Atypical Nanaimo Bars

19 Feb
  1. Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars top view
    I was super proud of the raw, vegan Nanaimo Bars I’d just made but I was trying to be sneaky and not say ‘raw’ or ‘vegan’.
  2. Julie kindly pointed out what you might already know.
  3. To which I replied…
  4. @dinnerwithjulie oh really?! Shows how many times I’ve made them — never!
  5. In any case, this recipe is such a treat, super easy to make, and much better for you than the traditional variety. Now, someone come pry me away from them…
    Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars

    Atypical Nanaimo Bars (modified from here)


    3/4 cup dried cherries

    1/4 cup medjool dates (about 3)
    1/2 cup almonds

    1 cup dried coconut (unsweetened and shredded)

    1/4 cup cacao powder


    2 cups cashews

    1/4 cup coconut oil (melted slightly in a pot on low heat)

    1 tbsp vanilla

    2 tbsp honey

    ~1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup coconut oil

    2 Tbsps cacao powder

    salt, to taste

    For the base: In the food processor, pulse cherries, dates and almond until coarse. Add in coconut and cacao and pulse until well combined. Press firmly into an 8×8 pan and set aside.

    For the filling: In a high-speed blender (I have a Blendtec) or food processor, blend cashews until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides of the jar a few times with a spatula. Add in coconut oil, honey, vanilla and 1/4 cup of water and blend. Add the remaining water if necessary to reach a smooth consistency. Pour this mixture over top of the base, smoothing out with a spatula and freeze for at least 10 minutes.

    For the top: In a small pot on the lowest heat possible, combine coconut oil, cacao powder and salt. (This took me about 1 minute)! Pour over top of the filling, jiggling the pan a little to get everything evenly coated. Freeze for at least two hours. When you’re ready to cut them up, use a knife that’s been sitting in hot water.

    Keep frozen. Makes 24 – 36 squares.

3 Responses to “Atypical Nanaimo Bars”

  1. Ben December 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM #

    Yum! Love the glossy top layer, looks great. Almost want to add this to my christmas baking repertoire for this year…

    • jacinthe December 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM #

      It’d be perfect for Christmas un-baking! 🙂


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