These paleo copycat Twix bars are a healthier alternative to a classic candy! They’re nut-free, made with real food ingredients, and can be made AIP-friendly.

Homemade Twix

What are Twix bars?

We’re going there… homemade Twix bars! Truthfully, I’m the kind of girl that is happy with all chocolate in all forms. I’m here for all of it! But I remember my brother being particularly into Twix bars as a kid, and I couldn’t disagree with him.

Twix bars are a candy classic. Though conventional Twix bars are full of corn syrup, soy, enriched flour, and more classic candy ingredients, what makes up a Twix bar is actually pretty straight forward. They’re made up of a shortbread crust, a caramel layer, and a candy coating.

When you strip away the junk and focus on real food ingredients, it’s actually pretty simple to make these into a healthier option! This version is paleo, nut-free, dairy-free, and can even be made AIP.

 

How to make Homemade Twix Bars

  • To make the shortbread crust: Mixing together the two flours, and then stirring in the wet ingredients until well combined. Evenly flatten the crust in the bottom of the pan and puncture the crust with a fork about 10-15 times. Bake the crust until lightly golden brown for about 25-30 minutes. Set aside and allow to completely cool.
  • To make the date caramel: Allow the dates to soak in warm water for 10 minutes to soften. Strain the water and add the dates to a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue to process as you slowly pour in the coconut milk. Process until the caramel is smooth and no large date pieces can be seen. Spoon the date caramel in an even layer over the shortbread crust. Allow to chill in the fridge for about an hour or until completely hardened.
  • For the chocolate coating: Assemble a double boiler by using a medium pot and filling two-thirds of the way with water. Bring to a medium simmer/low boil. Place heat safe bowl over the pot and fill with the chocolate and coconut oil. Stir continuously to melt evenly. Carefully remove the bowl from the double Pour the chocolate over the date caramel layer and spread into an even layer. Allow the pan to cool slightly before transferring to the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden completely. Transfer the Twix to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into 12 (or more or less depending on the size you’d prefer) bars. Serve immediately or store in the fridge with parchment paper separating the bars to avoiding sticking.

 

Tips & Tricks for Making Homemade Twix

Always melt chocolate in a double boiler

Seriously, skip the microwave. It’s too uneven and too likely to burn. All you have to do is bring water to a low simmer and place a heat-safe bowl over the water and add the chocolate to slowly melt. Super easy!

Store the twix with parchment paper

Separate with parchment paper to keep them from sticking to each other! Chocolate will always stick when it melts, so any slight temperature change can have your bars stick together.

Add some flair of your own!

Topping these off with flaky sea salt would be amazing, and you can even experiment with adding in a little bit of flavoring to your chocolate like peppermint extract.

 

The Ingredients For Homemade Twix Bars

Coconut flour

Coconut flour is great for shortbread and makes these nut-free. I have not tried to make this recipe coconut free and cannot recommend a swap. 

Arrowroot starch

You can likely also use tapioca.

Dates & coconut milk

These are the main ingredients for the date caramel. You may need to add a date or two depending on how large your dates are, so just keep an eye on it!

Chocolate

I use enjoy life chocolate chips, but you can also use a carob alternative (like this) for AIP.

 

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Homemade Paleo Twix Bars


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
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Ingredients

For the shortbread

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the date caramel

  • 12 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

For the chocolate coating


Instructions

For the shortbread

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F and line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Start with the crust by mixing together the two flours, and then stirring in the wet ingredients until well combined.
  3. Evenly flatten the crust in the bottom of the pan and puncture the crust with a fork about 10-15 times.
  4. Bake the crust until lightly golden brown for about 25-30 minutes. Set aside and allow to completely cool.

For the date caramel

  1. Allow the dates to soak in warm water for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Strain the water and add the dates to a food processor. Process until smooth. Continue to process as you slowly pour in the coconut milk. Process until the caramel is smooth and no large date pieces can be seen.
  3. Spoon the date caramel in an even layer over the shortbread crust. Allow to chill in the fridge for about an hour or until completely hardened.

For the chocolate coating

  1. Assemble a double boiler by using a medium pot and filling two-thirds of the way with water. Bring to a medium simmer/low boil. Place heat safe bowl over the pot and fill with the chocolate and coconut oil. Stir continuously to melt evenly. Carefully remove the bowl from the double
  2. Pour the chocolate over the date caramel layer and spread into an even layer. Allow the pan to cool slightly before transferring to the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden completely.
  3. Transfer the twix to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into 12 (or more or less depending on the size you’d prefer) bars. Serve immediately or store in the fridge with parchment paper separating the bars to avoiding sticking.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 326
  • Fat: 19.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Protein: 3g

Homemade Twix