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Raw Nanaimo Bars (Vegan)

If you love chocolate you will really enjoy this recipe! These are Raw Nanaimo Bars! This recipe is really simple to throw together and was a huge hit in my house.

I made this recipe in a loaf pan instead of the regular 8×8 pan for a couple of reasons. First, I have a brand new silicone loaf pan and really wanted to try it. Let me tell you – the silicone pan for raw baking is a godsend. It is so easy to remove recipes! If you do a lot of raw recipes it is something you should definitely have in your kitchen.

Secondly, for us where there is only two of us here I wanted to make the recipe a bit thicker (height-wise) and cut thin slices. It turned out really great!

Make sure to store this recipe in the freezer as it is a freezer recipe. Letting them set out for a couple of minutes before serving will give you the best texture.

If your chocolate topping isn’t smooth once they are frozen go ahead and cut your squares. Then take each square, place it on its side and with a sharp knife cut some of the top chocolate layer off with one cutting motion. This will leave a smooth, silky chocolate top.

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This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, raw, grain free, no-bake, chocolately and delicious!

 
Raw Vegan nanaimo bars
 

Raw Nanaimo Bars (Vegan)

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Yield: Makes 12-16 Raw Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Soaked Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • Dash of Salt

Cream Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Soaked Cashews
  • 3 Tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Soaked Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar

Directions:

  1. Place all cream layer ingredients into your food processor and blend until completely smooth (stopping to scrape down the sides).
  2. Place into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place all chocolate topping ingredients into your food processor and blend until completely smooth (stopping to scrape down the sides).
  4. Place into a bowl and set aside.
  5. Place crust ingredients into your food processor and blend until dough-like.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Place the crust mixture into an 8×8 silicone baking pan or a loaf pan (for thicker squares).
  8. Press down and even out the crust.
  9. With a fresh spatula top crust layer with your cream layer. Spread out evenly.
  10. Top cream layer with your chocolate layer (you will have extra of this layer so use as much or as little as you would like).
  11. Cover baking dish with saran wrap and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours.
  12. Remove from freezer, cut into squares and serve!
  13. *Tip - Store Raw Nanaimo Bars in the freezer.

DAMY Members - 1-2 Servings of this recipe is a great treat option.
 
raw nanaimo bars

 

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  • Stephanie

    What is coconut cream? Thx!

    • jlshepherd

      It is a thick creamy coconut confection which I have found in a squeeze bottle. You should be able to find it in grocery or natural food stores. I can’t remember the brand I have used but it is sooooo yummy!

    • http://www.damyhealth.com Amy Layne

      Hey! Check out this link of details. Many stores now have it in cartons of pure coconut cream http://www.damyhealth.com/2012/02/how-to-make-coconut-whipped-cream/

  • Ashley

    YUM!!!!

  • Rachel

    made these today; can’t wait to let them loose on friends tomorrow night! This is my 4th one of your recipes and the fudge ones are next :)

    • http://www.damyhealth.com Amy Layne

      So great to hear!!!! I love these too! I hope you had a great weekend!

  • jlshepherd

    Oh how I love Nanaimo Bars! My family lives on Vancouver Island and I indulge when there. I have made them for parties and friends, etc. I have been trying to think of ways to make a healthier version, and here you have done it – thanks so much. I must find some raw coconut and coconut cream and try this recipe. Would using Bird’s Custard in the filling be a problem?

  • Lola

    Is there something that could be used to substitute for the agave syrup? I prefer not to use it in my diet….

    • http://www.damyhealth.com Amy Layne

      Yes! You can use honey, maple syrup

    • Raw Foodie

      use raw honey or raw coconut nectar – but maple syrup is not raw so if you want to keep it healthy and less acidic stick to the raw stuff. agave is not raw anyhow ;)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Barb.Lhamon.Parson Barb Lhamon Parson

    What or how do u “Soak” Cashews? n Im not a date &/or a raisin fan any other suggestions?

    • Bailey

      I would just place them in a bowl and only just cover with water and let them ‘soak’ until they are soft unless they are to be soaked in something specific for taste

    • Raw Foodie

      soak for 4-6 hours in water. cover it with an extra inch on top or more. drain and rinse. drain and rinse again. let drip dry or toss into a tea towel and dry them up a bit with that. Now they are ready to use ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gspargen Gabriel J Spargen

    what is the calorie count?

    • Bailey

      Yes please to the calorie count

  • Deedee

    I am on a low carb diet for high cholesterol. Do you have the nutritional values for any if the recipes. I need to know carbs especially. Love your site.

  • Deedee

    I am on a low carb diet for high cholesterol. Do you have the nutritional values for any if the recipes. I need to know carbs especially. Love your site.

  • Deedee

    I am on a low carb diet for high cholesterol. Do you have the nutritional values for any if the recipes. I need to know carbs especially. Love your site.

  • Deedee

    I am on a low carb diet for high cholesterol. Do you have the nutritional values for any if the recipes. I need to know carbs especially. Love your site.

  • Kaitlin

    are medjool dates okay?

    • http://www.damyhealth.com Amy Layne

      Yes, medjool dates are perfect Kaitlin!

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  • Raw Foodie

    if its RAW you should really differentiate between cocoa powder and cacao powder – one is really unhealthy and the other is a superfood :)

  • Linda Ranger

    I made these in mini muffin pans. It gave me 30 mini nanaimo treats. They are so nice. Thank you for this recipe!

    • http://www.damyhealth.com Amy Layne

      You are welcome Linda! Glad you loved them.

  • Tess

    I was so excited to find these raw nanaimo bars! As I made them this morning, I made a few changes to the instructions that I found helpful for making the bars in an 8×8 glass dish. First, I doubled the amounts for the cream and topping layers. The crust was the perfect amount but I found the cream and topping were too thin for my liking. Then, I found that I couldn’t spread the topping along the cream layer without it mixing in, so I put the crust+cream in the freezer while I made up a second batch of the topping layer. This way, my topping won’t mix in. Many years ago, I made regular nanaimo bars and the freezing step was required before the topping as well, so I highly recommend this. Doubling the amounts of cream and chocolate may not be needed if you use a loaf pan, but I wanted my nanaimo bars to look like the photo so I doubled up!

    I can’t wait to try them out!

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  • Tbradley

    What are you soaking the nuts
    In??

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  • Jenn

    Hi! Sounds super yummy…but I’m allergic to cashews…and all nuts sadly (but oddly not almonds). What can I substitute?


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