Nanaimo Bar Tart

Here’s a spin on the classic Nanaimo Bar that your family will love. These no-bake, three-layered bars are transformed into a low-carb, diabetic friendly tart. I made this delicious tart for my mom for Christmas dessert. She is a diabetic and she loves all of the recipes that I post, but too many times she has to convert my recipe into a low carb recipe that she can enjoy. Instead of having her sit around the Christmas table and watch us eat pecan pie, I made her this incredible tart. When I served this on Christmas Day no one could tell that it was low carb! I found this recipe on Carolyn’s blog All Day I Dream About Food. If you haven’t been to her blog before, make that your next stop! She has so many delicious low carb recipes!  😀

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Nanaimo Bar Tart

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For the Crust:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoon granulated erythritol
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered erythritol

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoon powdered erythritol
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 8 drops stevia extract


  1. For the crust: in a medium saucepan over low heat melt butter. Stir in cocoa and erythritol and then slowly whisk in beaten egg. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in almond meal, coconut, nuts and vanilla. Press evenly into bottom and sides of a 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom and refrigerate until firm (30-45 minutes).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth, about two minutes. Add cream, pudding, almond milk and vanilla and beat until combined. Spread over crust and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan over low, melt butter, unsweetened chocolate and powdered erythritol together. Add cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in stevia extract. Spread over filling and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Source: adapted from All Day I Dream About Food

14 Responses to “Nanaimo Bar Tart”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 7, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    So nice that you look after your mom this way. Looks great!

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    ChgoJohn — January 7, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    See? Teaching your children to love cooking pays rewards. Fantastic looking dish, Christina, and a job well-done!

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    cravesadventure — January 7, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    Yum – I want a slice:) Thanks for sharing!

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    T.F.Walsh — January 7, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Yum… I so have to make this one.

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    Karista — January 7, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    No Way!!! I love Nanaimo bars and now you’ve made them even better in a tart. Yum! Ok, I’m so making these this week, and I’m posting on my FB page.

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    Karen — January 7, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    What a yummy looking tart. I’m sure the whole tart disappeared fast.

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — January 7, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    So sweet of you to make something just for your mom! 🙂

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    Peggy — January 8, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I haven’t had a Nanaimo bar in ages! I remember it being one of the first treats I’ve ever made (once I really started getting into cooking) – This tart definitely sounds like a winner to me =)

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    Marva — January 8, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Have never heard of erythirol, what is it?

    • Christina replied: — January 11th, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

      Erythritol is a naturally-derived sugar substitute with almost no calories. It is used in a variety of reduced- calorie and sugar-free foods. I found some at a local health food store, but you can also buy it online here.

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    Kelly — January 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious, love your recipe! 🙂

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    Carolyn — January 10, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    Oh my gosh, thank you! So, SO glad you liked the recipe and it worked out for your mom. It is pretty tough to sit around watching everyone else eat the Xmas goodies. I so appreciate the shout-out!

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    Marla Meridith — January 10, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    I love almond meal crusts, this tart sounds great!

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    Lucie Rose — January 11, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    For a nanimo bar lover like myself, this is heaven!!! Never would have thought of this on my own, great tart!

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