Vegan Smores bars are the perfect summer treat. These have a buttery graham cracker crust, melty chocolate middle, and gooey sweet marshmallow to top it off. Gooey s’mores bars are a favorite campfire treat with no campfire required.
Vegan S’mores Bars
S’mores Bars are a family favorite around here.
Everyone gets a little excited when they hear I am making them.
Something about the crunchy graham crackers, melted chocolate, gooey marshmallow combo get me.
The perk of this recipe is you get the delicious flavor of classic s’mores in a WAY less messy version.
I like traditional smores, but anyone with children knows how much fun smores night can be.
The sheer mess of melted marshmallows and chocolate and don’t even get me started on the fire part.
It’s enjoyable making smores. I am not a total grinch.
But if I can make my life easier at times, I will!
This recipe is super easy to throw together and always impresses people.
One time we had these at a 4th of July BBQ; my friend wasn’t really into smores and wasn’t going to try them. When she decided to try them, and it was game over for her.
The remaining bars were brought out with us to do fireworks.
She now forever loves these smores bars.
Another friend made them for her son’s 1st birthday; it was a camping theme and ADORABLE!
Can you double this recipe?
This recipe as is only makes an 8×8 pan, but it does double perfectly for a 9×13 recipe, and that’s typically how I make it.
Are marshmallows vegan?
Typically marshmallows are not vegan because they contain gelatin. However, they have gelatin-free vegan marshmallows available.
Vegan marshmallows can be a little hard to find if you don’t live next to a Trader Joes or Whole foods.
Whole foods almost always carry Dandies vegan marshmallows.
Trader joe’s marshmallows are also fantastic, and they have mini ones and regular-sized ones depending on the time of year.
What size marshmallows are best for these gooey s’mores bars?
I like to use the mini vegan marshmallows for this recipe, but you can also use the regular-sized marshmallows.
I cut the large marshmallows into fours to distribute them better.
Are graham crackers vegan?
A lot of graham crackers contain honey which makes them not vegan.
Not every vegan doesn’t eat honey, so that is up to you.
However, they do make several brands of honey-free graham crackers.
Nabisco in the red box are vegan, and some store brands are also. Take a look at the back of the package before purchasing.
Are all chocolate chips vegan?
No, most actually aren’t. Make sure you read the back of your chocolate chip package to know whether it’s vegan or not. You will typically see milk fat as an ingredient that isn’t vegan.
My favorite vegan chocolate chips are either the enjoy life brand, trader Joe semi-sweet, or occasionally Costco will carry them in a Kirkland brand white bag.
If you’re looking for more of a milk chocolate flavor, go with the enjoy-life chocolate chips. Most other brands will be more of a dark chocolate chip.
If you can’t find vegan chocolate chips feel free to use a vegan chocolate bar. You can cut it up into small chocolate squares and use it just like the chips.
Can you make these vegan smores bars gluten-free?
Yes, you can sub out the flour for all-purpose gluten-free flour and get gluten-free graham crackers.
What ingredients do I need for these easy vegan s’mores bars?
Made with simple ingredients- check out the recipe card for the amounts
- vegan butter
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- non-dairy milk
- vanilla extract
- all purpose flour
- vegan graham crackers
- baking powder
- vegan chocolate chips
- vegan mini marshmallows
How do I make this vegan s’mores bar recipe?
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, take your 8×8 square pan, and line it with either parchment paper or tin foil, so there is a bit of an overhang off the sides of the pan and spray it lightly with cooking spray, set this aside.
Take your stand or hand mixer and a large bowl and cream the vegan butter and sugars.
Once that’s creamed, add your non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt- mix this in.
Then add your graham cracker crumbs and your flour.
Mix until incorporated. This will look like cookie dough.
Take half the dough and press it into your prepared pan
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
While it’s cooking, get your mini marshmallows or cut full ones into fours.
Spread the vegan chocolate chips or chopped-up vegan chocolate bars and fluffy vegan marshmallows over the top of the precooked crust evenly.
Then take the remainder of the dough and crumble it over the top.
I like to smush the top into it, so it stays on when you go to eat it.
Bake for an additional 12-14 minutes.
You don’t want to overbake these. They will cook some when cooling.
You want to let them sit for a couple of hours for easy moving and before trying to cut them.
They may fall apart if you try to move them too soon.
How do you store these?
These are best stored in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 5 days. They taste best in the first couple of days. We have brought these camping many times, and they have held up great if they aren’t in direct sunlight.
If you’re looking for a different sweet treat for summer dessert recipes, here are some!
- AMAZING Trifle!
- Vegan S’mores Brownies
- Delicious Vegan Berry Bars
- Vegan Ice Cream Drumsticks
- Vegan Magic Bars
- 1 stick Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 TB plant milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup white flour
- 1 package (1 cup ish) graham crackers, into crumbs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-2 cups vegan chocolate chips
- 3 cups vegan mini marshmallows
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, grease or foil, and grease an 8x8 pan set aside.
- Take your stand or hand mixer and cream together the butter and sugars. Once that's creamed, add your plant milk, vanilla, baking powder, and salt- mix. Then add your graham cracker crumbs and your flour. Mix until incorporated. This will look like cookie dough.
- Take half the dough and press it into your prepared pan—Cook in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
- While it's cooking, get your mini marshmallows or cut full ones into fours. Spread the chocolate chips and marshmallows over the top of the precooked crust evenly. Then take the remainder of the dough and crumble it over the top. I like to smush the top into it, so it stays on when you go to eat it.
- Cook for an additional 12-14 minutes. You don't want to overbake these. They will cook some when cooling. You want to let them sit for a couple of hours for easy moving. They may fall apart if you try to move them too soon.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 53gProtein: 5g
The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.
General S’mores questions-
Can vegans eat S’mores?
Yes, they can as long as the right ingredients are used. The common things to look for are that the graham crackers don’t have honey, the chocolate is dairy-free, and the marshmallows are gelatin-free.
Why are S’mores called S’mores?
S’mores made their debut in a Cookbook in the 1920s, and they weren’t always called smores. They were called a graham cracker sandwich.
However, it was prepared the same way as we know smores today to be. That 1920 recipe stated the boys and girl scouts were already using this recipe regularly.
About seven years later, the Girl scouts renamed the recipe in a publication calling it “Some more,” the same recipe different name.
Ten years later, another cookbook blended the “some more” to “S’mores” as we know it today. Because everyone wants “some more” smores once they eat it. (reference)
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