Healthy Twix Bars

These homemade healthy Twix bars are made with an almond flour crust, date caramel and coated in chocolate. A wholesome treat to satisfy your candy craving!

I can’t get over the fact that Halloween is pretty much here (where the heck did October go!?).

Oh well, I’m still excited about today’s treat-filled post. I’m partnering up with my friend and cookbook author, Liz Moody. To celebrate the season she and I decided we’d both make a healthy, homemade version of our favorite Halloween candy. Turns out they’re both gluten-free, free of refined sugar, vegan and paleo-friendly! How’s that for a treat?

Here you’ll find the recipe for Liz’s Healthy Twix Bars and if you head over to her blog you’ll find my Healthy Mounds Bars. Isaac and I are obsessed with the homemade Mounds Bars so I have a feeling you’re going to love them as well.

Healthy Twix Bars -- The almond meal cookie layer is crispy and rich, with the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They're an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy -- and they're vegan, and free of any gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.

Here’s a little more about Liz:

Hey there! I’m Liz. My recipes are all about bold, interesting flavor combinations, wrapped in a simple, accessible package – I don’t believe you have to slave away or stress to create a meal that will wow.  I’m obsessed with finding ways to make decadent sweets healthy – I’m looking at you, Snickers Pie!

When I’m not whipping up healthy recipes, you can find me exploring unknown territory both in my hometown of San Francisco and abroad, sailing (I took my first steps on a sailboat!) and cuddling Isabella, otherwise known as the world’s most cosmopolitan cat (she’s now lived in London, NYC, and SF!).

Healthy Twix Bars -- The almond meal cookie layer is crispy and rich, with the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They're an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy -- and they're vegan, and free of any gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.
Healthy Twix Bars -- The almond meal cookie layer is crispy and rich, with the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They're an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy -- and they're vegan, and free of any gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.

Making Twix Bars Healthier

Twix bars were always my favorite candy – if we’re being entirely honest, I still used to sneak a bite every now and then, even in my health-obsessed adult life. Once I created this recipe, though, there was no longer a need because these are straight up amazing.

The almond meal cookie layer is crispy and rich, with the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They’re an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy – and they’re vegan, and free of any gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.

Healthy Twix Bars -- The almond meal cookie layer is crispy and rich, with the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They're an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy -- and they're vegan, and free of any gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.

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If you make these homemade healthy Twix bars, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Healthy Twix Bars (vegan, gluten-free)


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

These homemade healthy Twix bars are made with an almond flour crust, date caramel and coated in chocolate. A wholesome treat to satisfy your candy craving!


Ingredients

Cookie Layer

  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Caramel Layer

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 1020 min, then drained
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted almond butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocoalte Coating

  •  1-2 cups chocolate chips of choice (I used dark chocolate) + 1/2-1 Tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

Cookie Layer:

  1. Combine all ingredients, using your hands to press it together until it is well mixed and a ball shape. Let sit in fridge for 10 minutes. If you’d like to do the easier option, simply press dough into bottom of a parchment lined 8×8″ pan; if you’d like to do traditional Twix shapes, roll dough into snakes and press snakes flat on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place shaped dough in freezer for 15 minutes before baking at 325°F degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes (ideally, until they cool completely) before removing from pan.

Caramel Layer:

  1. Using a food processor or blender, process all ingredients together until very very smooth. If you’re using a blender, it helps to start on a “low” setting until everything is more liquidy, then switching to “high” to get rid of any chunks.

Assembly:

  1. Spread a generous layer of the caramel on top of cookie layer; place caramel-topped cookies in freezer while you melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. (I did 1 cup chocolate chips  + 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil).
  2. Spoon chocolate over bars, making sure to swipe it around the sides, or simply spread an even layer atop the caramel and cookie layer if using 8×8″ pan. Let cool completely and enjoy!
  3. Makes about 16 bars. Store uncovered at room temp for 3 – 4 days, in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Notes

  • Unless you store these in the fridge or freezer, they will lose a bit of their crispness over time.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 47mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

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    24 comments
    1. Crissy
      June 1, 2020 AT 10:50 am

      Delicious!

    2. Marina
      November 9, 2019 AT 6:01 pm

      My husband’s response when he tried one? “oh, wow”. I’d agree. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but these are delectable! I’ll have to buy a food processor, because it took forever to blend the date caramel in the mixer I have.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 10, 2019 AT 7:08 pm

        I’m so glad both you and your husband enjoyed these twix bars, Marina! And thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    3. Nic
      May 24, 2018 AT 8:06 pm

      Oh my goodness me….. these were absolutely delicious. Even my son enjoyed them and he is unbelievable fussy.

      I will definitely be making these again! Get in my belly.

    4. cynthia |what a girl eats
      October 19, 2016 AT 9:54 am

      Love that you’ve adapted a classic candy bar and made it healthier!

    5. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
      October 18, 2016 AT 11:16 am

      Ok, so now I don’t need an excuse to get my sweet fix! These look so yummy and healthy!! Perfect timing for this recipe since I feel like I’m surrounded by temptation:)

    6. Heather Kinnaird
      October 18, 2016 AT 10:55 am

      I LOVE twix, and cannot wait to try a healthier version!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 18, 2016 AT 11:51 am

        Yay! You will love this version. 🙂

    7. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen
      October 18, 2016 AT 8:34 am

      I love twix! Can’t wait to try it!

    8. Alice
      April 16, 2016 AT 7:23 pm

      Can’t wait to try these! My favorite candy 🙂 Can you give calorie info for these? Thanks!

    9. Elaina Newton (@TheRisingSpoon)
      January 18, 2016 AT 2:55 pm

      Oh my gosh, these look amazing! Twix bars are one of my favorite candy bar indulgences, but they are so sweet and full of a bunch of junk. I wish I had a pile of these in front of me right now to munch on!

    10. Jess Carey
      November 4, 2015 AT 4:56 pm

      These look gorgeous!! I love the sound of the almond meal cookie, even just on its own!

    11. Heather
      November 1, 2015 AT 5:39 pm

      Hi! I just wanted to let you know the directions were a bit confusing under the “caramel layer”. When the directions said, “put all ingredients in a food processor and blend”, I included everything… Including the chocolate chips! After I realized the 2 cups of chocolate chips were intended for the top layer! I noticed the “+chocolate chips” on the blog site, but on my blog lovin’ app, there was no “+”.

      Hopefully they turn out just as delicious!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2015 AT 1:42 pm

        Oh no! I’m sorry about that. I hope they still turned out!!

    12. Cara’s Healthy Cravings
      October 26, 2015 AT 8:48 pm

      Can’t wait to give these a go!!

    13. athleticavocado
      October 26, 2015 AT 5:18 pm

      twin are one of my favs! I don’t think i would be able to share these because i’d probably eat them all in one sitting! Gonna check out your recipe now!

    14. Chrissa – Physical Kitchness
      October 26, 2015 AT 4:37 pm

      Oh my gosh these look DIVINE and surprisingly easy to make! Twix are my second favorite (Almond Joys being the first). This homemade, healthy version would be a hit at Christmas time too!

    15. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny
      October 26, 2015 AT 1:37 pm

      These look amazing Brittany! Can’t wait to make them myself! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2015 AT 5:52 pm

        Do it! I need to make a batch as well.

    16. taramdeal
      October 26, 2015 AT 12:19 pm

      These look soooooo good. May have to make for a Halloween get together!

    17. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      October 26, 2015 AT 9:18 am

      Omg these look absolutely fabulous! I love Twix!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2015 AT 11:01 am

        Don’t they? I can’t wait to make them myself!! 🙂

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