Are you drooling? You should be. These Coconut Chocolate Nut Bars are kind of a big deal. They are creamy, sweetened just right, and topped with decadent chocolate. They are kind of a mix between a brownie, ice cream sandwich and a Nanaimo bar. How can you turn your nose up at that combo?
is dark chocolate vegan?
A lot of dark chocolate isn’t vegan because of the additives in it. A lot of the time, there is dairy still added in dark chocolate. So if your chocolate being vegan is important to you because of your beliefs, or because of allergies make sure you check the ingredients. The ingredient list should be minimal and include ingredients that you have heard of before. Some chocolate bars are made to be vegan and they will be labelled with a vegan symbol. But otherwise, to find out if your dark chocolate is vegan, take a little peek at the ingredient list. Obviously is any milk product is in that list, it’s a no-go. Here is a list of some vegan dark chocolate bars to help guide you.
The name choice for these gluten free bars was a big dilemma for me. Initially, I was thinking of calling them Vegan Nanaimo Bars. Adam LOVED them but said they weren’t exactly like a Nanaimo bar. I think he actually said, “These don’t taste like Nanaimo bars. The bottom is like a cookie, the middle like ice cream and the top like a brownie.” So, not super helpful. But as always I appreciate the feedback from the one and only Picky Husband! I ended with Coconut Chocolate Nut Bars cause that is exactly what they are! Even though Adam wasn’t much help in the name department, he WAS a big fan of these bars and was a huge help in eating them.
These are a frozen dessert, so they need to be stored in the freezer when you aren’t munching on them. But the best way to eat these coconut chocolate nut bars is to let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes until the middle layer is soft and extra creamy. And then when you take a bite it’s so many things at once. The gluten free bars are creamy, chewy, sweet, and mind-blowing. You will just have to close your eyes, savour every last flavour, and think of nothing else in the world at that moment.
here are some reasons why I love these chocolate nut bars, so listen up!
- If I didn’t get you at “brownie, ice cream sandwich and vegan Nanaimo bar all mixed in one,” then I don’t know what else to say. OMG, these chocolate nut bars are heaven.
- I love coconut, and there is a lot of coconut in these yummy squares. If you are a coconut fan, you’ll love these. Coconut adds a decadent and velvety texture that allows dairy free desserts to have a similar creaminess to their non-dairy free counterparts.
- These wannabee vegan Nanaimo bars are actually very easy to make. The hard part is the freezer/waiting time. But you can make these ahead of an event because they just sit in the freezer, covered, and then take them out a few minutes before you serve them, and voila!
- I have quite a few of these in my freezer (from testing them) and look forward to having one every day (self-control, am I right?!). This feels like a pretty good indicator that these gluten free bars are the real deal, and I’m in love.
If I haven’t convinced you that these chocolate nut bars are pure magic, I just don’t know what to say. These gluten free bars are pure bites of goodness. The base is naturally sweetened with dates, and the rest of the ingredients are clean and simple. The filling is creamy central, especially when you let these bars sit out for 10 minutes before diving in. Treat yourself to these bars, you won’t regret it.