How to Make Your Own Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Twix, Snickers and Bounty Bars

Chocolate is a delicious treat that comes in many different forms and flavors. Most people love this treat, with each person having their favorite brand and favorite flavor.

Interesting Chocolate Statistics!

According to a report published by Brandon Gaille, the global chocolate sales figure is about $83 billion per year. Almost half of all chocolate sales occurs in Europe, while the United States accounts for 20 percent of world’s chocolate consumption. In addition to this, the report also says that women (91%) like chocolate more than men (87%).

Chocolate is also a popular gift for Valentine’s Day –nearly $400 million worth of chocolate is purchased each year, which is 5 percent of the industry’s total sales.

Chocolate Nutrition

Although chocolate is a delicious and excellent snack for any time of the day, many brands of chocolate are known for their ability to cause health problems.

Our focus in this article will be on 3 chocolates that most people love – Twix, Bounty, and Snickers. We would also like to present you healthier versions of these sweet treats that you can easily make at your home.

Nutritional Facts of Candy Bars

Before showing you how to make healthier versions of “Twix“, “Bounty“, and “Snicker“, let’s take a look at the nutritional facts of these bars first.

Bounty Bar

One Bounty Bar (29g) contains 28mg of sodium, 18g of carbs, 14g sugars, 3mg of cholesterol, and 7g of total fats. Besides the bad parts, it also contains some calcium, iron, and protein.

Twix

Only one serving of Twix contains 100mg sodium, 12g of fat, 5mg of cholesterol, and 34g carbs, of which 1g is dietary fiber and 24g is sugar.

Snickers

One serving of Snickers contains 12g of fat, 5mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 27g sugars and 1g dietary fiber.

The Negative Effects of Sugar:

After learning more about the nutritional facts of these popular chocolate bars, the next logical step is to focus on the effects of the content.

While the nutritional facts on the labels of these bars are only showing the amount of total sugar, a report published by Laboratory Talk reports that these sugars usually include sucrose, fructose and glucose sugars.

  • According to Livestrong, regular consumption of sucrose can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, mood swings, and negative effects on insulin sensitivity.
  • An article published by Authority Nutrition explains that fructose can significantly increase the levels of uric acid in the blood, which can lead to gout and high blood pressure. In addition to this, eating a lot of fructose in the form of added sugar can also cause insulin resistance, which can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Heart Association reports that too much sodium can cause serious damage to the heart and lead to high blood pressure levels.

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Bar Recipes

By now you are probably aware of the negative effects of some of the most popular chocolate bars. But, there is no need to worry because we are going to show you how to make versions of the above-mentioned bars.

But before sharing the recipes, let’s take a quick look at some of the health benefits of these organic alternatives.

  • Raw, organic cocoa powder is loaded with magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, fiber, protein, essential fats that are good for the heart.
  • Virgin coconut oil is rich in essential fatty acids, can help burn fat, reduce the levels LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and improve brain function.
  • These bars don’t contain any of the harmful ingredients found in the popular snicker bars.
  • They are also gluten-free and grain free.
Healthy Snickers Bar Recipe

Serves: 8 Full-Sized Chocolate Bars

Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

Chocolate Part:

  • 1 cup of virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of organic cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of organic maple syrup

Caramel Part:

  • 1 cup of Medjool dates (pre-soaked and the pitted kind)
  • 3 tbsps. agave nectar
  • 2 tbsps. almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsps. coconut oil
  • 1 cup of raw peanuts

Instructions:

  1. To make the chocolate bars, add all of the chocolate ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Next, blend all of the caramel ingredients in the food processor until creamy and smooth consistency is achieved.
  3. Use a silicone mold and coat the sides with a layer of the chocolate mixture – ensure the coating is fairly thick.
  4. Add a layer of caramel and then top the caramel with some of the raw peanuts.
  5. Then add the final chocolate layer to the top and store in the freezer for about an hour.
  6. ENJOY!
Paleo Bounty Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

The Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsps. of honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat)

Chocolate Part:

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. of honey

Instructions:

  1. Mix all of the filling ingredients in a blender. Make sure to stop before the mixture becomes too smooth.
  2. Line the filling on a baking sheet in rectangular shapes. You should press them firmly and then store them in the freezer for an hour.
  3. Before removing these pieces from the freezer, add all of the chocolate ingredients to a pot over low heat. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
  4. Next, remove the pot from heat and to cool allow the mixture for a few minutes.
  5. Then simply dip the rectangles into the chocolate, roll it around until completely covered in chocolate, and place them back on the baking sheet.
  6. Store in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.
  7. ENJOY!
Homemade Twix Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

The Chocolate:

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (flaky)
  • 2 tbsps. natural maple syrup

Caramel Filling:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

The Crust:

  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup solid coconut oil
  • 3 tbsps. organic maple syrup

Instructions:

The Crust: We will start with the crust because it needs to be baked in the oven.

  1. First, preheat your oven to around 350 °F.
  2. Then grease a pan (about eight by eight inches) with some coconut oil.
  3. Add all of the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Form a large ball with the mixture and press it into the greased pan.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes (until the edges are golden brown).

Caramel Filling

  1. Add all of the ingredients for caramel filling into a saucepan and stir over a low heat.
  2. Keep stirring until all of the ingredients are well combined, then pour the mixture over the crust, and add to the freezer.
  3. In the meantime, pour all of the chocolate ingredients into a pan and whisk them together.
  4. Once the part in the freezer has set, pour the chocolate part over it and place back into the freezer.
  5. Once your Twix bar has cooled enough, simply cut it into slices and enjoy.

Original Source: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/healthier-versions-of-snickers-bounty-and-twix.html?t=HHL

Other Sources: http://brandongaille.com/26-incredible-chocolate-consumption-statistics/

http://laboratorytalk.com/article/308173/analysis-of-sugars-in-chocolat

http://www.livestrong.com/article/205180-what-are-the-dangers-of-sucrose/

https://authoritynutrition.com/why-is-fructose-bad-for-you/

https://sodiumbreakup.heart.org/sodium_and_your_health

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