Raw Blonde Nanaimo Bars

I can’t stop marveling at the weather change and how much sun I’ve been able to soak up since Sunday. I’ve even planned an outdoor long run for Saturday morning.

I vote for no more snow until next winter, anyone with me? [It usually snows in May but I'm hopeful that this year will be different]

The thought of Spring and the excitement of Summer has taken over my recipes this week. I promise that I’ll make something hearty and warm tomorrow.

I’ve treated myself to tropical bars, pasta salad, and now these raw, refreshing and delicious blonde nanaimo bars. Life couldn’t get any sweeter!

I always dedicate a chunk of my daily nutrients to nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. I usually have them in the form of nut butter or a homemade trail mix, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up and these bars do just that.

They’ll give you your daily dose of healthy fats, nutritious nuts and the healing properties of coconut, all in a nanaimo bar package.

They’re a real treat and keep in the freezer quite nicely. I’ve already had them for a quick snack after work, before work, lunch, before the gym, after the gym, during a home movie night, after a home movie night… you get the idea.

I hope you like them as much as I do :)

Raw Blonde Nanaimo Bars

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These sugar and gluten free blonde nanaimo bars are sweet, satisfying, cool, and finger licking good. The lemon flavored filling adds just a perfect amount of freshness to each bite!

Inspired by: be.you.ti.fully. A.musing

Ingredients

Base

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground stevia leaf – the green powder tastes far better than the white!
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon rind

White chocolate top

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter – coconut oil can be used too
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch ground stevia leaf
  • pinch Himalayan rock salt

Directions

Soak the almonds and walnuts in one glass container and the cashews in the other the night before you plan on making this delicious treat. In the morning strain both containers of nuts and you’re ready to rock!

To make the base: In a food processor, combine almonds and walnuts and pulse until they’re broken up into pieces the size of the eraser end of a pencil. Add dates and pulse until broken down. Then, mix in coconut and vanilla by hand. Press mixture evenly into a 9×9 pan and set aside.

To make the filling: In a food processor, combine all filling ingredients. Grind until the mixture is as smooth as possible [mine took 5 minutes]. Spread mixture as evenly as possible over top of the base layer and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.

To make the white chocolate top: Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler or a bowl set atop a pot of gently simmering water [that or just microwave it like I did]. Once melted, slowly add coconut milk, stirring constantly, then vanilla extract, stevia, and salt. Whisk until combined. Remove pan from the freezer and pour the white chocolate over top. Place back in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden up.

Remove from the freezer and allow to  soften slightly [I waited 2 minutes and as you can see the chocolate broke off in a couple of places] and cut into squares. Serve immediately.

Makes 25 bite sized bars.

Nutrition stats [1 square]: calories 154; fat 14g; carbohydrates 7g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 3g; protein 3g

 

Just…

can’t…

get enough! nom nom nom!

Although chatting about Spring and happy thoughts of the Summer is fun, Japan needs our help.

If you haven’t already, please check out Angela’s Glo Bar Raffle where she hopes to raise $1,000 for Japan relief efforts. [She's over $4,000 already!]

You can find her donation page here.

Donating is easy, simple, and it will make you feel all warm inside knowing you’re helping out in a big way.

The raffle closes on Wednesday March 16th at 10pm EST so scurry your way over to her donation page!

Together we can do amazing things.

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  1. Ohhh these bars looks so amazing and I love that they are gluten free and vegan. Your recipes just keep getting better I seriously want to try them all :)

  2. OOoooo…these looks so elegant! I love the lemon, coconut, white chocolate combo!

    • Thanks Alex! I really cannot stop eating them, and I still have SO many left! It’s a good problem to have.

    • Honestly? I have no idea haha. Thanks though Stefanie, that means a lot to me :)

    • You have to make these Ariffa and then share some with your friends. They will love you forever. I promise.

    • You’ve never had dates? Jenny! When you do, go for the medjool dates. They’re soft and give just a perfect amount of sweetness. You’ll love them!

  3. Those look absolutely fantastic! I just love your pictures, so creative! I laughed when I got to the last one. You sooo made me want to sink my teeth into one also! Now I’m envious. Maybe when Lent is over… ;)

  4. I am loving your channeling of spring/summer – so no complaints here! I can’t get enough of the weather being just a leeeetle bit warmer :)
    These bars look wonderful, but by now I know not to expect any less. You are a genius in the kitchen; though I do have just one complaint: I can’t keep up!! ;)

  5. Sounds so yummy…..love the recipe….and there is nothing wrong with spending more time outdoors in the beautiful sun….kitchen will wait:)

  6. I just made them, omg so good, I love your recipes, I think you should publish a book, it will be a top seller!!!!

    • Thanks Nina! I may just do that one day. I’m glad you liked the nanaimo bars, I have a couple in my freezer that I’ve been slowly picking away at.

  7. I was looking for a dessert for the weekend, but I tend to want something very healthy. I will try this for sure!! Thanks.

  8. what could i use to sweeten besides the stevia leaf? and for the filling,is the coconut milk it calls for full fat coconut milk?

    • A touch of honey or maple syrup should do the trick although I’ve never tried it. Full fat or regular coconut milk should work also. I used full fat. Enjoy!

    • Hi Pat – the coconut milk I used was raw, yes. But it will work with full fat canned coconut milk as well. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi, Thanks for these amazing allergy-friendly recipes! I am wondering if there is an alternative to cashews? I see soaked cashews in a lot of vegan recipes but I’m allergic to them (and to pistachios and peanuts, but other nuts are fine).

    • Hi Stefani! I haven’t tried it with this specific recipe, but I’ve had great success with almonds… the ones with the skins removed. That and macadamia nuts if those are okay for you, too :)

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