So when Halloween came around as a kid, like many, I dumped the evening’s candy collection on the floor in the middle of our family living room. The highest piles were always snickers, Reeses’s, and Twix. I’d of course make serious swaps with my brother — I’d give him anything with mint in exchange with anything for peanut butter. My parents had their requests too. My Mom got the Peanut M&M’s in the yellow wrapper and my Dad got any of the Almond Joy’s or Mounds.
If you’re nostalgic for those childhood favorites, but your waistline or your self-control is telling you otherwise, then try making them instead with wholesome ingredients! Today’s recipe uses very simple ingredients that also happen to be vegan and gluten free. And while in my opinion they taste absolutely nothing like a Twix bar — because of the peanut butter — they do taste amazing and follow the same layered principles: A shortbread cookie crust, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a smooth chocolate topping.
They look a whole lot like a Twix, but they’re so much healthier. They’re so good in fact, that I’m going to try another recipe soon that will mirror a Twix with a caramel layer. Stay tuned. Until then, enjoy these this summer! The only baking part is the cookie base, which takes 10 minutes, the rest uses the refrigerator so it’s a hot-day kind of recipe.