Paleo Homemade Twix Bars

Paleo Homemade Twix Bars

These Paleo Homemade Twix bars are a health(ier) take on a classic candy bar that I’ve always loved! If you are not familiar with Paleo, you can read all the details on my post What is Paleo. But in a short summary, there is no refined sugar, no gluten, grains, legumes or dairy. I know what you’re thinking! 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? 

Current Updates

I’ve been doing these little updates since the Coronavirus started. I don’t even know if people are reading them, but it makes me feel better to get everything off my chest. Yesterday I mentioned how I’ve been slowly incorporating healthy habits in each week or so. Adding new habits slowly has given my body some time to adjust to a new one before I add everything at once. A month ago, I put morning yoga every day on my list of better habits.

paleo homemade twix bars being cut with knife

I am happy to say that I stuck to that! I am so glad to report that today I completed Yoga with Kassandras, 30 day Morning Yoga Challenge. Her videos are all FREE on Youtube, and this series is especially great 10-15 minutes of stretching, and yoga doesn’t seem like a lot, but 100% notice a difference in my flexibility and strength. I can hold my planks for longer, get deeper into all my poses and feel my arms toning up. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I am going to keep it going and start over from day 1! I hope that some of you will join me! 

Twix & Shout

Twist and shout, that’s how excited Twix make me! I love them! I never understood their right vs. left ad campaign. But even despite that, 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.

twix bars healthier version from above

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.

Candy Facts

Addiction is a powerful word, often used to calluslly. 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.

paleo homemade twix bars shot from above cut into small pieces

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?!

Tips, Recs, Subs

  • Almond Butter. My go to brand is Jutsins 2 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 🙂 
paleo candy chocolate shortbread

You can have all the ingredients delivered to you directly from Whole Foods with FREE DELIVERY in 2 hours or less, through Amazon Prime. Make sure you use this link for a free 30-day trial. If you are low income and receive EBT or other government benefits, you may qualify for a reduced rate of $5.99/month.

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Paleo Homemade Twix Bars

These Twix Bars have that delicious shortbread, caramel and chocolate that you love. They are gluten and refined sugar free, vegan, and paleo. Made with almond butter instead of peanut butter.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Freezer Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert, snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars

Ingredients
  

Shortbread Base

  • 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

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Dairy Free)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

Instructions
 

Make the ShortBread Layer

  • Preheat Oven to 350. Line an 8×8 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.

Caramel 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.

Chocolate Layer

  • 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.

Twix Bars

  • 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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