The dessert that never disappoints

Unless you’re from Canada, the name “Nanaimo” probably doesn’t ring much meaning to you. But, if we disclose that the word brings smooth chocolate and coconut into the mix, do we perhaps have your attention now?

WHAT IS A NANAIMO BAR?

Named after Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, the nanaimo bar is a dessert of Canadian origin. This sweet delectable requires no baking and traditionally consists of three layers: a wafer and coconut crumb-base, yellow custard flavored butter icing and layer of chocolate ganache on top. 

We have some Canadians apart of our team here at VJC who decided to create a healthier version of these scrumptious desserts. Our speciality includes making desserts a better choice with real, minimal ingredients so hang on tight for this #ManiFreshToMonday:

A HEALTHIER TWIST TO THIS CLASSIC DESSERT

We substitute all three layers of the Nanaimo bar with superfoods such as cashews, almonds and of course - coconut. This blend still has the crumble and melting effect from bite one, but provides cleaner energy from such a sweet dessert. The extra twist we took on this classic was adding turmeric, the anti-inflammatory powerhouse, to ensure that with every bite, your body is getting the support it needs, inside and out.

Don’t worry, you still get that spoon lickin’ experience…just in healthier doses 😉

If turmeric isn’t your thing, we got you covered. We also created another flavor of our Nanaimo bar but instead of turmeric, we included matcha powder. If you are craving something sweet, but looking for something with longer lasting energy, snag a matcha Nanaimo bar for another pick-me-up.

 

OUR NANAIMO BARS ARE LOCATED IN THE CASE BESIDES OUR CHECK-OUT COUNTER. COME BY AND TRY ONE!


Did you know?

  • Residents rallied the Nanaimo bar to be voted “Canada’s Favourite Confection” in a National Post reader survey because of its beaming popularity. 

  • If you are in Nanaimo next, make sure you check out the Nanaimo Bar Trail - a self-guided tour through the city/region to stop and taste carious takes on this classic dessert. 

  • This study expresses that turmeric can work just as well as ibuprofen (Advil)

  • It’s best to drink matcha tea with soy, almond or rice milk instead of dairy milk as dairy tends to slow down the absorption process of its antioxidants 

Photo: Lindley Battle Photography

Jonathan Roten