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Homemade Twix Candy Bar

Sugar, fat, and cholesterol is "all in the mix." Though the combination of the three may contribute to its sweet temptation, creating a homemade Twix bar can tailor the nutritional profile to best fit health goals. Bite into this healthified Twix bar recipe!

Homemade Twix Candy Bar


Twix Candy Bar Recipe

Yields 20 Bars

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust
•2 cups oats
•½ cup coconut flour
•¼ cup melted coconut oil
•¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

Caramel Filling
•10 Medjool dates, pitted
•1 Tbsp. natural almond butter
•1 Tbsp. maple syrup
•2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer
•1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
•1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Add oats into a food processor and grind until a flour is formed. Pour oat flour into large mixing bowl with coconut flour, coconut oil, and applesauce. Gently mix until well combined.
3. Transfer the shortbread crust into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish, greased with a nonstick spray. Gently press the mixture until its flattened into an even layer. With a fork, poke roughly 10 holes into the crust to allow ventilation.
4. Bake the shortbread crust for 12 to 15 minutes, just until it is beginning to become golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool.
5. For the caramel filling, mix all ingredients in blender until the dates are broken down and has reached a paste consistency. Add a teaspoon of water as needed to assist in their breakdown.
6. Smear caramel filling onto the cooled shortbread layer and set aside while making the chocolate layer.
7. On low heat on the stove or carefully in a microwave, melt together the chocolate layer ingredients. Mix until its reached a smooth texture.
8. Pour or drizzle the chocolate on top of the caramel layer and allow to completely cool and harden in the refrigerator.
9. Gently cut the bar into 20 smaller bars. Keep "Twix" in the fridge until ready to serve!

Nutritional Comparison

Benefits of Dates

Though it may seem quite unconventional to create a "caramel" filling with Medjool dates, using the fruit is quite beneficial in a number of ways. The natural and caramel-like sweetness of dates allows the fruit to act as a useful alternative, like in this Twix bar recipe. Yes, dates are a significant carbohydrate source but further provides dietary fiber. The high fiber content (1.6 grams per one date) categorize dates into a "laxative food" and is used to manage and alleviate constipation. Dates are also valuable sources of potassium, copper, manganese, manganese, magnesium, and vitamin B-6.

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