Healthy No-Bake Nanaimo Bars

Seriously rich and creamy no-bake bars, guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. They are made from raw, whole plant-based ingredients and free from refined sugar, dairy, soy and gluten.
Course Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author Active Vegetarian


Bottom Layer

  • 1 cup 75 g shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup dry cranberries dry cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds soaked for 12 hours or overnight
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder unsweetened

Middle Layer

  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked 4 to 6 hours or overnight
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Top Layer

  • 100 grams 80–85 % dark vegan chocolate bar (preferably raw & vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs


  • For the bottom layer, coat a small square cake pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper
  • Add all of the bottom layer ingredients to a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process until the mixture is broken down and begins to stick together. Scrape down the sides of the food processor as needed.
  • Press the crust into the bottom of your prepared pan using a spatula. Place the dish in the refrigerator.
  • For the middle layer, rinse the soaked cashews and blend all of the middle layer ingredients in a clean food processor until you have a smooth cream filling, about 8 to 10 minutes. Spread the cream evenly on the top of the base and put the dish back into the refrigerator.
  • For the top layer, place the vegan dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small pot and meltdown over low heat. Make sure you keep mixing as it melts so it doesn’t burn.
  • Pour chocolate layer over the middle layer and finally, sprinkle with cacao nibs.
  • Return the pan to the refrigerator. Allow the chocolate and the bars to firm up for about 3 hours or overnight before slicing.
  • Keep bars in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.


These are very rich; eat in moderation!