Homemade Crispy Twix Bars

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muhahauha

I don’t know why, but that just felt appropriate to open with being 6 days from Halloween and all.

Evil cackles are the perfect compliment to many situations, don’t you think?

Such as:

- When you’re bored at work and want to make coworkers think you’re up to something (aren’t you always??) See Dwight Kurt Schrute III.

- Ditto above, but for your significant other/family members.

- Obviously, evil scheming is one of them, which I did lots of as a teenager with my sister Kristi and girlfriends. (Don’t worry sis, your secrets are safe with me…..unless I ever write a novel. mhauhauha!)

- When you hide behind a wall and then jump out to scare your pet or husband (not that I do this or anything…)

- When you send your spouse to work with salty cookies…on April Fools Day

- When kids ring your doorbell on Halloween

- When you make a killer dessert recipe

When to avoid witch cackles: going through airport security or customs, when the officiate asks if anyone objects to the marriage, in church, after serving food to your guests at a dinner party (Halloween excepted), near any newborn, during a GRE, at a job interview.

Use at your own risk.

Last week, a couple of you asked me if I could revamp my Vegan Twix bar recipe. I like the way you think because I was already planning on doing so! The original recipe was very tasty and decadent, but the shortbread crust was fairly crumbly and contained a ton of vegan butter. It also required baking the crust and making caramel from scratch.

For this version, I made the recipe lower in fat, gluten-free, faster, and improved the crust. After the Homemade Rolos were such a hit with many of you, I knew I wanted to use date caramel again. The crust ended up driving me a bit crazy though. I used oat flour, agave, and just a touch of coconut oil. While it held together perfectly it was way too dense and the flavour was too earthy for a Twix recipe.

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I also knew I didn’t want to make a soft, fluffy crust. To me, a Twix bar has to have a crisp crust! Then Eric suggested I use rice crispies for the crust. Genius. It’s easy, fast, and just a few ingredients. Most of all, you don’t bake the crust which saves a lot of time. The crispy texture turned out to be the perfect compliment to the gooey date caramel and hardened chocolate coating. I don’t think I need to explain any further…

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You can thank Eric for this one. (He says he will accept boxes of Homemade Twix bars.) ;)

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Homemade Crispy Twix Bars

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Yield: ~16-18 bars

for the crust:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup GF crispy rice cereal (I use Nature’s Path)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup*
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter*
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

 

for the date caramel: (adapted from Homemade Rolos)

  • 200-210 grams pitted soft Medjool dates (about 1 & 1/4 cup pitted dates)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter*
  • 1 tbsp almond milk, or more if needed
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

 

for the chocolate coating:

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

 

1. Line an 8-inch pan with two pieces of parchment paper. In a small pot, add the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until combined. Add pinch of salt. Pour into a large bowl with rice crisp and stir well.

2. Scoop the rice crisp mixture into pan. Wet hands slightly and then spread the mixture evenly and press down firmly until smooth. Place in freezer while you make the date caramel.

3. Soak dates in water until soft (only if necessary) and drain. Place pitted dates, peanut butter, milk, and salt in the food processor and process until almost smooth and a big ball forms.

4. Spread caramel layer over top of the crust until it’s as smooth and even as you can get it. Place back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set.

5. Melt the chocolate and optional coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. When 2/3 of the chips are melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth. Spread chocolate on top of the caramel and place in the freezer for about 3 minutes only.

6. Remove from freezer (chocolate should be slightly firm, but not completely set) and slice into rows and then in half. Freeze again until set for about 10 minutes. Store in fridge or freezer.

Substitution Notes: 1) The brown rice syrup can probably be subbed for honey (if you include honey in your diet). Agave won’t hold together as well since it’s not as “tacky”, but it will hold together when kept in the freezer. It will fall apart at room temperature though. 2) You can sub peanut butter for sunflower seed butter as a nut-free option.

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I wrapped up two at a time in orange candy wrappers (from Bulk Barn) and secured them with kitchen twine. Not spooky, but so darn cute and festive.

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Shundara October 25, 2012

Wow I am drooling twix that are easy and healthy I am gonna half to make these and take them into work they would defiantly love them!! :)

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Tanya @ playful and hungry October 26, 2012

You really want to share? ;)

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 26, 2012

Lol that was my first thought! I would need to get them out of the house for my sanity but I don’t know if I could bare to part with them :)

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kris October 25, 2012

twix are my favorite!! mmm

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Tegan K. October 25, 2012

I will be making these tonight! My husband will be so excited!

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Sharon Vincello October 25, 2012

Love this DIY version! Thanks for creating it! Now I have something to share with my friends that is a healthy version of the gmo-laden original. I am such a chocolate lover, I can’t wait to try this.

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Andrea @ Vegvacious October 25, 2012

Now we’re talkin’! It’s been sooooo long since I’ve had a Twix bar and I used to just love them when I was a kid! I’ve been drooling over your rolos, but I think this recipe has moved to #1 on my ‘must make’ list!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

The Twix are my new #1 too with the rolos a close second. :) Or – maybe you could even make the Rolos but mix in some rice crisp in the caramel? Anyway, enjoy!

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Ania October 25, 2012

Yum! Twix bars were always my favorite, so I can’t wait to try this out!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl October 25, 2012

Those look absolutely delicious!! I will definitely be making these. I love that you used dates for the “caramel” layer.

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Joanna October 25, 2012

You are so creative and festive. I love it!

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Cara's Healthy Cravings October 25, 2012

I am just about to make these now, I will let you know how they turn out!
Thanks for sharing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

Yes please do :)

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Cara's Healthy Cravings October 26, 2012

I made them with great success! Your method is flawless.
I added some more pb and some cocoa powder to the date caramel (just because)….great recipe!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

So happy to hear that Cara!! Thanks for letting me know. :) Enjoy

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 25, 2012

Great minds think alike, my friend! I just posted Vegan + Gluten-free No Bake Twix Bars yesterday. They were a huge hit in this house.

I love the idea of using rice crisps for the base! Also, thanks for the tip on where to get those candy wrappers. I ended up buying muffin cups and then ironing them flat. Heh, it worked… but still.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 25, 2012

The Mr will FLIP for these!! Twix are his favorite!

Thanks for the notes on substitutions too. Muahahaha! (I don’t think I used that appropriately, I need to work on that)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

hah I’ll take it!

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Christina October 25, 2012

Looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try. What are your thoughts on using maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup. Thanks!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

Hey Christina, I did a quick trial this morning using agave and it would only stay intact when chilled, at room temp it breaks apart – I expect maple syrup would be the same, if not a bit more so. It just depends if you mind that or not! Let me know how it goes.

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Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 25, 2012

Yum! I have never been a Twix fan, but I think this homemade version could convert me!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 25, 2012

Angela they look amazing! Both Twix and Rolo are some of my fave candies! I love that you worked on the crust and revamped and got it to where you wanted it to be. Date caramel. Swoon.

And the layers, and the texture in these, every thing about them… I am loving!

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Andi October 25, 2012

Currently studying for the GRE, I took a quick procrastination break ’cause I saw you had a new post. I am now seriously considering cackling during my test tomorrow :P Thanks for the laugh!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

hahah, glad it made you smile. you will do great I’m sure!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 25, 2012

I am really excited to try these! That caramel sound perfect – I love the PB twist!

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Catherine October 25, 2012

Genius.
Who needs 1/2 price Halloween candy purchased the day after when you keep posting these amazing recipes?
I’ve yet to try the rolos (or the kit kat–might be too complicated for me), but I did recently make your peppermint patty bars, sweetened with dates. YUM! I can’t wait to eat one for my afternoon snack. :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the peppermint patty bars! They are a fav over here.

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Willow October 25, 2012

Rice crispies – so genius! Way to go, Eric! This is such a great way to make the recipe more doable… plus, more ways to use that date caramel… awesome!

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Cristy November 20, 2012

I made these last night and managed to snap a picture before the last one was snapped up! They are delicious (and definitely don’t last long in our house!) Great recipe!

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Lia October 25, 2012

Somehow you always find a way to make me crave chocolate! This look like a lot of fun and not too much work either, just mixing and placing. Yumm! Probably difficult to ship due to temp controls and melty chocolate issues?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

I wouldnt think they would ship well either unless it was super cold to keep the chocolate hard.

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Lia October 26, 2012

Ah, ok, then I may send these out to my BF. He’ll be in the woods for long periods at a base camp, and what’s a better surprise package than chocolate yumminess.

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amy October 25, 2012

I recently ate a real Twix bar and it wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered it to be. Hard caramel, sub par chocolate, artificial aftertaste, if that makes any sense.. Your version looks delicious and far superior to the original!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

I expect I would feel the same way with many of my old fav treats. Funny how tastes can change!

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laura October 25, 2012

Would it work using quinoa puffs instead of rice crispies?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

I can’t see why not!

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Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 25, 2012

WOW-your candy recipes just keep getting better and better!!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2012

Festive indeed! I had no idea you could buy candy wrappers at Bulk Barn.. and I shop there ALL the time! I had to smile when you mentioned the salty cookies… I remember that post and thought it was hilarious!

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hippierunner October 25, 2012

I am an even bigger fan of yours now since you just used Dwight’s full name lol. Very funny intro! The bars look amazing and so crunchy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

Oh Dwight, heh :)

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Tiffany @ eat clean work dirty October 25, 2012

These look so good!! And I think I just might have all the ingredients on hand… Muahaha!

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Nicole Marie Story October 25, 2012

Rarely would I relinquish food control to anyone; but I would, absolutely, 100%, relinquish cooking duties to you. Gorgeous.

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Kathy October 25, 2012

I tried this out today, and boy is it good!
I (sadly) don’t have any dates on hand right now, so I used raisins instead. Of course, it tastes like raisins, but they’re still really yummy. I can’t wait to try this recipe again but with dates to get a more caramel flavor!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

Hey Kathy, I’m glad to know that raisins work in a pinch! Thanks for letting me know.

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Laura October 25, 2012

Just made these with a natural version of chocolate rice crispies and sunflower butter for the pb…SO DELICIOUS! They are not going to last long at my house! Thank you for always having such awesome recipes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

Wow that does sound good! What brand makes the natural choco rice crispies? I usually buy the Nature’s Path regular kind though.

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Rachel October 25, 2012

I saw this recipe on the train…and instead of homework made them! They are delicious. I had a hard time putting the cut bars back into the freezer without eating more than my fair share. I’ve made a ton of your recipes – and everything is always yummy. Your dedication to great food rocks! Thank you, Angela :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 27, 2012

So glad to hear you enjoyed the bars Rachel!

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heidi kokborg October 26, 2012

They look so good!! :)

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the 3volution of j3nn October 26, 2012

Crispy rice bottoms sound even better than the original!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

I think I did like it a bit better, or if not they were equal anyway! Im a big fan of rice crispie squares though hah

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Tanya @ playful and hungry October 26, 2012

I like adding the date caramel… however, I guess the shortbread crust would taste more like the original…

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Sonal October 26, 2012

Mmmmmmmm! ok this one is also going on the list, today I am going to try out the peppermint pattys though! :)

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Jessica October 26, 2012

Wow, wow, wow! I can’t wait to make these! Twix bars are my favourite candy (Halloween or not – it’s very hard to find them in mini versions!) and now my fiancee can eat them too! I remember coming across your 2010 recipe, but I don’t often have Earth Balance in my fridge so I had to skip it. Crispy rice cereal sounds perfect, great idea Eric! :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 26, 2012

I’m making these! Twix is one of my favorite candybars and the mini, I mean the mini ones are 50 calories each! If your recipe works, I will be in pure candy heaven!! I can’t wait to give it a try!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 26, 2012

I am loving all these DIY candy posts lately! My friends and I are getting together to cook dinner this weekend and I think your homemade Rolos are going to be on the menu. ;)

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kaity October 26, 2012

i am makin these this wknd cannot waittttttttttt

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Tammie Grey October 26, 2012

I love sweet stuff but I’m on a diet.

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Becca October 26, 2012

Have you made the date caramel using almond butter yet? Amazing! The almonds compliment the nuttiness of dates super well.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2012

I don’t think I have tried it yet, but I will certainly have to :) yum

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 26, 2012

Those are some pretty candy bars. Yum!

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