This recipe combines rich, salty caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans ... doesn't that sound divine? These decadent desserts also look pretty fancy, so if you have a party to go to, these are the thing to make! The toughest part is resisting the urge to keep them to yourself.

Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars [Vegan]

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  • 1 1/2 cups vegan butter 
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided in half
  • 1 3/4 cups cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line your baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Beat 1 1/4 cups vegan butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix together until a dough forms.
  3. Press into your prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cane sugar, agave, molasses, remaining butter, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla with 1/4 cup water. Stir until the cane sugar has dissolved.
  5. Once the mixture begins to bubble, stir in the coconut milk. The caramel will slowly thicken for 10-15 minutes- use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature and remove from heat once the caramel reaches about 240°F.
  6. Immediately pour the caramel over the prepared crust and top with pecans, chocolate, and coarse sea salt.
  7. Let the bars cool completely before cutting and serving.


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  1. I made these last night and they\’re amazingly sweet, salty, fatty, and gooey – no one at work knows they\’re vegan!

    And pssst!! This recipe is from Street Vegan by Adam Sobel – give a little credit!!

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