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 Liz who writes the blog Sprouted Routes where you’ll find delicious recipes (most of which are gluten free and vegan), travel adventures and more. 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.
Here’s a little more about Liz:
Hey there! I’m Liz, and I’m the woman behind Sprouted Routes, which is all about easy paths to a healthy beautiful life, from delicious, nourishing recipes to healthy tips and travel guides to interviews with some of my favorite wellness superstars. 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!).
And here’s what Liz has to say about the recipe:
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.
These homemade healthy Twix Bars make it easy to have all the scrumptious satisfaction of the candy without gluten, refined sugar or artificial nasties.
1 cup almond meal or almond flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp maple syrup
1.5 tbsp coconut oil
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 – 20 min, then drained
2 tsp coconut oil or ghee
3 tbsp unsalted almond butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
+ 2 cups chocolate chips of choice (I used dark chocolate)
Combine all ingredients, using your hands to press it together until its 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 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes (ideally, until they cool completely) before removing from pan.
Using a food processor(affiliate link) 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.
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. 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! Makes about 16 bars. Store uncovered at room temp for 3 – 4 days.
These are super crisp for the first day or two, and lose a bit of their crispness over time – although they’ll continue to taste super delicious!