Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread

Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s shortbread is such a decadent and indulgent treat, I was so interested to try out a healthier version. So I’ve made a fully vegan, and totally tasty version of this popular dessert. They aren’t that much different from the regular kind, the base is a delicious shortbread and they’re covered in rich dark chocolate. The main difference is the caramel which is made from dates and maple syrup. These yummy little bites are also totally dairy free, and they can easily be adapted to be gluten free too!

Step by step…

To make the biscuit base I started by mixing the dairy free butter and sugar together until creamy. Then I added the vanilla extract, plain flour and salt. Once they were mixed together I pressed it into the bottom of the tin and baked it for 15 minutes.

For the caramel layer I put the dates, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt into a pan and brought it to the boil for 3 minutes. I took it off the heat, added the vanilla extract, then whizzed it into a puree with a hand blender.

I smoothed it on top of the biscuit base and put it into the fridge to set.

For the chocolate topping I melted the dark chocolate, poured it on top of the date caramel layer and put it back in the fridge to set.

Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Damn these little squares of Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread are so moreish! The biscuit base is perfectly crumbly, the date caramel is unbelievably good – it’s so sweet and creamy, and the dark chocolate topping compliments the sweetness perfectly. I’ll definitely be making this Vegan Millionaire’s Shortbread again!

Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

My boyfriend thought they were absolutely delicious, and he said he’d never have guessed they were vegan friendly. He would’ve scoffed the lot if he’d had his way!

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Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread

Shortbread base, date caramel filling, dark chocolate topping
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: vegan
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: thebakingexplorer


For the biscuit base layer

  • 100 g Dairy free spread
  • 60 g Caster sugar
  • 150 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For the caramel filling layer

  • 350 g Dates pitted
  • 125 ml Almond milk
  • 25 ml Maple syrup
  • 150 g Coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the chocolate topping layer

  • 200 g Vegan dark chocolate


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/325F/Gas Mark 3 and line a 9" square tin with baking paper
  • Mix the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy
  • Mix in the vanilla
  • Mix in the plain flour and salt and form the mixture into a dough
  • Then press it into the bottom of the tin and bake for 15 minutes
  • For the caramel layer put the dates, almond milk, maple syrup and coconut oil into a pan and bring it to the boil, let it boil for 3 minutes
  • Take it off the heat and add the vanilla extract. Blend into a puree with a hand blender - be very careful as the mixture will be very hot! Smooth it on top of the biscuit base and put it back into the fridge
  • For the chocolate topping melt the dark chocolate then pour it on top of the caramel layer
  • Put it back in the fridge to set. Once fully set, remove from the tin and cut it into squares. Cut gently with a knife dipped in warm water to avoid the top from cracking
  • Store in the fridge and eat within 1 week
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NB. Filling recipe from BBC Good Food.

If you like this, check out more of my Millionaire Shortbread recipes!

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14 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Yum! Those sound amazing! Not to mention the “hidden” serving of dates that you get with them. I may have to try this one. 🙂

    1. I’m enjoying trying out lots of new recipes and techniques as I explore the world of vegan baking! Going to try and do one recipe a month!

  2. I don’t do vegan baking, but these look delicious. I’ll be pinning this recipe. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best Linkup. Hope to see more of you.

  3. This sounds like the perfect millionaire’s shortbread. I normally find it far too sweet, so this sounds ideal – as well as being that little bit healthier. Thanks for sharing with #WeShouldCocoa. Pinned.

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