Paleo Homemade Twix Bars
These Paleo Homemade Twix bars are a health(ier) take on a classic candy bar that I’ve always loved! You are going to LOVE the short bread, and don’t even get me started on that caramel layer!!! Plus you don’t have to get involved in the whole Right Twix V. Left Twix debate. I never understood that anyway. But this dessert is insanely delicious, and it’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo Friendly
What Makes These Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo?
In case you are not quite familiar with what each of these diets means. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. So gluten-free avoids all of those items. Dairy-Free often refers to people who avoid the lactose commonly in cows milk. This is why people some people can drink Lactaid milk or eat goats cheese and not feel sick. However, some people are also sensitive to the protein whey dairy, so they need to avoid ALL dairy products. Paleo is a diet that focuses on eating whole real unprocessed foods and avoids foods that commonly cause inflammation, including refined sugar, legumes, grains, dairy, and wheat. Vegans avoid anything made from animal or animal by-products, so they also avoid dairy. Other animal based products commonly found in desserts that vegans avoid are eggs and honey.
What the hell is even these Paleo Homemade Twix Bars? Maple syrup is the natural sweetener, we sub almond butter for traditional peanut butter. Coconut oil adds tons of healthy dairy-free fats. Almond flour is a great wheat flour substitute for the shortbread, and Enjoy Life dairy free dark chocolate tops it all off. Because how can you not have chocolate?
Twix and Shout
Twist and shout, that’s how excited Twix make me! Despite my hatred of their right vs. left ad campaign, they are one of my top 5 candies. Chunky, Take 5, and obviously, Reeses are also entirely on the list. One day I’ll get to making a healthier version of all my favorites. I think butterfingers will be the most challenging. How do they get those crispy flaky layers? I wouldn’t even know where to start with that one.
The problem with some of these recipes is that they are loaded with so many chemically altered ingredients that it can be hard to recreate it exactly with real foods. But I guess that’s the point, they use these flavors and chemicals because they know you’ll be addicted and can’t replicate them in nature. That being said this is not a 100% perfect replica. Especially if you use the almond butter instead of peanut butter, but it’s pretty close. It will definitely satisfy your Twix Tooth if you have dietary restrictions that prevent you from being able to enjoy the original.
Why Do We Love Candy So Much Anyway?
Addiction is a powerful word, often used to callously. I probably say several times a week that I’m addicted to 90 Day Fiance. But experts agree sugar addiction is real. There is a physical component that makes you continue to the bad pattern, despite terrible consequences. It releases the opiate receptors in our brain, which release all of our feel-good hormones. This is where most dependencies come from. (Opiate receptors think opioids cocaine, heroine oxys etc). That temporary rush of feel-good hormones, makes you forget about all the negative things that will soon follow.
If you like to nerd out like I do, this Pub Med Study goes into great detail about the relationship between sugar and our brain chemistry. Ever wonder why people eat the Oreo Cream first? A Princeton study on sugar addiction found that rats do the same thing, and it’s believed to be because there is a higher concentration of sugar in the cream. The more sugar, the quicker the effects, so rats like humans go in for the fastest high. Aren’t our brains a fascinating piece of machinery?!
What are the Ingredients?
- Almond Flour
- Almond Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Maple Syrup
- Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
How Do You Make It?
- First step is make the shortebread, mix all shortbread ingredients together, press into a pan and bake. Let cool.
- While that cools make the carmel layer. Add carmel ingredients to a sauce pan, until they melt together. Pour on top of shortbread. Let cool.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together, pour on top of carmamel layer. Add sea salt. Cool. Serve and enjoy 🙂
Helpful Equipment and Ingredients (Directly from Amazon)
Tips, Recs & Subs
- Almond Butter. My go to brand is Jutsins two ingredient almond butter, it’s also one of the more affordable ones. Order here directly off amazon. if you are not following any dietary restrictions, you can make this with peanut butter. It will be more of an exact replica of a Twix bar!
- Coconut Oil – Make sure that once it’s melted, you allow it cool before you add it to the dish.
- Almond flour – This is the almond flour that I use and love. It’s so much cheaper to order here through amazon than get our local food store.
- Don’t have Vanilla Extract? Make from home in just 30 Minutes in the Instantpot!
- Chocolate – I always use Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free and allergen-friendly chocolate. Not sponsored by them, just a brand that I really stand behind.
- After baking, make sure you let the crust cool for at least 15 minutes before adding the caramel layer.
- After you add the caramel layer, you’ll need to let the whole thing cool in the fridge for up to an hour. If you can’t wait (and who could blame you, you want to eat these bad boys ASAP), you can allow to cool in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
- When you add the chocolate layer, I also recommend adding some sea salt on top. It enhances that sweet & salty combo.
- Store these bars in the fridge. If they even last that long 🙂
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Paleo Homemade Twix Bars
- 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil that has been melted and cooled
- 2 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of salt.
Almond Caramel Layer
- 2/3 Cup Almond Butter
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Dairy Free)
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Make the ShortBread Layer
- Preheat Oven to 350. Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl add all shortbread ingredients, mix with a fork until a thick crumbly texture forms. Add to pan and use your fingers to press into the pan evenly. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool before adding next layer.
- Add all ingredients to a small pan on the stove, cook over medium-low heat. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Ingredients should be well combined and start to bubble slightly. Pour over cooled crust.
- Place in fridge for 30 minutes-1hour to let caramel layer cool completely. If you are in a rush. Freeze for 20 minutes.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil, can do this in the microwave for 30 second intervals mixing in between each round. Pour over Caramel. Use a spoon to make sure the layer is evenly spread. Top with extra sea salt (optional) Place in fridge until chocolate has completely cooled.
- Cut in half. Cut each half into 8 long bars (not squares), should be 16 bars total. Enjoy. Store in fridge until ready to eat!
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