Raw Blonde Nanaimo Bars

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on March 16, 2011

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 :)

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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 tsp pure vanilla extract

Filling

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

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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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brandi

I have NEVER heard of these bars, but I want them :)

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kate@ahealthypassion

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 :)

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

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

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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

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Kristina @ spabettie

oh YUM – definitely bookmarking this. sounds like something I’d love, and I know I have everything to make them!!

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Stephanie

Those look absolutely lovely! Your dessert photos are always drool-inducing.

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

How do you do it? You always come up with so many delicious recipes! I love the flavor combination in these bars! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

Absolutely amazing! I am going to bookmark this one right NOW!

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Ariffa

AWESOME and I have allllll the ingredients in my house right now =)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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

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Parsley Sage

Nom nom nom!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

These look absolutely delicious – I am seriously drooling.

And your photography is gorgeous.

Thank you so much for the lovely post and recipe!!

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DeniseB

Wow, these look amazing! I was just thinking that I wanted to try making some nanaimo bars and your recipe sounds perfect! Yay!

http://dinner-with-deniseb.blogspot.com/

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Clarkie @ Beloved Green

I’m with you on the snow. I’ve lived in the midwest all of my life, and every winter I wonder why I stick around.

By the way, these bars look amazing!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

:( it snowed this morning. Just my luck.

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

I’ve seen so many recipes using dates! I’ve never even tried them :( Those bars look amazing, your recipes never cease to impress me :D

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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!

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Happy When Not Hungry

Wow these bars look amazing!!! I too am ready for warm weather :-)

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Lauren

Wow you always come up with the most elegant and delicious looking snacks!!! I am in awe! :)

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Sonia

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… ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Sonia! I’m glad you like the recipe!

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Jess@HealthyExposures

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!! ;)

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Virtually Vegan Mama

those look amazing…I’m going to have to make these =)

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies)

baahah i love the bite by bite disappearing pics! these seriously sound so good! i love layered bars- bookmarked it :D

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Irena

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

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Nina

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

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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.

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mandy

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

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Erinn

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?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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!

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Pat Newson

The coconut milk – is this raw?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

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!

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Stefani

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).

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

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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