2 May 2016


This recipe is 100% inspired by and adapted from The Coconut Goddess. I saw their raw vegan Twix bars on Pinterest or somewhere a few days ago and my heart was like: "Hey we need to make these today, mkay??" So I did, with my own tweaks. They are soooo decadent and delish. I have been eating them as energy snacks on bike rides and after the gym, etc. They are mainly made up of nuts and dates: first we've got a cookie layer followed by caramel, finally all coated in dark chocolate. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. Make a bunch and keep 'em in the freezer for a quick, sweet snack whenever ya feel like it. Probably a great choice if you're trying to move your kids' treats in a healthier direction too. Or any human's treats.

I am all about pleasure and feeding my body stuff that tastes good. Eating whole foods doesn't have to mean going oil-free, salt-free, low-carb, low-fat, blah blah blah. If you're into that and it makes ya happy: TERRIFIC. But I like maximizing my sensory experiences so I prefer adding flavour-enhancers like Himalayan salt, maple syrup, and coconut or olive oil to my food. It makes it taste better. I really am gonna only live this one time, for 80-90 years if all goes well. I wanna make the most of it. So please eat as many of these bars as you like. Don't restrict food. I love eating rich meals and snacks that are good for me, and not giving a damn about the calorie count. Even if eating more rich, healthy foods makes you gain weight: so what? There is health at every size and it's time we got over the myth that skinny = healthy, and fat = unhealthy. It's not true. If you are living a life that makes you happy, and your body feels good, why does it matter how that body looks or how much you weigh? It doesn't. Or at least it shouldn't. Society, media and pop culture have screwed a lot up concerning how we think about out bodies and how we feel about them. But no longer! Revolt!! Love your body!!!

(And eat chocolate.)


Cookie layer:
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
Pinch Himalayan salt

1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed

Caramel layer:
3/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup cashew butter (or peanut butter)
3 tablespoons water, or more as needed
Pinch Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Chocolate coating:
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cookie: stir together the ingredients until slightly crumbly and moist. It should hold its shape when pressed between two fingers. If it's still too crumbly, add some coco oil (or water). Press into the bottom of a lined bread loaf pan. Place in the freezer.

To make the caramel: soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes (then keep this water for the recipe). Blend all ingredients until smooth, thick and caramel-y! It should taste amazing. Spread evenly onto the cookie layer and place back in the freezer until solid. It will take a couple hours to harden up. 

To make the chocolate: whisk the ingredients together until you have liquid chocolate. Yummm. Take your caramel-cookie concoction out of the freezer and slice with a sharp knife into bars. Drizzle the chocolate over the bars, or dip the bars in the chocolate. Up to you. I drizzled. Keep in the freezer and enjoy whenever!

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clare said...

Thank you sooo much for all your rad thoughts, you are the ONLY food blog where I actually look forward to reading the text before scrollin' on down to the recipe. You are the perfect balance of wise and encouraging, THANK GOODNESS your voice is part of the vegan community, sending much love from the other side of Canada, keep on keepin! xxxxx

Anonymous said...

These are incredible!!! They were super easy to make and are just the best snack/dessert/breakfast/any meal ever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a calorie count (or estimate) of these? They look so good!

Daisy Toes said...

Thanks for updating your recipe index!
Sometimes I vaguely remembered what recipe I wanted to make but couldn't find it.

Also, thanks for being a body-positive, food-positive kind of gal, I always love reading your posts. :)

Unknown said...

I made them yesterday and they ended up so sweet, I couldn't even put chocolate on top because they were so sweet. I put agave instead of maple, could it be because of that?

Unknown said...

Finally making these after drooling since the post went up!
Hope you're feeling better Em

Unknown said...

agave is much sweeter than maple syrup- it's usually used to substitute for other sweeteners because you can use a lot less of it and get the same sweetness

JLovering said...

these were heavenly!! I majorly failed in the assembly part, and made crumbly square, but they were so delicious nonetheless. oh, and I subbed half the coconut oil for cacao butter for the chocolate coating ;)

Unknown said...

Never been so excited to have every ingredient in a recipe ever!

Trotting off to make these IMMEDIATELY. Then I'll take them on a date...to the couch with a big cup of tea! x

Christina Flynn said...

Can't wait to make these! Did you use raw or toasted cashew butter? Does it matter? And could you use almond butter instead or do you need the sweetness from the cashew butter?

Anonymous said...

how did you get them to assemble into such nice bars?!

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The bars look so delicious~~ Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

These weren't bad bud I wouldn't consider them the same as twix. The cookie part isn't crunchy. Maybe I made them wrong, I didn't have almond flour. They were caramel-y.

Ellen Mona said...

how did you get them to assemble into such nice bars?!

Allyson said...

These were delicious. No, I wouldn't say they are exactly like a purchased twix, but I didn't actually expect them to be as good as they were. I didn't have almond flour so I ground some almonds in the food processor first and the cookie layer was pretty crunchy.

Unknown said...

They look sooo yummy I am tripping into the kitchen to make them very soon.....but..it would be good to know the calorie content as was suggested earlier, otherwise I'm going to end up a chubby nanny! ;)