This past month I have searched for recipes I could reasonably and avoid refined sugar. While combing no refined sugar recipes, I came across homemade twix bars. Intrigued, I had to try them out.
As usual, I made a few changes. I found this recipe from the Vanilla Crunch blog. While doing the recipe I struggled with the caramel recipe that was provided. Instead I used a caramel sauce recipe from Mommy Potamus blog.
Delicious homemade twix bars without refined sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter or any nut butter
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp flour
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of fine salt
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 7 tbsp Margarine/Butter
- 4 tbsp Cacao Powder
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- In a food processor blend the oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, flour, vanilla and salt until a thick batter is formed.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper press the batter in a rectangular shape about ¼-inch thick.
- Place the pan in the freezer to set while you prepare the caramel layer
- Place cream, coconut sugar and butter in a small pot
- Bring to a boil over medium/high heat, whisking occasionally
- Reduce heat to medium and allow to boil gently until heated to a soft ball stage on a candy thermometer. You can also test for soft ball stage by dropping a drop in cold water. If it balls then you have reached the right temperature.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the salt (optional)
- Spread the caramel filling over the bottom layer and freeze again until firm
- Melt margarine/butter, cacao powder and maple syrup together
- Spread over the other two layers and freeze
- When firm slice into bars and enjoy
These bars are addicting. I almost ate the small batch of twix bars all by myself. The cookie layer had a slight crunch. while the caramel layer tasted creamy with a dark chocolate layer. All together these layers created a wonderful tasting dessert bar.
I gave the bars to some friends and family. They all enjoyed them. The only con I could find was that the recipe did not make very many bars. I feel like I need to at least double the recipe to have enough to serve others. I would love to make these bars again. They were tasty and delicious.
Honestly, I doubt these bars or really any of the desserts I tried this month could be termed even remotely healthy. Even without the refined sugar, I still included quite a bit of natural sugar. While that gives the semblance of health, too much sugar of any form is unhealthy. While I have enjoyed experimenting with no refined sugar recipes, I need to limit my sugar intake to be truly healthy, not replace it. Though I may continue to find alternative recipes, I will continue to eat healthier.