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Healthy Homemade Twix

Hi, friends! It has been two weeks too long since our last post, so we had to get a little wild with this week’s recipe. Due to (tragic) recent developments (a food allergy test) A Healthy Hint is officially fully gluten free, as both Amanda and Christina are allergic to wheat. We always joke that we are the same person, and it appears that our bodies have decided to make that a full reality. That said, this week’s recipe is not only delicious, but highlights one of our favorite gluten free flours. We present to you: Healthy Homemade Twix. Yes, candy lovers, you read that right. 

The key ingredient for this recipe is: Coconut Flour

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Coconut flour is a great baking alternative for those who have a gluten allergy. Roughly 18 million Americans have a gluten allergy, us included, and we are always looking for new treats for those who have to cut it out of their diet. You can read more about gluten here.
  • Coconut flour is also low in carbohydrates, so if you are looking for a lower carb option, even if you are not gluten free, this is a great alternative for you! 1/4 cup has only 6 net carbs! Keto dieters, rejoice.
  • It is also high in fiber, containing 10 grams of fiber for every 1/4 cup. It actually contains 5x more fiber than wheat flour! This means it is taking care of your digestive health as you eat it, ensuring that you feel full longer, and keep your gut health in check.
  • Coconut flour also contains a large mix of healthy vitamins and minerals. These include manganese, potassium, calcium and phosphorus, which have been shown to remove toxins from our bodies. To boot, it also provides 18 different types of amino acids! Amino acids are essentially the building blocks on which proteins are created, and they prevent overall human health.
  • Coconut flour is also rich in healthy fats, which have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties.

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Healthy Homemade Twix Bars

Servings: 16
Calories: 225kcal

Ingredients

For the Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

For the Caramel Layer

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Layer

  • 1 dark chocolate bar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

For the Topping

  • flakey sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 8” or 9” square pan with parchment paper or non-stick spray.
  • In a bowl, mix together coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix until well combined. Press crust mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely.
  • For caramel layer: in a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt over medium-low heat. Whisk continuously until completely liquified. Once liquified, pour over cooled crust and let set in refrigerator before topping with chocolate layer.
  • For chocolate layer: Break up chocolate bar into microwave-safe bowl and add coconut oil. Warm in microwave for 30 sec intervals, stirring in between, until completely liquified.
  • Once caramel layer is set, pour chocolate layer on top. Smooth evenly and sprinkle with flakey sea salt. Let set in refrigerator before slicing. Keep stored in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225, Total Fat: 18.1g, Saturated Fat: 9.6g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 55mg, Total Carbohydrates: 12.5g, Dietary Fiber: 2.1g, Total Sugars: 8.5g, Protein: 4.5g

There you have it! Healthy Homemade Twix– Gluten free and delicious! Enjoy this treat, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

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