Twix Bars with Oat Shortbread and Almond Butter Maple Syrup Caramel
Not only are edible gifts extremely personal, and usable by anyone you give them to, but they also get you to be a little bit creative in the kitchen! I truly believe that baking and cooking relieve stress. The act of measuring, rolling, or stirring something alone uses energy and brain power. Observing what you're doing transform from one state to another creates excitement. And giving... well we all should know that giving to someone creates joy in not only yourself, but the other person!
These Twix bars emerged as an idea while I was studying for finals. So in the middle of studying, I went to my kitchen, made a batch, and felt so much more relaxed and at ease. Many of the ingredients I used created a rich, decadent bar that might not be suitable for all of you but you can sub in plenty of ingredients.
The vanilla and coconut oil give the crust a buttery short bread taste, while the gluten-free oats keep it a great flourless option.
- 2 cups of oats, ground into flour in the blender
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1.2 cup coconut cream
- 4 tablespoon Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 2 bars of Raaka Bourban Cask Aged chocolate, melted
Blend the oats, coconut oil, salt, and first tablespoon of salt in the blender. I use a small tabletop bullet. If it is too dry, add a little extra coconut oil. It should be the consistency of cookie dough. Press into a small square pan or square tupperware. I had an 8 by 4 tupperware that I used. Place in fridge to harden.
While the crust is hardening, blend the maple syrup, coconut cream, and second round of almond butter in the blender until combined and creamy. If too thick, add some more maple syrup. Add the vanilla bean powder. Pour this over the slightly hardened crust.
Now you really have to let it chill! I put the crust with "caramel" on top into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate over the hardened caramel and crust. Chill overnight in freezer.
Cut into long bars in the morning and enjoy! If I made these again, I might add a peanut butter layer too to get even more decadent!
* I wasn't paid by either of the brands mentioned above! I just really enjoy high quality products when I feed my family and friends.