HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) | FOOD RECIPES

This recipe for homemade Twix Bars is a game changer! When you take a bite, you won’t believe that this candy bar copycat is gluten-free, refined sugar free, Paleo, and vegan. Happy Fri-YAY!!! It’s the weekend, and you deserve some celebratory chocolate for making it through the week. And today, we’re celebrating with HEALTHY(er) homemade Twix Bars.

Whaaaat? Healthy Twix? I know. Yes, this is for real. I made homemade Twix bars that you can eat guilt-free, because these pretty little bars are gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, AND vegan. A whole big pile of them, because you deserve nothing less. I had to make this recipe three times, because you know, testing and stuff. I also needed an excuse to eat more.more.more of these delicious goodies.

Now, let’s talk about how this homemade candy magic happens. The crust is made with coconut flour, which creates a cookie base that creates a texture most similar to shortbread of any gluten-free flour I’ve tried.

Unfortunately, because coconut flour is super absorbent and likes to be unique, no other flour would substitute well here. A little goes a long way with coconut flour though, so pick up a bag and you’ll have it around for a while (and you can make lots of Twix!).

The caramel filling is seriously super easy. It can be made in the microwave or on the stove, but you don’t even need to cook it; all of the ingredients just need to be melted together and fully combined before being poured over the cooled crust and left to set. While the caramel cools, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup come together for the quickest homemade chocolate ever. Pour the chocolate over the caramel and leave it to set and we’re almost done!

I opted to sprinkle a bit of fleur de sel over the top before the chocolate set, too. I’m a believer that a sprinkle of flaky sea salt makes pretty much anything better and I loved the bite of crunchy salt on these homemade Twix bars. It’s the perfect complement to the sweet filling, but you can leave it off for a more classic flavor.

I seriously couldn’t get over these homemade Twix bars and I immediately regretted sending them all off to work with my roommate and not saving any for myself! I think another batch may be in order soon 😃

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) | FOOD RECIPES
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) | FOOD RECIPES

INGREDIENTS :

For the shortbread crust :

  • ⅔ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, solid

For the caramel filling :

  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the chocolate topping :

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 14×5” tart pan or 8×8” square pan with coconut oil (I recommend lining the pan with parchment paper as well if your pan doesn’t have a removable bottom).
  2. Combine coconut flour and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the maple syrup and stir until fully combined and crumbly.
  4. Add the room temperature coconut oil and mix until a large dough ball forms, pressing out any clumps of coconut oil.
  5. I used my hands at the end to bring the dough fully together.
  6. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
  7. Let cool completely.
  8. For the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until all of the ingredients are melted and throughly combined.
  9. Pour over the crust and let cool in the refrigerator until set before topping with chocolate layer.
  10. For the chocolate topping, whisk together all of the ingredients and pour over the cooled caramel layer.
  11. Smooth evenly and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  12. Let cool until set.
  13. Slice into 1-inch slices, or 16 squares.
  14. Keep stored in the refrigerator.

You can find complete recipes of this HOMEMADE TWIX BARS (GF, PALEO + VEGAN) in bakerita.com

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

My love language is dessert. Sometimes I even eat it for dinner. However, in my opinion, dessert has to be chocolatey…like insanely chocolatey. Or full of peanut butter. Or, if you make me something that’s both insanely chocolatey and full of peanut butter…you’ll win me over for life. Seriously, the only time I eat desserts that are vanilla-y or fruity is when I’m trying to be polite…

but I usually consider them a waste of calories and time (which is the opposite of my husband and kids, whose desserts of choice include vanilla cake, key lime pie, and gummy bears. No thanks).This Puppy Chow recipe meets all this criteria, and then some! Plus it’s gluten-free and dairy-free!

Puppy chow is one of my top five favorite desserts. I’m usually satisfied with just a small amount of something sweet after dinner. However, when it comes to puppy chow, I could literally eat an entire batch myself. It’s the only treat that I consider truly dangerous (or maybe it should consider me dangerous).

I’m a midwesterner (born and raised) so I call this treat “Puppy Chow.” It has other names too, like muddy buddies, monkey munch, etc., but no matter what you call it, it’s delicious.
Listen carefully now, my version of this dessert is not for the faint of heart.

You will never find weak puppy chow in my kitchen. You know what I mean? The stuff that is so thinly coated with chocolate and peanut butter that the powdered sugar barely sticks to it? Not on my watch. I want clumps, and globs, and hunks, and chunks of chocolate-peanut buttery goodness.

I start by melting equal parts of chocolate (semi-sweet or dark) and peanut butter together. (Look at that picture up there, seriously look). If you want it to be dairy free, just use dairy-free chocolate chips!  Then I put some cereal in the bottom of a large bowl, pour some of the peanut butter/chocolate mixture on top, and then continue to alternate cereal/chocolate/cereal, etc.

until I’ve used up all the ingredients. The key here is to start VERY conservatively with the amount of cereal! You do NOT, I repeat, do NOT want to use too much cereal. It will ruin your puppy chow and your day.

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes
How To Make Puppy Chow Recipe | Food Recipes

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6-7 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Melt peanut butter and chocolate together, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  2. Next, add 3 cups of cereal to a large bowl.
  3. Pour 1 cup of your chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the cereal.
  4. Add 3 more cups of cereal to the bowl and then pour the rest of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture on top.
  5. Stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
  6. If there are pools of chocolate/peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl
  7. add more cereal 1/4 cup at a time until all that deliciousness is coating your cereal.
  8. Remember we WANT clumps, so do NOT add too much cereal!
  9. Let the mixture cool slightly (I throw mine in the fridge or outside on my porch if it’s cold out). You do not want it to harden!
  10. Once your mixture is at or below room temperature, add 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  11. Mix until combined.
  12. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  13. Add more powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until your cereal is coated to your satisfaction.

You can find complete recipes of this Puppy Chow Recipe in joyfoodsunshine.com

HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES | FOOD RECIPES

It’s April! Which means … time to get ready for bikini season. Which, therefore means, back to eating paleo. I’ve even created an Instagram account to serve as a sort of food diary. So yes, this is serious.

When trying to come up with a healthy dessert idea to make with my sister, I stumbled across these dark chocolate peanut butter banana bites. They’re the perfect snack to pop after dinner when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth! Plus, with just three ingredients, they’re super easy to make and healthy.

Three cheers for healthy dessert recipes! Your bikini will thank you for making these your go-to dessert.
Don’t be afraid to make a mess. That’s what paper towels are for.

HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES | FOOD RECIPES
HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES | FOOD RECIPES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup creamy nut butter of your choice
  • 3/4 cup baking chocolate
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice each banana into thin slices and arrange half the pieces on the baking sheet.
  3. Spread peanut butter onto each banana slice, then cover each slice with another slice.
  4. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until frozen.
  5. Place the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted.
  6. Stir in the chocolate, and continue to microwave until smooth.
  7. Use a fork or spoon to cover each banana bite in chocolate, then place back on the sheet.
  8. Freeze for one hour and enjoy!
  9. Store in freezer and thaw for a few minutes before eating.

You can find complete recipes of this DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES in smilesandwich.com

HOW TO MAKE REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES

I have a weakness for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They are one of my favorites! They are always my first candy that I search for in my boys Halloween candy and Christmas stockings. I even have Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars on the blog that are pure heaven. So if you are a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lover like I am, these need to happen in your life right now!

Look at these bad boys. You already know that you are in love! 🙂

These brownies have to be the best brownies that I have ever made.  A rich and fudgy brownie layer stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups inside.  Then, a creamy peanut butter cheesecake layer topped with chocolate and more Reese’s Peanut butter Cups!   Can you even imagine how mind blowing these are for your first bite?  This is the ultimate Reese’s Lovers Brownie right here and something you need to experience!

HOW TO MAKE REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES
HOW TO MAKE REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES | FOOD RECIPES

INGREDIENTS

Brownie layer:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini reese’s peanut butter cups, divided and chopped into fourths

For the peanut butter cheesecake layer:

  • 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate layer on top:

  • 1 (12 oz) bag milk chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch pan with aluminum foil for easy removal of the bars. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. Chop your reese’s peanut butter cups into fourths and divide them in half.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl or using a double broiler, melt the ¾ cup of butter and chopped dark chocolate.
  3. Stirring ever 30 seconds being careful not to let the chocolate burn.
  4. Whisk sugar and brown sugar to the melted chocolate mixture. Then add the vanilla and eggs until it it is fully incorporated. Stir the flour until incorporated. Fold in half of the chopped Reese’s Peanut butter cups. Pour this mixture into your prepared 9×13 inch pan.
  5. To make the cheesecake layer, in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and softened butter about 2 minutes until fluffy. Mix in the egg, sugar, salt, and vanilla on high for another 2 minutes. Mix in the peanut butter for 2 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this REESE’S CHEESECAKE BROWNIES in therecipecritic.com

How to make creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce | Food Recipes

How to make creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce | Food Recipes

In terms of actual real life serious commitments, I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian. But I am a person who likes to try new things and sometimes I get lazy about cooking meat, so a few months ago I bought three different spiralizers – those crazy machines that make vegetables into noodles. I wanted to try them and see which ones were best, and why they were awesome, and become a super healthy person with a few swirls of a spiralizer handle, and eventually talk about it in a post. In these last few weeks, I’ve just been a leeeetle too “busy” to get my act together and actually write about the spiralizers, but ironically, the thing that is keeping me busy is feeding my face bowls and bowls and bowls of spiralized sweet potato noodles covered in cashew sauce. It’s just so weird how that works.

So let’s break this down into a less weird and scary // more awesome and healthy and delicious sort of situation.

To start: sweet potato noodles.

I made my sweet potato noodles with the Paderno spiralizer. Annnnnd I just basically gave away my whole spiralizer post to you right there in one sentence. Just… buy the Paderno. It’s $30 and it has a 4.5 ⭐️ rating from more than 6,000 reviews on Amazon.

(But seriously, more to come on the topic of spiralizers in a week or two if you’re the kind of person who needs major convincing. I see you, and I get you, and I’ll be back for you.)

You COULD make your sweet potato noodles by hand or with a peeler or something, but, I mean, why, really? If that’s your story right now, I’d say just skip the vegetables-as-noodles thing (too much work, friend) and go for either regular noodles or sweet potatoes chopped into easy, quick little pieces and roasted to perfection. File under advice from your Lazy Girl Friend.

How to make creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce | Food Recipes

How to make creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce | Food Recipes
How to make creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce | Food Recipes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¾ cup water (more for soaking)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves, chives, or other herbs
  • alt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cover the cashews with water in a bowl and soak for 2 hours or so.
  2. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a food processor or blender (I got better texture with the blender) and add the ¾ cup water, salt, and garlic. Puree until very smooth.

NOTES
This recipe makes MORE than enough sauce – enough for at least 6 or 8 servings, if not more. I left the amounts that way because it seemed silly to make the sauce with only about ½ cup of cashews – it wouldn’t even really be enough to get going around in the blender, and I promise you’ll be able to find ways to use the remaining sauce. It’s extremely versatile.

You can find complete recipes of this creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce in pinchofyum.com

HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP | FOOD RECIPES

I hosted a housewarming banquet last time we moved and, upon leaving, my friend told me that these chips were the highlight of the meal. I was bemused, not because they aren’t totally delicious, but because they were a simple side to some other rather elaborate dishes. I took the compliment anyway because, like me, I know he is a big lemon and dill fan… I guess the lesson there is that simple dishes, where the flavours are perfectly paired and the ingredients are in season and at their prime, make the most memorable meals.

HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP | FOOD RECIPES

HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP | FOOD RECIPES
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP | FOOD RECIPES

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Chips with Creamy Lemon and Dill Dip

2 medium | 1.1kg golden sweet potatoes (kumera), scrubbed
4 tbls | 80ml coconut oil, melted to liquid
Sea salt flakes, to taste

Creamy Lemon and Dill Dip

1 cup | 145g raw cashews, soaked for 4+ hours and drained
2/3 cup | 160ml water


Instruction

For the chips: 
Set your oven to 200C. Leaving the skin on the sweet potatoes, 
use a sharp knife to remove any blemishes. Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds about 1cm thick. 
Lay the chips out in a single layer on two baking trays. Pour over the coconut oil and use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the chips with the oil – 
you’ll find the oil may set on the potatoes if they are cold but do your best.

For the creamy lemon and dill dip:  
Blend the cashews, water and lemon juice in a high speed blender till smooth 
about 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl and add the dill, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.

You can find complete recipes of this SWEET POTATO CHIPS WITH CREAMY LEMON AND DILL DIP in homespuncapers.com

How To Make Vanilla Magic Custard Cake | Food Recipes

How To Make Vanilla Magic Custard Cake | Food Recipes

Vanilla Magic Custard Cake is melt-in-your-mouth soft and creamy dessert. It’s like hocus pocus!!! You put one simple and easy cake batter to bake and then the magic happens!!! You will take from the oven delicious, triple layered cake. Creamy, custard like, vanilla layer is separated between light and fluffy layer on top and dense cake layer on the bottom.

You’ve probably already seen and heard a lot about those magic cakes, but believe it or not I’ve never tried them until now. Photos of this cake always look really fantastic, but I ‘ve always had some other ideas to try and put this recipe on hold.

How To Make Vanilla Magic Custard Cake | Food Recipes

How To Make Vanilla Magic Custard Cake | Food Recipes
How To Make Vanilla Magic Custard Cake | Food Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 cups milk-lukewarm
  • 4 eggs-separated
  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup (115g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F
  2. Lightly grease 8×8 inch baking dish, set aside
  3. Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and powdered sugar until pale yellow.

You can find complete recipes of this Vanilla Magic Custard Cake in omgchocolatedesserts.com