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Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

Keto Nanaimo Bars RecipeKeto Nanaimo Bar Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

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 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!

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!


  • 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)
  • 3-4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Top Chocolate Layer:
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tbsp confectioner's erythritrol


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 line 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 squares and enjoy!


Beating the Custard Layer:

Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 136 Total Fat: 13g Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Protein: 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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3 Responses to Keto Nanaimo Bar Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

  1. kalie says:

    these look great!!!

  2. Ellen says:

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

    • KetoWoman says:

      You are correct and thank you for pointing it out! I have fixed it!

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