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Homemade Twix Cups (Vegan, Paleo)

Dessert, Grain-Free, GF, Paleo, VeganHaley Hansen2 Comments

Ask me what my favorite childhood candy is. Go ahead. Or maybe you can guess by the looks of this post? Answer: TWIX all the way. Then, probably Reese's peanut butter cups followed by Kit Kats. Get all the gummy worms and bears and sour little "children" out. Please and thank you! 

Homemade Twix Cups (Vegan, Paleo)

One time, circa age 7 I would bet, my family and best friend and I took a night out for a fancy-ish dinner in SoCal and came across a giant ferris wheel. My dad and best friend insisted on riding, so I sucked up some courage (without showing it, of course) and rode along. I think this has happened to me every time I ride a ferris wheel and I think it's safe say to be that it will continue to happen every time I ride one in the future - the cart I'm in stops right at the top of the wheel for what feels like eternity while other carts unload and reload new passengers. 

I always forget about my fear of heights until that very moment. 

"WOW! Look how high up we are!" my best friend exclaimed in amazement. "Haley, you have to look at this!" I'd somehow managed to wedge my head between my legs as soon as I realized just how high off the ground we'd escalated. When the fear hits, it hits h a r d. "If you don't look up, I'm not sharing any of my Sour Patch Kids with you," she tried to convince me. 

Yeah, those do nothing for me. She probably could've easily convinced me if she'd offered a big scoop of cookies n' cream ice cream or fudgy brownies or... or a Twix bar. Little did she know.  Then again, little did I know we would soon become best friends. I guess candy couldn't separate us! 

Candy favorites are kind of like ice cream favorites - don't they say something about that person? For example, the best friend I'm talking about, who loves sour and gummy candies is a light-hearted, witty, goofy, adventure-chasing, free-spirited girl. Me? I'm definitely more laid-back, organized, reserved, logical, introverted. Okay, so maybe I can't exactly verbally explain how those personality types relate to the candies we like, respectively, but hopefully you see where I'm going with that? Something about a Twix bar - the layers, the smooth chocolate exterior, the creamy caramel, and the crunchy cookie - says organization. Something about gummies - the colors, the texture, the sugary-ness, and the unpredictable flavors - says adventure. 

As much as I'd love to work on my adventure-ability...

... I love Twix. Hey, homemade Twix cups can be my latest adventure, right? 

Homemade Twix Cups (Vegan, Paleo)

Makes 12 cups

For the crust:
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup date nectar or maple syrup
2 tbsp. almond butter
2 tbsp. almond milk

For the filling:
7-8 Medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 1+ hour
2 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbsp. coconut flour

For the topping: 
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
2 tbsp. almond butter
sea salt, for sprinkling

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin with butter or oil.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the crust ingredients until combined and sticking together in a dough form. Press about a tablespoon of the dough into each muffin cup and bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. 
  3. Drain the soaked dates and toss into the blender with the other ingredients for the filling. Blend until smooth. Spread about a tablespoon of the filling on top of each crust portion in the muffin tin. Refrigerate. 
  4. In a double-boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate. Stir in the nut butter and whisk until smooth. Remove the crusts from the muffin tin and spread evenly on a cooling rack placed over parchment paper (you will make a mess with the chocolate). 
  5. Pour a tablespoon or two of the chocolate mixture over each cup just until it's covered in chocolate. Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate until firm. 
  6. Enjoy!
Homemade Twix Cups (Vegan, Paleo)