Ahhh the Nanaimo Bar, if you’ve never had one of these Canadian delicacies, you are missing out. They can come in a variety of flavours such as mocha, peanut butter, maple and today I’m making my favourite – peppermint! But these are even better – they are Nanaimo fat bombs!
They are sweet, chocolatey, coconuty, and my most favourite square dessert. And they’re no-bake, you can’t go wrong with that! However, the traditional bar can set you back about 200+ calories with 15-20g of processed sugar. I’ve lightened these up a bit – OK, a lot! Only 1 gram of sugar per serving…ONE – and they also happen to be gluten-free and vegan. You’re welcome 🙂
Makes 32 squares
For the bottom layer:
1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut flour
15-20 drops liquid stevia*
1/8 tsp sea salt
For the middle layer:
1 1/2 cups coconut butter
10-15 drops liquid stevia
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 2″ scrape of vanilla bean
For the top layer:
1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips**
1 Tbsp coconut oil
* To keep these low in sugar, I have used liquid stevia. You can substitute with honey or maple syrup if you prefer.
** I used Krisda sugar-free stevia chocolate chips. If you use regular chocolate chips, the nutritional info below will change.
For the bottom layer, combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Line an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into baking dish and place in the freezer to firm up.For the middle layer, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well. Pour over bottom layer and place in freezer to harden. Make sure this layer has completely cooled before moving on to the top layer. For the top layer, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bain-marie or double boiler. Spread this over the middle layer. Refrigerate until firm.Remove from dish and cut into squares. Enjoy!Nutritional Info per square
140 Calories, 5g Carbs, 4g Fibre, 13g Fat, 2g Protein, 1g Sugar
Please Note: Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.