How To Make Nanaimo Bar Recipe Vegan Simple

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Calling all chocolate lovers! Craving a classic Canadian treat but following a vegan lifestyle? Look no further! This recipe delivers all the rich, decadent flavors of a traditional Nanaimo bar, but made entirely with plant-based ingredients.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. We’ve broken it down into three easy-to-follow layers:

Healthy Nanaimo Bars (Vegan, Gluten-free, No-Bake) - Nutriholist
Healthy Nanaimo Bars (Vegan, Gluten-free, No-Bake) – Nutriholist

1. The Coconut Pecan Crust

This nutty base provides a satisfying crunch and a hint of sweetness.


1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut

  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons melted vegan butter

  • 2. The Creamy Vegan Custard Layer

    This light and fluffy layer offers a delightful contrast to the other textures.


    1 (14oz) can full-fat coconut milk (chilled, well-shaken)

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3. The Dark Chocolate Ganache Topping

    Rich and decadent, this layer takes the bar to the next level!


    8 ounces vegan dark chocolate (chopped)

  • ¼ cup unsweetened plant-based milk (such as almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • Directions:

    1. Prepare the Crust: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the shredded coconut, chopped pecans, maple syrup, and melted vegan butter. Mix well until everything is evenly coated. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

    2. Make the Vegan Custard: In a saucepan, whisk together the chilled coconut milk, powdered sugar, and cornstarch. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and reaches a pudding-like consistency. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the hot custard layer over the cooled crust. Smooth out the top with a spatula and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until completely chilled.

    3. Create the Ganache Topping: In a heat-resistant bowl, set over a pot of simmering water (double boiler method), combine the chopped dark chocolate, plant-based milk, and coconut oil. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir gently until smooth and melted. Pour the ganache over the chilled custard layer, spreading evenly.

    4. Chill and Enjoy!: Refrigerate the entire Nanaimo bar for at least 2 hours, or until the ganache has set firmly. Cut into squares and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    (Please note that this is an approximate estimate and may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use.)

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Protein: 4g

  • Conclusion:

    This vegan Nanaimo bar recipe is a testament to the versatility of plant-based ingredients. It’s a crowd-pleaser you can enjoy guilt-free, regardless of dietary restrictions. So ditch the dairy and whip up a batch of these delicious vegan squares!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use a different type of nut in the crust?

    Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with chopped almonds, walnuts, or even a mix of nuts for a unique flavor profile.

    2. What if I don’t have cornstarch?

    You can substitute cornstarch with arrowroot powder in a 1:1 ratio.

    3. How long will these bars stay fresh?

    Store leftover Nanaimo bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    4. Can I freeze these bars?

    Yes! Wrap the uncut Nanaimo bar tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe container. It will stay good for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.

    5. Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

    Yes, simply use certified gluten-free oats for the crust and ensure your other ingredients are gluten-free as well.