Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe -Sugar Free Christmas Dessert

Keto Nanaimo Bars sugar free and gluten free
Keto Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Low carb nanaimo bars recipe? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.

Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe – A Low Carb and Gluten Free Keto Dessert

If you have never had this iconic Canadian dessert bar, well  what can I say, I am so sad for you! Let’s fix that right now with this Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe!

What is a Nanaimo Bar you ask?  Traditionally, it is a 3 layer no bake bar. The bottom layer is a chocolate coconut wafer concoction. The middle layer is a custard and the top layer a nice dark chocolate ganache.

The Nanaimo Bar originated in Nanaimo, BC which is not too far from where I live. The first recorded Nanaimo bar recipe (according to the wikipedia) was in the Nanaimo Hospital Ladies Auxillary cookbook in 1952.

These gluten free Keto Nanaimo Bars are also featured in The 12 Days of Keto Christmas Treats blog post, which has more amazing Keto and Low Carb Christmas desserts.

The two most important things you need to know about Nanaimo Bars?   One, they are over the top delicious and a perennial favorite around here, and 2) They are actually super easy to make! So don’t be scared by the 3 layers!

We Canadians eat these by the ton in my geographical location of the Canadian West Coast. The local supermarkets sell giant slabs of it at Christmas. So it was real important that I make this into a Keto Nanaimo bar recipe or I’m done for!

What will I need to make these gluten free nanaimo bars?

All of the ingredients are easily obtainable from any major supermarket. If you are in a remote location then Amazon is your friend so I’ll share the links for the harder to find ingredients. (Note, these are affiliate links meaning I get a small commission if you order them, which doesn’t affect the price you pay)

There’s no baking involved here which is always a bonus. You’ll just need a 9 x 12 casserole pan, because honestly there is no point in making a small measly pan of these. 

You’ll be just making it all over again, so it’s better to make lots just the one time. Besides, you can freeze these too.

Low Carb Christmas Dessert

So now that you know what it is, let’s keto-fy this thing so I can have some at Christmas!

Printable Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe card below:

Yield: 36 bars

Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe - Low Carb and Gluten Free

Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe - Low Carb and Gluten Free

Nanaimo Bars are a classic Canadian Christmas treat but honestly we find an excuse to eat them year round. This is an easy no bake recipe! Gluten free, keto and low carb!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Bottom Layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated erythritol
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Custard Filling Layer:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 tbsp custard powder (like Bird's)
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioner's erythritol (like So Nourished)
  • 1 tsp or 1 pkg stevia
  • 3-4 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Top Chocolate Layer:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tbsp confectioner's erythritrol

Instructions

Bottom Layer

  1. In double boiler or heavy sauce pot on low heat, mix the butter, sweetener and cocoa powder until all melted. Stir in beaten egg slowly. When mixture thickens remove from heat and mix in almond flour, coconut and cinnamon. Combine until it looks like a ball of dough.
  2. Press chocolate coconut dough into the bottom of a 9x13 pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Place in fridge to firm up.

Middle Custard Layer

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, custard powder, sweetener and cream
  2. Mix until fluffy (see below to see what it should look like)
  3. Spread custard over the chocolate coconut base and place back into fridge

Top Chocolate Layer

  1. In heavy saucepan or double boiler melt the butter. Add in chocolate and sweetener. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. You want it to still be liquid.
  2. Spread over the custard layer
  3. Cover pan with clear wrap and place back in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Cut into 36 squares and enjoy!

Notes

Beating the Custard Layer:

Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gProtein: 1g
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar.

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Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe

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Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.
Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.
Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.
Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.
Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.
Low carb nanaimo bars? No way! Try these simple homemade diy keto nanaimo bar.

5 thoughts on “Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe -Sugar Free Christmas Dessert”

  1. These look amazing!! Are these Keto? I noticed the Custard Powder has cornflour. What are the carbs for the Custard Powder pls? THank you!!

    1. People who are doing ‘clean keto’ would definitely poo poo this dessert! I normally am pretty clean keto but at Christmas I am dirty keto or I’m not going to make it through the holidays, you know what I mean!? So about ingredients being ‘keto’, there’s actually no such thing as a keto food. Ketosis is a metabolic state brought about by keeping your carbs very low. These Nanaimo Bars are 3 net carbs (4 total carbs) per bar. If you ate several, sure it will kick you out of ketosis. I bake a sheet in December and freeze the bars and kind of use them as needed. The 3tbsp of Birds powder contribute about 26 carbs to the recipe, so less than 1 carb per bar is from the Bird’s powder. I hope that helps and make your decision based on what’s best for you and your way of doing Keto. (But watch out for the Keto police, they are everywhere!) 🙂

  2. Hi! I was just looking over the recipe. Sounds so delish!
    I noticed beaten egg added in bottom layer but listed in ingredients.

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