The Search for Perfection

I’m rotten at updating this page and do you know why? I never think it will good enough for you. I wonder if you’ll like the recipe. Will you like the page? Will you find what I write interesting? Does my page look good (reminding myself that I’m a complete technophobe and I haven’t managed to get the page looking the way I want it to look yet). I then realise that a good few months have ticked by and I haven’t shared anything.

Well I’m back and I have that recipe I’ve been promising you FOREVER. Nanaimo bars. You remember that I promised you the reduced sugar version. Here it is. Now it’s reduced sugar, not NO sugar and  I didn’t promise you low fat either lol! If you want to healthy loaded with protein pizzazz version, check out this link HERE.

Here is my super yummy, reduced sugar, gluten free (mind what custard powder you use. They’re not all gluten free), fat laden, uber delicious Nanaimo bar. Try to stop at one piece…oh and if you are on either my Detox program or my 28 day Shreddy, look away now. This is not for you at this time! I have been on my 28 day Shreddy for 3 weeks now and I’m 5lbs down……what…..I don’t know how it happens. I’m having 2 shakes on top of the diet because I do so much exercise in a day and I’ve actually cut back a little on my workouts because I’m on the plan. Crazy, I know. My extra shakes have been coming in at about 800 cals. I’ve been having Usana Nutrimeal shakes with bananas and nuts added. basically, I have dialled in my eating. I’m following the same plan my group are following and adding in those extra shakes. It’s crazy how following a plan, being consistent and being mindful of what you eat can have such dramatic results. Absolutely none of us are starving ourselves. We have all sorts of tasty things in there. My Thai lettuce wraps, carrot soup and banana bread are all going down a treat.

Anyway, back to that Nanaimo bar….

Here we go. You’ll need and 8″ by 8″ greased pan.

INGREDIENTS

for the base

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

for the middle

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream (double cream) or coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons of custard powder (it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have this. Just omit but add a splash of pure vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar

for the topping

very dark chocolate

Method

For the base

Melt butter over a low heat.
Stir in cocoa powder and the beaten egg, stirring continuously until thick.
Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut and nuts until fully combined.
Press the mix into the bottom of the pan and chill.

For the middle

Cream together the butter, heavy cream and custard powder until thick and fluffy and then add the confectioners sugar and mix until smooth.
If you are omitting the custard powder, add the splash of vanilla extract to the butter and cream mix.
Spread the middle on the base.

******You can go even lower on the sugar but halving the quantity of the centre**********

Topping

Melt the chocolate and layer on top of the filling.

Chill to set, slice into 16 pieces and enjoy (one piece only!)

Let me know what you think.

V x

 

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