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Healthy Twix Bars (vegan, gluten-free)

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!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy twix bars
Servings: 16
Calories: 199kcal

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 10 - 20 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:

  • 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 8x8" 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:

  • 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:

  • 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).
  • 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 8x8" pan. Let cool completely and enjoy!
  • 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.

Nutrition

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