Salted-almond Nanaimo bars

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PREP TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

2 hrs 30 min

Makes

24

Salted-almond Nanaimo bars

Photo, Erik Putz.

Some of our kitchen team find traditional Nanaimo bars too sweet, so we developed a bar we all could love. Thanks to cocoa powder, salted almonds and much less sugar, we got it.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut , toasted
  • 3/4 cup graham-cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped salted roasted almonds , divided
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup

Topping

  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp custard powder
  • 1 vanilla bean , seeds scraped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • LINE an 8 × 8-in. baking pan with overhanging parchment.
  • COMBINE toasted coconut with graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup almonds and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter and corn syrup. Press evenly into prepared pan.
  • BEAT icing sugar with 1/2 cup butter, custard powder, vanilla seeds and vanilla and almond extracts using an electric mixer on low, 1 min. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until pale and fluffy, 2 min. Spread evenly over base.
  • MICROWAVE chocolate in a small bowl, stirring halfway, until smooth, 1 to 2 min. Pour over custard, smoothing top. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Chill until firm, 2 hours. Let stand 15 min, then cut into bars.

How to melt chocolate using a double-boiler

Nutrition (per bar)

  • Calories
  • 148,
  • Protein
  • 1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13 g,
  • Fat
  • 11 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg.
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