3 Ingredient Caramel Shortbread Recipe

a slice of healthy caramel shortbread that's vegan, flour free no bake and easy to make

Easy and healthy no make 3 ingredient caramel shortbread that is full of goodness. No dairy, no flour, no nuts, no oil in this simple recipe.

No one guesses this just has three ingredients from how great this chocolate caramel shortbread slice tastes. Even if someone isn’t into healthy eating they will probably like this nutrient-dense recipe!

the three ingredients for this healthy caramel shortbread is just dates, chocolate and oats

One big tip is to only use enough chocolate to get a very thin coating of the caramel shortbread, as the date caramel is undoubtedly much softer so you can’t put too much pressure when cutting.

This vegan and simple millionaires shortbread can be made raw vegan if you use a bar of raw vegan chocolate. Or you can mix 1/3 cacao, sweetener and cacao butter or coconut butter to easily make your own raw chocolate.

a plate of healthy 3 ingredient date shortbread caramel slices. Super easy recipe that's full of goodness

Although the video makes it look a lot messier than this healthy caramel shortbread is! Half an hour out of the fridge and in the sunlight made it messier in my photos than it will for anyone creating it at home.

Usually after it has been in the fridge for a few hours it’s pretty firm, but still needs wrapping if it’s going in a lunchbox.

date syrup for a healthy treat is made just from dates and water. An amazing healthy caramel that is full of fibre and goodness

I love how easy to make my 3 ingredients healthy caramel shortbread is. The only downside is the date caramel can be a bit messy as it has added water.

You could always reduce the water once the date caramel is made by simmering on the hob, but this is more time consuming and washing up so I use it as it is.

Dates are great for a healthy caramel as they contain healthy fibre and the natural sugars are less likely to cause a sugar spike.

easy chocolate caramel slice made with dark chocolate. No flour or junk in this healthy treat

You can make healthy millionaires shortbread with raisins or other vine fruit if you prefer. I just used dates as over 80% of people polled preferred dates, although every time I make a recipe with dates people always ask what to use instead of dates.

spreading date caramel over a healthy shortbread base. this recipe is cheap to make and high in nutrition.

I use a very high cacao content 90% chocolate to make this healthy millionaire shortbread. I do like the brands that are free of the Emulsifier Sunflower Lecithin. They apparently conch the chocolate for longer rather than add an emulsifier and I believe it gives a smoother taste.

Also a very high cocoa solids chocolate is good as it’s high in antioxidants and low in sugar. But use whatever chocolate you like to suit your tastes.

dark chocolate healthy caramel shortbread, made with a 90% cacao chocolate bar

I’d quite like to make this caramel shortbread recipe with apricots instead for a brighter filling. Although bright orange apricots have been treated with sulfur to preserve this colour and organic apricots are more of a dark brown-orange colour.

healthy shortbread base made from just whole oats and dates. can be made with gluten free dates to be gluten free

I use gluten-free oats to make this millionaires shortbread gluten-free. The rolled oats you buy in the shops are already steam cooked and pressed so are fine to eat once blended.

cutting this healthy chocolate caramel shortbread can be a bit messy. But it tastes so good it's really worth it!

Like all of my healthy vegan recipes think of this no-bake millionaires shortbread as the base recipe to add what you like to it.

melted chocolate on top of a healthy caramel date shortbread

Some examples of how to adapt this recipe

  • Add salt to make salted caramel
  • peanut or other nut butter to make a nutty caramel
  • Use buckwheat instead of oats to be grain-free

Please do share in the comments below if you’ve adapted my healthy millionaires’ shortbread and how it turned out.

healthy vegan shortbread caramel made from oats and not wheat. just 3 natural wholefood ingredients in this recipe
Yield: 12 Caramel Shortbread bites

3 Ingredient Caramel Shortbread

a slice of healthy caramel shortbread that's vegan, flour free no bake and easy to make

Easy no bake vegan caramel shortbread made from just 3 ingredients. This healthy treat is made without any oil, flour or syrups and sweetened just with fruit.

Dates, oats and chocolate are all thats needed to make a healthy millionaire shortbread in a matter of minutes. Can be made with gluten free oats to make a gluten free millionaire shortbread or with another adaptation to be grain free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1.4oz / 40g Chocolate
  • 2 cups / 350g pitted Dates
  • 1 ½ cups / 140g Oats
  • a few tbsp hot water


  1. Blend half of the dates and all of the oats together until they start to stick together. Use a food processor or small jug bullet blender.
  2. Spread the date and oat base mixture for the healthy caramel shortbread in a greaseproof paper lined dish about 10" by 6" / 25cm by 15cm or similar area.
  3. Blend the dates together with a few tbsp of hot water in a small blender jug. Just add 4 tbsp of hot water to start with. Scrape down the sides and continue to blend until a thick date caramel is made, add more water if needed but a tbsp at a time.
  4. Melt 3/4 of the chocolate over hot water, take off the heat then stir in the remaining 1/4 until melted for easy chocolate tempering.
  5. Spoon on the date syrup for the 3 ingredient caramel shortbread over the oat mixture and smooth as much as possible.
  6. Spoon on the chocolate mixture being careful to try to coat as much as possible as there's only a small amount of chocolate for a thin chocolate coating.
  7. Tilt the dish to cover all of the millionaire shortbread with the chocolate.
  8. Place in the fridge for at least 30 mins for the healthy dairy-free treat to firm up.
  9. Remove from the fridge and cut about 4 times horizontally and vertically. Enjoy within a couple of days and keep stored in the fridge as the date caramel will go very soft at room temperature. The longer it's in the fridge the firmer the date caramel shortbread gets.


Be very careful when blending dates as they can be the death of blenders. I've sadly broken many blenders in quite spectacular fashion with smoke billowing out of them.

The moment your blender starts to struggle turn it off. Some not very powerful blenders do struggle with dates and you might be better off using raisins.

If the chocolate is too firm and causes a date caramel spillage warm the knife so that it melts through the chocolate with minimal pressure.

Make sure that your dates are pitted. Some pits can still remain after the pitting process and it will always warn this on a bag of dates. One pit remaining can ruin a whole recipe as it's blended into lots of small but very hard bits.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 2g

Date Free Healthy Caramel Shortbread

I usually make this with raisins at home as I always have some on hand and they aren’t quite as addictive as dates. It turns out more or less the same, but possibly not quite as tasty. This photo is real life when I make the recipe in 3 minutes with minimal care and attention.

3 ingredient healthy chocolate caramel slice using raisins. free of dairy and refined sugar

Easy Chocolate Tempering

I always melt 3/4 of the chocolate, take off the heat then stir in the remaining 1/4 for easy chocolate tempering to get the glossy chocolate look and right snap.

easy chocolate tempering without using a thermometer.

Conching chocolate was invented in 1879 and is a process to grind chocolate over a long period of time so it’s totally smooth and not granular. This chocolate conching can take many days and manufacturers are secretive about their process.

3 ingredient healthy caramel shortbread is made from just dates, oats and chocolate. Easy to make in 5 minutes #vegan #healthyrecipe #healthyeating #healthytread #dairyfree #nobake

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7 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Caramel Shortbread”

  1. I’ve made this twice in two days. Really good and love that there’s no nuts or oil in it. Will be making it often. I used 70% dark chocolate

  2. I love that you mention adding nut butter, what part would you add it to though?
    I’m planning to toast my oats first and use dried apricots. I’ll let you know how it comes out!

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi, I would add it to the caramel, although really it could go in any layer really. The fats work best with the dates to make an even better caramel 🙂

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