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This recipe is from Simply Dish, and specifically their FaceBook page. This is one of the best dessert/sweet treat recipes I have made in a long time!! The recipe can look a bit daunting but it’s not at all, just 3 simple steps. I bought all the ingredients at my local health food store, very easy to find. Go ahead and make these you will be sooooo happy you did! Before you get started, soak one cup of dates for at least four hours. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and you’re ready to go!


  • For the base:
  • 1c of soaked dates
  • 1/2c of cacao powder
  • 1/2c of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2c of almonds
  • For the middle layer:
  • 1c of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2c of coconut oil
  • 1/4c of coconut nectar (or agave)
  • a pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of coconut flour
  • For the top chocolate layer:
  • 1/4c of cacao powder
  • 2tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1/4tsp of vanilla powder (optional)


  1. For the base:
  2. Process the above in your food processor until it all comes together…about thirty to forty five seconds. Press the mixture into your lined loaf pan, flatten the top and set aside.
  3. For the middle layer:
  4. Process the first four ingredients in your food processor until smooth, remove the blade and stir in your coconut flour.
  5. Pour the mixture over your base and smooth out the top.
  6. Place it all in the freezer for about thirty minutes.
  7. For the top chocolate layer:
  8. Place the ingredients into a stainless steel bowl and rest the bowl over a pot of simmering water just long enough for the oil to melt.
  9. Give it all a good stir and drizzle it over the top of the first two layers. Because the first to layers have been in the freezer, you’ll want to spread the chocolate fairly quickly so that it doesn’t harden unevenly.
  10. Slice with a cool, dry knife and store the bars in the fridge.


From Simply Dish “It’s no secret…we all love nanaimo bars and this is one recipe that you’ll want to share or print to wow your guests at your next party. No one will believe that these decadent little treat are actually quite healthy and so simple to make. You could double the batch and store them in the freezer.”


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