A Taste of the Nanaimo Bar Trail, Part III!

We are out on the trail again, the Nanaimo Bar trail that is. And we are here to tell you about some of the amazing sweet treats that you can discover on the trail in Nanaimo. This week our adventure takes us to some truly unique Nanaimo locations to try some truly unique creations. From the Nanaimo Bar Spring roll, to a sweet drink, a traditional bar, and to a raw Nanaimo Bar. The new Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure is out and you can pick it up at any of the locations on the trail or the Nanaimo Visitor Centre. Or you can view it (here) on the website or on your smartphone.

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Click image to see the entire Nanaimo Bar Trail!

Power House Living Foods Co.

Owner: Toni Jefferies
Nanaimo Bar: Raw Nanaimo Bar
Key tastes: Nutty, Complex, Creamy

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Power House is Nanaimo’s Only completely Vegan,  Raw Food & Juice Bar! Their entire establishment produces 100% gluten free raw food products which contain no wheat, dairy, refined sugar or flour, no additives or preservatives, or peanuts. They use raw nuts, seeds & grains in their raw unrefined state, use organic Superfoods, fresh fruits, vegetables & leafy greens, preferring local organic produce when available. They create their pizza crusts, wraps & granolas via dehydration at a temp no higher than 114 d far, which preserves the foods vital nutrients. In additional to dehydration, they create desserts from raw nuts, dried unsulfered dates, apricots, raisins, cranberries & certified organic raw agave, organic coconut oil, fresh fruit & berries. Their juice bar only utilizes fresh ingredients, via juicing & blending. In short – they only use food which remains in its natural state, allowing bodies to receive food containing the highest nutritional content, rather than depleting our valuable nutrients via the cooking/ heating process. They create food that nourishes the body, ensuring everyone receives what their bodies recognizes as food, easily digestible, food that fuels you throughout the day.
Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

The Nanaimo Bar is a creamy and nutty dessert that came of a beautiful wooden plate This Nanaimo Bar is not the traditional kind but it pulls its roots from the original recipe. This is a Nanaimo Bar you can order, devour and feel good about eating!

Ohana’s Café

Owner: Jim and Roxanna Gain
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar
Key tastes: LIght, Chocolate-y, Sweet

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Ohana’s Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant in Nanaimo, located on Bowen Road near Northfield Road, It is a beach style, tropical restaurant with good and whole homemade food. Jim and Roxanne describes their cafe as “A fun, beach-style Cafe-Deli in tropical colours with freshly baked treats & homemade comfort foods… Many with a light & spicy twist” and we couldn’t agree more. Ohana’s makes a  traditional Nanaimo Bar with a little bit of a twist. While the twist part is a secret, it delivers less sweet flavours and more of the creamy light goodness that we all know and love in a Nanaimo Bar. You might also note that Ohana’s Cafe have reached the #16 Most Favorite Cafe (out of 269) in Nanaimo… after barely a year! They have some AMAZING LOYAL CUSTOMERS & FANS that they would like to to thank and give a shout-out to!

Credit: Sean Helmn

Jim & Roxanne | Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Tea Desire

Owner: Tony and Heidi Aupers
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte
Key tastes: Creamy, Subtle, Smooth

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Tea Desire is a family owned business located inside Country Club Mall. They carry a very large selection of loose leaf tea and beautiful tea-ware:

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

They also have cups of tea available to be made “to go” and that is what the Nanaimo Bar Tea Latte is.

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

You can either get it hot or cold, over ice. In the cold tea latte you will find chocolate syrup, brewed velvety vanilla black tea, almond milk, whipped cream and shredded coconut to top it all off. In the hot tea latte, instead of whipped cream, they use wonderfully frothed milk. Delicious!

Noodlebox

Owner:
Nanaimo Bar: Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll
Key tastes: Crispy, Gooey, Sweet

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Nodlebox is a Southeast Asian noodle bar that started in Victoria as a food cart, on a corner in downtown. It exploded, the lines got bigger and bigger, the demand grew and grew so a store was opened in China Town in Victoria. A few years later they opened another on Douglas street. Noodle Box at Port Place mall opened only a couple months ago and they have been booming so far.

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

Noodle box’s Nanaimo Bar is unique because it comes in spring roll form. Along with the Nanaimo Bar Spring Roll it comes with an amazing coconut dipping sauce. It is light and creamy and goes really well with the decadent spring roll.

Credit: Sean Helmn

Credit: Sean Helmn

This is something I have never experienced before, a truly Nanaimo unique treat. Make sure to check out the Port Place Noodle Box because that is the only place you can pick up this sweet treat!

That’s all for this jaunt on the Nanaimo Bar Trail. Stayed tuned for more from us on this sweet and delicious trail!

~ Sarah & Sean

One thought on “A Taste of the Nanaimo Bar Trail, Part III!

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