Mint Nanaimo Bars

If I had to choose, I think nanaimo bars were one of my favourite desserts growing up! I don’t know if it’s the creamy centre, the chocolate topping, or the nutty crust, or maybe just the delicious combination of flavours when you take a bite. So yummy! As a Canadian, I had to find a way to veganize my favourite Canadian dessert while adding a little twist, peppermint! These were so simple to make and they surprisingly tasted just like my favourite non-vegan nanaimo bars. They’re also much healthier than traditional nanaimo bars. These are definitely a crowd pleaser!


Yield: 10 bars


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Ingredients  Base (crust)

  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c hazelnuts
  • 8 dates
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp pink sea salt

Filling

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract

Topping

  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

1. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and hazelnuts. Add in the dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, agave/maple syrup, and sea salt. Pulse until the mixture sticks together 2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Press the nut mixture evenly along the bottom IMG_8063 3. In the food processor, combine the avocado, coconut oil, agave, and peppermint extract. Puree. Spread evenly on top of the crust IMG_8069 4. In a small pot over medium heat, add the coconut oil and cocoa powder. Stir until melted. Once melted, pour on top of the peppermint layer IMG_8070 5. Store in the freezer over night to harden Tip: Keep in the freezer until ready to serve or else the centre will soften. *When ready to slice, run a sharp knife under hot water. This should prevent the chocolate from cracking. Enjoy!

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