Homemade Twix Bars – No Refined Sugar

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.


Homemade Twix Bars – No Refined Sugar

Category: Baking, Health/Fitness

Homemade Twix Bars - No Refined Sugar

Delicious homemade twix bars without refined sugar


    Cookie Layer
  • 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
    Caramel Layer
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
    Chocolate Layer
  • 7 tbsp Margarine/Butter
  • 4 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup


    Cookie Layer
  1. In a food processor blend the oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, flour, vanilla and salt until a thick batter is formed.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper press the batter in a rectangular shape about ¼-inch thick.
  3. Place the pan in the freezer to set while you prepare the caramel layer
    Caramel Layer
  1. Place cream, coconut sugar and butter in a small pot
  2. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat, whisking occasionally
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in the salt (optional)
  6. Spread the caramel filling over the bottom layer and freeze again until firm
    Chocolate Layer
  1. Melt margarine/butter, cacao powder and maple syrup together
  2. Spread over the other two layers and freeze
  3. 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.

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