Make your own keto Twix bars! Tender shortbread crust topped with sugar-free caramel and milk chocolate. A delicious low carb way to satisfy those chocolate cravings.
Oh hello delicious homemade keto candy bars! I first published this Keto Twix Bar recipe back in 2014. But the keto lifestyle has come a long way since then and I decided it was time for a delicious update.
Are you a milk chocolate fan or a dark chocolate fan? Or are you like me, entirely ambidextrous when it comes to chocolate, happily swinging both ways depending on your mood?
I do love some really good, anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate, but there are some keto desserts that just scream milk chocolate. Like these homemade keto Twix. It simply wouldn’t be right to make them with dark chocolate. It would take away from their Twix-ness, if you know what I mean.
It really is remarkably fun to make your own keto candy and chocolate. Remaking your old junk food favorites into healthier alternatives means you are less likely to be swayed into temptation. And you can indulge without guilt!
Maybe you weren’t a fan of Twix back in the day. But I have any number of copycat keto candy recipes, so you’re sure to find something you love.
Updated Keto Twix Bars
When I decided to re-visit this recipe, I was happy to find that I didn’t have to change all that much about it. But the caramel filling really needed an overhaul.
Back when I first created keto twix, I made my caramel sauce with a few tablespoons coconut sugar. Good brown sugar replacements like Swerve didn’t exist back then and it was a compromise to get the deep, rich caramel flavor I was seeking.
But I’ve vastly improved my keto caramel sauce with the combo of Swerve Brown and BochaSweet. Not only does it have a rich and deep flavor but it also stays soft and doesn’t recrystallize.
But for the filling of these homemade Twix, I needed the caramel to be thicker. So I used much the same method as I did when making my Keto Turtles. It turned out perfectly!
Tips for making Keto Twix
For the crust:
- Be sure to line your pan with parchment paper, so that you can lift the bars out in one piece and cut them to your liking.
- Almond flour makes the best keto shortbread crust, but if you need to be nut-free, you can try sunflower seed flour instead. Coconut flour will not work in this recipe.
- Press the crust mixture firmly into the pan with your fingers. Then take a flat bottomed glass to even it out.
- Bake until golden brown and then let it cool completely before adding the caramel. Otherwise it won’t crisp up properly.
For the caramel:
- There’s no getting around it… if you don’t use the mix of two sweeteners, you won’t get the perfect caramel filling.
- While I highly recommend Swerve Brown, you can use Golden Lakanto instead. It really doesn’t have the deep brown color and flavor but it will work. If you can’t get any brown sugar substitutes, try using ½ cup granular erythritol with 1 teaspoon molasses. That small amount of molasses will only add about 0.5g carbs per serving.
- If you can’t use BochaSweet, try xylitol or allulose instead.
- Boiling the caramel in two stages helps it thicken up better. In the second stage, you know it’s ready when the bubbles move more slowly to the surface.
- Don’t pour the caramel sauce right away or it will soften the crust. Let it cool for 10 minutes first.
- Freeze the bars after putting the caramel filling on, so that it firms up enough for you to spread with melted chocolate.
For the chocolate topping:
- This part’s easy! Just be sure to melt your chocolate double-boiler style. Milk chocolate tends to seize more easily than dark chocolate and the gentle heat of a double boiler will help prevent that.
- Also stay near your chocolate as it melts and stir frequently. Once it’s melted, remove from the heat right away.
How to cut and store your keto Twix bars
You can cut these however you like. It’s fun to cut them into long thin bars, to truly resemble the real deal. But it does make them a bit more fragile, so you can also just cut them into 16 even squares. They taste the same either way!
I do recommend a good sharp knife for slicing through the bars evenly. If the bars have just come out of the fridge, it’s a good idea to heat up the knife first to make clean slices. I like to hold my knife over the open flame of my gas stove.
Simply store in a covered container on the counter for up to 5 days, or in the fridge for 10 days.
Now go make yourself some delicious keto Twix bars. You can thank me later!
Keto Twix Bars
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ¼ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 ½ tablespoon butter melted
- ½ cup Swerve Brown
- 5 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup BochaSweet (can sub allulose or xylitol)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon glucomannan or xanthan gum
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 oz sugar-free milk chocolate chopped
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang for easy removal.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the dough begins to clump together.
- Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and bake 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and let cool completely.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the Swerve, butter, and BochaSweet. Bring to a boil and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until bubbling and the sweeteners have dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the cream and vanilla. The mixture will bubble vigorously. Sprinkle the surface with the glucomannan and whisk vigorously to combine. Whisk in the salt.
- Bring the mixture back to a boil, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbling thickly.
- Remove from heat and let caramel cool about 10 minutes, until thickened but still pourable. Pour over the cooled crust, making sure to spread to the edges.
- Place the pan in the freezer 1 to 2 hours to set the caramel.
- Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Add the milk chocolate and stir until melted.
- Pour the chocolate over the caramel and spread to edges with a knife or offset spatula.
- Refrigerate 30 minutes to set the chocolate before cutting into bars. You can cut long thin "Twix" bars or squares, your choice!
Has anyone tried this with using cashew flour instead?
Cashew flour is not particularly low carb, which is why I don’t recommend it and most readers don’t use it. However, you are welcome to try it if it suits your diet!
Oh. My. WORD. These are to die for!! We had to get a little creative because my oven is currently dead, so I “baked” the crust in a metal cake pan on my stovetop. It’s a softer cookie texture instead of crisp/crunchy like a Twix bar but that does not diminish the deliciousness of this treat one bit. The caramel is INCREDIBLE (I licked the pot clean) and I used melted Lily’s milk chocolate chips for the topping which was perfect.
I could eat the whole pan by myself, it’s that good! I can’t wait to try other recipes using your caramel recipe. I did use allulose instead of Bochasweet because that’s what I have, and xanthan gum instead of gluccie, but had no trouble with getting the caramel to set firm (and not crystallize). It’s SO good. Thank you so much for this!
So glad you enjoyed them!
Tried this and loved it. Thank you
Can I use powdered swerve in place of bochasweet?
No, it won’t produce a gooey caramel. Please read this: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/best-keto-sweeteners/
Can I store It in the freezer?
Jean F. says
Thank you, thank you, thank you! These are amazingly delicious! I made these keto Twix bars and they turned out perfectly as written.
Can I use a vegan butter in this recipe? My daughter is dairy-free, and I’m keto trying to focus on more plant based recipes, and while I could eat this entire pan by myself, I would love to make a batch I could share with her too!
Thank you for this glorious recipe – I love your blog & recipes so much!
…and alternative milk for the cream? Yikes I’m Sorry for the incomplete comment the first time!
I think it should be fine but not having used it myself, I can’t say for sure. I’d use coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream.
Joy B says
Made these yesterday and they were yummy. I think I should have left them in the freezer longer because the caramel wasn’t as firm as I would have liked. And the melted milk chocolate hardened as soon as it hit the caramel so it was difficult to spread. They weren’t pretty, but sooo tasty
Matt Taylor says
Yummy! I love homemade Twix, nice to know there is a Keto version. 🙂 🙂
I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. And cannot beileve how YUMMY this recipe is. And it’s SUGAR FREE!
Love the new recipe! Such a delicious treat!
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I would have preferred more caramel and less chocolate. I’m not sure if I did something wrong but mine didn’t taste like Twix at all but was still good.
Feel free to switch it up! Why not?
Can you substitute erythritol for bochasweet in this recipe?
Not if you want it to be gooey.
When measuring the Swerve Brown, do you scoop and level or pack? My tendency is to pack, but that can make quite a difference in a recipe. Thanks.
It’s hard to scoop and level because it sort of automatically packs, the way real brown sugar does. So let’s say… “loosely packed”.
These are so incredibly delicious! I made a batch a year ago and took them to Mexico with us on vacation, to have as our dessert! I kept them in the mini-fridge! Your caramel recipe is the best! Thanks for your dedication to keto on!
Andrea McPherren says
I would love to make these, but I do not have any coconut sugar. Can this be substituted with another sweetener?
I have an updated recipe for this coming soon! But use Swerve Brown, it makes the best replacement.
I’ve had this one in the back of my head for a while and after seeing your almond joy bars post, I dug it out. I was wondering if I could sub your most recently updated caramel sauce (https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/the-best-low-carb-caramel-sauce/) for the caramel layer, since it’s SO awesome and I don’t use coconut sugar.
Thanks, as always!
Yes, you should be able to do so.
Wendy Ellis says
I’ve made this recipe 3 times now and it’s our favorite of all keto sweets recipes! My caramel is always pretty thin though – becomes runny if it’s not right out of the refrigerator so that’s where we have to keep these. Is this how it should be, or an I doing something wrong like not cooking it long enough, etc?
When you say “Swerve,” do you mean granulated or powdered?
If I don’t specify powdered, then I mean granular.
Is there a substitute for the coconut sugar?
(I do have black strap molasses. I kmow there is some sugar in it, but I won’t worry about it.)
Thanks so much!
Yes, a teaspoon of the molasses or two teaspoons of Yacon syrup would be fine.