These are seriously addicting. No really – I ate about a third of the pan while I was taking photos…
Like all of my other desserts, of course, these are raw, vegan, and sugar free. Technically this also makes them guilt free, but it’s really hard not to feel guilty when they taste so much like the real thing!
Nanaimo bars – for those of you who are wondering what the heck I’m talking about – are a layered dessert bar consisting of a chocolate coconut wafer crust, a creamy vanilla custard filling, and a thin layer of chocolate. They’re quite popular here in Canada, but I know a lot of people in other places around the world have never even heard of them.
It’s usually a bit tricky to recreate desserts, as it can be kinda hard to get the appearance, texture, and flavors right all at the same time. For example – coconut might give you the texture you’re looking for, but chances are the dish you’re trying to recreate isn’t coconut flavored. Nanaimo bars, on the other hand, are pretty much begging to be rawified. They’re chocolate and coconut based, and most of the traditional recipes out there are already no bake! Now if they could just be rolled into balls…
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup cacao powder
2 cups cashews
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp honey or agave
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 recipe raw chocolate
In your food processor, mix together dates and almonds until a crumbly consistency is reached. Pulse in the cacao powder and shredded coconut, before pressing into the bottom of a 8 x 8 inch square pan.
To make the second layer of the bars, process cashews into a fine powder in your food processor or high speed blender. Add in coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and water as needed – it should be thick and creamy. Spread this mixture over the bottom layer, and place in fridge to set while you make the chocolate.
You want the chocolate to be in it’s liquid form, so make it inside of a bowl which is sitting inside another bowl of warm water. Remove the pan from the fridge, and pour chocolate evenly over the surface of your bars. Put back in fridge to harden for about 5 to 10 minutes, before cutting into 18 even pieces. Will keep in fridge for up to a week.
via Raw Nanaimo Bars.