadamia nuts
white chocolate rocky road

Ingredients (makes 20 rocky road bites)

500g white chocolate
100g pink and white marshmallows
100g shortbread biscuits
50-75g cranberries
50-75g pistachios
Sprinkles (optional but looks so cute!)

Method

Line an 8inch square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Break the white chocolate up into a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30 second blasts, stirring in-between, until completely smooth. Alternatively you can melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pan on simmering water.

Crush the biscuits up using a rolling pin or using your hands. Add to the melted chocolate, along with the marshmallows, cranberries and pistachios. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to fold everything together.

Transfer the mixture to the baking tin, spread it out into an even layer and scatter over the sprinkles. Put the rocky road in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set.

Slice the rocky road into 20 bites and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.