Healthy Twix Bars

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These healthy Twix bars are vegan and gluten-free – made with an almond flour crust and a date caramel filling. They taste like the real deal and are sure to satisfy your candy craving!

Halloween is right around the corner… is this year flying by for you too?! And I’m so excited to share this recipe for upgraded Twix. It’s surprisingly easy to make and is sure to be a family favorite.

This recipe was actually created by my friend and cookbook author, Liz Moody. She created this Twix recipe for Eating Bird Food and I created Healthy Mounds Bars for her site! 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 stacked on top of each other. They are cut in half and exposing the inside cookie layer.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and made with natural sweeteners.
  • It’s kid-friendly and adult-approved!
  • They taste just like the regular Twix bars, but are loaded with real, whole food ingredients. No artificial ingredients over here!
  • It’s the perfect healthier Halloween treat to make when you’re craving something sweet, but are trying to avoid the store-bought candy.
5 health Twix bars on a piece of brown parchment paper.

Making Twix Bars Healthier

Twix bars have always been one of my favorite candies, along with Reese’s peanut butter cups and Snickers. Ya girl loves her peanut butter! And if we’re being entirely honest, I would still 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 and the caramel is decadently gooey and sweet. They’re an easy way to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy bar, just without the refined sugars or artificial ingredients. Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free!

Ingredients measured out to make healthy Twix bars: vanilla, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil, baking soda, chocolate chips, salt, dates and almond meal/flour.

Here’s What You Need

  • almond meal or almond flour – this is the base of the cookie inside the Twix. Almond flour is more finely ground than almond meal, but either works for this recipe! I haven’t tried a substitute for the flour, but if you need this recipe to be nut-free, oat flour or all-purpose flour could work. Let me know if you try either in the comments below!
  • baking soda – helps the cookies rise.
  • maple syrup – a natural sweetener in the cookie layer. Any liquid sweetener like agave or honey should work well as a substitute.
  • coconut oil – you’ll use coconut oil in the cookie layer and the date caramel sauce.
  • vanilla extract – adds a hint of vanilla to these bars.
  • dates – medjool dates give these Twix bars that distinct caramel flavor. Just pit the dates and soak them in hot water for 10-20 minutes to soften them up. This will be the base of the caramel layer.
  • unsalted almond butter – you’ll add a little almond butter to the caramel mixture for a delicious, sweet, nutty flavor. If you don’t have almond butter on hand you can use cashew butter or peanut butter. Just note that if you use peanut butter it’ll have a stronger flavor. If you’re looking for a nut-free option, you can easily swap out the almond butter with tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • sea salt – to bring the flavors together in the cookies and caramel!
  • chocolate chips – I used Lily’s dark chocolate chips but feel free to use whatever chocolate chips you have on hand. Just make sure they’re vegan if you want the Twix bars to be vegan!
Side by side photos of the shortbread cookie dough in bar shape before being baked. Next photo is a spoon spreading date caramel onto the shortbread cookie.

How to Make Homemade Twix

There are three main parts to this bar: the cookie layer, caramel layer and chocolate! Here’s how to make these Twix bars:

  1. Make cookies: Combine the almond meal, sea salt, baking soda, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract with your hands and press together until everything is well mixed and the “dough” is a ball. Let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Roll the dough into snakes and press them flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking at 325ºF for 15 minutes. When they’re done cooking, let the cookies cool completely before removing from the pan. If you want to take a shortcut, you can press the dough into the bottom of a pan lined with parchment paper and bake right away – this will result in Twix “bars” instead of the traditional candy bar shape.
  2. Make caramel layer: Combine the dates, coconut oil, almond butter, salt and vanilla extract in a food processor or high powered blender until the mixture is really smooth. If you’re using a blender, start on low and increase to high when the mixture is more liquid.
  3. Assemble bars: Spread a generous layer of caramel on top of the cookie layer and place the caramel-topped cookies in the freezer.
  4. Melt chocolate: While your Twix bars are setting in the freezer, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted. Watch your chocolate to make sure it doesn’t burn!
  5. Coat bars: When the chocolate has melted, spoon the chocolate over the bars, making sure to get it around the sides. If you went with the shortcut, spread an even layer atop the caramel and chocolate layer.
  6. Cool and enjoy: Let the bars cool completely and enjoy!
tip!
If you want to take a shortcut, you can press the dough into the bottom of a pan lined with parchment paper and bake right away – this will result in Twix "bars" instead of the traditional candy bar shape.
A hand holding up half of a healthy twix bar, exposing the inside cookie layer with date caramel sauce.

How to Store Twix Bars

These homemade Twix bars store really well in the fridge or freezer! Store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 1-2 months. But trust me, they won’t last this long!

2 Healthy Twix bars cut in half, showing 4 open sides of the crispy cookie and date caramel layers.

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Twix Bars

4 from 27 votes
These healthy Twix bars are vegan, gluten-free – made with an almond flour crust and a date caramel filling. They taste like the real deal and are sure to satisfy your candy craving!
Healthy Twix bars that are cut in half exposing the insides stacked in a pyramid.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

Cookie Layer

  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Caramel Layer

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 – 20 min, then drained
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted almond butter
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocoalte Coating

  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips of choice, I used dark chocolate
  • ½-1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

Cookie Layer:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, 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
    An overhead shot of the ingredients for a cookie layer all mixed together, forming a dough.
  • To make 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.
    Cookie dough shaped into thin wafers in a row on a sheet pan.

Caramel Layer:

  • Using a food processor or blender, process all ingredients together until completely 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.
    Date caramel in a food processor after being processed.

Assembly:

  • 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).
    Baked wafer cookies being topped with date caramel layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • 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!
  • Store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Notes

  • Almond flour: I haven’t tried a substitute for the flour, but if you need this recipe to be nut-free, oat flour or all-purpose flour could work. Let me know if you try either in the comments below!
  • Maple Syrup: Any liquid sweetener like agave or honey should work well as a substitute.
  • Almond butter: If you don’t have almond butter on hand you can use cashew butter or peanut butter. Just note that if you use peanut butter it’ll have a stronger flavor. If you’re looking for a nut-free option, you can easily swap out the almond butter with tahini or sunflower seed butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 132kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 2g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 44mg Potassium: 175mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy twix bars

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    30 comments
    1. Sue Swanson
      October 26, 2021 AT 4:20 pm

      5 stars
      Yum! These took a good bit more work than your usual recipes, but they are worth it! My son is gluten and dairy free, so these are a VERY special treat for him!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 27, 2021 AT 10:50 am

        Happy to hear these twix bars were a success, Sue. Thanks for trying them out and coming back to leave a review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    2. Tanya
      October 25, 2021 AT 5:49 pm

      5 stars
      Love this recipe, it’s so yummy! Thanks for the tip about using a pan instead of making the bars it was easier! My husband loves them too! Was so excited to see a healthier version of a favourite chocolate bar.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2021 AT 1:26 pm

        Yay!! Happy to hear these twix bars were a hit, Tanya. Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Daphne
      May 3, 2021 AT 5:26 pm

      Hi just wanted to ask; did you mean baking powder instead of soda? Thank you!
      Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2021 AT 12:51 pm

        Nope, baking soda!

    4. Crissy
      June 1, 2020 AT 10:50 am

      5 stars
      Delicious!

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

      5 stars
      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

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