Healthy Twix bars that can be put together with just a few ingredients, and without baking. My version is a bit different with the cookie layer is an easy creamy shortbread, the caramel layer is a healthy fudge, and all coated in melted dark chocolate shell. High in protein, mood-boosting magnesium, immunity-strong antioxidants and fiber. A healthy copycat version of a popular candy bar!
Healthy Twix Bars
Healthy Twix bars made with just four ingredients, ingredients that are relatively healthy and found in your pantry probably.
This is in sharp contrast to the processed commercial candy which is full of unpronounceable ingredients that are not dairy free or vegan or refined sugar free or remotely good for you.
One reason this version is healthier is because it's lower in sugar and all ingredients are low processed whole foods.
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How Do You Make Twix From Scratch?
Pretty easy using my recipe here! Just melt some chocolate, use a spoon to coat the inside of rectangular molds, mix up a shortbread recipe and press that in as a cookie layer. Then make a caramel or in my case, fudge layer, and pour that on top of the shortbread layer.
Make is all smooth and even, and pour on more melted chocolate to seal the deal! Freeze and tada! You have a healthy Twix bar.
Make My Twix Bars Without A Mold
Still easy! Just use a loaf pan. Double the recipe for a loaf pan though. To make this recipe without a mold, don't melt the chocolate first, instead mix up the layers and press them into a parchment lined loaf pan. Freeze, and cut into squares. Now melt the chocolate and dip squares and freeze. Easy!
What Ingredients Are Best For Homemade Twix
In my opinion, these four are best:
1. Almond Flour. The golden boy for making my 2-ingredient shortbread cookies in my book. It tastes like a cookie straight out of the bag, and is soooo healthy, all the goodness of almonds. No other flour can be substituted. High in protein and fiber.
2. Maple Syrup. Liquid sweetener, and adds a glorious caramel flavor to the cookie filling but if you prefer another liquid sweetener, try it! High in essential minerals.
3. Shredded Coconut. Blend this for a few minutes to create coconut butter. Yes, you can buy jars of ready made coconut butter, but if you have a high speed blender, buying inexpensive shredded coconut (NOT flaked) is so much more cost effective. High in fiber and coconut meat nutrients.
4. Chocolate, two forms. Cacao powder and dark chocolate. Cacao powder is the raw version of unsweetened cocoa which is more processed and thus less healthy. The cacao powder is used in the inner fudge layer. You can use unsweetened cocoa however regarding texture and taste of this recipe. For the coating, this recipe also requires dark chocolate either in bar form or as chocolate chips. To make sure the chocolate is healthiest, choose a dark chocolate that has at least 70% cacao in it. Both are high in antioxidants and mood-boosting magnesium.
Tips To Make This Recipe Perfect
1. Don't substitute the flour
2. Be sure your shredded coconut is fresh
3. Taste test each mixture to see if you feel it is sweet enough.
4. Use either a mold or a loaf pan. If you use a loaf pan, you'll need a sharp knife to cut it into squares. This brand is awesome.
5. Enjoy your healthy twix bars!
Can You Buy Just The Cookie Part of Twix?
That question comes up a lot apparently on google, and I don't know the answer but I DO know you can make the cookie part of Twix. At least, my cookie layer. And I do, I use it as a cookie recipe in my book, "Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients". I use it as a protein sugar cookie there, that can be cut into shapes for the holidays, or even pressed with Nordic cookie presses. Check out my book, if interested, as an eBook, paperback and hardcover.
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Healthy Twix Bars (4-ingredients, vegan)
- ½ cup almond flour (Use finely ground almond flour)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (Use pure maple syrup, not the one with additives)
- pinch sea salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Melt the chocolate chips in a pyrex measuring cup in the microwave at 60 seconds.
- Use a small spoon to spread the melted chocolate all around the inside of each well of a rectangular mold. I used a mold with rectangles about three inches long. I linked to a similar one in the ingredients, with each well being about 3-inches long by 1-inch deep.
- Set coated mold in freezer while you make layers.
Make Cookie Layer
- Mix the cookie mixture in a blender until smooth. Press into the mold wells and flatten.
Make Fudge Caramel Layer
- Add the shredded coconut to the blender, and process 3-4 minutes until you have coconut butter - it will be about half as much as shredded coconut you added. So if you added 1 cup, you will end up with ½ cup of coconut butter.
- To your creamy coconut butter, add the cacao powder and maple syrup. To make it extra caramel-y, you could add a few spoonfuls of date paste.
- Spoon the caramel fudge layer on top of the cookie layer. Tap the mold to level the mixture. Freeze for 1 hour.
Unmold Bars, Add Last Chocolate Layer
- Remove bars from mold carefully, while frozen, without breaking them. Microwave the chocolate again to melt and then spoon/spread the chocolate on the side of the bar that doesn't have chocolate.
Don't Have A Mold?
- Double the recipe for a loaf pan! To make the recipe without a mold, follow these steps:Don't melt the chocolate yet. Instead, line an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and build the layers there, freeze as described, and cut into squares. Melt the chocolate now, and lower each square into it using a fork. Set the coated squares on a drying rack set over parchment or a dish to catch dripping chocolate. Freeze or refrigerate until solid.
Extra: Date Paste Recipe
- Soak 10 dates overnight, pit, blend with ½ cup water until creamy. Store this date paste in the refrigerator for one week or freeze for 2 months. Use it as a layer for desserts, spoon to sweeten a drink, spread on toast. Dates are high in iron and fiber, and among the healthiest whole food sweeteners around.
- Store the bars in the refrigerator, or freeze long term.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.