Recipe

Raw twicker bars

Next time you crave a sugar fix, try a batch of these raw twicker bars - they're dairy free, gluten free and completely free of refined sugar! They're also incredibly delish and so easy to make, could you get any better?

  • 35 mins preparation plus standing and freezing
  • Serves 20
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw macadamias
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
Caramel
  • 9 fresh dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
Chocolate coating
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder

Method

  • 1
    Make Caramel (see below).
  • 2
    Grease a 20cm square cake pan; line base and sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm over sides.
  • 3
    For raw shortbread layer, process macadamias, pecans, desiccated coconut, oil, syrup and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and starts to come together. Press firmly over the base of pan using a spatula. Freeze for 20 minutes or until set.
  • 4
    Spread caramel over shortbread; smooth top with spatula. Freeze for 1 hour or until set.
  • 5
    Remove caramel-topped shortbread from pan; cut into 20 bars, 10cm long and slightly less than 2cm wide. Place on a tray lined with baking paper; return to freezer until ready to coat.
  • 6
    Make Chocolate Coating (see below).
  • 7
    Working with one bar at a time using tongs, dip in chocolate coating, turning to coat. Gently shake off excess chocolate; return to tray. Freeze for 10 minutes or until set.
  • 8
    Trim off any excess chocolate from bars. Using a spoon, drizzle remaining chocolate over bars. (If chocolate coating thickens too much, reheat). Freeze for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Caramel
  • 9
    Place dates in a small bowl, then cover with cold water. Stand for 30 minutes; drain. Blend drained dates with remaining ingredients until as smooth as possible. (A high-powered blender is ideal.)
Chocolate coating
  • 10
    Place coconut oil and cacao butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a smaller heatproof bowl of boiling water. Whisk until combined and smooth, then whisk in maple syrup. Remove from heat; whisk in cacao powder until combined and smooth.

Notes

Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days, or freeze for up to two months. Use a good quality natural peanut butter, made from 100 per cent peanuts.