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Healthy Twix Bars

Healthy Twix Bars

A grain free biscuit is topped with a rich salted caramel layer and finished off with dark chocolate for a deliciously decadent treat that is vegan, paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free!

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You don’t like CAAAANDY?

This was always the reaction of my friends when I was little. I was always that kid that gave all my candy away on Halloween, as well as the kid others came to when candy was being handed out in school. And just to be clear, this was all before an eating disorder creeped into my life.

It’s funny how when you’re a kid, everything goes so automatically. You’re so in tune with what you like, don’t like, what you want, and when you want it. You eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. When you’re a kid, you’re just so damn intuitive. Unfortunately, my eating disorder stole that intuition away from me. And this is how I feel about it:

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But slowly I’m starting to gain my intuition back. This year, I completely gave up calorie counting. I am honoring any and all hunger cues. I only exercise when I really feel like it. Slowly, I’m relearning the beauty of being a living creature; a creature with thoughts, feelings, cues and knowledge. And as I mature into an adult, I’m starting to figure out what I want to do in life. I would be lying if I said I knew, but some things I do know for sure. Just like I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the Salted Caramel Date Spread I received from Yogi & Yousef!

I posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookie Balls a couple weeks back, with Yogi & Yousef’s Dates as one of the ingredients (there’s only 2 ingredients total, so can you guess the other one?). The reason I prefer Yogi Yousef’s Dates for all of my recipes is because they’re simply the softest, most delicious dates EVER! More importantly, Yogi & Yousef value sustainability and are advocates for NO FOOD WASTED. They do this by making sure the entire date harvest is used; so even the less attractive dates! They may not be as pretty, but they’re just as soft, sweet, and delicious as the ‘nice-looking’ ones. That’s why they’re used for date syrup (used in my recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies), creamy date spreads, and healthy snacks.

While we’re at it, let’s talk about this healthy snack, shall we?

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When I think about a healthy snack, a Twix candybar is typically not the first thing that comes to my mind. But these HEALTHY TWIX BARS? Hellz yeah. My take on the classic candy is made with simple, whole food ingredients:

  • almond flour

  • coconut flour

  • coconut oil

  • maple syrup

  • almond milk

  • date spread

  • almond butter

  • dark chocolate

Do you have all these ingredients at home? Great! Let’s get to making these babies. If not, you’d better run over to the grocery store ASAP, because these Healthy Twix Bars can’t wait to be made…by YOU! But before you do that, you’ll want to order your Salted Caramel Date Spread online—cause my code LIV10 gets you a site-wide discount when you order off Yogi Yousef’s website. You’ll thank me later :)

Hope you love these bars as much as I do! But I mean, if you can’t wait to dig into the spread with a spoon, I get that too. Either way, enjoy!

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Healthy Twix Bars (vegan, paleo + gluten-free)

Yield 16 bars
Prep Time 30 min
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 45 min

A grain free biscuit is topped with a rich salted caramel layer and finished off with dark chocolate for a deliciously decadent treat that is vegan, paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free!

Ingredients

Biscuit Layer

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (30g)

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (40g)

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (56g)

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (56g)

  • 1-3 tablespoons nut milk (15-45ml)

Caramel Layer

Chocolate Layer

  • 5.3 oz dark chocolate, chopped (150g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly grease an 8x8in pan with coconut oil or cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang over the sides to use as a handle when the bars are set. Set aside.

  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the coconut oil and maple syrup. Whisk to combine.

  3. Fold in the almond and coconut flours until a wet dough forms. You may need to add a couple tablespoons nut milk to allow the dough to come together.

  4. Press dough into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven until lightly golden, about 9-10 minutes.

  5. While the crust cools, add date spread (or pitted dates) and almond butter to a food processor and blend until smooth.

  6. Gently spread the caramel purée on top of the shortbread layer, making sure to not break the crust. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until hardened.

  7. To make the chocolate and final layer, add your chopped chocolate to a small saucepan and heat on low until melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel layer, using a spoon or spatula to spread evenly.

  8. Place back in fridge until the chocolate layer has completely hardened, about 1 hour.

  9. Slice into bars and enjoy!


Did you make this recipe?

Please tag me @simplybalancedliv and #simplybalancedliv on instagram so I can see your beautiful creations!

xx

Liv

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