A nut-free shortbread crust topped with naturally-sweetened tahini caramel and drizzled with dark chocolate makes a healthier homemade Twix Bar of your dreams! It’s Paleo, Vegan, and Nut-free, with an AIP option. Plus enjoy 25+ more gluten-free, dairy-free desserts in the post above!
1/4cuptahini or tigernut butter for an AIP substitute
½tspVanilla extract omit for AIP
1/3cupchocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate 1/4 cup carob powder for AIP
1Tbspcoconut oil or ghee coconut oil for AIP
Flakey sea salt to top
Soak pitted dates in boiling hot water for 20-30 minutes at least until soft.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line and lightly grease a 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, set aside.
Mix all shortbread ingredients together until a smooth batter forms, press it evenly into the lined loaf pan in a single layer. Bake it for 11-12 minutes or until cooked, it may still be soft which is okay. Pop it into the freezer (carefully) when it’s out.
Meanwhile, make the caramel filling by combining all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Once the shortbread layer is cooled to handle, you can drizzle the filling and spread it over top with the back of a spoon, pop it into the freezer to set.
Lastly, combine the chocolate and oil/ghee in a small saucepan (or you can zap in the microwave for 30 seconds). Melt the ingredients together until you have a smooth chocolate.
Pour the melted chocolate over the filling of your bars and spread it evenly by moving your loaf tin around so it’s evenly distributed. Finish off with some flakey sea salt and let it finish setting in tthe freezer for 5 mins or so.
Remove from the freezer and use parchment paper to remove the chocolate bars from the loaf tin. Using a serrated sharp knife, cut 8 pieces out.
Serve/store in the fridge or freezer in a container or back in your loaf tin and covered with the parchment paper. Enjoy!