By: Lily Gravtiz
Prep Time: 40 minutes
I have had a severe dairy allergy my entire life. It was always very hard growing up and not being able to eat one of my favorite, guilty pleasure candies- the twix bar. With a crispy shortbread, caramel middle, and a chocolate outer layer, I recently discovered how to make this dessert a little healthier, with natural and non-refined sugar and no gluten. These bars are so easy and a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth. To make this gluten-free, I used a combination of almond and coconut flour, which are healthier alternatives to white flour (WebMD). Almond flour, a monounsaturated fat, helps to keep cholesterol low and decrease the risk for heart disease (WebMD). It is important to keep these bars in the freezer as they melt easily; but, since they are so good, you may not even have any extras left.
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave
- 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Small pinch of sea salt
- 1 chocolate bar (I prefer dark chocolate)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and combine coconut and almond flour with it in a bowl. Add the maple syrup and stir until a smooth dough forms.
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper and spray the bottom. Place the mixture in the pan in an even layer.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust turns slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
- Combine the almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and pinch of sea salt in a saucepan. Heat and mix until liquid forms (about 2 minutes).
- Remove the pan from the burner and let it cool.
- Break up the chocolate bar into pieces and add coconut oil, all in a bowl. Microwave until a liquid forms.
- Once both the shortbread and caramel layers have completely cooled, pour the caramel over the shortbread layer and spread it out to form an even layer.
- Let this set in the freezer until it hardens all the way (about 1 hour).
- Remove the layers from the freezer and pour chocolate over the top, forming another even layer. Put back in the freezer until frozen.
- Once all the layers are frozen, pull out of the freezer and lift the parchment paper to pull out the bars. Chop with a sharp knife into long pieces. Enjoy!
Cassoobhoy, A. (2020, August 20). Almond Flour: Health Benefits, Nutrients per Serving, Preparation Information, and More. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-almond-flour