No Bake Vegan Twix Bars

I gotta say, I was a sight for sore eyes yesterday. I had chocolate behind my ears, my house smelled like bacon, there was grease all down my shirt and I was hobbling around with a slipper missing off my left foot. It wasn’t pretty. But it was all in the name of the Twix bar so I let my ghastly appearance slide.

Don’t worry, the bacon was for another recipe ;)

I loved Twix when I was a kid. All of my friends knew it, my parents knew it, even the guy at our local 7-11 knew it. Once a week, I’d make the journey to the store to pick myself up a Twix. Rain or shine, I was there. Then, I’d carry that Twix bar home, throw it in the freezer and wait an hour. Oh boy were they good frozen.

What was your favorite candy bar growing up?

I consumed my last Twix just days before I went vegan those 7 some odd years ago. Although I’m no longer vegan, dairy and gluten are off limits for me so consuming my love of all loves just wasn’t in the cards…

until now!

A gluten-free, vegan, paleo Twix bar.

They taste so much like the real thing, especially if they’re left in the freezer overnight. Best part is, you don’t have to bake anything. No oven, 6 ingredients, dairy-free and delicious. They may not be the healthiest treat on the blog, but hey they’re healthier than the real thing. And dare I say… even better?

shortbread recipe adapted from Gone Raw.

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No Bake Twix Bars (Vegan + Gluten-free)
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
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Serves: 12
 
Vegan and gluten-free Twix bars made with just 6 ingredients. No baking required!
Ingredients
No bake shortbread:
  • 1 cup (140 grams) raw macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Caramel:
  • 100 grams pitted medjool dates (approximately 6 dates)
  • 3 tablespoons nut or seed butter - I used sunflower seed butter
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Water, optional
Chocolate coating:
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Begin by adding macadamia nuts to the bowl of your food processor and processing until ground. Pulse for best results and do not process too long or you'll have nut butter! Check out the pictures below to see what I mean.
  3. Add coconut nectar, vanilla and salt. Process for a couple more seconds, just until combined.
  4. Scoop out about 1½ tablespoons at a time into your hand and roll into a ball. Slowly shape into a long tube by rolling back and forth between the palm of your hands until it's about 3-inches long. Set down on prepared cookie sheet and flatten with fingers. You can make the cookie even straighter by using the side of a knife to press up against the edges.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough, making 12 bars in total. Once complete, place in the freezer.
  6. Place caramel ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. Process until smooth. You may have to add a drop or two of water to make smooth. I added a total of ½ teaspoon.
  7. Remove the cookies from the freezer and top with caramel. To do so, roll caramel like you did the cookies; into 3-inch tubes, and place over top of cookies. Return to the freezer and allow to set for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Melt chocolate chips by dropping into a metal bowl and place over top of a sauce pan filled with water. Bring water to a boil and stir chips until melted. Remove from heat.
  9. Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and; one by one, coat the bars in chocolate. To do this, drop the bar into the chocolate and coat it with your fingers. Remove access with your fingers and place back on the parchment.
  10. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  11. Place back in the freezer and allow to set overnight for best results.
  12. Keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.

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I used mini chips so that they’d melt quicker.

Hey, it’s been 7 years since I had a Twix bar, I was a bit excited for it. The quicker the prep, the better!

Begin by processing the macadamia nuts. They should be ground to a fine powder without turning the nuts into nut butter. There’s a thin line between the two so make sure you don’t go over it!

Once the nuts are processed, add the rest of the shortbread ingredients and pulse.

I found it easiest to roll the dough in between my hands and then shape it on the cookie sheet like this:

Once you have 3-inch sections, you can push the side of a knife up against them to make them nice and flat and even like so…

Throw the cookies in the freezer while you work on the caramel. I used this same caramel for my caramel apple smoothie.

It should look something like this when it’s done…

Shape the caramel as you did the cookies – roll between your hands into a long tube, then shape onto the top of the cookies. Try to make the sides flush with sides of the cookie.

Throw them in the freezer again, this time for a little longer so that they’re easier to roll around in chocolate later.

At first, I was spooning the chocolate onto the bars but it made them look funny so I resorted to just dropping the cookies in the chocolate, rolling them around and taking them out. Way better.

The most difficult part of the whole process is waiting patiently for them to harden up in the freezer.

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  1. I actually didn’t have my first Twix until I was an adult and absolutely fell in love! I’ve maybe had 3 or 4 whole bars in my life but it was good enough to definitely try to recreate at home – thanks for this recipe!

  2. Oh my, these sound lovely! I’ve never been a huge chocolate eater but back when my eating habits weren’t the cleanest, Twix was my bar of choice. Crispy Crunch was my second favourite, and I absolutely loathed Eat Mores. Do they even still make those? I used to try to do trades with my sister when I got those in my Halloween candy, and they were always the last bars left in our candy bowls (which my mum stored on the top of our fridge so we wouldn’t eat it all at once… clever!)

    • Crispy Crunch, ah yes… it was one of my favorites, too! Did you ever shrink chocolate bar wrappers? We used to do it as a craft and then make necklaces out of them. I had the coolest Crispy Crunch necklace! Putting the candy on the fridge wouldn’t have stopped me… ever.

  3. We really do have such similar taste… twix was hands down my favorite for.ev.er. And no I haven’t had one in probably close to a decade either. Pinning and making this, I loveeee your twist on this!

  4. Leanne, I quit. I think you’ve officially topped the list with this one. These look A-mazing! I have no motivation to try & create another recipe when I know I just need to look at your sight & things like this exist. I’ve seen homemade rolos, mounds, reeses. But TWIX?! Heavenly.

    • lol – I guess I got you! I was pretty happy with myself, too. Especially this morning when I had a little nibble for breakfast and realized that they’re even BETTER the next day!

  5. I don’t understand or have experience with coconut nectar….Can I use honey instead somehow?

    • Hi Heather – I think I replied to you on Facebook on this one, but in case I didn’t… yes, I’m sure honey would work just fine. Enjoy!

  6. I just… I don’t… My mind is blown. *bows down and kisses your singly slippered feet*

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Wow. No words can truly describe how AWESOME these look! Thank you for taking the time to create this recipe!!! :)

    • Thanks Lauren! It was well worth the effort. Just knowing I have a couple of bars in the freezer waiting for me is reward enough :D

  8. Oh my!! I need these asap!!! Incredible looking, and so simple to make!! I may need to “come down with something” so I can leave work and run home to make these….

  9. I looooove Twix!!! The fact that you made them, made them at home and kept them vegan and GF, is pretty amazing! I’ll take a dozen, please :) Love that you Incorporated sunflower seed butter in them, too!

  10. Twix are my daughters FAVORITE! Oh, I can’t wait to make this version for her!! Thank you SO much!

  11. These look so good! I haven’t had a Twix bar in ages; I’m vegan now, and I find most candy much too sweet. Homemade treats like these are always the best because you can adjust them to your taste! My husband loves Twix bars, so I’ll have to make these for him. His favorite are the Peanut Butter Twix, so I think I might try adding a peanut butter layer to some of them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks Kerry! I bet you could just use peanut butter instead of sunflower butter in the caramel layer… hmmm yes, that would work fabulously.

  12. These look absolutely mouthwatering! I’ll be honest and say I’ve never been a huge fan of Twix bars – like ‘em, just don’t love ‘em. My mom on the other hand, loves them! Her fave. But these… oh my. Yes, I could definitely get on board. It’s hard to believe how short the ingredient list is and really it sounds like the majority of the time spent making them is waiting while they are in the freezer (which is always the hardest part!) I just may have to make these and see if I can impress my mom with a homemade version of her fave candy bar :)

  13. You are my best friend today! I miss Twix so much but with the gunk, and gluten, that is in the regular one, I have not seen one for many years! You are absolutely amazing, you know that right?!?!?

  14. I was just eating Twix this weekend for the first time in years!! Quick question, where in Montreal did you find coconut nectar? I live downtown :)

    • Hi Cassandra – I’m fairly new to the city… but I think that there is a TAU market on St. Denis (4238 Rue Saint Denis) that may have it. Best to call ahead and check. I know that the one in Dorval has it so I’m hoping they carry the same stock. Enjoy!

  15. Oh…these are my husband’s absolute favorite candy bar…Mine is…forever Butterfinger…but I will need to find a gluten/dairy free variant to calm that particular craving!..You wouldn’t happen to have THAT in the works now, would you?…Hee…In the meantime…these look spectacular and will make us extremely happy on Halloween!

  16. Growing up, my favorite candy bar was Kit Kat, but Twix was a close second. I love that this doesn’t sound too difficult to make. I am all about easy over here! So awesome and my boys have recently discovered how much they absolutely LOVE medjool dates. Great recipe! Thanks!

    • Wow you’re lucky that your kids like dates. Oh the possibilities!

  17. You just blew my mind with these! They look absolutely amazing. I never would have guessed that you used dates in your caramel. Genius.

  18. Oh wow, homemade Twix! It’s my favourite candy bar! Although I also love Snickers, Mars and Bounty. YUM. Totally bookmarking this! ;)

    • I wouldn’t even know how to start making a Mars bar but boy would it be good! It was one of my favorites, too.

  19. Oh my goodness! These are so practical to make, thank youuu! Twix were definitely one if my childhood favorites, the cookie part always killed me. Yum!

    • I love that you think they’re practical, yay! The cookie was my favorite, too. I always tried to remove the chocolate and caramel from it before I ate it. It’d take me ages to enjoy the whole package!

  20. These look so amazing! I love all the fun homemade versions of classic candy bars floating around the blogs right now, soooo much fun and nostalgia. These look so perfect, I haven’t had twix in well over 10 years, I am sure!

  21. OH MY GOODNESS. You not only made my day, or even my week – you seriously just made my year!! These were my all-time favorite candy bar before I stopped eating all that stuff!!! You have made me so happy. :) I was wondering whether anyone tries substitutes, if they’d report back results? I don’t do great with macademia nuts, and I know you suggested possibly using almonds instead? And honey rather than coconut nectar? How about cashews? Or coconut (palm) sugar rather than a liquid sweetener? Thanks so much for all your amazingly delicious recipes!! Maybe Kit Kat or Peanut M&M’s are in the future too… :)

    • Hi Sarah – I can feel your excitement, that’s awesome. No one has let me know whether or not almonds have worked or if honey did. I don’t see why it couldn’t. This recipe is very forgiving so worst thing would be that you end up with a bit more twix because you had to add extra honey or almond flour to get the right consistency… and is that really a bad thing? :P

    • Wow, I’m happy you feel that way, Kathleen! Have a fabulous weekend!

  22. Twix were my absolute favorite candy bar of all time! I haven’t had one in 2+ years. Thanks for dreaming this up. Do you think regular dates would work, or does it have to be mejool dates?

    • I’m sure regular dates would work but you may want to soak them first so they’re a little easier to process otherwise you may have date chunks in your caramel. Not the end of the world, but could make for a lumpy twix! I would just soak and drain then process. Hope that helps :)

  23. I want to make these for Halloween. However, my current blender and food processor do not do a good job blending sticky dates. My blender pretty much leaves them whole, and I destroyed the blade of my last food processor trying to do this. I may get a Vitamix for Christmas, but how can I work with the dates in the meantime? Also, can you recommend a good, yet inexpensive, food processor that will process dates? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachel – that’s too bad about your food processor! I purchased my vitamix 7 years ago and still love it to this day. As for how you can process without a processor, try soaking, draining, squeeze out as much moisture as possible, then mash with a fork. It’ll take awhile, but it’ll work! I had a black and decker before my current processor and loved it a bit more than what I have now. It was $50 or something and made everything, even nut butters! I talk about it and my appliances on my FAQ page: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/faq/#kitchen it’s about halfway down that section. Good luck!

  24. These look amazingggg but are tagged as nut-free and aren’t! Lol I got so excited I could have them. It’s pretty hard to find grain free, nut free, dairy free treats!

    • Sorry about that, Elaine. Thanks for catching that slip up there. I’m sorry I got your hopes up! You could try making a gluten-free shortbread and using it as the base. Perhaps one made out of rice flour.

  25. I used to love freezing candy bars! They really are so much better that way! These are definitely on the must try list =)

    • My friends used to think I was SO weird for doing it. Glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one :)

  26. Ok, in the end, these come out pretty tasty.
    But MAN-OH-MAN is it messy! From the crust to the chocolate, you are going to have dirty hands making this one.
    I found the dough to be a little too gooey to work with easily (took me a while to get the hang of knife trick), but I did add an extra 1/2 to the recipe (12 just didn’t seem like enough!) so maybe it just messed with the consistancy a bit.
    It took a little long to make them, but they are pretty good straight from the freezer. And given the healthier choice over the original, I’ll take them any day!
    Thanks for the effort to create a HEALTHful Halloween for us all, Leanne. You are so good at what you do!

  27. Hai,
    Do I need to use macadamia nuts or is it possible to use other nuts as well?
    They look amazing!

    • Hi Marcella – I’m sure you could use other nuts, I just chose macadamia nuts because they’re buttery like shortbread but I’m sure any ‘ol nut would do the trick!

  28. I thought these were pretty amazing! My shortbread crust turned out a bit sticky. I used 140 g cashews for the crust and I think 1/4 c agave was too much. So I roughly shaped them into logs and popped them in the freezer for a bit. They were much easier to shape and work with afterwards! The date/caramel layer was real easy to work with, very soft and pliable. After another round in the freezer it was all a matter of dipping them in molten chocolate. Yes, they were a bit messy to make, but absloutely worth it imo. Even my everything-but-vegan boyfriend who is a very fussy eater, gladly scarfed these down. I asked him when given the choice between a real twix bar or these which he would prefer. He picked these :-) I will be making them again this week, this time using hazelnut meal for the crust and adding agave sweetener 1 tsp at a time to see how much I need. Thanks Leanne for this awesome idea!
    PS. Here’s a photo of how my bars came out: http://www.maishaverhoek.com/uploads/1/bewerkt1.jpg

    • Wow, he picked these over the real ones… AWESOME! Glad to hear it went well and that you rolled with the punches. The final result looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing that picture with all of us!

  29. These are totally amazing!!!! I used a silicone pastry brush to apply the chocolate and it worked–less messy. I used agave nectar and found 1/4 cup was a little too much. Next time, and there will DEFINITELY be a next time, I will hopefully be able to find the coconut nectar without having to order online. Thanks Leanne for another fabulous recipe!!!

    • Such a great idea with the pastry brush. I need to get my paws on one of those. So happy that you liked the recipe, Karen!

  30. This recipe tastes like a twix bar! It’s uncanny…you certainly wouldn’t think it to look at the recipe! I made mine with almond flour as it is what I had on hand…so darn good! Thank you!

    • Awesome! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe! Great to know that it works with almond flour. Thanks for reporting back :)

      • Yay! I’m gonna make these then with almond flour! I don’t have any other nuts.

    • Yessery. Everything on my blog is wheat and gluten-free so you’re good to go!

  31. sooooo I made these FOREVER ago….not too long after you posted this insanely perfect recipe. I couldn’t wait for them to sit in the freezer too long so of course, I shoved one in my mouth before it was nice and cold…..yes, I liked it, but it wasn’t drop my gloves, get outta my way, mad dash to the freezer “like”. Well, I brought them out of the freezer again yesterday for a little sweet treat and I couldn’t stop eating them!!!! Ahhhhh…..el dangerouso!!! They are sooooooo much better once they’ve been left in the freezer overnight….like, def knock some people down to get to them sorta thing. My family kept going for more….it was pure silence in my home till these golden things were devoured. Big time scores Leanne…u made my preggo bellay one happy lady last night =) Wish I could come see you tomorrow in TO but I have a meeting at that time =( safe travels!

  32. These are incredible. Just great.

    Is there a way however to omit the carbs and just use the butters?
    Trying to limit carbs and love this snack!

  33. These are delicious. Any way however to make them with just fats and little to no carbs?
    Would love to eat more often!
    Thanks.

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