Recipe Directions

Note: All measurements are approximate. Feel free to adapt the recipe as you make it if you like it sweeter, more bitter, etc.

LAYER 1

Process the nuts into crumbs. Add the coconut, cacao, and the 10 dates. Process until it makes the consistency you like for a crust. Press into the bottom of a container. This layer should be just under 1 cm thick.

LAYER 2

In a small bowl, stir together almond butter, vanilla, and agave until smooth. Add this mixture on top of the crust. This layer should be a little thinner. You may need to wet your fingers and press it in to get it to stick.

LAYER 3

Process the 1/3 cup dates, cacao, and agave. This should make a thick frosting. Spread across the other two layers. Again, you might need to wet your fingers to spread on top.

Best when chilled in refrigerator for a few hours. I put this recipe into three small containers, so I stuck one in the freezer to see how that is. I think with the hot weather, it might be a good way to cool off! Enjoy!

Pandaonacupcake's Thoughts

Nanaimo Bars are a delicious three-layered confection that originated in Nanaimo, BC. They are super rich, and usually made with tons of butter, sugar, and eggs. You can easily find these at coffee shops/Tim Horton’s/etc in Canada. This is my first attempt at making a raw version, and they turned out pretty well. The two outer layers are chocolatey, and the middle is usually a sweet custardy filling. Some places add mint or coffee flavoring here, but in this recipe, the almond butter makes it almost like an Almond Nanaimo Bar.

Layer 3 (below) is supposed to be a chocolate frosting. While it’s pretty good, if you have your own recipe for it, I would love to hear an alternate version.

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Mmmmmm, I made these today...soooo yummy!! I've just started eating raw, and I love that I've found this site with all of the yummy food and treats!

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These. Are. Amazing. Rich, delicious and addictive. Even with my partner and I eating these ALL the time the tray lasted a week. Great served with fresh strawberries and some nut milk. I will be making these again :)

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it looks really yummy! you can make chocolate frosting with avocado. blend an avocado,cacao powder to taste, dates or agave to taste, scraped vanilla bean.

makes a very creamy frosting, or thick pudding

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I've been looking for a raw Nanaimo Bar recipe, and this looks to be a real winner. I never tried the cooked version, but I've always want to give it a try. Thanks! LOL. :)

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Thanks so much for all the feedback! I'll definitely be trying out some new frostings. So glad you're all liking them!

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I tried this recipe with my chocolate sauce and it turned out great! The only thing I would have changed was the proportion of layer 1 to layer 2, specifically they need to be more even instead of layer 1 being the thickest.

I would actually try it with this recipe first:

http://www.therawtarian.com/community/recipe/dipping-chocolate

I just made it, and I would have preferred to use this "chocolate" instead of my recipe on the Nanaimo Bars.

Overall, great recipe, thanks pandaonacupcake! This is a real contribution to my personal collection of approved desert recipes.

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WOW I cannot wait to try these!

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hi!...these are awesome!...i only had date paste as a sweetener,so i added a little coconut oil to each layer to make sure they got firm...thanks for a great recipe:)

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Can I just say...YUM.

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This looks great, and I might have all this on hand, woo-hoo. I do have an alternative recipe you might wanna try for the frosting, it is actually my only recipe posted, so you can click on my avatar or click here:

http://www.therawtarian.com/recipes/4887-super-easy-raw-chocolate-d

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Oh man, those look so yummy! I'm definitely trying these babies over the weekend.

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