Nanaimo Bars

Trish Morris


This sweet treat is always welcomed in and around British Columbia and beyond. Nanaimo is a small town on Vancouver Island. People know they can get this delight on the Ferries and coffee shops around the area. There are many variations including one for Christmas with mint filling.... yummmmm


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1 Hr
10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1/2 c
    butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 c
  • 5 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 c
    graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 c
    almonds, chopped
  • 1 c
  • 1

  • 1/2 c
    butter, unsalted and soften
  • 2 Tbsp
    cream + 2 tsp cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    vanilla custard powder/ instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 c
    icing sugar

  • 4
    chocolate squares semi sweet (1 oz each)
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted

How to Make Nanaimo Bars


  1. Bottom Layer
    Put Graham crumbs, nuts and coconut in a bowl and mix. Melt butter, sugar and cocoa in a sauce pan low heat and stir till sugar is dissolved. In a separate bowl beat egg and add the cocoa/butter mixture Slowly to the egg. Place back on heat till it becomes thick. Pour into Crumbs and press into a 8x8 pan. put in fridge to harden.
  2. Second Layer
    Cream butter and custard powder add cream and icing sugar and mix till fluffy. Spread over cooled bottom layer. Place back in fridge till its completely stiff. (20 min or so)
  3. Top Layer
    Melt chocolate and butter in sauce pan on low heat/ or double boiler. Mix till smooth. Cool slightly and pour over the second layer and Chill in fridge.
  4. Enjoy. If you find you want more of a vanilla taste add extract. You can add any extract you wish to vary the taste.

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About Nanaimo Bars

Course/Dish: Chocolate Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Canadian
Collection: Tastes of the World

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