This week I have taken to the kitchen for a little experimenting! I’m not sure if it’s the return of GBBO making me come over all inspired, or the motivation of fulfilling the baking segment of my September Happiness Challenge , but whatever the case, I decided to get my bake on. And to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed myself doing it. – I don’t know why I ever expect anything less, because on the rare occasions I do decide to roll up my sleeves, and release my inner Mary Berry, I always enjoy the experience, regardless of the outcome. (Which more often than not, is a plate full of sticky sweet, very unInstagramable gloop.) When my baking does go to plan though, I can’t help but look over my masterpiece with a great deal of pride, and satisfaction. My mother is a fantastic baker, so growing up I was spoilt for choice usually surrounded by several cake tins, boasting a fabulous selection of sweet treats; lemon drizzle cakes, date slices, banana bread, chocolate brownies, coffee cake, you name it, Mum makes it! I, however, didn’t inherit such a natural flare for creating such culinary delights. So when thing do go to plan, I give myself an almighty imaginary pat on the back.
I have had a few of you lovely lot, message me since featuring these on my Instagram story, asking for the recipe, so your wish is my command! These were an absolute delight, both to make, and to eat! And it would be a crime not to pass this on. They required very little effort, or skill, were rather inexpensive to create, and they are both gluten free and vegan friendly! As stated, this was an experiment, and I will continue to tweak ingredients, as currently they are a little runnier than I’d prefer, but they still deliver a wonderful celebration to your taste buds!
- Coconut oil
- Organic coco powder
- Maple syrup
- 2 ripe bananas
- Coconut flour
- Ground almonds
- Smooth nut butter
- Chunky sea salt
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cinnamon
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c . Whilst that is heating, it’s time to make your biscuitesque base!
- Start by pouring 2/3 of a cup of coconut flour, and 1/3 of a cup of ground almonds into a mixing bowl.
- Next we need to take 2 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil, and melt them down, either in the microwave or on the stove. Once the coconut oil is melted, add it into the mixing bowl with your coconut flour and ground almonds, along with 3 tablespoons of maple syrup.
- Mix the ingredients together, until an even texture is achieved throughout.
- Use more coconut oil to grease a tin or oven tray, or line your tray / tin with grease proof paper.
- Press the biscuity like mix into the tray and put it in the oven to bake for about 10 minutes.
The Caramel Centre:
- Once the base is completely cool, you are ready to add the caramel-like filling. Start by mashing up 1.5 – 2 small bananas.
- Add 1 heaped tablespoonful of smooth nut butter or your choice (I used peanut here), 4 tablespoon of maple syrup, vanilla extract, and 1 heaped tablespoon of coconut oil, melted down.
- Mix the ingredients until they are a smooth, even consistency. If you have a food processor, this will be much easier to achieve as I found the coconut oil pretty stubborn, and unwilling to fuse with the other ingredients.
- Pour the filling on top of the base, and spread evenly.
- Pop in the fridge to allow the mixture to set.
The Chocolate topping:
After a couple of hours setting time, I returned to the kitchen to create my twixxy chocolate topping.
- First, I melted down 2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
- Then I poured it into a mixing bowl along with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and a heaped tablespoon of coco powder.
- Thoroughly mix together until it’s at the consistency of melted chocolate.
- Pour on the top layer of your baking tray / tin.
- Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt for added flavour, then put into the freezer for at least 1 hour, to allow a hard set.
- Once set, lightly dust with cinnamon, (or coco powder if you prefer) cut into fingers. (As you can probably see from my photos, I probably could have done with giving it a little more setting time, but hey-ho, they still taste GREAT.)
- Finally, boil the kettle, pour yourself a cuppa, get your feet up, and tuck into your delicious twixxy bar delight.
So, there you have it. A healthier alternative, and easy bake twix-like bar of scrumptiousness, for all of the family to enjoy! Let me know how you get on, or any tips you have for how I could perfect this recipe, in the comments below. Please feel free to pass this recipe on, and don’t forget to give me a follow for updates on future blogs.
Have a fabulous day you lovely lot.