Thursday, October 29, 2015

Homemade "Twix" Bars

180 grams (6-8oz) Brazilian nuts
4 tablespoons rice malt syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

12 (8oz) medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup almond butter
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water

1-1/2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil

For the shortbread: Combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until a thick batter is formed. Transfer that mixture to a bread pan lined with parchment paper. Press into a 1cm thick layer. Place in freezer for 10 minutes (or more).

For the caramel: Place caramel ingredients in a food process and process until smooth and creamy. Remove the shortbread from the freezer, and top with the caramel filling. Freeze for at least 10 hours.

Note: Omit the vanilla extract if you need to speed up the freezing process. Due to the alcohol in vanilla extract, it keeps the mixture soft for a lot longer.

For the chocolate: Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until mixture is liquefied. This should take about a minute and a half to two minutes.

Remove the pan from the freezer, and use a large knife to cut the cookie layer into 10 thin bars. Place bars, with lots of space between them, on a piece of fresh parchment paper. Drizzle chocolate over bars and use the back of a spoon to cover them. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Once chocolate is set, remove from freezer. Turn bars over, and coat the bottoms with a thin layer of chocolate. Return to freezer to set. For storing, wrap individually with plastic wrap and keep in fridge.

Adapted From

makes 10 bars
390 calories  |  24g fat  |  42g carbs  |  6g protein