I am very grateful for the life I have and the many people I’ve met. Many have taught me lessons and many have introduced me to their local or favourite foods. Yee ha! I was in Toronto a few weeks back and I had a nanaimo bar, something I was introduced to a few years back. Nanaimo bar is a Canadian thing and similar from a nutritional perspective, to millionaire shortbread; in other words, little nutritional value, but the taste, oh the taste, OMG it is soooooooooo good.
Me being me though. I won’t crush up shop bought biscuits and mix them with sugar and butter. I also won’t eat tinned custard powder, carrageenan loaded cream and more butter (I do like butter but in moderation). So what did I do, just the same as I did with millionaire shortbread, I put on my thinking cap, hunted the other half out of the kitchen and I set about concocting.
I found myself a traditional Nanaimo bar recipe and I took it from there. So here it is, protein Nanaimo bar. Be careful, one piece is enough but you’ll need willpower to die for to not eat more.
Chocolatey chewy base:
100g of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
4 tablespoons of cocoa (unsweetened)
40g of ground almonds
50g of crushed walnuts
50ml of melted coconut oil
Gooey stuff in the middle
170g of raw unsalted cashews
4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
4 scoops of vanilla protein powder
(Taste the above for sweetness but remember the base has dates so will be sweet. If not sweet enough, add 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or maple syrup. If you use maple syrup, reduce the quantity of oil).
100g of dark chocolate
If you don’t like the chocolate to set crisp, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to it.
For the base:
Mix together the coconut, walnuts and almonds. Purée the dates in a blender with the coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients and mix in to form a dough. Press into an 8 inch by 8 inch brownie pan. I find that using a potato masher squashes it all down nicely. Put this in the fridge to set.
NB – if you don’t have a blender, soak the dates in boiling water with a little bicarbonate of soda for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse and then squish them in your hands 🙂 like being back at school… Or imagine it’s someone you don’t like!
For the middle and top:
Blend everything in a high powered blender or food processor. If you don’t have either of these, use unsalted cashew butter or coconut butter. It should be quite thick but easy to spread. Pour this layer on top of the base and spread over. Put this in the fridge to set and then cover with chocolate and let it set again.
Cut and enjoy. I cut it into 16
Keep in the fridge.
Don’t tell anyone you made it or they’ll want some. Find a corner, a comfy cushion, some good music, a book and enjoy.
If you eat too much, don’t blame me and go to the gym!
If you don’t or can’t eat nuts, omit the walnuts in the base and replace the almond meal with coconut flour. Add in a few seeds in place if you like.
For the middle, replace the cashews with shredded coconut or coconut butter.