Vegan Wagon Wheels (Moon Pies)

Easy vegan wagon wheels biscuits with jam centers. No-bake and made using minimal ingredients, they can also be adapted as gluten-free and nut-free.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes

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closeup of stack of jammy wagon wheels.

These vegan wagon wheels are jammy, delicious, and moreish! If you loved them as a child, I’m sure you’ll adore these. Even if you didn’t like them before, I have a feeling these might win you over!

Just like this recipe for homemade oreos, this no-bake version of the wagon wheel biscuits comes together in just a few easy steps. Consisting of an oaty cookie with a simple raspberry chia jam and naturally sweetened coconut cream filling, and dipped in dairy-free chocolate of course.

What are wagon wheel biscuits?

Wagon wheels originally hail from Australia but are very popular here in Ireland as well as the UK. They consist of a cookie sandwich which is typically filled with marshmallow and jam and then coated in chocolate. They are enjoyed as many different shapes and names across the globe. They are very similar to moon pies, which they are known as in the US. You could also compare them to Danish flødebolle.

What to expect from these cookies

  • Perfect for snacking
  • Incredibly easy to make
  • No-bake
  • Eggless and dairy-free
  • Easily adapted as nut-free and gluten-free
 

close up of homemade jammie wagon wheels.

Ingredients overview

  • Vegan chocolate: You can go for dark or vegan milk chocolate depending on your preference. You could also cover these wagon wheels with some homemade vegan milk chocolate.
  • Rolled oats: Oats for the base of the no-bake cookies. If you’re looking to make these vegan wagon wheels gluten-free, opt for a gluten-free brand of oats. A little sea salt helps to bring out the flavors and balance the sweetness of the cookies.
  • Medjool dates: You could also use other dates for this recipe but I find medjool dates to be the best. If your dates are a little on the drier side, try soaking them in some warm water for an hour before using them.
  • Almond butter: This is used to bind the no-bake cookies. You can use another nut butter, or even tahini to make these wagon wheels nut-free.
  • Raspberries: I usually go for frozen raspberries as they are readily available year-round, but feel free to use fresh raspberries.
  • Pure maple syrup: This is used to sweeten the raspberry chia jam and coconut filling for these vegan wagon wheels. 
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds jellify when added to liquid, acting as a binding agent and making them perfect for healthy homemade jam recipes!
  • Coconut milk: Thick canned coconut milk is whipped up to a fluffy consistency along with some vanilla extract.
 

metal tray with ingredients for making vegan moon pies.

How to make this recipe (with step-by-step images)

(Full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post)

Step 1: Raspberry chia jam

The filling for these vegan wagon wheels consists of an easy homemade raspberry chia jam. To make it either blend or mash your raspberries and maple syrup using a fork.

Then stir in the chia seeds, and refrigerate. The jam needs to chill for a while which will help it to thicken up as the chia seeds soak up some of the moisture from the raspberries.

Step 2: Whipped coconut cream

Meanwhile make the coconut whipped cream, which is as easy as you probably guessed! Simply whisk together coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until thickened. Then place that into the fridge to chill and stiffen up also.

whipped coconut cream in a bowl.

Step 3: No-bake oat cookies

To make the cookies first blend the dry ingredients to a crumb consistency (oats and sea salt). Then add in the wet ingredients (dates and almond butter) and blend until the ingredients come together to form a dough consistency.

Next, roll out the dough and cut cookies out using a cookie cutter. The dough can be a little bit on the sticky side, so I recommend placing it between 2 sheets of parchment paper to prevent it from sticking to your rolling pin and surface.

Step 4: Assembling wagon wheel biscuits

  1. Pipe or spoon coconut cream on half of the oat cookies.
  2. Top with a teaspoon of raspberry chia jam.
  3. Cover with the remaining cookies, being careful not to press down too hard.
  4. Freeze to firm them up.
  5. Coat in melted chocolate.

dipping vegan moon pies in melted chocolate.

Storage instructions

These vegan wagon wheels are best when stored in the fridge. Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

They can also be frozen in an airtight container. Just take them out to sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before serving.

FAQs

Can this recipe be made nut-free?

Yes, just swap the almond butter for tahini or sunflower seed butter. You can also skip the almond butter and just add a couple more dates to help bind the cookies.

Can I make these wagon wheels gluten-free?

Yes, you can make them gluten-free by using GF oat flakes.

Can homemade wagon wheels be frozen? 

Yes, they can be frozen in an airtight container.

stack of vegan moon pies on a vintage metal tray.

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Vegan Wagon Wheels (Moon Pies)

4.86 from 7 votes
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Easy vegan wagon wheels biscuits with jam centers. No-bake and made using minimal ingredients, they can also be adapted as gluten-free and nut-free.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 10

INGREDIENTS

Raspberry chia jam (Makes more than needed for the recipe)

  • 120 g frozen raspberries defrosted, or use fresh
  • 30 g pure maple syrup
  • 30 g chia seeds

Cookies

  • 180 g rolled oats *see recipe notes
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 15 (360g) medjool dates (pitted)
  • 45 g almond butter *see recipe notes

Coconut filling

  • 200 g chilled canned full-fat coconut milk *see recipe notes
  • 30 ml pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Coating

  • 200 g vegan chocolate
  • 15 g coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Raspberry chia jam

  • To make the jam, blitz the raspberries and maple syrup in a blender until smooth or mash them using a fork. Transfer the jam to a jar and mix in the chia seeds. Place in the fridge to set for about an hour.

Coconut filling

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Set the cream mixture aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until it is firm enough to hold its shape.

Cookies

  • Blitz the oat flakes and salt to your food processor until flour consistency. Add the dates and almond butter and blend until the mixture comes together to form a dough consistency.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper about 1 cm thickness. Cut circles out of the dough using a 2 inch cookie cutter and set aside on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Reshape the remaining mixture and repeat until you have used up all of the dough. You should have 20 cookies total.

Assembly

  • Add a dessert spoon or pipe the coconut cream on top of half of the cookies. Add a teaspoon of chia jam on top and then sandwich them with a second oat biscuit. Be careful not to press down too hard as you do not want the filling to ooze out of the sides.
  • Set the biscuits aside in the freezer to firm up for 30 minutes to an hour.

Chocolate coating

  • Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a glass/ceramic bowl and sit on top of a saucepan 1/2 filed with simmering water (bain-marie/water bath). Allow to melt gently and stir.
  • Dip the wagon wheels into the chocolate, using a spoon to coat them completely with chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off before transferring them to a lined tray to set.

RECIPE NOTES

* Coconut milk: refrigerate the tins of coconut milk overnight, then only use the thick cream from the top of the can.
* Rolled oats: use gluten-free oats for GF version.
* Almond butter: use tahini or sunflower seed butter for nut-free version.

 

Storage instructions

These vegan wagon wheels are best when stored in the fridge. Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
They can also be frozen in an airtight container. Just take them out to sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before serving.

NUTRITION

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg
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