Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars


Bottom Layer

  • 1/2 c. butter or non-dairy butter alternate
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 5 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten (alternately, you can use 1 Tbs. flax meal mixed into 3 Tbs. warm water)
  • 1 1/4 c. gluten free graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c. almonds, chopped finely
  • 1/2 c. gluten free quick oats
  • 1 tsp. gluten free vanilla extract


  • 1/2 c. butter or non-dairy butter alternate
  • 3 Tbs. milk or non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbs. Bird's custard powder
  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Top layer

  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 oz. butter or non-dairy butter alternate


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Non-dairy chocolate chunks I've used with great results:

Gluten free quick oats:

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1. Mix & melt the first three ingredients in a saucepan. Add egg (or flax mixture), whisking while the mixture cooks & thickens.
2. Remove from heat and mix graham cracker crumbs, almonds, coconut, oats and vanilla. Mix well and press into a 9x9 pan that has been lined with foil.
3. Place pan in refrigerator to allow bottom layer to cool.
4. In the mean time, using a heavy stand mixer, cream the butter, milk, custard powder, and powdered sugar until well blended and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
5. Spread evenly over bottom layer and put back in refrigerator to allow filling to harden.
6. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the remaining butter and chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
7. Allow to cool for 2 minutes and then spread evenly over filling layer and put back in refrigerator to allow filling to harden.
8. Once the cookie bars have set, remove the cookie bars by removing the foil liner. Cut into squares and enjoy!