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Low Carb Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Delicious low carb nanaimo bars that are a huge hit at any social gathering!
Prep Time30 mins
Refrigeration Time2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: nanaimo bars
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 199kcal

Ingredients

Crust

Custard Layer

Chocolate Topping

Instructions

Crust

  • In a bowl, combine your almond flour, coconut, walnuts and salt. Set aside.
  • In a double boiler (or a smaller pot that sits decently inside a large one partially filled with water) add your butter and turn the heat to medium.
  • Whisk as needed until the butter is almost melted, next add your cocoa powder and sweetener and whisk well until combined.
  • Then to add your egg, just whisk tiny bits of the hot cocoa/butter mixture into the egg ITSELF in a separate little bowl, whisking constantly and adding more every now and then until the egg is mixed with about 1/4 of the total mixture. Now you can add your egg mixture to the pot with the rest of the ingredients and whisk constantly until the mixture starts to become thick. (Doing this process just helps the egg from cooking and turning into scrambled eggs immediately when it hits the hot liquid).
  • Once the mixture has thickened, remove it from the heat and add it to your dry ingredients from earlier. Stir well until everything is combined. You may find using your hands here helps.
  • Press the chocolate dough into the bottom of an un-greased 11x7 inch pan (or 8x8inch pan). Try your best to make it as flat and even as possible. Set aside.

Custard Layer

  • In a bowl, beat together your softened butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy (~1min).
  • Add your sweetener and beat again until the mixture is well combined
  • Spread your custard layer as evenly as possible over your crust then refrigerate for ~2 hours or until fully hardened.

Chocolate Topping

  • To make your chocolate topping, add your chocolate and butter to a bowl and microwave for 30s at a time, stirring in-between until smooth.
  • Spread the chocolate over the custard layer, smoothing it out to be as even as possible. Then refrigerate again for at least 45min-1 hour.
  • Now you can slice your squares using the knife method I mentioned in the tips of this post! Serve the Nanaimo Bars chilled and store the leftovers in an airtight container between layers of wax or parchment paper in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Notes

  • When spreading your filling, do your best to evenly cover the entire base of the bars for the best final result.
  • Make sure BEFORE you spread your final chocolate layer that your bars have completely hardened in the fridge to prevent mixing of the two layers. 
  • Feel free to add different chopped nuts to the base of these bars! Walnuts are just a common choice. 
  • When cutting these squares, use a large, sharp knife. Have a cup or bowl of very hot water beside you that you can dip the knife in and a paper towel to wipe it off after. Using a hot knife will prevent the chocolate topping from cracking much as the knife will just melt through that layer. We used to do this when I worked at a French bakery slicing giant Nanaimo bars every day!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.4g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 3.8g