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March 30, 2018

Nanaimo Bars

As we’re nearing Easter, I’m feeling in the mood for more sweet treats. If you follow me on Instagram and have noticed the recent increase in dessert photos, that’s the reason why. All in moderation of course! Which is why slices like these Canadian Nanaimo Bars are great- particularly for sharing!

Nanaimo Bars

I first had a taste of these delicious bars from a Canadian colleague a couple of years ago. It is essentially a coconutty chocolate biscuit base, topped with a creamy custard buttercream and then a layer of smooth chocolate ganache. And it’s not hard to see why it was a hit within our office!

They don’t get much press here in Sydney, but in Canada Nanaimo Bars are a very classic Canadian dessert. There’s even a Nanaimo Bar trail for those who are keen on trying all the different varieties! If I ever do find myself in Canada, I’d love to try the real deal, but in the meantime, it is simple enough for me to make at home too. The base recipe uses biscuit crumbs, so when I made a batch of cookies and wasn’t happy with the texture, this was the perfect excuse to blitz them into crumbs and make something even better!

Nanaimo Bars

The recipe is really straight forward and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. If you’re efficient in the kitchen (which I am definitely not!) you could probably put this all together in about 15-20 minutes. It really is that easy!

I made some small tweaks to the recipe, including using a vegetable oil spread instead of the butter and reducing the sugar (as the two cups was a bit much!). This did mean that the filling was much softer than it should’ve been, so I served this as more of a frozen treat for it to hold its shape.

Surprisingly, I did find I enjoyed it better frozen! The layers worked particularly well in that the firmness gave it a little more texture. The custard buttercream filling also tasted like a vanilla ice cream. I’m thinking I might make it into an ice cream slice next time. If I substitute the buttercream for a light ice-cream it would even make it a lighter dessert……

Nanaimo Bars

But I’ll have to get through this batch first!

So whilst I nom away on these delicious Nanaimo Bars, I wish you all a Happy Easter! And here’s to lots of delicious food over the long weekend!

Nutrition Tip
And if you’re worried about overindulging this Easter, here’s a sweet tip!

Being mindful of portion sizes can make a big difference. as desserts can be quite dense in calories, fat and sugar. This is why when I make slices, I often like to cut them smaller than recommended!

But it’s not about depriving yourself either! If you have a sweet tooth like me and find it difficult to stop, try mindful eating. That is, concentrating on actually enjoying what you’re eating. This means getting rid of distractions, eating slowly (I find the first bite usually the most enjoyable) and focusing on the flavours. You’ll find you can get a very similar level of satisfaction despite the smaller serve size!

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