July 22,2021

Sara’s Nanaimo Bars

Servings: 21 Servings Time: 30 Minutes

Hello everyone, Sara here from PlantX. Where I am from, these treats are called Nanaimo Bars.

They are my absolute favorite. Unfortunately, traditional Nanaimo bars are not plant-based… So here I am making a plant-based version for us all to enjoy!

Around 168 calories each (11g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 4g protein)


  • Chocolate Crust Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups pitted dates (200g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (48g)
  • 1 scoop unsweetened/unflavoured protein powder - I used pea protein (optional)
  • Just under 2 TBSP cocoa powder (25g)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Creamy Middle Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cashew (place in hot water prior so they become less firm)
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (use thicker part of the can)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (we used sugar-free to bring the calories down)
  • 1/4 turmeric (for coloring)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • Chocolate Top Ingredients:
  • 1.5 dark chocolate bars (150g)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  • To make the Chocolate Crust:
  • Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor
  • Note: It may look quite dry but once you pat it down it should stick together. You can use molds like in the video and brush with coconut oil or line a tin with wax or parchment paper and press crust evenly throughout the base.
  • Place in the freezer while making the creamy middle.
  • To make the Creamy Middle:
  • Blend in a high-speed blender or food processor
  • Note: Spread this evenly onto crust then place into the freezer until hard.
  • To Make the Chocolate Top:
  • Melt in the microwave or stove and evenly disperse it onto the frozen creamy layer, then place in freezer until chocolate hardens.
  • Once everything is solidified, cut or press out of the molds and enjoy!

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