These twix cups are a healthy spin on the classic candy bar, Twix bars, only mine are grain-free, vegan, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free, and with a nut-free option using sunflower seed butter.
Healthy Twix Cups
These healthy Twix cups are three layers, just like the famous candy bar. And each layer is no bake and made with simple ingredients, including protein-rich sunflower seed butter but you can also use peanut butter or almond butter of course.
Healthy Twix Cups Are An Easy Nutritious Snack
I love snacks that taste like candy, don't you? This particular one is chocolatey, caramely and will leave you feeling energized, with no refined-sugar drop.
They are three layers. A shortbread layer made with coconut flour, or almond flour if you prefer. A middle caramel layer made with date paste and maple syrup and seed or nut butter. And a dark chocolate cap.
A snack like this is the perfect afternoon energizer, without a refined-sugar drop. Plus there is a ton of protein and fiber, and essential minerals. Good-bye 3pm slump.
What is A Twix Bar?
You probably already know all about Twix, but here is a bit of detail just in case. A Twix bar is a candy bar made by Mars, Inc. It also has three layers, a biscuit and caramel layer, coated in chocolate. The ingredients are what you'd expect in a commercial candy bar.
What is Twix Short for?
Fun fact: Did you know a Twix bar is named for the word "betwix" or to fool? Well, we are fooling them, aren't we? With a healthy version that is grain-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free.
How to Make Healthy Twix Cups
So if you love the idea of Twix but want a smaller batch bite and a candy that is healthier, I think you'll love mine.
They are so easy to make. Just mix up the crust, toast or freeze, and blend up the middle caramel layer, and melt chocolate to dollop on top! Chill and eat. Remember to add about ½ tbsp of each layer to each mini cup. I got about 32 out of this recipe.
Here is a step by step in images. The first quad is how to make the shortbread crust:
This next step by step is how to make the caramel filling with the chocolate top on the last image.
The Ingredients in Healthy Twix Cups
The ingredient list here is simple for all layers.
Coconut Flour (or almond flour) : Coconut flour is best here because it makes the crust melt-in-your-mouth shortbread-like. But if you can't eat coconuts, almond flour works too. Just split the maple syrup and coconut oil in half to start. Coconut flour is much more absorbent so you need twice as much liquid as almond flour needs.
Coconut oil : I'm not thrilled with using coconut oil, but it's a necessary binder in this recipe. To keep the coconut flavor at bay, use refined coconut oil. It's not quite as nutritious as virgin coconut oil, but it also doesn't taste coconut-y.
Maple Syrup : Is in both the cookie base and the caramel layer. This is both a binder and sweetener. Maple syrup is refined-sugar-free and holds many essential minerals.
Date Paste : The caramel layer is wonderful with the addition of date paste or even bottled date syrup. If you don't have either, just use more maple syrup but the caramel will be more liquidy.
Chocolate : I use semi-sweet chocolate chips, typically Enjoylife, which are allergy-free.
Sunflower Seed Butter : I use sunflower seed butter all the time. My favorite brand is primarily Sunbutter, and my favorite flavor of theirs is the organic flavor with the green label. It is organic and the only ingredient is sunflower seeds. If you choose one of their sweetened versions, such as the yellow label, you might not need the maple syrup.
I use nut butters a lot, but it's fun to switch it up which is why this time I tried sunflower seed butter. Sunflower seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, disease-fighting antioxidants. Sunflower seed butter is also low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients sometimes hard to find, such as vitamin E, zinc, and selenium which supports the brain.
How Long Do Healthy Twix Cups Keep?
Store the bites in the refrigerator for three days covered, and freeze for 2 months in a sealed container.
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Healthy Twix Cups
- 1 ¼ cup coconut flour or almond flour but halve the oil and syrup
- ⅓ cup refined coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- ¾ cup Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Butter or nut butter
- 4 tbsp refined coconut oil melted
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup date paste or date syrup or maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp refined coconut oil
- flaked sea salt
Make Cookie Crust
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a mini cupcake pan with paper liners.
- In a small bowl, mix together coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, salt.
- Mix with a fork until dough is sticky but also crumbly. Press a ½ tbsp into each mini cup.
- Bake for about 8 minutes until edges brown. Take pan out of the oven and cool.
- Set up a double boiler to melt the caramel ingredients. I use a glass pyrex measuring cup and set it into a pot of boiling water. Then I add sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, date paste and salt into the pyrex cup and stir until everything is melted.
- Dollop ½ tbsp into each cup, on top of other baked crusts.
Make Chocolate Top
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 60 seconds. Stir until all chips are melted. Spoon ½ tbsp onto each caramel layer in each cup.
- Freeze or refrigerate the cups for 30-40 minutes until hardened.
- Store Twix cups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
This post is sponsored by Sunbutter. My opinions are my own.
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.