Vegan Kit Kat Bars Recipe

This is the best Vegan Kit Kat Bars recipe! Imagine wafer cookies with cream filling dipped in dark chocolate. This will be your new favorite vegan sweet because homemade Kit Kat bars are so easy!

Looking for more vegan candy recipes? Try these Vegan Peanut Butter Cups or these Almond Joy Bites!

A stack of vegan Kit Kat Bars has two at the top that have been chopped in half, revealing the cookie underneath a chocolate coating. There are chocolate chips and more bars in the background.

Give me a break. That’s what the famous commercial says about the candy bar. That’s because the iconic chocolate bar has a snap when you break it. I used to love that candy, but I figured those days were behind me. At least until the day they make a vegan version.

I’m not the kind of person to sit around and wait, so I decided to make my own!

I remembered the days when I would donate blood and the delicious sugar wafer cookies they gave out for free. That’s the one thing about giving blood I’ve always looked forward to. Leave it to me to have food at the forefront of my mind!

I never really thought about just buying those cookies at the store, but all that’s changed! Now I’ve learned dipping them in chocolate magically transforms sugar wafers into Homemade Vegan Kit Kat Bars.

If you love this favorite candy bar, here’s a delicious vegan alternative!

Recipe Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Oil — The coconut oil softens the melted chocolate and gives it a great consistency for dipping. If you don’t like the flavor of coconut, use refined coconut oil
  • Sugar Wafer Cookies — There are many flavor varieties, like peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate, and even strawberry to choose from. See my tips below on finding dairy-free sugar wafers.

How to Make Vegan Kit Kat Bars

It’s easy to make this yummy dark chocolate Kit Kat vegan recipe!

Of course, you can make your own wafers too, but that’s just SO much work. Don’t believe me? Watch this pastry chef attempt to make homemade wafers for Kit Kats. I’m worn out just watching it!

Step One: Prepare the Chocolate

First, you place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container and stir in the coconut oil, making sure each of the chips are coated. Microwave for 22 seconds, then stir. Then microwave for 11 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted.

Chocolate chips are in a glass bowl along with with some coconut oil.

Step Two: Dip Wafers in Chocolate

Then grab one of the sugar wafers and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cookie, until it is thoroughly coated. Place it on the waxed paper. Continue this process until you’re either out of chocolate, or cookies, or you have all the kit kat bars you need.

Marly’s Tips

For bite-sized Kit Kat treats, cut the wafer cookies in half before dipping them.

A hand holds a cookie, dipping it in melted chocolate.

Step Three: Allow the Chocolate to Set

Next, the chocolate needs to set. You can either place the cookie sheet full of chocolate-covered bars on the counter at room temperature or place it in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. The fridge will speed up this process greatly.

That’s all it takes to make homemade vegan kit kats. Do your best not to eat them all at once!

Why is it called a Kit Kat?

There is a history to the use of the term Kit Kat. It was referred to as cake served at a political meeting at a club called the Kit-Kat. The owner must have thought the name was catchy because it was used to launch a line of chocolates. Learn more about the history of the Kit Kat Bar.

Are Kit Kats Vegan?

The typical store-bought Kit Kat Bars are made with milk chocolate, and that’s not vegan. There are some varieties of milk chocolate that are made with plant-based milk, but the milk chocolate used in Kit Kats have dairy in them. However, you can make your own homemade vegan kit kats.

Are Dark Chocolate Kit Kats Dairy Free?

It’s truly disappointing that the Dark Chocolate Kit Kat bars are not dairy-free. That’s because even the dark chocolate used by Hershey’s is made with dairy. Let’s hope someday they’ll make the easy switch to remove dairy in their dark chocolate. I believe it’s on their radar because they are now making dairy-free chocolate chips.

Storage Tips

I recommend storing these in the fridge to keep them fresh longer and to keep the chocolate crispy. They will keep up to 10 days in the fridge. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

Dairy-Free Sugar Wafers

Many of you have asked how to find dairy-free sugar wafers, so I thought I’d leave some links to my favorite products. I’m lucky that I can find these in my local grocery store, but it’s always nice to have an online resource for favorite products too!

These Voortman Bakery Vanilla Wafers are a favorite of mine. The grocery store near my home has these with a peanut butter filling that is so good! But the vanilla flavor is great too and tastes amazing dipped in chocolate!

I also like these Biscos Creme Filled Sugar Wafers. Of course, anything dipped in chocolate is pretty good, but the crisp in a sugar wafer is the best!

Finally, Keebler is always a favorite when it comes to sugar wafers. Keebler sugar wafers come in a variety of flavors too, like strawberry, chocolate, and even vanilla. So, it’s nice to try the different flavors.

More Chocolate-Coated Recipes

If you love chocolate-coated recipes, you’ll definitely want these on your list:

A hand holds a chocolate-coated cookie over a stack of more of them. Some are cut in half, showing the cookie inside the chocolate coating.

I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A stack of vegan Kit Kat Bars has two at the top that have been chopped in half, revealing the cookie underneath a chocolate coating. There are chocolate chips and more bars in the background.

Vegan Kit Kat Bars

Make your own homemade Vegan Kit Kats using this simple, tasty recipe! These chocolate-covered, cream-filled wafer cookies make you feel like you're eating a favorite candy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 20 sugar wafer cookies (vanilla or multi-flavored will work (check the label to make sure it’s free of dairy products)

Instructions

  • Tear off a piece of wax paper and place it over a cookie sheet.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container and stir in the coconut oil, making sure the chips are coated. Microwave for 1 minute, then set aside for 1 – 2 minutes. Stir the mixture. If the chocolate is not fully melted, heat for another 20 seconds.
  • Grab one of the sugar wafers and either dip it into the chocolate using your fingers, or use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cookie. Make sure it is thoroughly coated. Gently swipe the cookie across the edge of the bowl holding the melted chocolate, to remove any excess chocolate. Place the bar on the waxed paper. Continue this process until all the cookies are coated.
  • Place the cookie sheet full of still wet chocolate covered kit kat bars in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.
  • Store vegan kit kat bars in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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Notes

These dairy-free vanilla wafers can be used for this recipe
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Kit Kat Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2013 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

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13 Responses to Vegan Kit Kat Bars Recipe

    • You are so right, Steve. It IS ridiculous that this was so simple and it took me SO long to write about it!

      Um, are you related to Jim Gaffigan? Or…maybe you are Jim Gaffigan in disguise? If so…love your work!

  1. Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one!!!! Even when I had a tb test so I could volunteer in my kids’ school, the needle went in and immediately I began hearing the rushing air sounds, and the lights, and the cold sweat. So, yeah, recovery in the walk-in clinic for awhile.

  2. Haven’t made them yet but is there a dairy free wafer recipe or a website in the uk where you can buy the dairy free wafers, I’ve checked Tesco and couldn’t find any

    • Hi Donald. Here in the states we have Keebler which makes a dairy-free sugar wafer. Biscos and Voortman are two other brands that makes a dairy-free sugar wafer. I’ll update the post to leave Amazon links to these products. Can you use Amazon to buy these products in the UK?

    • Thanks Ilynem! I’m so glad you like this recipe. I agree — and I found I like these even better – because more creamy filling!

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