Sharing a healthier, peanutty take on a Twix bar. Homemade Vegan Peanut Butter Twix Bars. Layered with dark chocolate, toasted almond “shortbread”, sweet peanut butter “caramel”, additional dark chocolate, and finished with flaky sea salt. Every last bite is sweet, nutty, extra chocolatey, and so DELICIOUS. These Twix bars are easy to make, have no processed sugars, and are gluten-free!
There are regular Twix Bars, and then there are these. And these are so much better. Kind of a cross between a Twix and a peanut butter cup…but better than both, and completely addicting too.
Some of you might remember the original Homemade Twix Bars I shared a couple of years ago. Well, the odd thing is, a Twix bars weren’t a candy I’d reach for as a kid. I mean, they were fine, just not my first choice. Especially for someone who’s never really enjoyed candy that much.
But I love the idea of making candy bars healthier and more delicious at home, so I tested out the Twix Bar. It turned out so good, better than a Twix in my opinion.
This year however, I wanted to do something different. If you google it, Twix has a discontinued Peanut Butter Twix Bar. Why it was discontinued I don’t know, but a peanutty Twix sounded so good.
So I made my own, and well, it’s so good. As I said above, it tastes like a Twix and a peanut butter cup combined. You get the best of each candy.
These bars have two layers, the first layer is an almond, coconut shortbread. It’s nutty, perfectly sweet, and really the best base for these bars. The second layer is a creamy maple syrup based peanut butter “caramel”. This isn’t really anything like caramel, but more of a lightly sweetened peanut butter layer with vanilla.
Start with the cookie base. This is a very simple mix of almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut oil. It bakes in the oven until lightly golden and toasted. It’s simple, yet delicious. Once baked, this layer tastes sweet and “buttery”. A lot like a classic shortbread cookie.
The peanut butter layer, which is my favorite layer, is simply just peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil, boiled together to thicken the mix. I added some almond butter to give it a little more stiffness, and then vanilla too.
The secret to making this layer really delicious is to use a peanut butter with just peanuts and salt. Don’t use a no-stir peanut butter that contains oils and or sugar. You just want a natural peanut butter. This will give you the best flavor and texture.
Pour the peanut butter layer over the almond cookie base, then freeze the bars. You only need them to freeze 30 or so minutes, but you can leave them in the freezer overnight too. This step helps the bars set up quicker, cut cleaner, and makes them solid enough to dip into the chocolate.
Once the bars are cut and frozen, dip them into the chocolate. Then finish them with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt for that salty-sweet combo we love so much.
Make sure the bars are thoroughly chilled before dipping them into the chocolate. If the bars are frozen, the chocolate will quickly set up on the bars and be easier to work with.
It’s also important to store the bars in the fridge. If you leave them out on the counter, they’ll get a little melty. But they are perfect right out of the fridge.
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Homemade Vegan Peanut Butter Twix Bars
Servings: 16 bars
Calories Per Serving: 320 kcal
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- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup, plus 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (just peanuts and salt)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line an 8x8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper. 2. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and salt until combined. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden and toasted. 3. In a small pot, mix the peanut butter, almond butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Pour over the crust. Freeze 30 minutes, until firm. Cut bars into 16 bars.4. Melt the chocolate and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in the microwave until melted. Let cool 10 minutes.5. Cover/dip each bar in chocolate, sprinkle with salt. Freeze 10 minutes, to set the chocolate. Eat or store in the fridge.