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Ever had a Nanaimo bar? Outside of Canada, I’m pretty sure it’s unheard of, but it’s one of the most delicious things ever.

It’s a 3-layered, no bake bar. 1st layer is a graham cracker crust, 2nd is a custard and the final, top layer is a chocolate ganache. Of course we cant use graham crackers, so today I ‘ketofied’ the Nanaimo bar, making it very low carb.

One suggestion I will make is to only use 1 cup of sugar for the custard (2nd layer). While I enjoyed mine, I thought it was a little too sweet. So step it back a little and it will be perfect.

What you’ll need:

1st layer:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute (I used xylitol)
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut

2nd layer:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp custard powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar substitute for icing sugar (i ground down xylitol)
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp heavy cream

3rd and final layer

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar substitute

For the first layer, you’re going to start by double boiling your butter, sugar and cocoa. Mix until the sugar melts. Slowly stir in your egg until the mixture thickens. Once it does, immediately take it off the heat and mix in your almond flour and coconut.

You’ll get a nice ‘graham cracker’ like crust that you can spread on the bottom of an ungreased brownie pan.

Start the second layer – In a mixing bowl, toss in your butter, custard powder, sugar substitute and cream. With a mixer, beat until it gets nice and fluffy. Approx 3-5 minutes. Once fluffy, spread over the top of the almond flour crust.

For the last and final layer, melt your butter over low heat (I used the same pot as earlier because why the hell not), add in your chocolate and sugar substitute, stirring until the sugar and chocolate dissolve.

Take it off the heat and let it cool. Play with your dog in the meantime, why not. (PS. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG HAVE THE XYLITOL, IT CAN KILL THEM!!!!)

Once the chocolate has cooled, and is still a liquid, pour it over the top of the custard and spread it around evenly. Cover it with some seran wrap or a lid and put it in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Cut and serve!

Hope you enjoy this Canadian treat! This recipe makes 25. The nutritional information is per 1 square.

Nutrition (/25)

CALS: 189
FAT: 15.4
CARBS: 5.2
FIBRE: 2.3

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  1. Sara

    July 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    What is custard powder?

    • hungryelephant

      July 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Sara,

      Custard Powder is a British no-egg custard mix. You can buy it online at walmart, target, amazon.. etc!

  2. Chris Brown

    August 13, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I couldn’t find it at Wal-Mart so I ordered it on Amazon. I can’t wait to make these!

  3. Karina

    August 28, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Made these over the weekend with my daughter, they were excellent! I will have to find a substitute for the icing sugar or grind my substitute sugar so that it is finer, as was suggested.
    Found the custard powder at Provigo (formerly Loblaws in Quebec).
    Thank you @HUNGRYELEPHANT !!!

    • hungryelephant

      August 29, 2017 at 3:36 am

      yay! so glad you liked it!

  4. Pauline

    September 10, 2017 at 2:08 am

    My mother used to make these when I was a kid!! So pleased to find a low-carb version – and I’m from New Zealand, with no Canadian connections at all ☺ But Im surprided you use custard powder; does that meet lc definition? Is there another way to do it?

    • hungryelephant

      September 10, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Hi pauline! The custard powder does have carbs in it, but I think it was like 9 for 2 tbsp. alternatively you could just make a thick low carb vanilla custard and use that instead! Same thing! The custard powder is just a way to make eggless custard.

  5. Cerise

    November 24, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    OMG I just started keto and was trying to figure out how to make my favorite Christmas time dessert! This is AMAZING! I’m an ex-pat and everyone I’ve made Nanaimo Bars for here in the US has loved them…and now are all on diets (not related…LOL). Thank you for saving me the steps to figure it out! 🙂


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