Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween nanaimo bars with Nerds!




So I've never made nanaimo bars before, but I've always been intrigued by their decadence. The middle layer typically has custard powder which I had none of in my pantry so I searched for a recipe without custard powder.

I found Sarah Kramer's recipe which uses cornstarch instead of custard powder. I made a few mods from her recipe based on what I had.


Since vegan graham crackers are hard to find for me, I like to use these graham pie crusts I buy at the dollar store. I used the whole crust which had a little more than the 1 1/4 cup of crumbs called for. I also didn't have any unsweetened chocolate for the top layer so I used chocolate chips. And of course to make them Halloween themed, I dyed the middle layer orange and topped them with Spooky Nerds.


I picked up the Nerds at Target along with this awesome shirt! I knew instantly when I saw the Nerds that they were destined to be sprinkles. (All of the Halloween sprinkles had confectioner's glaze. Boooo!) 

 My friend sent me a pic of a glow-in-the-dark kid's shirt he saw at Wal-Mart which I was bummed that I could never find.


Luckily I found the Little Miss shirt and I like it even more! Even though it doesn't glow in the dark..It definitely fits better than a kid's shirt would.

Anyways, back to the nanaimo bars...


These didn't take long to prepare. I think I chilled for an hour and let them sit on the counter for a bit before I cut them. In retrospect, I would chill them for an hour, slice them, and put them back in the fridge for a few hours. They kinda melt if left on the counter for several hours since the middle layer is basically buttercream. I also could have done without the almond milk in the middle layer to perhaps make them a tiny bit less squishy. Very yummy! 


Happy Halloween!


Up next: vampie teeth cupcakes!




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