These healthy Twix Bars are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. They are also vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!
Okay, so if you missed my Ode to “Fun Size” Halloween chocolate bars, you definitely are going to want to check that out here where I shared my recipe for Vegan Snickers Bars! While Snickers do hold the number one spot in my heart, a lot of my followers wrote to me to tell me how much they dig Twix as well. I mean, I’m down for legit ANYTHING with a healthy layer of caramel on it, so I wasn’t about to disagree. I also like that Twix bars traditionally come as a pair, so you can have a little somethin’ now, and a little somethin’ later. Spreading the love around, you know!
Shortbread Cookie Base – this is super easy to make and all you will need is some vegan butter, coconut sugar, gluten free all purpose flour, and vanilla extract. If you are neither vegan or gluten free feel free to use regular butter and flour, respectively.
Caramel – the caramel is by far the most important element of any Twix bar and making it from scratch is easier than you think! To make this recipe vegan, I use dates and maple syrup for natural sweetness and a bit of coconut cream to create a smooth caramel-like texture.
Coating – some dark chocolate and a little bit of coconut oil is all you need to make an easy and rich chocolate coating that tastes super decadent.
How to Make This Recipe
So for all my Twix fans, I came up with an AMAZING recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Twix Bars that will appeal to the masses. These have a “buttery” (but like, not made with butter) shortbread cookie base, with a crazy thick layer of date caramel, and of course a wicked crackly dark chocolate coating.
Like with my vegan Snickers bars, these are definitely perfect for a wide range of dietary restrictions. But unlike those nutty Snickers bars, these are completely nut-free! In other words, these bad boys can absolutely go in the kiddo’s lunch boxes as an alternative to the more processed, higher sugar Halloween candy options.
Judging by how quickly these vegan Twix bars disappeared in my house, I can assure you that no one will mind trading in their packaged goodies for these. They’re also perfect little bars to put out on a dessert platter, serve as part of a cookie exchange, or to bring over as a hostess gift any time of year.
Yes definitely. This recipe is great for all eaters because not only is it dairy free and gluten free, but it contains no nuts making it an allergy-friendly treat to throw into your little ones lunch box.
Store these Twix bars in an air tight container in a cool dark place and they should stay fresh for about 2-3 weeks. You can also try freezing them in a freezer bag and they can stay fresh for up to a year.
If you’re not a fan of the more bitter flavour of dark chocolate, feel free to use whatever chocolate you prefer – whether thats milk chocolate, cacao powder, or even white chocolate.
More Halloween Chocolate Recipes
So lovelies, let me know your thoughts on your favourite Halloween chocolate bars are in the comments below!
Gluten Free Vegan Twix Bars
Shortbread cookie base:
- Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper on both sides making wings.
- To a food processor, add the vegan butter, coconut sugar, flour and vanilla and pulse until pea-shape pieces of the butter appear in the flour mixture. Press into the loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool fully.
- Meanwhile, place the dates, maple and coconut cream in a sauce pot and simmer until bubbling. Transfer to the food processor and puree until very smooth. Layer on top of the cooled cookie layer and place in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave on 50% in 30 second intervals until smooth, stirring between each 30 seconds.
- Using a greased knife, carefully remove the parchment from the sides of the bars and cut into 12 bars.
- Prepare a baking sheet lined with a silpat.
- Dip the bars into the chocolate until fully coated and place on the silpat. Refrigerate or freeze for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Updated on October 23rd, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.