Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


This recipe was a contest winner for best Nanaimo bar in Nanaimo, British Columbia. They are very sweet!

From the Toronto Sun.

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20 Min
10 Min
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1/2 c
unsalted butter
1/4 c
5 Tbsp
cocoa powder, unsweetened
egg, beaten
1 3/4 c
graham cracker crumbs
1 c
coconut, sweetened
1/2 c
almonds, finely chopped


1/2 c
unsalted butter, room temperature
3 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
vanilla custard powder
2 c
powdered sugar


4 oz
semisweet chocolate (4 squares)
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter

How to Make Nanaimo Bars


  • 1For 1st Layer:
    Place butter, sugar and cocoa powder in double boiler over barely simmering water.
  • 2Stir occasionally until melted.
  • 3Add egg and stir to cook and thicken.
  • 4Remove from heat and stir in graham wafer crumbs, coconut and almonds.
  • 5Press firmly in ungreased 8-inch square pan. Chill.
  • 6For 2nd layer:
    Cream together butter, cream and custard powder together in bowl.
  • 7Gradually beat in icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  • 8Spread over first layer. Chill.
  • 9For Icing:
    Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over barely simmering water (or in microwave).
  • 10Stir to combine.
  • 11Cool to room temperature.
  • 12Spread evenly over 2nd layer with spatula. Chill.
  • 13Cut into bars.
  • 14MAKES: 16-24 bars

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About Nanaimo Bars

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Canadian
Other Tag: For Kids

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