Tips To Make Nanaimo Bar Recipe Vegan Quick

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Calling all vegan dessert lovers! Nanaimo bars are a classic Canadian treat known for their rich chocolate, creamy vanilla, and nutty coconut layers. But what if you can’t have dairy? Fear not! This recipe delivers all the decadent flavors of the original, but completely vegan-friendly.

This recipe is surprisingly simple to make, requiring no fancy equipment and minimal baking time. Plus, it’s easily customizable to suit your preferences.

No-Bake Vegan Nanaimo Bars
No-Bake Vegan Nanaimo Bars


For the Crust:

1 ½ cups rolled oats

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  • For the Vanilla Layer:

    1 (14oz) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled (separate the cream from the liquid)

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • For the Chocolate Layer:

    7oz dark vegan chocolate, chopped

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • Directions:

    1. Prepare the Crust: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, shredded coconut, and chopped walnuts.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted vegan butter and maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until everything is evenly coated.
    4. Press the oat mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

    2. Make the Vanilla Layer:

    Chill the Coconut Milk: Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. This allows the cream to separate from the liquid for a thicker layer.

  • Whip the Coconut Cream: Once chilled, carefully scoop out the thick cream that has risen to the top of the coconut milk can. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the coconut cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

  • 3. Assemble the Bars:

    Spread the chilled vanilla coconut cream layer evenly over the cooled oat crust.

    4. Create the Chocolate Layer:

    In a small saucepan, melt the vegan chocolate, vegan butter, and coconut oil together over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth and glossy.

  • Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the vanilla layer and spread evenly to reach the edges.

  • 5. Chill and Enjoy!

    Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate layer has completely set.

  • Cut the bars into squares and enjoy!

  • Nutrition Facts (per bar, approximate):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Protein: 5g

  • Please note: These are just estimates, and the actual nutritional content can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This vegan Nanaimo bar recipe is a delightful twist on a classic dessert. It’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising your dietary choices.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a different type of nut in the crust?

    Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with pecans, almonds, or even a mixture of nuts for added variety. Just make sure they are chopped finely for a pleasant texture.

    2. What if I don’t have coconut milk?

    You can substitute the coconut milk in the vanilla layer with a thick, store-bought vegan yogurt. Choose a plain, unsweetened variety to avoid altering the taste.

    3. How can I make the bars gluten-free?

    Simply use certified gluten-free rolled oats for the crust. Double-check the labels of all your other ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free as well.

    4. Can I make these bars ahead of time?

    Yes, these bars freeze beautifully! Once assembled and chilled, cut them into squares and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

    5. How long will these bars stay fresh at room temperature?

    These bars are best enjoyed chilled because the chocolate layer can soften at room temperature. However, they will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.